Life Sized Historical Photographs Bring Ellis Island's Abandoned Hospital to Life

As part of a new installation titled “Unframed — Ellis Island”, that will be shown on public tours organized by Save Ellis Island in October, French artist JR, is preparing life size historic photographs of Ellis Island immigrants that are being pasted on 16 or more selected interior walls. The installation is site-specific. A family of immigrants floats over the crumbling walls waiting for their fates to be decided; ghostly faces of young women peer through the broken windows; nurses sit across the lockers in a linen storage room. The artist’s intent is to evoke a sense of time and place and give context to the human lives that were touched by their time at Ellis Island.

Cardboard Furniture Inspired by the Clever Design of Pop-Up Books

Inspired by the clever design of pop-up books, these cardboard furniture sets designed by Liddy Scheffknecht and Armin B. Wagner, can be used as a a makeshift office or dining room, but can also be easily transported, stored, and set up. Despite the pieces being constructed from cardboard and probably not sturdy enough to support human weight, the concept behind this collection of ‘pop up furniture’ may be useful for small spaces.

New Repurposed Skateboard Deck Sculptures by Japanese Artist Haroshi

Tokyo-based Japanese artistHaroshi, creates three-dimensional wooden sculptures with recycled skateboards as his primary medium. The sculptures are part of his new exhibition  at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, titled "Still Pushing Despite the Odds", a show that features vibrantly colored and playful new works by the self-taught artist. Via the press release: "The innumerable decks appear to fit together seamlessly and Haroshi allows their differing colors to serve as his palette, creating mosaic-like patterns that do not require paint or pigment. "

Photographer Documents the Dizzying Kaleidoscope of China's Largest Marketplace

Fascinated by the variety of inflatable toys, decorations, artificial flowers and, everyday objects that fill China's largest small-commodity wholesale market. photographer Richard John Seymour, shot a series of amazing images documenting Commodity City, a shopper's paradise, located in the city of Yiwu. The project which is part of a larger series by Seymour titled "Consumed," was created in collaboration with the Unknown Fields Division, a nomadic design studio that works to show how distant landscapes connect to the rest of the world. "I tried to see as much as I could in the days that I was there, and became very quickly exhausted by the constant sensory overload," Seymour told CNN. "I spent a total of four days constantly walking around Yiwu and wouldn't say I got near to seeing all of the stalls."

Detailed Miniature Sculptures Carved into the Graphite of Pencil Tips

Transforming ordinary objects into something new and unexpected, Russian artist Salvat Fidai, creates incredibly detailed graphite sculptures out of the fragile tips of pencils. His miniature carvings range from incredibly realistic portraits to tiny hands communicating emblematic gestures such as the peace sign and the raised fist. Fidai doesn’t limit his miniature artwork to pencils, he also recreates master paintings on pumpkin seeds and matchboxes.

Banksy's Latest Work Appears on the Rubbles of Bombed-Out Buildings in Gaza

One day after teasing us with a partial photo of a kneeling figure on Instagram, Banksy has finally revealed the location of several new works stenciled on the rubbles of bombed-out buildings in Gaza, including a thinking man titled “Bomb Damage,”, which is inspired by Rodin's "The Thinker". Two quotes were enclosed with the images of the new pieces: "Gaza is often described as 'the world's largest open air prison' because no-one is allowed to enter or leave. But that seems a bit unfair to prisons - they don’t have their electricity and drinking water cut off randomly almost everyday."- Banksy  "A local man came up and said 'Please - what does this mean?' I explained I wanted to highlight the destruction in Gaza by posting photos on my website – but on the internet people only look at pictures of kittens."- Banksy

Sculptural Photographs of People and Animals Covered in Gallons of Sticky Honey

For his latest project titled "Preservation", photographer Blake Little asked people to strip naked and pose in front of a monochromatic backdrop while his assistants poured gallons of honey on them. Models representing a diverse range of ages, backgrounds and body types were completely covered in sticky goo, resulting in sculptural figures that appear to be frozen in resin. In a recent interview with The Huffington Post, Little said, “Preservation began through a process of experimenting with honey. Initially, I started shooting the way it pours and drips on just the face or specific areas of the body. After several sessions, it became clear that completely covering the figure as much as possible and with varying thicknesses created a quality that I had never seen before." His solo show opens at Kopeikin Gallery in Culver City, CA from March 7.

Terminal: Airport Runways Turned Into Colorful Geometric Compositions by Mike Bain

Inspired by airports across the country, artist Mike Bain, has taken the runway patterns of five domestic airports and given them the minimalist-poster treatment, highlighting how they interact with each other. San Francisco, New York, Boston, Newark, and Washington D.C. are reimagined as colorful geometric compositions reminiscent of Malevich or El Lissitzky. "I think that airport infrastructure can be really beautiful, if it’s presented in a creative way." Bain says.

Photographer Captures the Lives of Tourists on Riverboats from the Bridges of Paris

Shooting over a bridge spanning the river Seine, photographer Marek Samojeden captures stunning aerial views of boats full of tourists passing underneath. The series titled "Down the River", gives us a voyeuristic look into the lives of the tourists he captures. “In one picture there are just eight people on the boat, two by two, and each couple has a specific behavior. Some are lovers and they hold hands, two others have a seat between each other because one might think they’re not such good friends,” he said. “Even just by the way people sit, you can build a story.”

Photographer Ignas Kutavicius Creates a Pinhole Camera Designed to Take Selfies

Combining old technology with the modern culture of the selfie, photographer Ignas Kutavicius, has created a head-mounted pinhole camera that is designed to take selfies in the most low-tech way possible. The beer can pinhole camera mounted on the headpiece looks straight at your face exposing photo-sensitive paper for ten minutes to make a permanent record of the pinhole image. Via his website, "By mixing modern culture with the oldest photographic technology the result is a reflection of what selfies could have looked like at the beginning of photographic history."