Brooklyn Artist Turns Street Signs into Post Apocalyptic Weapons

Imagining a distant post-holocaust future in which native residents of Brooklyn defend themselves against invaders and each other, artist Coby Kennedy has been taking street signs and using them to create swords, shields, machetes and other crude weapons. A long time resident of Brooklyn, Kennedy created the series titled “In Service of a Villain” as an artistic response to the rapid gentrification around him. "It’s based on a narrative which reflects contemporary situations,” Kennedy told ANIMAL in an interview for Metro New York. “A lot of the street signs are from places in Brooklyn that have history and weight, places that are losing that particular culture.” 

Artists Build a Massive Fully Functioning Pipe Organ out of Pringles Cans

Brooklyn-based mixed-media artist collective Fall On Your Sword has created fully-functioning pipe organ is made from 250 pringles cans The artists used Original, Sour Cream and Onion, and Tortilla Pringles to build the organ which they explain was inspred by the organ in The Goonies. Will Bates (cofounder of Fall On Your Sword) explains how the organ works, "We built ten keys below the organ's pipes by connecting the cans to springs. Pushing a key triggers a tone, causing air generated by hidden fans within the tubes to flow out of the pipes at the top of the organ. "We want the piece to feel like a real instrument, so the tones will be based on manipulated recordings of organ tones and resonances played through the cans themselves. Participants can make up their own tune, and have their own unique experience with the piece."

Dizzying Photographic Mosaics Made from Thousands of Aerial Images

Brazilian photographer Cássio Vasconcellos creates virtually impossible aerial views of giant parking lots that extend indefinitely. His pictures are made up of thousands of individual photos. Rows of cars are photographed from above and then reassembled into a single seamless composite image, creating entire walls of them to great effect. Seen from a distance, the huge panels resemble large mosaics composed of thousands of individual colored tiles. On closer examination, however they reveal the intricacy and complexity of Vasconcellos' masterful compositions.

Trompe l’Oeil Painted Constructions Made from Plywood by Ron Isaac

Combining trompe l'oeil painting with master wood carving, artist Ron Isaac creates elaborate relief constructions that resemble vintage clothing. Purposely devoid of figures, Isaacs works grow gradually out of self-assigned painting problems to become a hybrid about halfway between painting and sculpture. Speaking about his work Isaac says, "I am still fascinated by the old simple idea of resemblance, the very first idea of art after tools and shelter: That an object fashioned of one material can take on the outward appearance and therefore some of the "reality" of another."

Designer Builds a Contraption that Allows Bicyclists to Create Lampshades as They Ride

U.K.-based designer Mark Colliass has devised an ingenious contraption that allows people to create a lampshade while riding a bike. The device rotates a lampshade mould when fitted to the front wheel of an ordinary bike. The user pours jesmonite, a bio resin, into the lampshade mould and begins to cycle, the mold rotates and begins to form a hollow cylinder - after about 40 minutes of biking, the jesmonite sets to create a new lampshade. Speaking about the project Colliass says, "People need to reconnect with products and one of the best ways to do that is to involve them in the manufacturing process."

Photographer Captures the Haunting Beauty of Abandoned Shopping Malls

The deserted interiors of abandoned shopping malls across the United States are the subject of a fascinating new book of photographs by Seph Lawless, titled "Black Friday-The Collapse of the American Shopping Mall". The book documents the demise of the Rolling Acres and and Randall Park Mall in Ohio, both built in the the mid-1970s and abandoned in 2008 and 2009. According to Brandt: “The goal was to show the world a different side of America. A vulnerable side. I think an abandoned mall is symbolic of the economic decline of America and is a true indication of what happens when cities like Cleveland suffers massive population loss due to loss of manufacturing jobs.”

Artist Transforms the Interior of Paper Bags and Boxes into Minimalist Architectural Spaces

Transforming ordinary materials into an ambitious series of photographs, Brasilian artist Lucia Koch re-imagines the inside of paper bags and cardboard boxes as larger-than-life prints blown up to architectural scale. At first glance, her photographs appears to be sun-filled minimalist spaces, but a closer look reveals that they are in fact the interiors of boxes and paper bags simply cut to create skylights and windows connecting the outside with the inside.

New Banksy Mural Depicts Government Agents Spying on a Phone Booth

Guerrilla graffiti artist Banksy is believed to be behind a new mural which recently appeared on a wall in Cheltenham, England near the headquarters of the Government's intelligence agency, GCHQ. The artwork depicts three men dressed as 1950s spies in trademark trenchcoats and sunglasses spying on various phone conversations. The new mural comes in the wake of the storm over surveillance and the NSA revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The Week-End

Our most popular posts this week featured classic album covers superimposed on their Google Street View locations, a French artist living inside the body of a hollowed out taxidermied bear as part of an art performance piece, three dimensional wire drawings by Dawn Wilson and a large art installation in Pakistan that targets predator drone operators.

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Pool: An Art Installation That Creates the Illusion of a Large Swimming Pool

Dutch artist Jeroen Bisscheroux recently created a large carpet-like installation in Osaka, Japan that gives the illusion of an the empty, deteriorating swimming pool. The project titled "POOL, loss of color", brings light to the devastating tsunami that affected the Sendai, Japan region and related events involving the meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The installation “brings the impact of the disaster back to human proportions; the understandable human proportions of the dimension of a swimming pool”.