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Mattress Sheep

mattress sheep

The gift of found object artists is the ability to see forms in discarded objects that most of us would never consider. Take this mattress that Sophie Marsham found in an alley. With a bit of decoration, it looks just like a sheep! She writes:

It was bought from an exhibition I had, by a client who had previously purchased a very large contemporary painting of a ball of wool.  They told me that the painting and sculpture would be placed at either end of a large open-plan room. They would then be able to have a artistic dialogue with each other.... I like that!

Link -via Recyclart


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R2-D2 Vespa

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Don't underestimate that little scooter. He's saved the rebellion more than once. Morgan, a Geekologie reader, rides this glorious Vespa:

This was done with adhesive vinyl, some meticulous cutting and a 12-pack of beer. It gets a lot of looks and thumbs up, and often times while I am sitting at a stop light someone crossing the street will pause to take notice. The rear trunk is a real vintage piece and I removed the original faded travel stickers and replaced them with various retro style Star Wars art and posters that I found on the internet. 

You can view more pictures at the link.

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Debra Broz's Oddities

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By adding sculpting compound and paint, Austin-based artist Debra Broz turns cute ceramic animal figurines into monstrosities: cows merge with pigeons, ducks grow extra heads and dogs grow yard-long tongues. View them all at the link.

Link -via Design Observer | Photo: Rebecca Marino


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TARDIS Control Room

TARDIS control room

If you have a hexagonal-shaped room, decency demands that you turn it into a TARDIS control Room. Jayman White understood this and made one optimized for the Fourth Doctor. It lights up, makes appropriate sound effects and travels through space and time. You can view more pictures at the link.

Link -via Technabob


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The Glass Temple

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The Arulmigu Sri Raja Kaliamman Temple in Johor, Malaysia is a marvel to behold. This Hindu temple is made almost entirely out of colored glass--300,000 pieces of it. Sri Sinathambhy, the temple president, described how he developed the idea:

He added that he conceptualised the design while riding in a motorised taxi (tuk tuk), during a trip to Bangkok.

“I saw something shimmering from afar and told the driver to take me towards the light.

“I finally came to a Buddhist temple that had a piece of glasswork at its entrance and I was amazed by the beauty of the piece,” he said.

Sinathambhy said he expanded on the idea to build a temple that would be fully embellished with coloured glass.

Link and More Photos -- Thanks, Pradeep! | Photo: Georgia National Guard


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Not Everyone Wins a Pulitzer

Literary Consolation Prizes

Are you participating in National Novel Writing Month? You're a guaranteed winner! Grant Snider tells us about twelve lesser-known prizes that you could receive. Read the rest at the link.

Link -via Nag on the Lake


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Clown Skull

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Alas, poor Giggles! I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest. I hope that artist Vik Muniz returns the clown's skull to the churchyard for proper burial.

Artist's Website -via Wunderkammer


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My Little Lady Gaga

This pony wasn't born this way, but subjected to the work of master ponysmith Mari Kasurinen. Here's a ponified Lady Gaga wearing her famous meat dress.

Link | Artist's Website


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Eric Carle's A Game of Thrones

On Thursday, Joffrey Baratheon beheaded four noblemen, but he was still bored. Westeros and the world of children's book writer and illustrator Eric Carle clash in a set of book covers. You can read the rest at the link.

Link -via Popped Culture

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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The Slide in the Imperial Palace

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Alexander Palace was a residence of the Tsars outside of St. Petersburg. One room known as the Mountain Hall became a playroom for children during the reign of Nicholas I (r. 1825-1855). Amidst the precious and fragile works of art, the Tsar built an enormous slide.

Link -via The Oddment Emporium


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Could This Inflatable Plug Have Prevented New York City's Subways From Flooding?

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The design of this inflatable object was commissioned by the US Department of Homeland Security to be used in response to terrorist attacks against subways. But perhaps it could also be used to prevent future subway floods like those that happened recently in New York City:

The plugs can be inflated in about three minutes. But once inflated, they are pressurized with either air or water.

The existing test plug is roughly 32 feet by 16 feet and holds 35,000 gallons of water.

The manufacturer, Dave Cadogan, speculated about their utility in New York City:

If New York had had plugs, "I think they could have stopped a fair amount of incursion of water in the transit system," he said.

Team members say the plugs are cheaper than the leading alternative -- floodgates. The prototype plug cost about $400,000, and costs could go down if the plugs are manufactured in quantities.

Link -via DVICE | Photo: E.M. Sosa, West Virginia University/Department of Homeland Security


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Confederate Army Officer Wearing Jaguar Skin Pants

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The stylin' Captain Samuel J. Richardson of the Second Texas Cavalry wore a standard issue hat and shirt. But his pants and his holsters were made of jaguar skin!

Link -via Retronaut


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Combination Katara/Pistol

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The katara is an Indian push dagger--a knife used in a punching action. This one includes two German flintlock pistols built into the engraved silver handle.

Link -via You're Not Bulletproof | Photo: Gregg Martin Auctions

P.S. Here's another one that's even more finely crafted.


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Calculation Aid Tattoo

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Zach lost a finger and didn't want to have to take off a shoe to count to ten. So he got Kirk Nilsen of the Crown & Anchor Tattoo Parlor in Point Pleasant, New Jersey to ink this helpful replacement.

Link | Artist's Website


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Jawbone Sunglasses

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After noticing a similarity of shapes, Emma Montague made stylish but slightly creepy sunglasses with acetate, black horn and deer jawbones. Move over, Ray-Ban.

Link -via Wunderkammer | Artist's Website


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Battle Bugs

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Job Van der Molen, an artist from the Netherlands, has gradually assembled an army of insect soldiers equipped with tiny cannons and missle racks. Why? I don't know, but I'm sure his intentions are harmless. You can view more photos of his taxidermied insects at the link. My favorite is the dragonfly converted into an attack helicopter.

Link
| Artist's Website


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Stop Motion Film Made Entirely with Moleskine Journals


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With just Moleskine journals, Rogier Wieland created this cute stop-motion advertisement for them. Except for the rat. The rat was probably not part of a Moleskine journal. If it is a part of yours, you should probably seek a refund.

At the link, you can view behind-the-scenes photos showing how Wieland made this film.

Link -via Colossal


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Sushi Layer Cake

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A sushi roll? That's not enough. Margeaux went even further by arranging salmon, cucumber and avacado in a layer cake. Just add some candles for a hip birthday party. At the link, you can read her recipe in French and English.

Link -via Foodbeast


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Hundreds of Caterpillars Walking in a Line


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'Cause we got a little ol' convoy 
Rockin' through the night. 
Yeah, we got a little ol' convoy, 
Ain't she a beautiful sight? 
Come on and join our convoy 
Ain't nothin' gonna get in our way. 

-via Yababoon


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An Airbag for Your Head

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The editor of the Eccentric Ideas column of an 1895 issue of The Strand Magazine was far too skeptical. I'd love to war a hat like this. And if you're playing headbrick, it'd be an essential piece of safety equipment.

Full Text of the Original Magazine -via 5 Foot 12 Inches


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Eighteenth Century Writing Kit/Makeup Kit

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This beautifully intricate item in the Cleveland Museum of Art is a portable writing kit and makeup compact. It was made in England between 1760 and 1770. Opening it reveals a mirror, pencils and a manicure set.

Link -via OMG That Artifact! | Photo: Cleveland Museum of Art


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Coiled Snake Sword

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snake

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Allegedly, these photos show a sword that fits into a coiled metal snake. It was made in Toledo, Spain in the Nineteenth Century to demonstrate the flexibility of the steel and the skill of the craftsmen who worked it.

Link (Translation) -via Anachronistic Exploration


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Piano Fountain

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An employee of PianoWorks, a piano dealer in Atlanta, found a creative new use for a wrecked piano. It's now a planter and a fountain that pumps 2,000 gallons an hour.

Link -via Recyclart


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Affectionate Violins

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When you're not looking, Philippe Guillerm's violins are flirting with each other, getting into trouble or performing stunts. He makes amusing sculptures of anthropomorphic violins that look like they popped out of a Disney cartoon.

Link -via My Darkened Eyes


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Silver Skull Houses

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Danish artist Frodo Mikkelsen made several silver skulls with quaint houses on top. Perhaps he does so to suggest that death is ever nearby the most tranquil human settings.

Is that an outhouse on the right?

Artist's Website -via Junkculture


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Optimus Prime Chicken Coop

Optimus Prime

Autochickens, roll out! shOOter---, a member of Overclockers Australia, built a chicken coop that any child of the 80s would be proud to drive. Or raise chickens in, for that matter. No Deceptifox will dare raid it.

Link -via Nerd Bastards


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Marilyn Sunderlin's Amazing Gourds

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Marilyn Sunderlin, an artist in Utah, takes dried gourds and turns them into colorful sculptures:

I carve the gourds with a high-speed carving/engraving tool that is powered by compressed air, which I purchased from Profitable Hobbies for the fine detail carving. I purchased the Optima II Plus carving tool from Treeline (The Woodcarvers Specialist), for larger and faster cuts. I can purchase different size burrs for both tools, so I can carve a wide variety of textures on my gourds. [...]

My favorite medium is oils, because they stay moist longer and allows more flexibility in blending the colors. I also use acrylics and wood stains. I have tried dyes, but prefer the wood stains to dyes. I use the acrylics for the inside of the gourd because it is so porous. Remember to use a wood sealer first on all carved areas before painting. This will help the paint to stay its true color.

Link -via Oddity Central


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How to Make Glow-in-the-Dark Cupcakes

Although the cook at Recipe Snobs has Halloween in mind, kids will enjoy anything glow-in-the-dark any time of year. Who could blame them? Everything is better when it glows in blacklight. This cook made cupcake frosting glow by dipping it in tonic water.

Link -via Foodbeast


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Ludwig van Joker

Joker

A bit of madness helps with the music. French artist and custom toymaker Oskunk applied acrylic paint to a bust of Beethoven to turn the composter into Heath Ledger's Joker.

Link -via it8bit


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Helicopter Hair

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You are cleared for takeoff in this hair sculpture by Olaf Breuning, an artist in many different media. Note that the link is safe, but Breuning's main site is NSFW.

Link -via Geekologie


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