Thursday, July 02, 2015

A Sneaker Made From Ocean Trash

The world’s oceans are in danger of disappearing and along with them marine life will also be gone.

This prototype for an Adidas sneaker was made from trash dredged up from the ocean by the nonprofit Sea Shepherd. This illegal fishing net that spanned the bottom of the sea like a wall, killing nearby marine life, will now serve as footwear.

Via Unconsumption

Bike - A Video Of Cyclists In Utrecht

This hilarious documentary-style video looks at bike culture in the Dutch city of Utrecht. The bikers are filmed from a cart hanging behind a bike.

BIKE - The amazing world of cyclists in Utrecht from BLIK filmcommunicatie on Vimeo.

Via  Holy Kaw!

The Colors We See Everyday

Colors, a beautiful video short by The Mercadantes is about the all colors we see in our everyday lives.

Colors from The Mercadantes on Vimeo.


First Ever Hello Kitty Maternity Clinic

At last something labouring women have been clamouring for!

Women can now give birth at a Hello Kitty-themed maternity clinic at Hau Sheng Hospital in Yuanlin, Taiwan that features Hello Kitty statues, Hello Kitty decor on the elevator doors, Hello Kitty wallpaper, Hello Kitty sheets and blankets for new baby.

The hospital's director, Tsai Tsung-chi, says the iconic cat will help ease the stress of giving birth. I think it would have taken more than a mouthless cartoon character to remove my stress during labour and delivery. But hey, that's just me.

More: RocketNews24

"Dancerator" Made From A 1920's Typewriter

A 1920’s typewriter was stripped and 3″ marionettes were connected to its keys with string. Each key controlled either a leg, elbow, knee, or hand of each marionette. The marionettes dance on a stage that is lit with LED spotlights that are focused on each dancer.

Via: Recyclart

Follow Me ... Down The Aisle

Chances are you've seen Moscow-based photographer Murad Osmann's  “Follow Me” series shot from his point of view that shows his girlfriend, Nataly Zakharova, leading him through some of the world's most exotic locations. His Instagram account has gained 2.6 million followers over the past 5 years. In July 2014 Osmann documented his marriage proposal and the couple recently married.

Surprisingly he posted an image where Nataly is not holding his hand but the caption reads: "I promise to hold your hand and tell you I love you every day for the rest of our lives."

The project has been published as a 224-page photo book titled “Follow Me To: A Journey around the World Through the Eyes of Two Ordinary Travelers.”

Via Petapixel

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Cave Lit by Worms

Would you like to replicate these twinkling lights illuminating the ceiling of this New Zealand cave in your own home? No you wouldn't. They are the work of female arachnocampa luminosa, a bioluminescent gnat larva (aka glowworm).

Photographer Joseph Michael takes long-exposure shots of worms that live amongst 30 million-year-old limestone formations on the North Island.

The Luminosity Project 

More: Colossal

Thanks Bruce!

What it's like to have no sense of taste or smell

Taste and smell problems affect about 10 to 15 million people in the US. Is it a big problem? Christophe Haubursin explains in under 2 minutes.

Duck Family Gets Police Escort

Lucy the duck and 5 ducklings trek to new home in PEI with a police escort ... it doesn't get much more Canadian than this.

More: CBC News

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

10-Month Restoration of a 355-Year-Old Painting

Charles Le Brun’s huge portrait of Everhard Jabach and His Family is 355-years-old and was showing its age when it arrived the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was covered in discoloured and uneven varnish, had multiple superficial scratches and structural damage had split the painting nearly in half.

Michael Gallagher, Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge in the Department of Paintings Conservation, lead 10 months of  retouching, structural work and re-varnishing that restored the painting to its former glory.

The Met also documented the process in some 20 blog posts  on their website.

More: Colossal