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Collectively Reporting on Urban Cultures and Alternative Arts Around the World
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10 Pimped Pump Jacks Give The Nod To Urban Oil Art
2010-03-21 18:00:00
Mechanical "nodding donkeys" have been grazing the surface of uninhabited oil fields for many decades but in urban settings they can look, well, crude. Making these horsehead pumps look presentable often involves local folk art projects that produce unique and even surprising results. Pimp my pump jack? You know the drill.
More About: Design , Urban , Places , Give , Street Art
Thank You for Littering: NYC Garbage Art
2010-03-20 18:00:00
Centuries ago, there was very little garbage, but the little bits of this and that buried in the ground are now fascinating visual clues to a life long gone. Trash today is much easier to find ? especially in the urban jungle of New York City, where it?s hard to walk ten steps without seeing ...
More About: Bizarre , Places , Garbage , Street Art , Urbanism
Towering Achievements: Incredible Industrial Towers
2010-03-19 18:00:00
Not many of us would think of industrial towers as impressive pieces of modern architecture, but a closer look reveals that they are, in fact, amazing structures. They have to be able to not only do the job they were built for – guiding smoke or steam, storing agricultural products, or cooling fluids – but ...
More About: Design , Industrial , Incredible
Big Screens, Big Fun: 2 Simply Silly Public Art Projects
2010-03-18 18:00:00
Once we move from childhood to adulthood, playfulness seems to take a back seat to responsibility. Many of us lose that sense of wonder and fun that makes all of our daily activities seem wondrous. Two recent UK public art projects have used absurdity to inject a sense of wonder and fun back into the ...
More About: Projects , Public , Simply , Silly , Street Art
Uber Creepy Tour: Abandoned Six Flags New Orleans [69 Pics]
2010-03-17 18:00:00
All of us are like excited children when turned loose for a fun-filled day at an amusement park. The commotion of the enthusiastic crowd combines with mouthwatering scents of delicious snacks waiting to be gobbled up, and then mingles with flashing lights and pounding music from rides and attractions. Yet when an amusement park becomes ...
More About: New Orleans , Places , Tour , Six Flags
Cogs and Ink: Steampunk Tattoo Designs that Wow
2010-03-16 18:00:00
If steampunk fans' willingness to permanently ink themselves with steampunk themed tattoos is any indication, the appeal of steampunk will be lasting a lot longer than expected.
More About: Tattoo
Best Print This: 12 High-Tech & 3D Printer Design Ideas
2010-03-15 18:00:00
It?s the 21st century ? so why are printers still so bulky, ugly and wasteful? The time is ripe for printers that fit into the world of iPods, cell phones and paper-thin computers, and concept designers are stepping up to the plate with incredible visions of the future. Tiny stick printers that can go anywhere, ...
More About: Ideas , Design , High Tech , Tech , Print
Ceramic Fantastic: The Victorian Vision Of Laura Zindel
2010-03-14 18:00:00
Laura Zindel's surreal ceramic creations combine high-quality home dishware with faux historical hand-drawn imagery inspired by Victorian Cabinets of Curiosity. Bugs, snakes and spiders on my dinner plate... Please sir, may I have some more?
More About: Design , Interiors
Strange Miniature Worlds of Cotton, Sugar and Spice
2010-03-13 19:00:00
Gazing at the portfolio of artist Matthew Albanese, you?re likely to marvel not just at his guts for getting so dangerously close to a tornado or erupting volcano, but luck for always seeming to be in the right place at the right time. But Albanese isn?t a storm chaser ? the truth is even more ...
More About: Nature , Photography , Sugar , Worlds , Strange
Making it Rain: Eco-Friendly Ads Disappear Like Magic
2010-03-12 19:00:00
Just when it seems like there’s nothing new to do in the world of advertising, someone figures out a completely unique way of communicating a commercial message. Amsterdam-based advertising and design firm MISTERWILSON developed Rain Campaign, an innovative street advertising method that only appears when it rains, then becomes invisible when the pavement dries out. The RainCampaign ...
More About: Magic , Friendly
Starry Knights: 14 Stellar Star-Shaped Fortresses
2010-03-11 19:00:00
The military buildings of today are relatively bland and plain, but in centuries past military architecture was something to be admired. Military forts, whether they were stand-alone installations or incorporated towns within their walls, had to be tough enough to stand up to attacks and well-designed enough to effectively return fire when required. Star -shaped forts ...
More About: Design , Knights
Abandoned Mental Asylum Hellingly, RIP, 33 Creepy Photo Tribute
2010-03-10 19:00:00
When you look at these photos, do you think death and derelict nightmare or do you think urban explorers? dream? Explorers dared security guards and guard dogs to investigate and to photograph the decaying, otherwise forgotten, and rotten bedlam of massive Hellingly Asylum. Maybe these adventurers are just insane, or maybe they wanted to sift ...
More About: Photo , Design , Mental , Photography , Drawing
Star Trek: The Next Generation of Fandom
2010-03-09 19:00:00
Star Trek has been an ongoing phenomenon since its debut in 1966. Star Trek consists of 2 series on the USS Enterprise, 3 spin offs, an animated series, and 11 feature films. A franchise this long lasting and successful creates a loyal following that is interested in anything related to the series. Whether it’s Star ...
More About: Star Trek , Star
Holgas, Polaroids & Pinholes: Lush Low-Tech Photography
2010-03-08 19:00:00
10 years into the 21st century, film photography has been almost completely written off as obsolete, with even amateur photographers ditching traditional cameras for the crispness and convenience of digital. But there?s something missing from today?s almost-too-perfect pictures: that indescribable magic that film can have. All the Photoshop filters and iPhone apps in the world ...
More About: Design , Culture , Photography , Drawing , Tech
Suspending Belief: 10 Span-tastic Bridges
2010-03-07 19:48:00
Bridges might not get the respect the world's tallest skyscrapers get but these horizontal wonders push the engineering envelope just as hard. From the Brooklyn Bridge to "Galloping Gertie" and beyond, these 10 span-tastic bridges prove the journey is often more interesting than the destination.
More About: Design , Places , Bridges
?Clean City?: São Paulo Scrubbed of Outdoor Ads
2010-03-06 19:00:00
(images via: tony demarco) Outdoor advertising is so ubiquitous in almost every urban setting around the world, it?s difficult to walk down a street, take an escalator or sit on a bench without getting slapped in the face with one product or another. But the city of São Paulo, Brazil is like an advertising ghost town: ...
More About: Design , Photography , Places , Clean
Advertising Misinformation: How to Fake a Business District
2010-03-05 19:00:00
When a city’s economy begins to fail, those in charge have some choices to make. Should they pump money into local businesses? Should they let the public see just how bad it’s getting? One town in England is taking a novel approach to the scores of closed-up shops on its main street: they’re putting up ...
More About: Business , Advertising , District , Fake
Itty Bitty Cities: 22 Models That Miniaturize the World
2010-03-04 19:00:00
Model cities aren’t just the stuff of kids’ toys. They’re used all over the world for urban planning, architectural proposals and research. But while miniature cities are useful, they’re also a unique kind of art. Older models give us a very real glimpse into what cities looked like in past generations, while new models can ...
More About: Design , World , Models , Cities , The World
Amazing Works of Infrared Photography
2009-04-03 02:16:00
Since the world first saw and fell in love with infrared photography in 1910, it has continued to grow in popularity and these images are now widely available.
More About: Nature , Photography , Architecture , Amazing , Works
Beyond Brutalism: Creative Concrete Architecture
2009-04-01 19:52:00
Concrete construction has been used at least as far back as the Roman Empire. In the modern age, the overuse of concrete (Brutalism) has tarnished its reputation but lately the versatile material has enjoyed a revival and reappraisal.
More About: Creative , History , Architecture , Concrete
Room Dividers: 15 Spectacular Spatial Separators
2009-03-31 20:11:00
Want a really cool wall but don’t want to build one? Conventional curtains and traditional shoji screens aren?t the only ways to visually break up interior spaces. These 15 innovative and artistic room dividers ? including colorful plastic panels, strange plant-like modular screens, real green and growing separators and flexible walls made of wood ? ...
More About: Room , Spectacular
Retrofuturistic Ads: Selling a Brighter Tomorrow
2009-03-30 01:27:00
These 15 retrofuturistic ads showcase one of advertising's most time-tested traits: convincing the target market a better, brighter future can be theirs TODAY - once they purchase this must-have product. Is the world we live in really as "new & improved" as we were led to believe?
More About: Travel , Selling , History , Tomorrow
Recycled Treasures Converted Into Inspired Art
2009-03-28 22:22:00
Wait - before you toss that into the garbage, can it be recycled?  Many things obviously can in traditional ways, but an artist often sees beyond the obvious.  With a creative eye and artful touch, art can be created with nearly any medium.  Innovative artists can transform what you might consider trash into amazing art. ...
More About: Inspired , Treasures
Amazing and Creative Book Cover Art and Design
2009-03-26 22:49:00
They say you can't judge a book by its cover, but sometimes it can be unavoidable. The cover of a book can often make a strong first impression that is hard to ignore. Those who have had a lifelong love affair with books know the thrill of running their fingertips down a spine cloaked in rich mahogany leather. However, there are some books so cleverly designed that they captivate even the casual bookstore browser.
More About: Creative , Design , Book , Art and Design , Amazing
Bloody Brilliant: 10 Blood-Themed Design Ideas
2009-03-25 00:19:00
Imagine coming home to a house with red streaks and spatter patterns cast across your rugs, chairs or tables - or to find a loved one passed out in a pool of blood. Some of these radical red designs are intended to scare visitors while others are aesthetically engaging even before one realizes the bloody ...
More About: Ideas , Design , Furniture , Blood , Brilliant
Radical Retrofuture Rides: 12 Never-Produced Vehicles
2009-03-23 22:04:00
Concept cars, dream machines and technology-packed prototypes give us hints of what the future holds. Here are 15 that have not, though they live on in our imaginations.
More About: Travel , History , Vehicles , Urbanism , Radical
15 of the World?s Most Brilliant Business Card Designs
2009-03-22 22:51:00
To be competitive in business, you?ve got to stand out ? and there?s no better representation of your visual identity than your business card. While most are tucked into a wallet or desk drawer and quickly forgotten, others make people look twice, with designs that are funny, shocking or just incredibly unique. Here are 15 ...
More About: Business , World , Card , Advertising , Urban
WebUrbanist Fanbase Artist Showcase - Part 1
2009-03-22 00:07:00
Over the past year and a half the WebUrbanist readership has continued to grow at a very healthy pace. The site that started as a hobby has fast become one of the most-read online publications and along the way has even been selected by the Google Reader Blog as a staff favorite. The site’s readership ...
More About: Graffiti , Artist , Part , Showcase
20 (More!) Creative Recycled Furniture Designs
2008-09-22 16:34:00
Recycling doesn’t have to be limited to sorting cans and bottles into bins to be sent to a recycling plant to be turned into new cans and bottles. Recycling can be about using existing materials to make something completely new and original, often with a function completely different from the good’s original purpose. Furniture designers have capitalized on this notion to dream up some incredibly creative and unpredictable results for use around the home. Barrel Designs specializes in a wide array of furniture crafted from “retired” barrels once used to contain wine. The oak wood used in the barrels is reshaped in a number of creative ways to create new pieces ranging from tables and chairs to fixtures used with the wine the barrels once held, such as racks for bottles and serving bars. Like the wine barrels turned into wine accessories, This Into That specializes in recycling materials into new things relating to their original function. Specifically, ...
More About: Creative
24 Stunning HDR Photographs of Abandoned Places
2008-09-21 16:05:00
Something about the vibrant colors, stark contrasts and vivid depths of an HDR approach lends abandonments to HDR photography like few other subjects. Beautiful HDR pictures bring dead places and long disused spaces powerfully to back to life. Photographers like Julie Berlin (whose work is shown above) and many others (shown below) have opened the door ...
More About: Environment , Photography , Architecture , Graffiti , Places
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