• The Top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day’ of 2014

    The Top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day’ of 2014

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

    At the end of every quarter the Sifter highlights the top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day‘, culminating in an epic Top 100 at the end of the year (check out the ‘Top 100 POTDs for 2013‘!). It’s hard to believe we’re already 1/4 of the way through 2014. I can’t wait to see what…

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  • Street Art That Plays With Its Surroundings

    Street Art That Plays With Its Surroundings

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

    OakOak is a street artist from Saint-Étienne, France (featured previously). What I love most about his work is the way it plays with its surroundings. The artworks are site-specific, fun and imaginative. Where others see simple cracks in the wall or shadows on the ground, OakOak envisions something different altogether. Below you will find…

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  • This Sealed Bottle Garden Hasn’t Been Watered Since 1972

    This Sealed Bottle Garden Hasn’t Been Watered Since 1972

    Friday, April 4, 2014

    Photograph by BNPS via Daily Mail The Daily Mail has a fascinating feature on David Latimer and his soon to be 54-year-old bottle garden that he started on Easter Sunday back in 1960. Using a ten gallon carboy, Latimer poured in some compost, a quarter pint of water and carefully lowered in a spiderwort…

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  • The Daily Routines of Famous Artists and Scholars

    The Daily Routines of Famous Artists and Scholars

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

    Published last year (23 April 2013), Mason Currey’s Daily Rituals: How Artists Work took an in-depth look at the daily routines of 161 of history’s most inspiring minds. Data visualization artist RJ Andrews of Info We Trust created an amazing infographic of 16 of the 161 creative masterminds featured in Currey’s book. The routines…

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  • Ink Dropped into Water on a Black Background

    Ink Dropped into Water on a Black Background

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    Alberto Seveso is an Italian artist specializing in illustration, graphic design and photography (featured previously here, here and here). Born in Milan, Seveso currently lives and works as a freelance artist in Bristol, UK. In an ongoing exploration of ink and water, Seveso combines high-speed photography with multiple colors of ink dropped into water.…

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  • Shattered Mirror Sunset Reflections That Look Like Stained Glass Windows

    Shattered Mirror Sunset Reflections That Look Like Stained Glass Windows

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

    Broken Mirror/Evening Sky is the newest series from New York based artist Bing Wright. This new body of work marks Wright’s first return to color photography in almost a decade. Bing recently completed a solo exhibition at the Paula Cooper Gallery in New York City; he is also represented by the James Harris Gallery…

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  • The 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

    The 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

    The 26th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is now accepting submissions. Official categories include: Travel Portraits; Outdoor Scenes; Sense of Place; and Spontaneous Moments. The grand-prize winner will receive an eight-day National Geographic Expedition to Alaska for two aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion or National Geographic Sea Bird. The contest, which is…

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  • Country Maps Made from Regional Foods

    Country Maps Made from Regional Foods

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    Originally inspired by a passion for travel, Food Maps by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves, use regional foods to create physical maps of countries and continents around the world. This does not necessarily mean the food originally came from the country, just that it is heavily incorporated into the country’s cuisine. As the duo…

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  • The Curious World of Chicken Beauty Pageants

    The Curious World of Chicken Beauty Pageants

    Monday, March 31, 2014

    During his pursuit of a different story in Malaysia, award-winning photographer Ernest Goh chanced upon Ayan Seramas. Prized for their build, size, behaviour and showmanship, Ayan Seramas are a breed of ornamental chickens raised for their beauty and entered into Chicken Beauty Pageants. Judged on their stance, temperament and quality of their wing, comb…

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  • Staple Metropolises by Peter Root

    Staple Metropolises by Peter Root

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

    In two projects entitled, Ephemicropolis (2010) and Low-Rise (2006), late artist Peter Root used stacks of staples broken into various sizes to create miniature metropolises. For Ephemicropolis, Root used approximately 100,000 staples over a floor area of 20 x 10 feet (600 x 300 cm). The installation took a very steady hand and roughly…

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Apr 15, 2014

Picture of the Day: The Blood Moon

Picture of the Day: The Blood Moon

THE BLOOD MOON Photograph by NASA Ames Research Center/Brian Day The United States was in a prime orbital position and time of day to view the eclipse on April 15, 2014. Depending on local weather conditions (it was cloudy and overcast for many), the public got a spectacular view looking into the…

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Apr 15, 2014

Mechanical Insects Made from Old Watch Parts and Discarded Objects

Mechanical Insects Made from Old Watch Parts and Discarded Objects

The son of a gearhead and grandson to a railroad man, artist Justin Gershenson-Gates has always been surrounded by all things mechanical. A self-proclaimed tinkerer and disassembler, Justin now takes apart old watches and other discarded objects and turns them into recycled mechanical sculptures and jewellery. As he states on his profile page: “My…

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Apr 15, 2014

Dad Makes 4-minute Timelapse of Daughter’s Transformation from 0-14

Dad Makes 4-minute Timelapse of Daughter’s Transformation from 0-14

Father and filmmaker Frans Hofmeester took a 15 second clip of his daughter every week for 14 years straight. The result was the amazing timelapse above that shows his daughter transformation from a newborn to teen in four minutes. Hofmeester did a similar project with his son and you can see all of the…

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Apr 14, 2014

The Pit Stop: 1950 vs Today

The Pit Stop: 1950 vs Today

In this comparison video, we see Bill Holland coming in for a pit stop during the 1950 Indianapolis 500 (he would go on to finish 2nd). Back then only four crew members were allowed to work on the car. Pit stop time: 67 seconds. Next, we see a Ferrari pit stop from the 2013…

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Apr 14, 2014

Picture of the Day: The Calypso Pass

Picture of the Day: The Calypso Pass

THE CALYPSO PASS U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Shapiro Two U.S. Air Force Thunderbird F-16 Fighting Falcons execute a precision acrobat technique known as a Calypso Pass for a crowd March 23, 2014, at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. The Thunderbirds performed for more than 185,000 during the…

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Apr 14, 2014

Banksy Unveils Two New Artworks

Banksy Unveils Two New Artworks

Banksy unveiled two new artworks this past weekend. The first piece (below) was spotted in Cheltenham, a large spa town and borough in Gloucestershire, England. The stenciled artwork shows three ‘agents’ spying on a telephone booth. It’s no coincidence that Cheltenham is also home to the GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters). In a second piece…

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Apr 14, 2014

The Kelpies: Scotland’s 100 ft Horse-Head Sculptures

The Kelpies: Scotland’s 100 ft Horse-Head Sculptures

THE KELPIES AT THE HELIX Website | Facebook | Twitter The Kelpies are two 30 metre (100 ft) high horse-head sculptures located at the Forth and Clyde Canal in The Helix, a 350 hectare parkland project built to connect 16 communities in the Falkirk Council Area of Scotland. They are the largest public artworks…

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