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Let Us Roam: Arto Saari

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Short film documents skate legend's transition from the front of the camera to behind

Let Us Roam, the web series profiling the creative sides of people in the skateboarding community, continues with a short film on Finnish legend Arto Saari: Arto Saari is a professional skateboarder born in Seinajoki, Finland. He's been one of the most celebrated skateboarders of our time, while starring in several skate films and elevating the standard in the industry. In the last three......read more

All Roads Lead To Rome

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A Cartographic Play On The Idiom

Everyone is familiar with the saying “All roads lead to Rome,” dating back to a time when all empirical roads radiated out from the capital of the Roman Empire. Now mostly spoken to express the idea that all paths lead to a central subject, it still serves as an interestingly common idiom. Designers Philipp Schmitt, Benedikt Groß, and Raphael Reimann of Mooveal Lab sought......read more

The Majestic Beauty of Tent Camping Around Europe

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From Polish Photographer Karol Nienartowicz

Polish mountain photographer Karol Nienartowicz has spent the last 6 years traveling throughout Europe. Rather than just capture the beautiful scenery of the majestic, remote mountains she gave us a peek into what it was like camping there. Every picture is like a Where’s Waldo hunt to discover her tent. Braving the snow and the cold, the views up there show why it’s worth every......read more

Bookyard: Massimo Bartolini's Urban Garden Library

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Outdoor book installation in Belgium offers reading material in open air

If one gauges the success of a public art project by its ability to make people think, then this one from Italian artist Massimo Bartolini is definitely a win. Erected in Ghent, Belgium as part of TRACK art festival, "Bookyard" consists of a a set of twelve green bookcases installed on the grounds of a vineyard, mirroring the grapevine rows. All books are for sale and visitors can bring home a......read more

Cartographic Collages by Val Britton

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Immersive maps works navigate imagination and memory

Val Britton's oversized collages use the language of maps to draw imaginary paths through memory. The Berkeley artist's work is inspired by an attempt to connect to her father, a long-haul truck driver who passed away when she was a teenager. Britton's cartographic interpretations merge what she knows about her dad's journeys with what she can never know. From her artist's......read more

Matt Cusick's Cartographic Creations

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Maps repurposed as eye-catching collages

For Dallas-based artist Matthew Cusick, repurposing stuff balances out his hoarding impulse. "I have a natural inclination to collect stuff," he says. "Repurposing is an alternative to hoarding. It is also an alternative to consuming and creating waste. It takes patience and a willingness to tinker." Cusick creates collage portraits and landscapes from the vintage maps he collects.......read more

SHFT Sampler 10-01-10

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Weekly links: A milk carton castle, Vancouver time-lapse amazingness, and the best chicken coop ever.

How do you break the world record for largest sculpture made of recycled materials? Get a bunch of kids to do the work for you! Inhabitat reports on 5,000 Spanish elementary kids collecting 50,000 containers to make a record-breaking castle of milk cartons. You've seen Simon Christen's stunningly epic time-lapse portrait of San Francisco. Now check out a similarly amazing video that......read more

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