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Miya Ando dressed steel skateboard with 24k gold leaf

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(credit: Miya Ando) Miya Ando Steel Skateboard with 24k gold leaf | about $5,000.00 | miyaando.com

nobody would actually skate with a gold leaf covered skateboard, much less a steel one but that doesn’t stop artist Miya Ando from creating this beautiful steel skateboard with 24k gold leaf covering its underside. yes, it is the side where we board grinds. ouch. obviously, this is more of a work of art, a steel sculpture if you like, then a real usable skateboard but no one’s stopping you from using it if you think the price tag of about $5,000 is small money. on a second thought, i think it would be too heavy to do any real tricks but it would certainly look cool on a nice display stand – preferably with acrylic rod as the stand so that both the industrial look steel surface and the gold leaf can be seen in its full glory. Continue reading Miya Ando dressed steel skateboard with 24k gold leaf

art student made swim goggles using fish scales

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(credit: Erik de Laurens)

i didn’t think fish scales would have any use other than going straight into the trash. however, one art student by the name of Erik de Laurens from the Royal College of Art explored the idea of using fish scales as material for more useful items in life. using just heat and pressure, Erik managed to bond the scales together without adding any bonding agents. the resultant material is what he dubs as “fish scale plastic” which were then used to create items like swim goggles, tumblers and eyeglass frames and even a table with an inlay of a fish. more images of Erick de Laurens’ work of art after the break. Continue reading art student made swim goggles using fish scales

Stunning Speaker Systems – ancient art and music comes together

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Ghanaian Ancestor Mask (Female) Speaker System | from US$1,200.00 | rgproduct.com

every now and then, we stumble across some irresistible products that combines the best in art and technology, and Richard Grant’s Stunning Speaker Systems fall right into the said category (that’s ‘irresistible’, in case you didn’t get it). though you may not have heard his name but you probably have seen his works (not the speaker, though) in blockbuster hits like Alice in Wonderland, TRON Legacy, Imaginarium of Dr Panassus, and Band of Brothers, among the many others. yes, that’s right. Richard is a professional prop builder. Continue reading Stunning Speaker Systems – ancient art and music comes together

steampunk: Tom Banwell’s Tauruscat Dream Helmet

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what you see here is probably what a thinking helmet would like in the steampunk era. created by artist Tom Banwell, the Tauruscat Dream Helmet is the latest to join this leather and resin maestro’s line of crazy steampunk mask, helmet and raygun creations. check out a few more images after the break. if you love steampunk, then i am sure you can relate to Tom’s works. Continue reading steampunk: Tom Banwell’s Tauruscat Dream Helmet

Chris Burden’s Metropolis II completed with skyscrapers [video]

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(credit: via Make)

remember the awe-inspiring (and noisy) kinetic sculpture that involves over a thousands die-cast cars that we featured back in November 2010? after seven months and presumably lots of sweat and blood (and dough), it has been transformed into a colorful metropolis complete with skyscrapers. i am sure it is all worth it as this magnificent sculpture was reportedly sold for “millions of dollars.” if you ask me, i thought the metropolis II, as it is called, looks like a city jumped out of a comic book. Continue reading Chris Burden’s Metropolis II completed with skyscrapers

this steampunk R2-D2 is created from recycled materials

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if you think the steampunk illustration of Star Wars characters are cool, wait till you check out the steampunk R2-D2 conjured by UK-based artist AmoebaBoy. like the incredible junkyard Transformers that we featured a couple of months back, this R2-D2 is also made from recycled materials. i love how the planks formed the body of the iconic droid. for some reason, it kind of reminds me of the wooden beer keg and no, i am not an beer-coholic. the use of meters, pipings and the staple brass tone, make it unmistakably steampunk. speaking of which, i have secretly wished for a remake of Star Wars: Steampunk to hit the big screen. Continue reading this steampunk R2-D2 is created from recycled materials

Casualties of War: toy soldiers depicting the flip side of wars

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(credit: Dorothy)

think of the little toy soldiers that guys used to play when they were a child. now, think of the flip side of the war such as the social unrest and psychological trauma that war veterans suffer. put these together and you will get Casualties of War as created by Dorothy, a group of like-mined people that design stuff. these figurines are styled in the familiar green toy soldiers form which most of us are familiar with. i have a bunch those when i was kid but that doesn’t do anything positive except for encouraging wars. however, Dorothy’s 7-cm (2.76-inches) tall plastic moulded figurines speak of something more sinister behind the face of war. Continue reading Casualties of War: toy soldiers depicting the flip side of wars

Cindy Sherman print sold for a record $3.9 million

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(credit: Cindy Sherman via Popular Photography)

believe it. what you see here is the image of the most expensive photograph ever to be sold in an auction. the photograph in question is Cindy Sherman‘s “Untitled #96” from 1981 which was sold at a record breaking $3.89 million to art dealer Philippe Segalot at the Christie’s auction last week. so what’s Mr. Segalot going to do with this $3.9 million photo? flip it? or keep it? whatever it is, it better be well shield and protected. Continue reading Cindy Sherman print sold for a record $3.9 million

the Log Chop Bench is literally carved out of a real log

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(credit: David Long & Antoine Morris)

the idea is simple and unconventional at the same time: take a piece of natural piece of log (a huge one, that is) from a dead tree and had a professional Lumberjill carve out seats with brute strength and surgical precision. the resulting crude seats are then mediated by fine, hand-sewn upholstery by a motorcycle saddle maker. all these were done without any drawings, much less any concrete final plan. well, you could say it is a part abstract, part impromptu sculpture. Continue reading the Log Chop Bench is literally carved out of a real log

meet Ollie, the autonomous robotic blimp with flapping wings

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(image credit: pritika.16 via Instructables)

we didn’t get to feature the remote controlled blimps that were quite an attraction during the last toy show but here’s one that you can make yourself while taking it a notch up. meet Ollie, the autonomous and ambient robot that has an Arduino for its brain, microphone for its ears and cute, undersized wings for maneuvering. Ollie is very much alive. he floats around, reacting excitedly by flapping his wings when you speaks or claps. Continue reading meet Ollie, the autonomous robotic blimp with flapping wings