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The Glass Eye Maker

the glass eye maker

I love documentaries about things that I didn’t know I wanted to know about like the short mini documentary above. This is a short documentary about the very last glass eye maker in Berlin. Watch the full video after the jump.

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Swarm Of Eating Flies Used To Create Abstract Paintings

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With the help of a huge swarm of flies, John Knuth transforms decay into creation.  Flies have long symbolized death and rot in art as well as popular culture.  In medieval times, for example, it was popularly believed flies were born out of carcasses rather than eggs as larvae.  Knuth, though, emphasizes the flies productive role in the larger cycle of life and death.  He creates his work by first feeding the flies water mixed with sugar and paint.  The flies largely digest their food outside of their body, Knuth’s flies doing this directly on the canvas.  While digesting, each fly leaves a small mark of pigment, a small piece of the larger record or the swarm.  Check out the video to see Knuth’s process and more of his finished paintings.

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Jason Hackenwerth

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Wow! Jason Hackenwerth brings a whole new meaning to the term balloon animal. His creations are more akin to balloon creatures resembling, perhaps, lifeforms of the deep sea or lifeforms viewed under a microscope. Conceived from the artist’s imagination, beautifully sketched, and sometimes consisting of more that a hundred individual balloons, these sculptures take life within the large spaces of museums, galleries, the street, and, if you’re lucky, right before your eyes as a performance piece. I’m particularly fond of the wearable art… how’s that for a party outfit!?

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Vintage Behind The Scenes Photos Of The American Museum Of Natural History

Wooden framework, first stage for mounting elephant

Wooden framework, first stage for mounting elephant

Assembling bones for Nodosaurus dinosaur skeleton from dinosaur bone collection

Assembling bones for Nodosaurus dinosaur skeleton from dinosaur bone collection

Charles Lang and Carl Sorensen working on skull of Palaeoloxodon antiquus italicus

Charles Lang and Carl Sorensen working on skull of Palaeoloxodon antiquus italicus

Museum staff with fossil shark jaws under restoration

Museum staff with fossil shark jaws under restoration

If you’ve ever been to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, you’ve probably spent some time marveling at the grandiose installations and the larger-than life exhibits of species that are both alive and extinct. The Research Library at the museum kept incredible records of how these things were produced and have the photographs available for view on their website. These behind-the-scenes looks are fascinating, featuring taxidermy, assemblage, and the hoisting up of giant bones.

Employes built a lot of the structures from the ground up, forming armatures for what were birds, elephants, antelopes, and more. There was also fun to be had with large fossils, like a shark’s jaw, where we see one of the employees suspended in air, sitting on it, paying the giant teeth very little mind.

Removed from context, there is a surreal quality to these photographs. They represent a different time, an era when we didn’t have all the technological advances that we do today. Because of this, things in the museum have the tendency to feel dated and look aged, but these records show the amount of knowledge of craft and handiwork that had to go into the giant exhibits that we still visit today. (Via Fish Eyes)

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ori carino’s Art Brings Together Tibet And European Aesthetics

Ori Carino works with techniques, compositional elements and aesthetic styles from classical Tibetan and European art. He juxtaposes Tibetan art’s unique synthesis of the pantheon of decorative painting and textile techniques of the east, including refined and sophisticated brush stroke technique, with western methods like perspective, foreshortening, and rendering. Additionally he uses an airbrush, as a mini spray-paint can at times and for applying a glaze at others – going back and forth between gesture and wash and between classical and contemporary. In the end, it’s smooth glazes, opulent and elaborate surfaces, embossed gold, and rich color, all to reveal the horror, comedy, sex and drama unfolding as a divine play.

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A Trip To Wanderland

What do birds hallucinate about when they go on a drug berry induced psychological trip? I don’t know if any of this would be accurate, but I hope to rainbow laser toting, owl-man monster-bird it is. A gorgeous music video of Hermanos Inglesos’s “Wanderland,” designed by Kristof Luyckx and Michèle Vanparys.

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Craig And Karl

Bold colors, playful typography, and iconic illustrations are the key ingredients that make the work of New York and Sydney based design duo Craig And Karl stand out from a sea of repetitious designers.

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