Solar powered light art!

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Seattle artist dan corson made this super funky and whimsical interactive solar powered artwork! Part of the Seattle City’s lights green up movement, this sculpture consists of 5 gigantic sunflower solar powered structures that illuminated in LED lighting at night. But wait! It gets even cooler (or should we say hotter?)

“sensors located in each flower are triggered by people’s movement, as the 40’ high by 20’ wide super-sized flowers set off a chorus of interactive harmonic tones. each flower has its own distinctive set of notes, simulating a singing chorus. engaging the public it is possible to compose and conduct music together, or just by walking through to randomly set off a harmonic sequence. the interactive choral sound component works both day and night providing a dynamic and ever-changing sonic landscape.”

We love interactive art!

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It’s all in the timing.

timing-1Here at DENY, we love ourselves some clever street art. That’s why this piece caught our attention in the story behind the art. Street artist ABOVE, recently explained that it took 7 months to find the perfect spot to place his breakdancer, perfectly balanced above a street sign shadow. Now that’s dedication! We love how it’s only visible under the street lamps of London at night, yet how intriguing it would be to walk past by day.

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Shady Area Gets Inspirational Light

Alabama Underpass Gets Light Show

We love when life’s everyday objects receive an artistic second life. Take this Alabama underpass, beautifully transformed into a colorful lightshow via artist Bill Fitzgibbons. Aptly named “Light Rails”, the underpass is lit using a computerized LED system and shines for all that pass by to enjoy.

“The installation created in collaboration with REV Birmingham is part of a master plan being developed by a team of local artists, designers and lighting experts, aiming to create a vision for liveliness, connectivity, community cohesiveness and a greater sense of security in Birmingham by illuminating key structures and pedestrian traffic points within the City Center and surrounding districts.”

How cool is that? We certainly advocate making life more colorful, especially in the darkest of places.

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High Speed Photos of Colorful Exploding Light Bulbs!

High Speed Photos of Colorful Exploding Light Bulbs!Loving the capture of these exploding light bulbs filled with colorful objects!

Scientist and photographer Jon Smith has been publishing these stunning high speed photos of glass bulbs filled with different items. He talks about his curious work:

Sure, it starts out as a normal light bulb and ends as a pile of broken glass, but for just a split second, it’s something beautiful – and to capture that is wonderful.

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See them all here.

What’s Your Bright Idea?

Calgary-based artist Caitlind r.c. Brown and collaborator Wayne Garrett "CLOUD"We love bright ideas.

This latest installation by Calgary-based artist Caitlin r.c. Brown and collaborator Wayne Garrett, called CLOUD, really turned a few heads. The artists took 6,000 new and burnt-out household light bulbs and arranged them into a one-night only display of luminous inspiration.

Calgary-based artist Caitlind r.c. Brown and collaborator Wayne Garrett "CLOUD"Audiences were invited to interact with CLOUD through simple participation. Who knew pull strings could be so exciting? Participants worked together to turn on and off different parts of the sculpture all while being mesmerized by its enticing glow.

We like the symbolism of working together to form really bright ideas that make this world shine.

Calgary-based artist Caitlind r.c. Brown and collaborator Wayne Garrett "CLOUD"How CLOUD works: The steel substructure of the sculpture is covered in a skin of incandescent light bulbs (new and burnt out), and rear-lit from within by 250 compact fluorescent bulbs, pulling a total power of approximately 20 amps (the equivalent of two household outlets). Each of these bulbs is attached to a pull-string, allowing viewers to control the illumination of the structure – like lightning in the CLOUD above them.

Calgary-based artist Caitlind r.c. Brown and collaborator Wayne Garrett "CLOUD"

Calgary-based artist Caitlind r.c. Brown and collaborator Wayne Garrett "CLOUD"

CLOUD: An Interactive Sculpture Made from 6,000 Light Bulbs from Caitlind r.c. Brown on Vimeo.

What’s your bright idea today and who are you excited to share it with?

Crazy, Cool Pumpkin Carvings

Halloween is upon us and tonight you’ll see your fair share of pumpkins when you’re out trick or treating.  We have a feeling though that none of them will measure up to these crazy, cool pumpkin carvings by Villafane Studios.  Each and every pumpkin created from this studio is an amazing, artistic representation that takes sculptors like Ray Villafane hours upon hours to create.  The results are mind-boggling and quite the inspiration for next year’s family pumpkin.  With 365 more days to go, you’ll have plenty of time to perfect your talent!

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Colors: What Do They All Mean?

ROYGBIV. Black, gray, white, red, yellow, green, purple and brown—some of your favorite colors, and the colors of your clothes. But who knew that those same colors also signal what kind of person you are, according to online retailer Starfashion.

To help you bring across the personality that you’d like to for various occasions, Starfashion created an infographic ‘Meaning of Colors’ to help you narrow down what colors you should and maybe should not wear.

So what do you think – will you be following these tips to guide your future wardrobe choices?

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Wednesday What?! Looking At Pictures of Cute Animals Makes You More Productive

Oogle away! A Japanese study has just been published that claims that looking at pictures of cute animals improves your mood and increases productivity in the workplace. So now your 27 minutes spent on Daily Puppy at work when your boss isn’t looking are totally legit.

According to the  study lead by Japanese researcher Hiroshi Nittono for Hiroshima University, looking at pictures of puppies and panda cams and grumpy, grumpy cat videos at work is great for both you and your boss.

Results show that participants performed tasks requiring focused attention more carefully after viewing cute images. This is interpreted as the result of a narrowed attentional focus induced by the cuteness-triggered positive emotion that is associated with approach motivation and the tendency toward systematic processing.

For the study, Nittono and his colleagues studied a group of 48 students as they completed a task similar to the American board game “Operation.” The students attempted the task three times; the first after looking at a series of pictures of baby animals, then after seeing adult animals and finally after seeing pictures of delicious foods.

The students who looked at cute animals did far better at the game then did peers who observed adult animals or food, outperforming their peers by a “significant margin,” according to Gawker.

Why the improvement in mood and productivity? One reason was linked to a behavior tendency of adults to slow down speech when talking to puppies and kittens. These behaviors “may transfer to subsequent task performance,” according to the Washington Post.

Another reason may be connected to human nurturing instincts. “If viewing cute things makes the viewer more attentive, the performance of a non-motor perceptual task would also be improved,” the study stated.

So continue awwww-ing at your desk, because these little guys aren’t really a distraction.

 

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Hilarious Fingerprint Portraits by Artist Dito Von Tease

Recognize any of these fingerprints? Well you should thanks to the elusive Italian artist known only as Dito Von Tease.

Dito has embarked on a project called Ditology that features eerily familiar portraits of celebrities on the ordinary human finger. The faces produced on each solo finger range from the well-known public personality (Steve Jobs) and political figure (Che Guevara) to the fictional icon (Mr. T) and religious guru (Dalai Lama). There is no person that is off limits in this lighthearted, comical series. Every “person” in the presented portraits is intricately adorned, costumed, and given an appropriate backdrop.

In addition to the ongoing project’s humorous nature, the artist behind the work adds another level of playfulness through his entirely appropriate chosen name “Dito” that translates as “finger” in Italian, which would also mean that Ditology translates as Fingerology. What’s perhaps most ironic in all of this is that we often use fingerprints to identify people, yet Dito Von Tease has managed to retain some anonymity by only exposing his fingerprints.

 

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Friday Bright: Amazingly Colorful Art Installations Made with Thread

It is truly incredible how something so basic like a piece of colored thread can be turned into a glorious masterpiece. Artist Gabriel Dawe does just that. Originally from Mexico-city, the Dallas-based artist has been continually creating these jaw-dropping installations that pop up places around the work like Belgium, Canada, Barcelona and the UK.

Gabriel Dawe creates site-specific installations that explore the connection between fashion and architecture, and how they relate to the human need for shelter in all its shapes and forms. “His work is centered in the exploration of textiles, aiming to examine the complicated construction of gender and identity in his native Mexico and attempting to subvert the notions of masculinity and machismo prevalent in the present day.”

All we can say is WOW.

 

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Mirror, Mirror: Artist Uses Reflections to Create Amazing Artworks

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Photographer Daniel Kukla who has a background in both biology and anthropology has a new series of work called The Edge Effect where he photographed square mirrors propped on easels in locations around Joshua Tree National Park to catch the reflection of the horizon behind him.

The resulting images create the bizarre effect of looking at a paintings sitting in the middle of the desert. Of the work Kukla says:

In March of 2012, I was awarded an artist’s residency by the United States National Park Service in southern California’s Joshua Tree National Park. While staying in the Park, I spent much of my time visiting the borderlands of the park and the areas where the low Sonoran desert meets the high Mojave desert. While hiking and driving, I caught glimpses of the border space created by the meeting of distinct ecosystems in juxtaposition, referred to as the Edge Effect in the ecological sciences. To document this unique confluence of terrains, I hiked out a large mirror and painter’s easel into the wilderness and captured opposing elements within the environment. Using a single visual plane, this series of images unifies the play of temporal phenomena, contrasts of color and texture, and natural interactions of the environment itself.

Check out some of the photos below, and you can see his website for several more photos.

 

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Surf’s Up: Amazing Wave Photography

Surf’s up! At least for Hawaiian-based photographer Kenji Croman it is. Kenji Croman is the mastermind behind these amazing photos of waves seen in ways that most of us can only dream of.

Not only a master of his trade – his work has been featured on CNN Travel and the cover’s of various surfing magazine – but also extremely passionate about showing the world his point of view in the water through his work.

He says “The reason why I enjoy photographing the artistic wave from my point of view is because it’s so hard to describe what i see when I’m in the water. For years before I got into wave photos, I would be bodysurfing these beautiful perfect waves in the morning, the colors would be amazing and I wanted to share it with others. No one in their right mind would wake up at 4:30am to watch the sunrise, and even if they did, they wouldn’t be in the water experiencing what I am. So with my background in photography, and many, many years of practicing, I learned the art of wave photography.”

Do these make you want to go to the beach too?

 

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Duvet Tuesday: DENY Designs Duvet Cover Giveaway

Yep. We know it has been awhile, but it is back! It is time for our favorite day of the week (except Friday) – DUVET TUESDAY!

We want to give anyone and everyone who participates the chance to win their very own DENY Designs Duvet Cover.  Nothing beats curling up under the covers after a long day. And what better way to unwind than to surround yourself with gorgeous, fantastical artwork? Turn your basic, boring down comforter into the super stylish focal point of your bedroom – one that your friends and family will surely be jealous of.

We think that’s pretty rad, it’s a $190 value!  Plus, who doesn’t want to snuggle up in something that is free?

 

It’s pretty simple, to enter, just follow DENY Designs on both Facebook and Twitter and then fill out this very, very short form (you only have to enter your name, email, your fave DENY Designs artist and why you really want a duvet) to be entered to win a DENY Designs duvet cover:

http://blog.denydesigns.com/duvet-tuesday-giveaway

We will announce the winner next Tuesday, September 25th on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Good luck, and keep on designing!

              

Brilliant Color: RGB Colorspace Atlas

Color lovers rejoice!

New York-based artist Tauba Auerbach has beautifully created an 8 x 8 x 8-inch hard-back cube atlas that effectively documents every variation of RGB color possible!

Named the RGB Colorspace Atlas, the book is a digital offset print on paper with airbrushed cloth cover and book edges create a colorful reference volume of all the colors in existence. The special binding was co-designed by the artist herself in collaboration with daniel e. kelm, and were printed at Wide Awake Garage, an independent bookbinder, with help from Leah Hughes.

Pretty gorgeous right?

 

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Daydreaming: Aerial Photos of Beaches From Around The World

I need a vacation! The talented photographer Gray Malin is the creative genius behind this series of breath-taking aerial photos of beaches around the world.

Bondi Beach – Sydney, Australia

In his incredible ongoing series titled À la Plage, À la Piscine, Gray shoots from doorless helicopters, capturing life on the beaches below. His project has taken him around the world and the results are simply stunning. From such heights, people and objects become patterns creating repetition, shape and form. These photographs are a visual celebration of color, light, shape—and summer bliss, leaving us daydreaming of a beach, a towel and some sun.

Bondi Beach – Sydney, Australia

Brazil

Coogee Beach – Sydney, Australia

East Hampton, New York

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Malibu, California

Marouba Bay – Sydney, Australia

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Montauk Beach – East Hampton, New York

Nude Beach

Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Sagaponack Beach – Bridgehampton, New York

Santa Monica, California

St. Tropez, France

St. Tropez, France

Tiki Umbrellas

Be sure to check out: http://www.maisongray.com/collections for the complete gallery of this wonderful series.

Happy Daydreaming!

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Friday Forecast: PANTONE Reveals Top 10 Colors For Spring 2013

It’s that time of year again!  With New York Fashion Week in full swing and designers showcasing their newest looks for Spring 2013, PANTONE has just revealed what colors you will see the most next year.

Now you can plan that Spring wardrobe ahead of time – just make sure it includes something that is ‘Monaco Blue’ – PANTONE’s top color for the spring fashion season of 2013. According to PANTONE Color Institute’s executive director, Leatrice Eiseman, she describes Monaco Blue as a “wonderful, calming and anchoring color” to the rest of collection.

What other colors can you expect next Spring? PANTONE’s other top 9 colors include ‘Dusk Blue’, ‘Emerald’, ‘Grayed Jade’, ‘Linen’, ‘Poppy Red’, ‘African Violet’, ‘Tender Shoots’, ‘Lemon Zest’ and ‘Nectarine’.

So, do you love or hate these color choices?

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Would You Like Fries With That? The World’s Largest Burger

Would you like fries with that? We don’t think you’ll have room after this one… The Black Bear Casino Resort in Minnesota just set the Guinness World Record for the world’s biggest burger on September 2, 2012.

This record setting beast weighed 2,014-tons, and consisted of 60 pounds of bacon, 50 pounds of lettuce, 50 pounds of sliced onion, 40 pounds of pickles and was topped off with 40 pounds of good ole’ American cheese.

While on the grill, the massive burger required a crane to flip it over – and took about 4 hours to cook in a special outdoor oven, while the toasted bun took 7 hours to bake.

“What I saw today was a feat of remarkable teamwork that resulted in a world record burger that actually tastes really good,’ said Guinness Records representative Philip Robertson.

After the record was confirmed, the burger was sliced and diced for the crowd to enjoy — for free! Yum!

 

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