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The Organic Mechanic

The Organic Mechanic

A Week of Visual Ingenuity

Lost & Found: Inside the Bizarre Wonderland of Artist and Tinkerer Blair Somerville

In a remote corner of New Zealand's South Island you can find Blair Sommerville, a self-confessed tinkerer and "organic mechanic," surrounded by a menagerie of kinetic sculptures, automata, and electronic doohickies. Sommerville owns and operates Lost Gypsy Gallery and over the last decade the gallery has become his life's work, a testament to artistic ingenuity, and an offbeat tourist attraction.

Step Inside 'Truth,' a Steampunk Coffee Shop in Cape Town, South Africa

With large saw-blade tabletops, beautiful overstuffed booths, and coffee making equipment so absurdly complex that it looks like the inside of a World War II-era submarine, Cape Town, South Africa's Truth cafe has managed to capture a complete steampunk aesthetic within the confines of a coffee shop. The shop was created by designer Heldane Martin who considered the form factor of espresso machines and coffee roasters to be somewhat similar to the Victorian futuristic fantasy style found in steampunk.

The Maniacal Street Art of Mr. Thoms

A giant metal door becomes a flapping ear for a grinning head, the geometric topography of an abandoned wall is anthropomorphized into a demented, pill-popping caricature, the entrance to a tunnel becomes a gaping mouth. Rome-based street artist Mr. Thoms has found ingenious ways to make elements of his canvas become an integral part of the work itself.

What it Looks Like to Soar Through a French Mountain Range on the Back of an Eagle

In this short clip filmed earlier this week using a GoPro camera strapped to the back of an eagle, we see what it might be like to soar through a mountain range near Chamonix, France.

Stippling Tattoos by Kenji Alucky

Japanese artist Kenji Alucky has merged fractal drawings with tribal designs into these amazing stippling tattoos. Alucky is currently based in NYC at New York Adorned.

Full Turn: 3D Light Sculptures Created from Rotating Flat Screen Monitors at High Speed

Created by Benjamin Muzzin as a diploma project, Full Turn is a kinetic light sculpture composed of two flat screens placed back to back and spun at extremely high speeds. The motion creates these hypnotic 3D light forms that seem to hover in thin air.

From the Colossal Shop

Fresh from the Revolution Design workshop, these awesome boxcar planters are a great addition to a desk, windowsill, or any other flat surface you might find. Available in walnut or ash and with several different accent colors, each set includes three planters each with a stainless steel planting insert. Though the plants are not included, any small variety of succulent-type plant will thrive in your boxcar planters.

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