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Video Watch: Niels Shoe Meulman’s Giant Water Calligraphic Graffiti

Watch this video of graffiti/calligraphy artist Niels Shoe Meulman create a giant piece of ephemeral calligraphy with a mop, 5 gallons of water and a rooftop canvas. Full video after the jump!

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Daniel K Sparkes

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Daniel K Sparkes started his career in the British street art scene since the 2000s. His work is a juxtaposition of photographs, paintings and drawings that combined depict burlesque portraiture, illustrations and landscape. As if eaten alive, the portraits remain anonymous and faceless, yet there is plenty detail where the face or limbs should have been. These faceless and limbless portraitures are playful, disturbing and interesting, especially when done in large scale, as example of some of his murals.

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Vincent Brady’s Stunning Time-Lapse Video Of Fireflies In Motion

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In order to shoot this incredible time-lapse video of fireflies, photographer Vincent Brady used every photography trick he could think of – image stacking, 360 star trail panoramas, and macro shooting. He even learned how to operate a pontoon boat so he could frame his shots just right. The idea for the project began while Brady was celebrating his mother’s birthday in Lake of the Ozarks in April 2012. He noticed there was an unusually high number of fireflies due to an irregularly warm spring. By the summer of 2013, Brady had dug deeper into the project, and captured the images that comprise this awe-inspiring video.

You can visit his site to find out more information about each setting and time-lapse series included in the video, as well as learning of Brady’s affinity for the flickering creatures: “If your significant other ever says, ‘Honey, we need to spray the yard, we have a firefly problem.’ Break up, divorce, and get a restraining order right away! Fireflies just bless you with their presence, light up, make love, and call it a life.” (via colossal)

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Nicholas Lockyers’ Dark Collage Mutations

 

Nicholas Lockyers’ collage work distorts the human figure in response to out of balance priorities placed on the pursuit of external beauty. Death and Misfortune remain a constant throughout each piece, lending a certain gravity to the fairly familiar aesthetic of “collage culled from vintage illustration archives” which is kind of popular right now. Lockyers definitely has his own thing going on though. His particular selection of imagery is set at a pretty good pitch, and I dig the dark vibes. More snakes, skulls, and bats after the jump.

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Chinese Artist Vacuums Beijing’s Polluted Air for 100 Days And Creates A Brick Out Of His Findings

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Climate control has been a controversial and momentous topic, well, for at at least two decades, but, the issue of global warming seems to be re-trending in light of the the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. One tactic of addressing the issue’s importance, as we have seen, has been the thousands of activists marching all over the world (and the silent protest in Paris due to recent events). However, a Chinese performance artist who goes by the name “Nut Brother” has decided to take a more quantitative and perhaps informative approach. Beijing, the capital of China (the country that has largest CO2 emissions in the world), is a city of industrial smog. The artist announced a plan to literally vacuum the dust from the Beijing’s air for four hours a day, for 100 days in a row. As a performance, the artist walked the streets, starting in late July, with a pony tail, often a respirator mask, and vacuum with suction nozzle held in his hand to collect debris. On November 30th, the last day of his project, he gathered all 100 days worth of dust and brought it to a brick factory to be mixed with clay and turned into an alarming soot filled brick. Nut Brother is aware that he is not actually changing the air quality, however, he hopes his project will provoke passerby’s to consider their relationship to the environment and their surroundings. (via QUARTZ)

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Seth Clark’s Abandoned Renderings

Seth Clark’s drawings give new meaning to “Beautiful/Decay) with his beautifully rendered drawings and painting of abandoned and collapsed buildings.

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Roger Reutimann

Swiss born Roger Reutimann’s representational sculptures serve as commentary and critique of contemporary social life. Human behavior serves as a constant inspiration, using the human form as a starting point with a futuristic and sometimes apocalyptic bend.

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Dog Grooming Taken To A Very Strange Place

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Grooming is essential to the care of any dog.  These images taken by pet photographer Ren Netherland are from a dog grooming competition that take the necessity to a strange place.  The fur of these dogs are cut and colored so as to resemble pop-culture characters, scenes, and recognizable images. Given, the creativity that goes into grooming these canines is surprising (but perhaps better redirected).  What do you think – is this extreme grooming just silly or inhumane?

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