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Tag Archives: Art

Forensic Scientist Reconstructs Crystal Head Vodka Man

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You’ve probably seen a bottle of Crystal Head Vodka at your local liquor store. Most of you probably thought “huh, cool gimmick!” and moved on. But forensic scientist/artist Nigel, from Scotland, took that thought a step further and wondered what the CHV man would look like. He then took it upon himself to reconstruct the flesh around the skull, using techniques that have been employed with real cadavers over the years. The result is a creepy smiling man that looks oddly reminiscent of Willem Dafoe. Or something. Point is, we now have a face to the skull, and once you see these pics, you’ll never be able to look at Crystal Head Vodka the same way again.

Hit the jump for all the pics.

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Mortal Coil 3D Printed Slinky Skull Is Cool

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That’s a sweet looking 3D printing creation. It’s a skull made in Zbrush and printed in nylon and it kind of looks like a Slinky, only more skull-like. It’s called Mortal Coil, which is a brilliant name and deserving of some attention for the cleverness alone. Shapeways is doing the printing, so it’ll be pretty high quality, which partly offsets the fact that it’s also pretty expensive: $50.

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‘Intersections’ And Its Four Walls of Intricate Shadows

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There’s nothing simple about this cube right here. Dubbed as “Intersections,” it has intricate patterns on each of its six faces that are projected onto the walls of the room that it’s in when the light placed inside its chamber is turned on. Clearly, this is not your regular lamp. It’s actually an art installation by Anila Quayyum Agha which measures six-and-a-half feet on each side.

Anila explains that the project is an exploration of “intersections of culture and religion, the dynamics and interpretation of space and sight as it threaded through cultures and emerged as varied expressions that redefine themselves with the passage of time.”

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On-the-Road Art: Artist’s Hilarious Sketches of His Fellow Passengers

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What do you do when you’re on a bus or on the subway? When there are no sights to see outside and you’re bored with all the apps on your phone (including the game that cannot be won, Flappy Bird), what is there left to do?

At this point, I just take a quick nap or listen to some music, but what artist October Jones does is play a game. He sketches up a new head for other passengers and then holds them up over the actual person’s head to show what a good fit the new head is. You can check out more of his on-the-go artwork after the break.

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These Headphones Will Mess With Your Head

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The nice thing about art is that is often makes ‘why’ irrelevant. Granted, sometimes the artist will pay lip service for why he’s done this or that, but art is supposed to evoke emotions within you. Looking at the above Reverse Listening Device, we can’t help but think “WTF is that”, which we’d immediately qualify as effective art. Even briefly delving into the “why” of the thing sort of takes away from its beauty. But in the interest of sound reporting (something we’re definitely known for), the above is the creation of UK artist Dominic Wilcox, who wanted to create a display at Selfridges department store in London as part of an exhibition called the “Festival of Imagination.” It’s called “Variations On Normal”, and is simply a set of headphones that take sounds coming from the left and funnel them to your right ear, and vice versa. The sensation of wearing it is described as “very strange”. Artists are known to give enlightening descriptions.

No, no, this isn’t going to be made into a real product. We’d still like to give it a listen though.

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Would You Eat Off This China?

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German artist Evelyn Bracklow has an interesting take on what she considers compelling dishware: she’s created a line of porcelain dishes with dozens of carefully hand-painted ants all over them. At a glance, they look pretty real. Here’s her reasoning for it:

“Fear, disgust, fascination and admiration: this very interplay of feelings constitutes the charm of the work. Furthermore, to me, the ants symbolize all the stories that any formerly discarded piece of porcelain carries with it. Where one once dined and drank, today ants bustle in ever new formations, every single one applied with a great love for detail.”

Yeah… the art-speak is a little over our heads, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that her creations are quite unique and could make a cool purchase for anyone with a slightly twisted sense of aesthetic. Pieces start at around $250 on her Etsy store.

Hit the jump for a bunch more pictures and links.

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Mini Diorama Rings: Wearable Art For Your Digits

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Jewelry is essentially wearable art. But something that’s more “art” than “jewelry” are these mini diorama rings by designer Clive Roddy. Each piece is actually made of three rings, with each layer sporting a piece of the final design. The rings are laser-cut from high-quality birch plywood and can be worn together (for the full effect) or alone (if you’re feeling conservative).

They’re available in a variety of designs: House Rings (three houses that are different sizes), Tree Rings, Mountain Rings, and Wave Rings. Personally, the last one is my favorite. Hit the break for images of the other designs.

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This Animated LEGO Joker Funhouse is Just Awesome

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The Joker’s funhouse is more madness than fun, but what else would you expect from the Joker aside from his signature scares that go from funny to deadly in an instant? Master LEGO builder Paul Hetherington decided to take on the Joker’s funhouse for his next project and the results are nothing short of amazing.

The most impressive part? Some parts of the funhouse are actually animated, from the googly eyes and gated entrance to Robin and Batman, who’s twirling by the entrance non-stop.

You can check out a gallery of various views of the funhouse here. A video of the funhouse in motion is available after the break.

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Awesome Reversible Scarf Tells The Story of ‘The Hobbit’ On Both Sides

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So The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug still reigns supreme in the box office. Whether you’re going to watch it for the first, second, or nth time, why don’t you show a bit of support and lots of love for the franchise by wrapping this Hobbit-inspired scarf around your neck? The images on the scarf might seem random at first. But if you look closely, then you’ll notice that it’s actually a graphic retelling of The Hobbit.

The imagery on the scarf begins with Bilbo Baggins’ journey from the Shire and back again. Get your knitting needles out and start knitting this as if Smaug were after you.

The pattern is available at Ravelry for $5.

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