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Man Spends Years Creating Detailed Models of WWI Trenches

For the past several years, Andy Belsey has created models of WWI trench sections in painstaking detail. So far he's modeled 9 different sections and blogs about his work on MilitaryModeling.com. Made from everyday objects, he's ingeniously found ways to realistically recreate the look and feel of …

History

20+ Creative Tourist Photos of the Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy is one of the world’s most popular tourist sites. With a lean of about 3.99 degrees, it’s easy to understand why—the architectural oddity is definitely something you’d want to witness in person. But, the locale is well-known for another reason: people love to take …

Photography

Unraveling the Emotional Depth of Edward Hopper’s Modern Masterpiece ‘Nighthawks’

Celebrated as a key figure of 20th century American art, lifelong New Yorker Edward Hopper held that “great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world.” While this intimate artistic approach is apparent in many …

Art History

Stunning Close-Up Photos of Minerals Look Like Beautiful Alien Landscapes

Spanish photographer Saida Valenzuela new series <i>Echoes</i> takes the beauty of the natural world and transforms it into high art. By photographing different minerals, she has created an abstract series that is mesmerizing in its colorful fluidity.<p>Each mineral, captured from an aerial perspective, …

Photography

59 Retro Posters Celebrate the Colorful Diversity of America’s National Parks

To explore the diversity and share the beauty of America's beloved National Parks, a group of nature-loving artists and designers has created a colorful collection of retro National Park posters. Compiled into the Fifty-Nine Parks Print Series and produced by The National Poster Retrospecticus, …

National Parks

200+ Posters From the Golden Age of Graphic Design Are Now Free to Download

Today, more and more cultural institutions have started to offer free art resources to the public through online archives. From high-quality reproductions of antique photographs to museum-approved art books, these complimentary materials promote and exhibit the endless possibilities of Internet …

Graphic Design

Elon Musk Announces New Hyperloop Approval Making NYC to DC Trip in Only 29 Minutes

In a series of tweets, SpaceX and Tesla owner Elon Musk gave commuters on the East Coast a reason to get excited. According to Musk, he received verbal approval for The Boring Company to build a New York City to Washington, DC Hyperloop that would link these cities in a quick, 29-minute trip.<p>Just …

Autos

New York City Has an Adorable Rooftop Cottage and It’s Finally for Sale

If you ever wanted to live out your Hansel and Gretel fantasy, but don't want to live in the forest, this urban cottage in New York's East Village might fit the bill. With its shaker shingles and lush greenery, the rooftop cottage looks like it's been plucked from a seaside vacation spot.<p>The …

Architecture

Free Photography Tutorial Explores the Magic of Polarizing Lens Filters

As time goes on, certain types of photo equipment become obsolete as people use post production to spruce up their pictures. For instance, colored filters were once a common method of manipulating light directly in camera. And while most filters have fallen by the wayside, Christopher Frost's …

Photography

What Happens When a Bird’s Wings Sync Up Perfectly with a Camera’s Frame Rate

Sometimes security cameras can take some strange footage, and Texan Al Brooks was in for a treat when he reviewed video from outside his home. As a bird flies by the camera, it looks to almost be floating while pausing for a moment to take in the scenery.<p>This isn't the work of a video effects …

Cameras

Twinkling DIY Paper Lamp Shades Inspired by the Elegance of Sea Animals

Inspired by the idyllic Dutch seaside, Amsterdam-based Etsy shop VasiliLights crafts paper lamp shades exquisitely shaped like aquatic animals. Specializing in DIY coverings, the shop offers a sea of easy-to-assemble paper creations that add an underwater touch to any room.<p>Featuring geometric …

Interior Design

Husky Rescue Goes from Frightened Pup to Model Muse for Photographer

When photographer, artist, and filmmaker Troy Moth followed his heart, moving back to his birthplace of Vancouver Island and leaving behind a hot career as a fashion photographer in Toronto, he didn't do so alone. His trusty companion Nikita, a rescue dog, was by his side.<p>Since adopting the pup …

Met

Creative Couple Reenacts Most Romantic Photos of the Obamas for Their Engagement Shoot

Barack and Michelle Obama may no longer be living in the White House, but that hasn't stopped them from retaining their title as America's favorite First Couple. During President Obama's 8 years in office, White House photographer Pete Souza captured their captivating love in an extensive …

Photography

100 Artists Were Invited to Paint an Entire School Before Its Renovation

Over the course of three weeks, 100 artists were given free reign to take over a dormitory in Paris, making it their canvas. As part of the Rehab 2 festival, the graffiti artists were invited to paint the interior of a student residence at the Cité Internationale Universitaire in Paris.<p>The space …

Street Art

Interview: Nomadic Couple Captures the Timeless Natural Beauty of Peru

The nomadic model-photographer duo Victoria Yore and TJ Drysdale, aka Follow Me Away, have explored parts of the world that many only dream of visiting. We’ve chronicled their adventures for years as they captured the breathtaking sights of Iceland, Oregon, and countries throughout Europe. They’ve …

Photography

Amazing 4K Film Uses Time-Lapse Technology Unlike Anything Else

The upcoming documentary <i>Awaken</i> is a film five years in the making. Shot by director, cinematographer, and photographer Tom Lowe, it takes us on a journey throughout 30 countries, but does so with a distinctive twist. <i>Awaken</i> pioneers and combines cutting-edge techniques in time-lapse, underwater, and …

Videography

Metropolitan Museum of Art Now Offers Over 1,600 Free Art Books Online

In need of some summer reading? If so, look no further than the Metropolitan Museum of Art's website. What once simply provided descriptions of its world-famous permanent collection, information about its exhibitions, and a way to pick up some Met-themed merchandise now offers an extensive and …

Museums

Taipei Transforms Public Subway Cars into Immersive Sports Venues

Immersive advertising is an ingenious way to get people excited about a campaign or cause, because they then feel like they’re part of the action. This can happen any place—even somewhere as ordinary as public transit. The New York Public Library recently transformed one of their underground trains …

Taipei

25+ Stunningly Designed Staircases That Are a Step Above All the Rest

Stairs are so commonplace in architecture that you might not give them a second thought. But as evidenced by modern stair design, it’s something that we should pay attention to more. When done well, they transcend their primary function and become sculptural works of art that make ordinary places …

Architecture

Mesmerizing “Time Slice” Photos Show Single Locations at Different Times of Day

For years, artist and photographer Fong Qi Wei has been skillfully slicing photographs into awe-inspiring scenes showcasing the passage of time. Known as “time slice” photographs, each work of art combines several photos taken at different times of day to produce a single, strikingly cohesive …

Photography

Visually Satisfying Photos Capture the Repetition and Symmetry of Swimming

With a preference for portraiture and an artistic attraction to “modern freshness,” Slovakia-based artist Maria Svarbova produces expressive photographs that explore everyday actions and reimagine routine. This interest in repetition is particularly evident in her photos of swimmers, a subject she …

Photography

Iconic Converse Sneakers Get Reimagined as Cozy Knit Slippers

When you were younger, your parents probably told you not to wear your shoes in the house. But, they may have changed their tune if they saw these knitted sneakers that are actually a quirky pair of slippers. Shaped and styled like Converse high-top shoes, the cozy footwear features a version of …

Shoes

Send a Text to SFMOMA and They’ll Send You a Carefully Selected Work of Art

The esteemed San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) re-opened its doors last year, following a three-year expansion project. With its additional gallery space, state-of-the-art programs, and an upsized and updated collection, stopping by SFMOMA is well worth the visit. If, however, a trip to …

Artists

Winners of the 2017 Audubon Photography Awards Highlight the Majestic Beauty of Birds

The recently announced winners of the eighth annual Audubon Photography Awards beat out a field of over 5,500 entries across three categories. Celebrating the vulnerability and elegance of our feathered friends, participants entered a wide variety of images that capture all aspects of bird …

Birds

Artisan Carefully Carves Avocado Pits into Fantastical Figures of the Forest

At first glance, the work of Jan Campbell looks like it could be carved out of wood. But what you’re seeing is not lumber… it's an avocado pit that the artisan has transformed into handheld totems and pendants. Her handiwork boasts fantastical figurines and guardians of the forest that are created …

Sculpture

Adorable “MoMo” Twins Are Taking Over Instagram with Sweet and Silly Photos

Last year, adorable “MoMo” twins Leia and Lauren captured both our attention and our hearts with their cute and quirky collection of portraits. Though born prematurely following a high-risk pregnancy, the toddler twins today remain happy, healthy, and undeniably photogenic.<p>Leai and Lauren live in …

Babies

Over 4,300 Vintage Photos From the Invasion of Normandy Are Available Online

Launched on June 6 with D-Day, the Normandy Invasion lasted throughout the summer of 1944, as Allied troops liberated all of northern France. Now, in order to make information about the Invasion more accessible, the PhotosNormandie Flickr account has over 4,300 archival images from D-Day to August …

France

10 Best Drawing Tablets to Unleash Your Creativity

Whether you are an artist, graphic designer, or architect, a drawing tablet is an essential tool in this digital age. Allowing you to quickly transfer digital drawings into articulated masterpieces, they are a must for any creative professional and can allow hobbyists to take their digital art to …

Tablets

Anonymous Man Is Rebuilding a Library in Mosul That Was Destroyed by ISIS

Centers of education are often the first places destroyed by war, so it's no surprise that when ISIS took control of Mosul and declared its caliphate in 2014, the well-respected University of Mosul was quickly targeted. Founded in 1967, the university's library contained 200,000 volumes, most of …

Libraries

Chinese Airline Debuts Haute Couture Flight Attendant Uniforms for Fashion in the Sky

Of all the high-fashion garments you’d expect to come from a haute couture designer, a flight attendant uniform probably isn’t one of the them. But, it's more common than you think, with designers like Balenciaga and Lacroix helping lead the way in the mid-20th century. Laurence Xu is continuing …

Fashion