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From Minneapolis to Syria, Artists Are Honoring George Floyd Through Murals and Public Artworks

   03 Jun 00:00:15  |  ThisIsColossal

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Watch the Earth Rotate for 24 Hours in an Entrancing Timelapse Centering the Sky

   03 Jun 00:00:15  |  ThisIsColossal

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Four Adorable Prairie Dogs Peek Out of Kinetic Sculpture Constructed with LEGO

   02 Jun 00:00:04  |  ThisIsColossal

Designers Jason and Kristal Allemann, of JK Brickworks (previously), understand that prairie dogs have a tendency to scramble into their burrows at first sight of a threat, so the two LEGO enthusiasts have designed a kinetic sculpture that captures the rodents’ most endearing actions while above ground. The articulate animals are shown popping out of their holes, checking for predators in the distance, and wagging their black-tipped tails on a grassy platform constructed with the iconic building blocks. More

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Six Students Design Solar-Powered Lamps From Collagen, Black Beans, and Agave Plants

   02 Jun 00:00:03  |  ThisIsColossal

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Dried Botanics Pressed into Delicate Fauna Compositions by Artist Helen Ahpornsiri

   01 Jun 00:00:10  |  ThisIsColossal

England-based artist Helen Ahpornsiri (previously) presses delicate flowers and plants into wondrous artworks that depict the colorful diversity of the natural world. By foraging botanics from her garden, Ahpornsiri pieces the dried natural matter together in a manner that’s similar to constructing a jigsaw puzzle. “I prefer to use fern and common wildflower species as I like the idea of giving something unassuming, or thought of as a weed, a new narrative?and they are relatively easy to grow!” she says. More

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Ai Weiwei Has Designed Face Masks to Raise Funds for COVID-19 Relief

   01 Jun 00:00:10  |  ThisIsColossal

A defiant middle finger, a heap of sunflower seeds, and various mythical creatures are all silk-screened in black ink on the blue cloth backdrops of nonsurgical masks. The artworks the most recent intervention by artist and activist Ai Weiwei (previously) to help raise money for organizations directly involved with combating the coronavirus pandemic.
Inspired by a documentary he’s making about COVID-19, the artist decided to create an entire collection after printing his iconic middle finger onto one of the disposable cloths. More

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Barbie and Ken Get Relatable Quarantine Makeovers in Humorous Miniature Sets

   31 May 00:00:17  |  ThisIsColossal

Barbies have garnered attention for years because of their unrealistic proportions, lack of diversity, and gendered activities. Despite some noteworthy changes, Tonya Ruiz, a former model turned toy designer, thought the usual selection of lavishly dressed and accessorized dolls could use another update that’s a little more timely. “When the quarantine started and I saw a couple of funny pandemic Barbies, I thought that I should make a Barbie that everyone could relate to. More

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2,863 Prescription Pills and Candy Cycle Through a Satirical Animated Short

   31 May 00:00:16  |  ThisIsColossal

Animation director Patrick Smith ingeniously interchanges a variety of pills, capsules, and syringes with similarly shaped candy in a vertiginous new short film. Parodying the ubiquity of modern pharmaceutical use, “Candy Shop” opens by noting that there are a staggering 11,926 prescription drugs available to consumers. Smith shows only 2,863 as he juxtaposes them with individually wrapped sweets, boxes of Gobstoppers, and rolls of Hubba Bubba Tape, which are eerily comparable in size, shape, and color. More

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Archaeologists Excavate a Stunning Roman Mosaic That?s Untarnished From an Italian Vineyard

   30 May 00:00:15  |  ThisIsColossal

Archaeologists made an extraordinary discovery this week when they uncovered a pristine mosaic that’s been hidden underneath feet of soil since the 3rd century. Situated in a private vineyard in the town of Negrar di Valpolicella, the tile flooring is believed to be part of an ancient Domus, the style of home owned by wealthy residents. Since October of 2019, excavators have been working to outline the building’s perimeters and dig for notable artifacts. More

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Pop Culture Icons Undergo Taxonomic Studies in These Vintage-Style Illustrations

   30 May 00:00:15  |  ThisIsColossal

How would you biologically classify a hippogriff? Austin-based illustrator Chet Phillips is offering his own taxonomic studies for some of pop culture’s most iconic characters as part of his Unnatural History series. Through vintage-style illustrations, the artist renders a flying monkey from The Wizard of Oz, Krampus, and The Lion King‘s animated duo Timon and Pumba complete with their identifying information.
You can browse the entire Unnatural History collection and pick up your own print on Etsy. More

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