The Chinese town of Dafen in the Guangdong province is renowned for its resident artists who specialize in replicas of famous paintings: “It is believed to be the largest mass producer of oil paintings in the world. Artists here manufacture some 60 percent of the total global trade volume…”
I always enjoy the adbuster stylings of Poster Boy.
Joseph Pielichaty has been “collecting clippings of blue skies from the travel sections of newspapers” from around the world.
David LaFerriere is not only a designer but also possibly the coolest dad ever: Since May 2008 he has been doodling on his kids’ sandwich bags with a Sharpie marker. I love how progressively more awesome and detailed the drawings get over the years. Browse through them all over at his Flickr.
(Hey Sharpie: Get in touch with this guy for your next ad campaign.)
French photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze captures a unique perspective of Hong Kong’s skyscrapers.
I like this clever piece of political art by by Egyptian street artist “El Teneen.” See more examples from the streets of Cairo by other artists here.
Zak Noyle photographed this surfing expedition to Indonesia. Dede Suryana is the surfer in the first photo and Bede Durbide in the second.
Here’s a revolutionary idea: we should probably figure out a better way of disposing our trash.
A statue of Louis Agassiz, a prominent naturalist and geologist, on Stanford’s Zoology building fell during the 1906 earthquake that hit San Francisco. This was the reaction on campus:
People came running from the quad with such sober faces, but when they saw him they couldn’t help laughing, and one fellow went up and shook hands with him.
Stanford President David Starr Jordan later wrote, “Somebody-Dr. Angell, perhaps-remarked that ‘Agassiz was great in the abstract but not in the concrete.’”
Amazingly only his nose was broken in the fall.
Today this looks like a contemporary art piece one would find at Art Basel or The Armory Show.
Among the splatter of paint by Jackson Pollack is this fly that found it’s final resting place in the artist’s work “One: Number 31, 1950.”
R.I.P. = Rest in Paint.