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Banksy Street Art Turned into Gifs

Serbian Tumblr gif artist ABVH has created animations based on some of Banksy’s iconic street art. These animations give life to Banksy’s poignant (but static) images by enlivening the experience of humor and absurdity that accompanies much of Banksy’s work. These gifs first began to appear in September 2012. Since then, ABVH has created a few more images, the latest of which was posted just last week. (via we the urban)

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The Tortoise and the Hare - Mementos of Time

These are the fantastic creations of Japanese artist Natsumi Honda (本田奈津美). She captures the essence of the story precisely because of the medium the artist chose to make her animals: bits of discarded watches and time pieces - forgotten mementos of time. The tortoise and hare sculptures are exhibited at the National Art Center in Tokyo, Japan. The series is aptly titled, Time to be Included.

Most of us know the story of The Tortoise and the Hare, one of Aesop’s Fables. The story concerns a hare who ridicules a slow-moving tortoise and is challenged by the tortoise to a race. The hare soon leaves the tortoise behind and, confident of winning, takes a nap midway through the course. When the hare awakes however, he finds that his competitor, crawling slowly but steadily, has arrived before him and won the race.

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Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities

In the new book Cabinet of Curiosities (out now via Harper), visionary director and filmmaker of Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy and Pacific Rim, Guillermo Del Toro presents — according to the volume’s subtitle — “My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions.” In other words, the books offers the rare opportunity for an all-access peek into the working methods of the acclaimed movie maker. The lavishly illustrated coffee-table book pulls from Del Toro’s notebooks, drawings, journals, behind-the-scenes photos, and more.

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Animals with Heterochromia

As you may have noticed, these furry friends have truly beautiful and unique eye coloring. This difference in eye color – in humans or animals – is known as heterochromia. Usually found in the iris, heterochromia can also affect the hair or skin. Heterochromia occurs due to a relative excess or lack of the pigment melanin. Most likely to be inherited, heterochromia results from genetic mosaicism (cells with different genotypes) or can be due to disease or injury. Irises with this condition are either hyper-pigmented or hypo-pigmented. Heterochromia of the eye also comes in two packages: complete heterochromia, where one iris is a different color from the other, and partial heterochromia, where part of one iris is a different color from the rest of it. Partial heterochromia is less common – and less eye catching.

Although fairly rare in humans, complete heterochromia is more common in other species, and almost always involves one blue eye – often found in a white patch, where melanin is lacking from the skin and hair. Cats are one of the most commonly affected species, especially breeds like Turkish Van and Turkish Angora. Known colloquially as odd-eyed cats, these stunning felines are usually white or mostly white, with one blue peeper and one normal eye of copper, orange, yellow or green. As for dogs, complete heterochromia is commonly observed in Siberian Huskies, the eyes of which are normally light blue, dark blue, amber, or brown. It’s these unique differences in nature that display life’s true beauty and these animals are living proof.

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Incredible Currency Collages

Artist Mark Wagner has proven he can create any scene using only single dollar bills. His latest series, titled Currency Collages, involves cutting up single dollar bills to produce these incredibly detailed compositions. Using the currency as his medium, the American artist has a great talent for visualizing new images with the shades of gray and green, George Washington’s portrait, and the patterns of numbers across the surface.

This recent work includes a variety of humorous scenes in which Washington is fighting a dinosaur, and mowing the lawn. With the simple color palette and the limited variety of imagery to work with, Wagner is still able to produce amazing landscapes and scenes that most of us could never imagine emerging from a single dollar bill. He says, “Blade and glue transform it-reproducing the effects of tapestries, paints, engravings, mosaics, and computers—striving for something bizarre, beautiful, or unbelievable… the foreign in the familiar.”

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Amazing Street Art from Plastic Jesus

From the crowded urban streets of Los Angeles, California comes a street artist known as Plastic Jesus. He creates incredible and controversial art installations, such as a giant mouse-trap with credit cards as bait, a fake grave with flowers and a mock rifle positioned as a headstone for the 11,458 people killed during 2011 and 2012 with automatic weapons or a giant spilled can of Mountain Dew cordoned off as if it were toxic waste. He consistently creates public mixed-media pieces that point out the negative aspects of our culture into something thought provoking. The installations above are titled as followed:

  • Stop Making Stupid People Famous
  • Credit Trap
  • Toxic Hazard
  • No Kardashians
  • American Excess
  • RIP 11,458

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Womb with a View — Animals in the Womb

They may grow to be very different beasts, but these breathtaking images reveal how surprisingly similar the beginning of life is for all of us in the animal kingdom. These pictures were captured using a revolutionary four-dimensional imaging technology and anatomically accurate models. Scientists have managed to shed light on the magical world of mammals inside their mothers’ womb.

The animals above are easy to identify — elephant, dolphin, dog and penguin and are all shown by their similar stages of development. The Asian elephant fetus above is shown at 12 months in the womb, catching some shut eye before she takes her first heavy steps in the world in another year. The gestation period for an elephant is 22 months. The unborn puppy looks ready set to pounce as he will reach his full gestation period at around nine weeks. For dolphins, the gestation period varies with species; for the small Tucuxi dolphin, the period is around 11 to 12 months, while for the orca, the gestation period is around 17 months.

Scientists captured the images for a National Geographic documentary called Animals in the Womb. They were created using a combination of ultrasound scans, computer graphics and small cameras, as well as some carefully created models, to document the animals’ development from conception to birth. They provide an unparalleled glimpse into a world that few of us would ever expect to see — and what a miraculous sight it is.

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