Art made of salt

March 31, 2012 § 2 Comments

Creativity has no limit, no borders, no specific medium. Each artist chooses his medium to express himself, to convey meaning or even to ease the pain. For Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto‘s his medium of choice is salt (more precisely tons of salt) and his story is a little bit different. He builds giant sculptures entirely out of salt and creates incredibly salt maze floor installations to commemorate his sister, who died at the age of 24 from brain cancer.

He perhaps found the healing power of salt, since, as alice says in My Modern Met “salt has a special place in the death rituals of Japan, and is often handed out to people at the end of funerals, so they can sprinkle it on themselves to ward off evil”.

As a way to deal with grief or not, we can’t stop staring and admiring his pieces of art.

The following sculptural salt staircase called Utsusemi reflects on the devastating effects of earthquakes in his own country.

At least, we won’t turn into a pillar of salt like Lot’s wife just by looking at these amazing pieces. See more after the jump

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Wild is the wind

March 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

This is amazing and I urge you to click on this link because the screenshot really doesn’t do justice to this. Hint.fm has created these beautiful, real-time, animated wind maps.

wind map

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A girl with colitis goes by…

March 29, 2012 § 4 Comments

In the early days of the web, Am I Right was one of the funniest sites there was: a database of misheard lyrics. The misunderstanding of the psychedelic Beatles lyrics “A girl with kaleidoscope eyes” with the absurdist “A girl with colitis goes by” is still one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard.

The Beatles mondegreen

And now there is a wonderful infograph by direct lyrics, to summarize the most common mistakes. Wasn’t it about time?

Adele mondegreen

By the way, Am I Right has also published a collection of misheard lyrics in Hold Me Closer, Tony Danza: And Other Misheard Lyrics.

See the full infograph after the jump.

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Matching types

March 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

By types we mean typefaces. And by matching we mean dating. This is the perfect game for typefaces to get to know each other and set the perfect date. Type Connection is a typographic dating game created by Aura Seltzer, whose aim is to pair typefaces and learn more about them.

When choosing a typeface, different options of ‘potential dates’ are presented.

You decide your strategy and send the two typefaces on a date.

Well, good luck!

via Quipsologies & Design Taxi

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Are you part of the 1 percent?

March 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

What are the odds that you are part of the 1 percent ? Martin Venezky answers the question with this amazing Op-Art piece for the New York Times Opinion Page on the 1-percenters of the US population.

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Weapons of mass distraction

March 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

weapons of mass distraction

by Hunter Langston

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Where is my pictogram?

March 26, 2012 § 2 Comments

We have already seen movie posters made by pictograms, now it’s time to see some of our favourite songs depicted by nothing but ideograms. Viktor Hertz proves us one more time that less is often enough to convey meaning.

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