Man Spends 40 Years Building Giant Kinetic Carnival Rides to Advertise Family Restaurant in Italy
On June 15, 1969 in Battaglia, Italy a man named Bruno set up a small food stand with a couple jugs of wine and a few sausages. By the end of the day he had sold almost everything and the family restaurant, Ai Pioppi, was born. After a chance encounter with a blacksmith, Bruno decided that he wanted to learn how to weld himself. Now forty years later, the forest around the restaurant is packed with swings, multi-story slides, seesaws, gyroscopes, tilt-a-whirls, and bizarre kinetic roller-coasters for adults and children.
Banksy Has Unannounced Art Sale with Genuine Signed Canvases in Central Park, Sells Almost Nothing
For his 13th day in New York, Banksy pulled a fantastic prank on unsuspecting passersby in Central Park yesterday by setting up an unannounced art stall with dozens of 100% original signed canvases for only $60. To further camouflage the artwork the booth was labeled simply "SPRAY ART" and manned by an unsuspecting old man who seemed completely uninterested in what he was doing. Over the course of the day only three people bought a total of 8 canvases.
Unexpected Layers of Glass Added to Stones and Books by Ramon Todo
Dusseldorf-based artist Ramon Todo creates beautiful textural juxtapositions using layers of glass in unexpected places. Starting with various stones, volcanic rock, fragments of the Berlin wall, and even books, the artist inserts perfectly cut glass fragments that seem to slice through the object resulting in segments of translucence where you would least expect it.
A Dragon Teapot by Johnson Tsang
Artist Johnson Tsang has been posting an amazing series of process photos over on his blog that demonstrate how he makes many of his bizarre ceramic creations. This piece, called a Painful Pot, is a functional teapot being squeezed by a dragon, its head functioning as the spout.
The Art of Improbable Coincidence: Travel and Street Photography by Maciej Dakowicz
To explore 5,500 photos in the staggering library of computer science PhD turned street photographer Maciej Dakowicz is to take an incredible journey through vastly differing cultures, miraculous visual coincidences, and improbable moments in time both amusing and terrifying.
Ai Weiwei's Forever Bicycles Reconfigured Using 3,144 Bikes in Toronto
As part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto this weekend, an enormous reconfiguration of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's Forever Bicycles was unveiled in the center of Nathan Phillips Square. The installation dominates the outdoor space, measuring 100 feet long by 30 feet wide and consists of some 3,144 bicycles, resulting in so much depth and volume the piece almost appears blurred.
Kylli Sparre's Surreal Conceptual Photography Influenced by Dance
After years of training to become a professional ballet dancer, artist Kylli Sparre realized it wasn't the path for her and instead channeled passion for dance into photography and image manipulation. The influence of her past career is immediately apparent when viewing her conceptual photographs that depict posed figures, taut with energy, at the peak of choreographed motion.