Nature Watch: The Lego Bird

[David Attenborough voice] This, dear reader, is the rarely spotted Lego bird, a species whose biological structure is curiously made entirely out of Lego toy bricks. When seen, they are typically hidden away inside a child’s bedroom closet beside a Lego box, where they sit quietly and motionless, as always. Like the penguin and the Penguin chocolate biscuit, they are flightless creatures, which is probably for the best: an ill-judged landing would most likely result in a child-unfriendly explosion of dislodged plastic bird parts.

The Lego bird’s rarity is commonly attributed to a lack of interest from Lego constructors in building birds with their toy bricks: typical Lego creations are fighter jets and spaceships, which, I think you’ll find, are naturally more awesome. But one enthusiastic creator of Lego birds is self-titled “Lego Monster” Thomas Poulsom, whose miraculous creations you will see below. In a stunning art project, Poulsom has designed many species of Lego birds, including macaws, owls, hummingbirds, blue tits (tee hee), finches and… those yellow ones with the… wings…

So, please scroll down and indulge yourself in the majestic beauty of these fine, plastic creatures while I go and snuggle up beside a fully grown male polar bear in the North Pole. Attenborough out. [Read more…]

Banksy has Tickets to the Olympics

As you can probably tell, we’re pretty excited about the 2012 London Olympics over here. And it seems Banksy is as well. He’s posted two new pieces of his famed graffiti art on his site.  This time, they depict a javelin thrower packing a little more firepower than usual and a pole vaulter escaping over a chain-link fence. While his messages may be polarizing, there is no denying that Bansky is one of the greatest cultural artists of our generation. Hopefully we’ll see more uploads from Banksy this week as the Games continue.

And be sure to check out this article on the politics of Banksy’s stunning art at The Atlantic Wire.

 

 

ParisTexas: A Splicing of Insects and Musical Instruments

Warning: this post is not for those with a fear of insects. Come to think of, it is not for those with a fear of musical instruments either. The two – insects and musical instruments, not people with a fear of them – are boldly juxtaposed in a spectacularly inventive branding scheme for Copenhagen-based fashion store ParisTexas. The design above, for example, genetically splices a beetle, the kind you’ll find crawling around your backyard, with a trumpet, the kind you’ll find in the brass section of an orchestra.

Denmark-based design agency Scandinavian DesignLab were set the challenge of creating a distinct and unique identity for the clothing retailer that would set a new trend rather than follow a pre-existing one, representing the originality of ParisTexas’ clothing line. “The assignment involved creating an identity that breaks with the traditional thinking behind identities and by extension supports a sense of unique, international exclusivity and underground style,” explains the design agency’s official website.

I think you’ll agree with me when I say they have succeeded – have you ever seen anything like this? Well, not in a David Cronenberg movie, I mean. If you don’t suffer from entomophobia or melophobia (google them), check out the rest of Scandinavian DesignLab’s series below. [Read more…]

Nail-Bitingly Brilliant Fingernail Art

Like so many nervous nellies, 24-year-old Media student Kayleigh O’Connor would routinely chew her fingernails almost to the bone. “I bit [them] so badly that they looked like something out of a horror film,” she says on her DeviantArt page. To compensate, the Birmingham-born nail-biter glues on false nails, but not the kind you can buy at your local pharmacy for $4.50 – they’re ones which Miss O’Connor skillfully sculpts and paints to create ingenious designs. These fingernails, you wouldn’t wanna gnaw at them.

Her designs, which are painstakingly detailed, are inspired by several different sources, from movies to television, music to arcade games, and nature to food. For some time, she would proudly display them in front of only friends and family, but now she photographs them and posts them on her blog for our viewing pleasure. Check out some of O’Connor’s weird and wonderful designs below, where, if you’re cultured enough, you may recognise a few familiar faces. [Read more…]

Kristin and Kayla: Adorable Sisters in Amazing Photos

Here’s something guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Jason Lee, a California-based American wedding photographer of eight years, has become something of an internet sensation thanks to funny and imaginative pictures taken by Lee of his two adorable young girls, Kristin (8) and Kayla (5). The photos, uploaded onto Lee’s wildly popular Flickr account, see the lively little siblings snapped as they partake in weird and wacky situations, which vary from daily chores to werewolf-hunting, ceiling fan-riding to playing Super Mario Bros. – in full-scale.

The photos of Kristin and Kayla began when Lee’s mother was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2006. As Kristin and Kayla were constantly sick with colds and coughs at the time, they couldn’t see their grandmother for fear that she catch their kid germs. Lee decided to start an online photo blog wherein his mother could see her granddaughters and what was going on in their lives. As time went by, the photos of Kristin and Kayla became more and more inventive and fantastical, and Lee and the girls’ internet fame was set in motion.

“Most of the ideas come from the girls,” says Lee of his creative process. “From observing them play, or hearing the funny and outrageous things they say. Their day to day life also plays a big role for my inspiration.” On his shooting technique: “After coming up with an idea, I then ‘set up’ the scene, and often use artificial lighting to enhance the images. It helps to plan out the shoot before hand, so at most, I only have them in the shoot for a minute or two.”

Below are some of the stunning, rib-tickling and heartwarming photos in Lee’s collection. If you want to see more (and why wouldn’t you?), head over to his Flickr page or his official blog. [Read more…]