Scanface: A Series of Hilarious Digital Portraits of Distorted Scanned Faces

Using a desktop scanner, London-based artist Xavier Solé has created a series of hilarious and somewhat disturbing portraits of his friends titled "Scanface". It all started on a boring Sunday afternoon, when Solé decided to scan his face. It looked funny and awful at the same time, so he decided to try and experiment with some of his friends. "Although scanners are digital, they have few features which remind me of analogue photography." He says, "In this collection, all portraits have been taken in one shot, without retouching or distorting. In SCANFACES, the image appears on the screen like magic."

Ella & Pitr Paint the World's Largest Mural for Nuart Street Art Festival in Norway

Backed by an army of volunteers, French artists Ella & Pitr (previously) have worked at lightning-quick pace to complete the world’s largest outdoor mural. Created for the 2015 edition of the Nuart Street Art Festival in Norway, the 21,000 square meter mural covers the vast majority of Block Berge Bygg’s large roof on the outskirts of Stavanger. "Lilith and Olaf" depicts a woman curled up on the rooftop with a small figure falling from her fingers. The figure is King Olaf I of Norway, who ruled the country from 995-1000. The finished mural is now visible from planes flying into and out of Sola airport. Control tower staff, pilots and aircraft crew at Sola have already been informed and have begun altering their routes to give passengers the best possible sight of Rogaland's new international landmark.

Overflow: A Large Scale Installation Made out of Plastic Objects Bursting out of Shipping Containers

As part of the 2015 Passages Insolites (Unusual Passages) event in Quebec City’s Old Port, artist José Luis Torres has created "Overflows", a public art piece made up of plastic objects like kayaks, buckets, toys and trash bins, bursting out of shipping containers in an explosion of colors. The work with its vivid colors is quickly perceived as seducing and playful, however, Torres’ installation is intended to question the effects of unbridled consumerism , specifically our over-consumption of plastic. Speaking about his work Torres says, "My body of works, which are mainly in the form of sculpture, are essentially motivated by the possibility of diverting the senses and simple manipulation to everyday objects and recycled materials from our domestic environments."

Matt Kaliner Creates Spontaneous Sand Sculptures Using Water Sand and Driftwood

Using the basic drip castle method we all loved as children, Harvard University lecturer Matthew Kaliner creates otherwordly sandcastles on the beaches of Boston's north shore. Motivated entirely by the sheer joy of playing on the beach, and making something out of what is readily available, Kaliner builds incredible structures that twist, jut, climb, and at times appear suspended in midair. “Although I enjoy watching the castles get swept away, I aim to make make my castles more resilient to waves by using sticks, anchored by elaborate braces I dig underground," he explained. "Watching the castle rising above the waves is a real treat—and that's always when they look best.”

Pantone Smoothies: A Delicious Color Experiment that Matches Smoothies to Pantone Swatches

Created by art director Hedvig A Kushner, "Pantone Smoothies" is a website that features recipes to help you create delicious smoothies in exact Pantone shade. The idea behind it is very simple, Kushner buys colored paper from a local art store, matches it to a Pantone swatch, and makes a smoothie to match whatever color the swatch is. The smoothie recipes are then photographed with the help of Michael Kushner, using the colored paper as a backdrop. "I make a lot of smoothies and noticed it kinda works like mixing paint." Kushner says, "Add a strawberry, get a hot pink hue, add some spinach and get a subtle green. Pantone Smoothies is an artsy little project seeking an answer to the question: is it possible to create tasty smoothies in any Pantone color?"

Artist Uses Leaves as Canvas to Create Vibrant Geometric Patterns Made from Stickers and Tape

Created on a six-week trip to Portugal, "Wanderplants" is a new project by multi-disciplinary artist Sarah Illenberger inspired by the botanical brilliance of nature’s offerings. Armed with colorful stickers and masking tape, Illenberger covered leaves gathered from the Botanical Gardens in Porto and Lisbon with vibrant geometric patterns inspired by Portuguese tiles and African fabrics. Speaking about the project she says: “I wanted to use only the resources that were available, so just the plants, and stickers and tape which I found in local stationery and DIY stores."

Artist Charles Pétillon Fills London's Covent Garden With 100,000 White Balloons

French artist Charles Pétillon has unveiled his first large-scale public art installation (and his first ever live work outside of France) in London's Covent Garden this August featuring 100,000 giant white balloons filling the grand interior of the 19th Century Market Building. The unusual project titled "Heartbeat", stretches 54 metres in length and 12 metres in width, and incorporates gentle pulsating white light to symbolise the beating of a heart and reflect the history, energy and dynamism of the district.  Pétillon said: “The balloon invasions I create are metaphors. Their goal is to change the way in which we see the things we live alongside each day without really noticing them. With Heartbeat I want to represent the Market Building as the beating heart of this area."

Meet the Thai Teenager Who Creates Incredible Outfits Fashioned from Everyday Materials

This 15 year old teenager from Thailand has recently become an internet sensation after posting photos of himself modeling incredible outfits fashioned from everyday materials on Instagram. The teen, who refers to himself as “ThaiBan Fashionist” (Thai fashionista), has made outfits out of everything from clothes hangers to plant cuttings and woven baskets taking them from ordinary to high fashion with his fabulous confidence and eccentric style. According to Buzzfeed, the teen’s real name is Madaew and the beautiful backgrounds of his photos are his home in the Khon Kaen province of northeastern Thailand.

Japanese Jeweler Shinji Nakaba Carves Intricate Miniature Skulls from Pearls

Shinji Nakaba, is a Tokyo-based jewelry designer who creates intricately carved pearl skulls using the ancient art of the Glyptic, a technique through which hard stones and gems are carved and engraved. He also creates incredibly detailed pearl skull rings called “Vanitas”, which are inspired by 16th-17th century funerary art. Work of this type emphasizes the meaninglessness of earthly life “and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits.” Nakaba has been making jewellery and ‘wearable sculpture’ out of unconventional materials since 1974. “I just want to bring brand new life to something that has no value,” he says, “I use not only precious metals and stones, but also everyday things, such as aluminum beer cans, plastic bottle, or even garbage."

Marian Bantjes Creates a Beautiful Poster Using Dirt and Sand Collected from Around the World

Each year, Alliance Graphique International (AGI) proposes a “special project” for its members to contribute to. This year internationally known artist, designer and typographer Marian Bantjes created a beautiful poster titled "Coexistence" using dirt and sand she has collected from around the world. The dirt comes from South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, Thailand, New Mexico, California and various other places "Everyone who has seen this mentions the Tibetan sand paintings." Bantjes says, "I'm not that practiced and my sand is lumpy and uneven...and I can't say I had Tibet in mind when I made this. The poster is not glued down and of course when finished and photographed it will be gone."