Friday, July 19, 2013

The Wild Effect of Cetrifugal Force on Toys Soaked with Paint by Peter Schafrick

The Wild Effect of Centrifugal Force on Toys Soaked with Paint by Peter Schafrick toys paint
The Wild Effect of Centrifugal Force on Toys Soaked with Paint by Peter Schafrick toys paint
The Wild Effect of Centrifugal Force on Toys Soaked with Paint by Peter Schafrick toys paint
The Wild Effect of Centrifugal Force on Toys Soaked with Paint by Peter Schafrick toys paint
The Wild Effect of Centrifugal Force on Toys Soaked with Paint by Peter Schafrick toys paint
The Wild Effect of Centrifugal Force on Toys Soaked with Paint by Peter Schafrick toys paint
The Wild Effect of Centrifugal Force on Toys Soaked with Paint by Peter Schafrick toys paint
Anytime you dump gobs of colorful paint on toys and add liberal amounts of centrifugal force, I’m in. Such is the case with these high speed images shot by photographer Peter Schafrick of paint-soaked Barbie dolls, dog chew toys, and tennis balls. Schafrick created a special rig dubbed the Spinster that allows him to quickly launch each dripping object into a spin at which point he snaps a shot. See more here.

Pardon my Dust: The Beautiful Chalk Art of Peter Han

Pardon My Dust: The Chalk Art of Peter Han illustration drawing documentary chalk
Pardon My Dust: The Chalk Art of Peter Han illustration drawing documentary chalk
Pardon My Dust: The Chalk Art of Peter Han illustration drawing documentary chalk
Pardon My Dust: The Chalk Art of Peter Han illustration drawing documentary chalk
Pardon My Dust: The Chalk Art of Peter Han illustration drawing documentary chalk
Pardon My Dust: The Chalk Art of Peter Han illustration drawing documentary chalk
Designer Peter Han (he rejects being called an artist) has worked as a conceptual designer for a number of different video games and films, but has also become known for a drawing class he teaches called Dynamic Sketching. Using only chalk, Han works with his students to let go of their preconceived notions about art and design by working in a fast, impermanent medium that always ends up being erased. The hope is to eventually free them from the idea of permanence and allow their ideas to grow through making mistakes.
In this short film titled Pardon My Dust directed by Adriel de la Torre, we catch a quick glimpse of Han at work as he works with his students and draws some impressive illustrations that of course meet a fateful end under a felt eraser. (via colossal submissions)

Street Artist Ludo Merges Technology and Nature to Create a New Order of Hybrid Organisims

Street Artist Ludo Merges Technology and Nature to Create a New Order of Hybrid Organisms wheatpaste street art
Street Artist Ludo Merges Technology and Nature to Create a New Order of Hybrid Organisms wheatpaste street art
Street art has come so far in being accepted and great art like this makes it easy! 

Fire! Fire! What Happen's When You Mix Ammonium Chromate & Mercury?

What Happens When you Mix Ammonium Chromate & Mercury(II) and Set it on Fire science fire
This is what happens when you mix Mercury(II) thiocyanate (Hg(SCN)2) and Ammonium chromate (NH4)2CrO4 and then set it on fire. I was honestly expecting the fiery volcano part, but at about 30 seconds in something… horrifying happens. The kids witnessing the experiment really make the video. “The kraken!!!!” (via The Awesomer)

Mirror City: A Kaleidoscopic Timelapse of Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Vegas, and L.A.


Mirror City: A Kaleidoscopic Timelapse of Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Vegas and L.A. timelapse San Francisco San Diego Los Angeles Las Vegas Chicago
Mirror City: A Kaleidoscopic Timelapse of Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Vegas and L.A. timelapse San Francisco San Diego Los Angeles Las Vegas Chicago
Mirror City: A Kaleidoscopic Timelapse of Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Vegas and L.A. timelapse San Francisco San Diego Los Angeles Las Vegas Chicago
Mirror City: A Kaleidoscopic Timelapse of Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Vegas and L.A. timelapse San Francisco San Diego Los Angeles Las Vegas Chicago
Mirror City is the latest video from photographer and filmmaker Michael Shainblumthat takes time-lapse footage of Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas and Los Angeles and runs it through a constantly shifting kaleidoscopic pattern of mirrors. Shainblum says of the piece took about four months to edit and adds:
These clips were all processed from their original form, into the kaleidoscopic visuals that you see in this video. Many people visit these large cities every day, and all of these places have been shot and filmed, but I wanted to emulate these urban landscapes in a way that nobody has even seen before. I wanted to put man-made geometric shapes, mixed with elements of color and movement to create less of a structured video, and more of a plethora of visual stimulation.
And a plethora of visual stimulation it is indeed. The fun part for me was trying to recognize all of the different cities as the patterns become more abstract and chaotic. Amazing editing. I definitely suggest watching it full-screen with HD turned on. (via vimeo)

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Dutch Artist Celebrates George Orwell's Birthday by Putting Party Hats on Surveillance Cameras

On Tuesday, surveillance cameras in the center of the city of Utrecht were decorated with colorful party hats to celebrate the 110th birthday of George Orwell, Dutch art duo Front404 explained on their website .
Source: front404.com
Source: front404.com

“George Orwell is best known for his book ‘1984’, in which he describes a dystopian future society where the populace is constantly watched by the surveillance state of Big Brother.”

"George Orwell is best known for his book ‘1984’, in which he describes a dystopian future society where the populace is constantly watched by the surveillance state of Big Brother."
Source: front404.com
Source: front404.com

“By putting these happy party hats on the surveillance cameras we don’t just celebrate Orwell’s birthday.”

"By putting these happy party hats on the surveillance cameras we don’t just celebrate Orwell’s birthday."
Source: front404.com
Source: front404.com

“By making these inconspicuous cameras that we ignore in our daily lives catch the eye again we also create awareness of how many cameras really watch us nowadays.”

"By making these inconspicuous cameras that we ignore in our daily lives catch the eye again we also create awareness of how many cameras really watch us nowadays."
Source: front404.com

“And [how] the surveillance state described by Orwell is getting closer and closer to reality.”

"And [how] the surveillance state described by Orwell is getting closer and closer to reality."
Source: front404.com
Front404 is the collaborative work of artists Thomas voor ‘t Hekke and Bas van Oerle. You can see the rest of these images on the artists’ webpage or on theFront404 Facebook page

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Tiny Mechanical Insects Made From Watch Parts


Chicago-based artist Justin Gershenson-Gates, aka A Mechanical Mind, creates tiny steampunk insects by carefully soldering together gears, springs, and other watch parts. The mechanical bugs, many of which Gershenson-Gates can balance on just his pinky finger, are miniature, multi-legged creatures that each take the artist several hours to complete.
Like a robotic army of creepy crawlers, the metallic mites invoke a sense of mechanical technology come to life. There's something altogether exciting, intriguing, and frightening about the collection that screams "science fiction horror film." You can hear their metallic little legs feverishly clicking as though they're scurrying across a room just by looking at them.
A number of Gershenson-Gates' mechanical insect sculptures are available to purchase through his Etsy shop.

Amazing Thread Installation by Gabriel Dawe

Colored Thread Installations by Gabriel Dawe thread installation color
Colored Thread Installations by Gabriel Dawe thread installation color

To think I just threw out a bunch of thread! 

Magic Performed by Manually Cranked Wood Toy

Manually Cranked Wood Toy Performs Sleight of hand Magic wood magic kinetic automata
Designed by Swedish artist Per Helldorff, this amazing little wooden automata performs magic with three cups and a ball that seems to teleport before your very eyes with the wind of simple crank. I guess it’s somewhat obvious a few cleverly placed magnets are causing everything to happen, but that doesn’t make it any less fun to watch. (via colossal submissions)

Animated Music Video Filmed Through a Band's Breath in Freezing Temperatures by Wriggles & Robin's

Animated Music Video Filmed Through a Bands Breath in Freezing Temperatures by Wriggles & Robins  music video breath animation
Animated Music Video Filmed Through a Bands Breath in Freezing Temperatures by Wriggles & Robins  music video breath animation
Innovative directing duo Matt Robinson and Tom Wrigglesworth of Wriggles & Robins(previously) just released this great new music video for the band Travis. The team shot at below freezing temperatures and filmed projected animations that could only be seen when the four band members would breath through the cold air. Although subtle, there are some amazing sequences that really make this worth watching all the way through. You might remember Wriggles & Robins’s life drawing video from a few months ago. If you’re interested here’s a video of how they did it:
Unfortunately if you’re viewing this post on Feedly, embedded Vimeo videos are unplayable. You’ll need to click through to see the whole post.

Science is Awsome: a 3-D Printed Prosthetic Foot designed for Buttercup the Amputee Duck

Science is Awesome: A 3D printed Prosthetic Foot Designed for Buttercup the Amputee Duck birds 3d printing
Science is Awesome: A 3D printed Prosthetic Foot Designed for Buttercup the Amputee Duck birds 3d printing
Science is Awesome: A 3D printed Prosthetic Foot Designed for Buttercup the Amputee Duck birds 3d printing
Science is Awesome: A 3D printed Prosthetic Foot Designed for Buttercup the Amputee Duck birds 3d printing
Science is Awesome: A 3D printed Prosthetic Foot Designed for Buttercup the Amputee Duck birds 3d printing
Science is Awesome: A 3D printed Prosthetic Foot Designed for Buttercup the Amputee Duck birds 3d printing
Buttercup the duck was born in a high school biology lab with a backward left foot making the possibility of walking nearly impossible. Unable to care for the disabled bird, the school handed the duck over to the Feathered Angels Waterfowl Sanctuary where the backward foot was amputated and the bird managed to walk with an awkward limp. Several months later engineers at Novacopy stepped in to help the sanctuary develop a permanent fix. Advances in rapid prototyping technology allowed for a mold of the bird’s left foot to be printed in about 13 hours, after which a silicone prosthesis was formed and perfectly fitted to Buttercup’s leg.
I was a bit skeptical as I saw this story circulating the web and the news last week, but this weekend Buttercup was fitted with her new prosthetic foot and the video above shows a notable improvement in the bird’s mobility. There has been plenty of online chatter about the need to spend money and resources on project like this for a duck, versus spending those same resources on a human. Personally I’m happy to come from a society that values both. Scientific breakthroughs in 3D printing for humans as well as compassion for birds and other animals. You can read more about this project over on designboomand follow the Buttercup’s progress on Facebook.

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