You may already live in a smart city, and you don’t even know it.
An abandoned mine shaft beneath the town of Mansfield, England, is an unlikely place to shape the future of cities. But here, researchers from the nearby University of Nottingham are planning to launch a “deep farm” that could produce 10 times as much food as farms aboveground. Deep farms are an example of what the latest wave of smart cities looks like: putting people first by focusing on solving urban problems and improving existing infrastructure, rather than opening shiny new buildings.
One of the world’s preeminent storm chasing time-lapse artists, Mike Olbinski, is back with his latest film, Vorticity 2.
The film consists of approximately 122,000 frames of time-lapse captured over 54 days and nearly 40,000 miles driven during the spring months of 2018 and 2019.
We’ve featured Mike’s incredible work numerous times before, and it never ceases to amaze. Be sure to check out his website for DVDs and prints, his Vimeo page for more films, and of course on social (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).
Tattoo artist (Roy) Lee Rowlett completed an interesting tattoo for a client that wanted to do an homage to Rick and Morty’s portal gun— which allows them to travel between different universes/dimensions/realities.
The ‘green screen’ themed tattoo allows the client to project any video/image he wants onto the area, which works nicely within the theme of a portal that can take you to another universe/dimension/reality. Check out an example of the green screen tattoo in action below!
You can also see more fantastic tattoos by Rowlett on Instagram.
This afternoon, The Met has announced the subject of its latest fashion exhibition: Sandy Schreier, a little-known American couture collector, whose vast archive numbers pieces from masters of the medium Elsa Schiaparelli, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Karl Lagerfeld and Madeleine Vionnet, alongside rare outfits by Lanvin, Adrian, Fortuny and…
During a show at ACL in Austin, Texas in 1989, one of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s guitar strings snaps during his performance of “Look at Little Sister”.
Without missing a beat, him and his guitar tech, Rene Martinez, pull off a flawless guitar switch because the show. must. go. on.
Rock on Mr. SRV!
As an aside, Mr. Martinez has had a legendary career as a highly regarded and trusted guitar tech to some of guitar’s greatest musicians including: Edie Brickell and Mick Jones of Foreigner, Clint Black, Prince, The Moody Blues, Jimmie Vaughan, Carlos Santana, and John Mayer.
Check out this fascinating interview with Rene as he speaks with PRS Guitars’ Paul Reed Smith about life on the road.
In an age of uncertainty, pets provide a beacon of hope and comfort. They make us laugh, they make us smile, and their unconditional love is like a cuddly blanket of security.
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For his latest series, The Blue Border, German photographer Kilian Schoenberger (featured previously here and here) explores the ‘magical border between the rational daylight world and the mystic realm of the night.’
On Behance, Schoenberger adds:
The so-called blue hour is the period of twilight in the morning or evening. But it’s far more than just a special light mood. For me it’s a magical border between the rational daylight world and the mystic realm of the night. Especially when fog hides the landscape behind a white veil even familiar views turn into fantastic sceneries. Like a visual novelist I’m trying to capture this daily transformation of the world with my camera. A silent witness of these magic moments between day and night, right on the Blue Border.
To see more breathtaking landscape photography from Kilian check out his work at the links below.
Born in Germany, the artist studied landscape architecture at Munich’s Technische Universität and art at London’s Camberwell College of Art. She currently calls Cornwall, UK, home. On her website she explains:
“I just work very carefully with very small hooks and needles… It took me a very long time to get to know the limits of the materials I work with. When I start a piece of work I have a fairly clear idea what a particular leaf or piece of wood will allow me to do, so thankfully breakages are very rare these days.”
Scott Rothstein of Hand/Eye magazine adds:
“Bauer’s focus is intense, particularly when she is working with threads and leaves. Her art is considered and deliberate, suggesting a concentration akin to meditation. Although small in scale, each transformed leaf becomes an engaging miniature sculpture. It is hard to look at these pieces and not be mesmerized. The idea that something so small, fragile and insignificant as a leaf becomes the foundation of a sculpture challenges expectations and holds the viewer’s attention.”
To see more works by Bauer check out the links below. You can also contact her through her website if you are interested in commissions.