Tianducheng in the suburbs of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China may be a housing estate, but it's eerily similar to Paris France. Construction began around 2007, and its main attraction is a 354-foot Eiffel Tower replica (top image) 12-square-miles of Parisian-style architecture, fountains and landscaping. It opened in 2007, and can accommodate more than 10,000 residents. It was originally planned as a city for 10,000 inhabitants, but the current population is an estimated 2,000 people, many of whom are working on a nearby French-themed amusement park. Continue reading for more pictures - the top image is China, and bottom of Paris, France.
Construction of the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has begun, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2021. The exhibitions will explain the myths, legends, stories and portraits of people that shape societies and bring them together as one, with art from paintings and digital works to comic strips and movies like "Star Wars." The multistory 100,000-square-foot museum is designed to resemble Han Solo's Millennium Falcon spacecraft, surrounded by 11 acres of green space, underground parking, a restaurant, movie theaters and other amenities. Continue reading for two more videos, pictures and information.
Your eyes aren't playing tricks, all of these art installations were created with black electrical tape by Los Angeles-based artist Darel Carey, and not in Photoshop. "People sometimes ask me why I take the time to tape individual lines when I can just create a wallpaper, or paint a projection. There are many reasons to me, just to name a few: I enjoy the organic process of how the lines shape the space in ways I can't always predict [and] it would change the context of what I'm doing (although not with this work, I can conceive of situations where I might use wallpaper in an art installation)," said Carey. Continue reading for more pictures and two more videos.
Lithuania-based design studio Gyva Grafika was hired by Galeria Urbana, a local restaurant, to redecorate their bathroom, but under one condition...they cannot remove any of their tiles. What happened next looks to be something straight from a theme park, as they photographed a childhood Kaunas neighborhood, printed the images on stickers, and affixed them onto some of the tiles, creating an interactive experience of sorts. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Fans of the Predator comic / film franchise probably know about the invisibility cloak, but now, the "Disappear Retreat" by Coulson is a real-life cabin that appears to vanish into its surroundings. Not just a decorative structure, this pre-fabricated cabin is designed to go off the grid using passive heating and cooling systems to keep the 83-square-foot living space comfortable. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Your eyes aren't playing tricks, these are real 3D optical illusion tattoos by New Hampshire-based artist Jesse Rix, who has been tattooing since 2005 and specializes in realism, nature and 3D/Geometric style pieces. Since each one of his works are so time intensive, he only accepts new clients by appointments only. Continue reading for more pictures and a bonus video.
Did you know that electric vehicles first appeared in the mid-19th century? Or that one even held the vehicular land speed record until around 1900? Unfortunately, the high cost and short battery range led to a worldwide decline in their use; although electric vehicles have continued to be used in the form of electric trains as well as other niche uses. Continue reading to see how more modern products and services would look in 1950s-style ads.
Artist Mari Roldan likes money as well as art, and what better way to combine the two than by creating masterpieces on Euro notes, like the van Gogh above. For those unfamiliar with this painting, the wheat field with cypresses paintings were made when van Gogh was able to leave the asylum. The artist had a fondness for cypresses and wheat fields of which he wrote: "Only I have no news to tell you, for the days are all the same, I have no ideas, except to think that a field of wheat or a cypress well worth the trouble of looking at closeup." Continue reading for more Euro notes transformed into works of art without the use of Photoshop.
Painter Dave Pollot specializes in purchasing thrift store paintings and adding his own personal touch, with a bit of pop culture. "Most are prints or lithographs," he told Bored Panda. "Any scratches or marks are carefully touched up and then my own visions are added. Concepts range from pop culture to dada themes. What was once destined for a landfill is now an appreciated piece of art and conversation piece," Dave told Bored Panda. Continue reading to see more. Click here for a few bonus images.
Ekaterina 'Kate' Lukasheva from Moscow, Russia specializes in modular origami that appears to be 3D-printed at first glance, but are entirely handcrafted. She graduated with honors from Moscow State Lomonosov University as a mathematician and programmer, so creating these intricate designs come naturally. Continue reading for more.