Category Archives: GOOD ART

Stairway to Heaven

Artist David McCracken sculpted this mend melting piece for the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Bondi, Australia. Titled Diminish and Ascend, the piece appears to be an infinite staircase rising into the heavens. Almost makes you want to just start walking and never look back.

[via Colossal]

Pizza You Can Dance To

Looking for a funky (the good kind) slice in Austria? Pizzeria Disco Volante (meaning flying disc) is where you need to be. Its wood-fired brick oven is designed to look just like a giant disco ball. The glittering oven is covered in approximately 7500 hundred mirror tiles and rotates (about one revolution/minute) as it cooks delicious pies for hungry customers.

Designers from the madame mohr collective in Austria created the kooky kiln to help the pizzeria “carry the atmosphere of a southern Italian pizzeria but also transport the lightness of the “Italo-Disco” era of the 1970s and 80s.”

[via Laughing Squid, Madame Mohr]

‘Muppet Mash’ by Pogo

Australian producer Nick Bertke, better known as Pogo, is well known for his musical remixes of popular TV shows and movies. His style is defined by glitched-out, sample-sliced rhythms taken right from the sounds and scenes of the film.

His newest track uses clips and sounds taken from Sesame Street and other shows featuring the Muppets.

Pogo has worked closely with Disney and Pixar to produce music to accompany many of their classic and newer movies. Some of his more popular mixes include “Alice” (from Alice in Wonderland), “Toyz Noize” (from Toy Story) and “Squarebob Spongemix” (from Spongebob Squarepants). Many more of his videos can be found on his youtube channel.

Bonus: Check out this advertisement created by Pogo and Jeesh that uses sounds from LG appliances.

Bonus Bonus: Jaaam, a Fresh Prince of Bel Air Remix

[via Tastefully Offensive]

Lost and Found: The Fantastically Kinetic World of the ‘Organic Mechanic’ of New Zealand

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Filmmaker Joey Bania takes viewers on a journey into the into the enchantingly outlandish world of artist and tinkerer Blair Somerville in his new documentary short ‘Lost and Found.’ Somerville’s universe is brimming with eccentric and fiendishly clever automata and ‘useless tools.’ Part part recyclable circus, part tchotchke laboratory, his gallery is a true pleasure to behold. Somerville is also an avid surfer and has a nice dog.

From the filmmaker:

In a remote corner of New Zealand’s South Island, tucked away among the last remaining tracts of native forest, lies a little-known place of wonder. It is the life’s work and extraordinary creation of inventor, artist and self-confessed tinkerer, Blair Somerville.

For over ten years Blair has single-handedly owned, operated and ceaselessly expanded the Lost Gypsy Gallery, his wonderland of homegrown wizardry and a playground for kids and adults alike. Using only recycled materials, Blair takes DIY to artistic extremes. His creations are ingenious, interactive, and often hilariously impractical. They take many shapes and forms and share an uncanny ability to amaze, entertain and inspire.

‘Lost & Found’ invites you to take a peek into Blair’s bizarre and beautiful world.

If this piques your interest, you might also be interested in the City Museum of St. Louis, a 14 story museum, bar, thrift store, and playground.

[via Colossal]

52 Shades of Greed: The Kings and Queens of the Economic Downturn

Last year in September, Alternative Banking – a group dedicated to creating transparency and educating citizens about the financial industry – teamed up with NYC artists to create a deck of playing cards that showed the faces of those most responsible for financial crisis to the public. The cards were distributed in Zuccotti Park on the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.

The group is now working to produce a new deck, intended to create the opposite effect. Keep on the lookout for 50 Shades of Progress.

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Goldman Sachs, art by Denman RookeDick “Gorilla” Fuld, art by Tim Paul

Where the 52 Shades of Greed deck offered editorial illustrations of everything from the “bad guys” of the financial crisis to harmful legislature and accounting tricks, the second deck will focus on solutions, alternatives, and steps everyone can take to begin to clean up our current economic environment, and to make sure it doesn’t happen again. 52 Shades of Progress will include illustrations of the heroes who have stood up for Main Street, opportunities for direct action, crucial legislation, innovative economic thinking, ground-breaking social projects, and more.

Ben Berneke, art by Jonathon Calugi

Mary Schapiro, art by John Lee

 

The 50 Shades of Greed deck can be purchased on its website.

[via visualnews]

The 2020 Olympics will be AWESOME

While the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia still have some athletes and attendees worried about Russian anti-gay laws, the world was thrilled recently with the announcement of Tokyo as the home of 2020 Summer Olympics.

In the above video, Japanese group Enra combines contemporary dance with amazing multimedia video projections, resulting in a magical interactive dance experience. Tokyo is still 6+ years away, but this is getting us excited for what could be the most impressive opening ceremony since Beijing.

If you don’t remember the drum-beating, LED-fueled, insanely choreographed Beijing opening ceremony, here it is:

[via dailyflicksandpicks]