When radium was first discovered, its luminous green colour inspired people to add it into beauty products and jewelry. It wasn’t until much later that we realized that radium’s harmful effects outweighed its visual benefits. Unfortunately, radium isn’t the only pigment that historically seemed harmless or useful but turned out to be deadly. JV Maranto details history’s deadliest colours — via Youtube
If you want to catch up with some classics, then you might want to check out the books reissued as part of the Pan 70th anniversary. The iconic publisher is celebrating 70 years of paperback fiction and as such, has seen plenty of notable releases over the decades. Some of those are returning as part of this anniversary series. The literature, as you would expect, is unchanged. But the new covers are bold and striking, oozing retro cool. For a label known for its cover art, that’s obviously the idea. Titles include The Time Machine by HG Wells, Jaws by Peter Benchley, The Pan Book Of Horror Stories, The Dam Busters by Paul Brickhill and The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan to name a few. All are available from September and available to pre-order now, selling for £7 each — via Retro to Go
Eyes & Ears spent 3 weeks working alongside Anna Rubincam a contemporary stone carver working in London as she carved a portrait from start to finish — via Vimeo
The things that really scare us are the things that are going on just outside the spotlight that you can’t quite see — Stephen King on 22 October 1989
The author takes us on a journey back to his childhood and the roots for his decades crafting memorable horror fiction — via Youtube
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If you didn’t speak English as a native, you’d be tempted to figure out new words by pulling them apart into smaller words you know. Then you’d be really wrong. This method wouldn’t work for
placate if you are learning British English, as they pronounce it differently. This is the latest from John Atkinson at Wrong Hands. See more of his phonetically defined words — via Neatorama
Fine artist and self-described master hoarder Nemo Gould conjures up fantastic sculptures made entirely of found objects. Rich wood and gleaming chrome catch the eye as they cycle through their kinetic loops, while tentacles and antennae extend in a playful fashion like a sci-fi comic book come to life.
The Megalodon is Gould’s latest work, a 16-foot-long salvaged fuel tank from an F-94 bomber plane’s wing. The shark has working propellers for fins, and a tail that glides back and forth ominously. A cutaway on the side reveals various boiler and control rooms, each with their own delicately installed moving parts. It’s packed full of tiny human figures and whimsical creatures alike, all in mid-task as they operate their predatory underwater vessel — via Make:
Joshua Smith, a miniaturist and former stencil artist based in South Australia, constructs tiny, intricate worlds for a living. His work, which exhibits astonishing observational and representational skills, focuses on the
overlooked aspects of the urban environment — such as grime, rust and decay to discarded cigarettes and graffiti, all recreated at a scale of 1:20. Smith, who has been making model kits for around a decade, only recently chose to move away from a 16-year-long career creating stencil art — via ArchDaily
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In the northern Italian city of Alessandria, Italy (about 100km south of Milan), a new, quirky basketball court has been designed by Sicilian mononymic artist Gue is giving the Paris court a run for its money. Combining shades of orange, yellow, blue and grey, Gue used curved lines to create a colour-blocked court that calls to mind the graphic work of Picasso. The effect, especially from the air, is striking, and reminiscent of the power a mural can have on the appearance and vibe of even the most common elements of an urban streetscape — via Curbed
Big Trash Animals by Bordalo II is a series of artworks that aims to draw attention to a current problem that is likely to be forgotten, become trivial or a necessary evil. The problem involves waste production, materials that are not reused, pollution and its effect on the planet. Damaged bumpers, burnt garbage cans, tires and appliances are just some of the objects that can be identified when you go into detail. They are camouflaging the result of our habits with little ecological and social awareness — via Neatorama
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Gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom trimmed with 1″ border for framing — via Society6
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Converted pay phone in Sydney — via miguelmarquezoutside
Who knew that the humble, utilitarian traffic light could look so haunting—and beguiling? As seen through the lens of Lucas Zimmermann, they take on an otherworldly aspect, their red, yellow, and green lights casting an altogether ghostly aura that emanates like a very basic rainbow in a dark, foggy sky.
The Weimar, Germany-based photographer is self-taught and began the series over two years ago, taking to the streets at night and training his camera on what are normally overlooked and under-appreciated objects. But with a little magic, he has manipulated them into tableaus that suggest something sinister.
The empty streets are visible just as far as the signals’ rays’ reach, exposing bare trees and minimal side-of-the-road landscaping. But beyond that, who knows what lurks? — via Curbed
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Invited by Walk&Talk festival to participate in its 6th edition on the island of São Miguel in the Azores, Moradavaga took inspiration from the rich sea life that exists in and around the Atlantic archipelago to produce a site specific piece of interactive art. Influenced by the stunning landscapes and the mystic aura related to all that concerns whale hunting (in the past) and observation (in the present) our mind wandered through old tales like Moby Dick, by Herman Melville, and 20.000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne, and the presence of sperm-whales along the Azores coasts led us to devise a character,
Vernie the giant squid, that came from the depths of the ocean to serve as a communicative playful tool for passers-by of all ages at Portas do Mar in the city of Ponta Delgada — via Vimeo
Made from a combination of tangled and woven red wool, Brazilian artist Tatiana Blass‘ installation,
Penelope, flows inside and out of the Chapel of Morumbi in São Paulo, Brazil.
The installation was inspired by the Greek myth of Penelope, who was Odysseus’ wife in Homer’s Odyssey. In the story, Penelope weaves and destroys a burial shroud for her husband, in a tribute to the power of love and to weaving — via ArchDaily
Monte Palace was a 5 star hotel in Sete Cidades (São Miguel, Azores Islands) that open only for one year. It was a foreign investment that didn’t succeed and was unable to pay the suppliers. Soon after the closing became empty and now there’s only the skeleton left. These days it is a monument in the island against especulation and disproportion. From Javier de Riba on Vimeo
At San Antonio International Airport, Gabriel Dawe has installed a monumental, rainbow hued public art installation that emulates the dynamic shape of an airplane.
Plexus C18 comprises a nearly 145km weaving of coloured thread hooked from wall to ceiling, suspended from the vaulted roof of the terminal and ticketing area. made up of more than 19 colours, the installation creates a prism-like effect that represents the full spectrum of visible light — via designboom
Love that the Aussie poster has been edited by the locals.
A street artist who raised the profile of immigration issues with his Real Australians Say Welcome campaign is at work again on a new project asking What Is A Real Aussie?
“It’s sort of saying to the audience: ‘Aussie? Is this what you think?'” artist Peter Drew said.
“Because this is the truth of our history.
“I think art should ask questions and I try to do it in a friendly way.”
Drew said he went through the national archives in search of images of past Australians and found images of the cameleers from a century ago.
“The cameleers were camel drivers, mostly from Afghanistan, India and Pakistan and they helped explore the outback and helped establish rail networks,” he said.
“They basically ran the outback for 70 years and not many people know they existed.
“The campaign is really based around one guy in particular and his name was Monga Khan.”
The Adelaide artist said Khan applied about 100 years ago for an exemption from the white Australia policy.
“I thought this guy’s portrait was particularly heroic … he can become a symbol for all those people who had to go through that process. I’d really like to make him famous,” he said.
Their body panels consist of a lace work of metal gears, their wind shields no more than mesh, their seats steel and the spaces under their hoods hollow, but these life-sized car sculptures still manage to look like they could fly down the street at top speeds at any moment. A group of 50 artists raids the scrapyards of Pruszków, Poland for trash they can integrate into their Gallery of Steel Figures, a museum full of impressively lifelike recycled art — via Urbanist
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Szoki’s new found love with Art Deco has shifted towards cubism — via Behance
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