Arts & Culture
The legendary director plans The Forest Where The Wind Returns park as a recreation area for children
Director Hayao Miyazaki’s films run the gamut from modern fantasy to high-flying adventure to ecological science fiction to straight-up fairy tale. In all these stories, there is a consistent element, instantly recognizable: the landscape. Miyazaki’s rendering of the natural world is always lush, exquisitely detailed, and as important to the story as the characters. Now retired, the director hopes to bring that same feeling to a nature park called The Forest Where The Wind Returns.
Artist Jeremy Martin creates colorful celebrity pop art portraits directly on his tablet
“My portraits are a cross between cartoon and portrait,” says artist Jeremy Martin. “They are my artistic interpretation of celebrity subjects from fashion, music and pop culture.”
Project Toe is a social network that would rather talk about your personal dilemmas than what you had for lunch
Project Toe is an initiative that wants to bring the concept of “Social-Therapy” to smartphones. Their mobile app allows people to discuss their deepest woes – depression, eating disorders or even suicidal thoughts – in an environment where they can get much needed support.
The modular pieces that make Strassell Guitars allow for new looks and performance enhancements without dishing out cash for a new axe
For a “serious” guitarist, a guitar is more than a tool for a job or hobby. It’s an extension of personality, a form of expression almost as important as the music he-she plays with it. This is one reason guitar collections and expensive custom guitars are part of many guitarists’ personal collections. Strassell Guitars has potentially made this easier on both wallets and storage space with a 3D-printed guitar constructed with customizable, modular parts.
Differential growth was behind the craft process of Floraform, unique necklaces, earrings and bracelets based on forms found in nature
The beauty of nature has long inspired the work of artists, from painters and sculptors to fashion designers. Now, Nervous System— a Massachusetts-based generative design studio that focuses on the intersection of art, science and technology—has developed a collection of 3D-printed jewelry and sculptures inspired by the biomechanics of leaves and flowers.
Browse colorfully, beautifully and quite aimlessly with a dash of the Chrome extension Abstract Browsing
For your next office prank, why not download Rafaël Rozendaal’s Abstract Browsing, a Google Chrome extension that promises to make surfing the Internet a little more trippy. Available for free in the Chrome Web Store, the extension is capable of being turned on and off at any moment, with the former option opting to shade every shape identified by the computer into a single flat color. The result is something not only ‘abstract’ per se, but it also makes surfing the web nearly impossible.
Colourful Crossings explores what happens when artists get free reign over crosswalk spaces
With the ever-growing popularity of street and public art, some city and governmental organizations are realizing the value of visual expression within public spaces. Just recently, Mexican authorities asked art collective German Crew to paint a giant mural over more than 200 houses. Better Bankside, a business improvement district based in London, commissioned three different artists to transform crosswalks near Southwark street.
A Thai restaurant helps diners navigate their menu based on their blood type
Blood typing plays a key role in healthcare but Bangkok-based restaurant The Third Floor thinks it should also determine what you eat from their menu. Offering a substantial fare of meat, fish and vegetables, their menu advises diners based on their blood type.
The Water Lover's Station plays water-centric tunes that are under five minutes long
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has turned to digital radio with Pandora, launching a dedicated playlist that features songs related to water. All under five minutes in length, the hope is that the music will encourage listeners to take shorter showers and conserve water.
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The Chinese artist talks about how his incarceration helped his career, and why he’s embarrassed about his early work
For a man who in 2011 spent 81 days incarcerated without charge at the pleasure of the government of the People’s Republic of China, Ai Weiwei’s choice of Berlin studio is a curious one. Rather than an airy white room full of light, he has gone for the opposite: an extraordinary maze of underground cellars that were once the cooling warehouses for the Pfefferberg brewery. This cavernous labyrinth of huge, bare, brick-vaulted spaces serves as studio, store rooms, refectory and creative hub for Ai and his team, and in its Carthusian calm resembles a subterranean monastery. The place exudes a feeling of security but not necessarily of freedom.
The man who put the 3D visual magic into Harry Potter has set his sights on the future of everything—from ‘experiential branding’ to training surgeons
As part of the annual jamboree of avant-garde sofas and experimental spoons that is the London design festival, a little bit of Hollywood has landed in Somerset House. In amongst a suite of rooms showcasing the latest in minimalist shelving systems is Odyssey, an installation born out of the Los Angeles film industry that promises to “question our current definition of space and time” and explore design “on a more spiritual or philosophical level.”
George Redhawk creates mesmerizing GIFs that captures how the rest of us fail to see the world
GIFs provide constant entertainment for a virtual sphere that quickly digests information. The most shared ones capture pop cultural moments, creating a treasure trove of hilarity on a never-ending loop. But the GIFs of George Redhawk take a much different direction. In creating his pieces, Redhawk—who is legally blind—wants to create a different visual experience, one that more closely resembles the way he sees the world.