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Floating City Manta Ray

Many already know 95% of the ocean has not yet been explored, but floating around on a futuristic city just might change that. Jacques Rougerie, an artist from France, has revealed a giant manta ray-inspired floating city measuring 3,000-feet by 1,600-feet. It can house approximately 7,000 researchers, professors, and students, complete with laboratories, classrooms, living quarters, as well as space for leisure activities. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Watercolor Superheroes

Photo credit: Bluele

At first glance, this appears to be just random watercolor splashes, but as you get closer, you'll see it's the Dark Knight himself. French artist "Blule" specializes in painting superheroes using an unconventional watercolor method that involves splashing the water on paper first, before using a brush to start drawing. "I work mostly with watercolor, I need it to be fast and I like the spontaneity of it. Sometimes paintings seem like they are moving on their own, alive, like clouds in the sky. Shapes can appear from a part you didn't control, letting your imagination do the work, like a Rorschach test," said the artist. Continue reading for more.

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Disney Princes in Real-Life

For those who've always wondered what the Disney princes might look like in real life, then look no further than these illustrations by Finnish artist Jirka Vaatainen who is based out of Melbourne, Australia. "Cinderella's Prince Charming, along with Princes Phillip, Eric and Adam from Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast respectively are brought to life through digital painting. John Smith from Pocahontas, Aladdin, Hercules and Tarzan also feature in the series. Just like their cartoon versions, there are brooding eyes, chiseled jawlines, effortlessly coiffed hair, and muscular physiques aplenty amongst the princely portraits," says The Daily Mail. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Batman Arkham Knight Motorcycle Suit

UD Replicas is back at it again, and this time, it's a followup to their original Dark Knight motorcycle suit. Called the "Batman Arkham Knight Motorcycle Suit", this custom piece features black carbon fiber armor sections, a removable front armored chest piece and form molded leather detailing in all areas - jacket, pants, boots and utility pouch. That's not all, the jacket sleeves feature adjustable and removable leather gauntlets. Continue reading for two videos, including a riding test, and more information.

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Special Staircase Dogs Home

What happens when you take a normal staircase, add special railing, smaller steps, and a shallower incline? A staircase that's perfect for a dog's shorter legs. 07Beach, an architectural firm based in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, was asked to renovate a home for a dog-owning client, and this was the result. "I designed this so that your house could represent your affection for your wife and your two dogs, with the idea that this house will be like a gift to your family," said Joe Chikamori, the principal architect at 07Beach. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Tiny Cabins Fantasy

Dan Pauly, a woodworking artisan, uses reclaimed wood to build cabins that appear to be straight from a fantasy film. It all started when Pauly's great-grandfather emigrated from Switzerland to the U.S. in the 1800s and began the artisanal craft of barn building. "As I uncover an old barn or shed. I realize that it could be the same lumber that my great-grandfather used more than 100 years ago. I think that respect for the craftsmen and craftswomen of the past, and for the wood they used, make a difference in each new piece I create. Until you have dismantled an old barn, you can't imagine the painstaking effort it took from Old-World craftsmen to erect it. They were each a work of art," said Pauly. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Star Wars Woodblocks

If Star Wars franchise existed during medieval / early-modern Japan, this is what some of the characters might have looked like. Called "The Rhythm Project", this installation combines centuries-old craft with pop culture icons, fusing Darth Vader, R2-D2, etc. with the art of Japanese woodblock printing. It re-imagines the films' scenes in the style of ukioy-e, a popular Edo-era genre depicting the likes of kabuki actors, sumo wrestlers, shogun and landscapes. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Rent Video Billboard

Digital billboards are normally used by companies to promote things, but Brian Kane rented one for more artistic reasons, the "Healing Tool" to be exact. This installation involved rotating between pictures of surrounding natural environments, creating optical illusions that blend in with the environment. The scenes change depending on the time of day, with natural images appearing during the daytime, while space photographs dominate the night. "By removing the marketing message from the advertising space, we create an unexpected moment of introspection. People are allowed to interpret an image based on their own experience, and not necessarily with the singular focus of the advertiser's intent," said Kane. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an interesting crime stoppers video.

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Burning Roses

Photo credit: Ars Thanea

Ars Thanea, a creative production house from Warsaw, Poland, created "The Ash", a bouquet of roses that was covered in ash and lit by a burning coal fire below. The final result looks like something straight from a science fiction movie. The team said: "So we knew that this time there will be no space for any of 3D tools, we are used to on every day basis. We decided to create everything form a scratch, there would be anything 'alive' in this project. Firstly, we used various of materials to built the shape of flowers. Then we painted and fully covered them with the material which looks like a volcanic ash. Then we finished it up with a real burning coal, and to fulfill the gaps between the roses, we decided to use a red light, which gave the feel of a glowing. The second part was to take some photos of burning coal only, using the same perspective - it was easier afterwards, to digitally compose all the layers. As the final result was that we got a big and very detailed picture - which, to be honest, would take a much more time to achieve if we would use our regular 3D tool." Continue reading for more pictures.

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Spiky Shower Curtain

Say goodbye to long wasteful 15-minute showers, and hello to this spiky shower curtain by Elisabeth Buecher, which is designed to kick you out after 4-minutes. If you're still in there after when the 4-minute mark, the shower curtain inflates with colorful spikes. Fortunately, the aren't metal spikes, but rather inflatable ones that just make showering annoying, and possibly messy as the water hits off them. Continue reading for more pictures.

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