‘Eye Catcher’, A Picture Frame That Tracks the Viewer by Moving Around on a Wall As If by Magic

Eye Catcher Interactive Installation

In the interactive installation Eye Catcher, a picture frame tracks the viewer by moving around on a wall as if by magic. Within the frame, eyes of black ferrofluid follow the viewer’s face, and mirror the person’s facial expressions. The effect is achieved through powerful magnets, which tether the frame to an industrial robot behind the wall (magnets control the eyes as well.) Computer vision tracks the viewer’s movements and facial expressions. The installation was created by Lin Zhang, Ran Xie, and fellow researchers of the Interactive Architecture Lab at Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.

photos via Interactive Architecture Lab

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Recycled Maple Wood Watches by SPGBK

SPGBK Wooden Watches

Watch brand SPGBK (an abbreviation of “spring break”) makes a clever line of watches that are made out of wood. SPGBK watches are crafted from recycled maple wood, with wood cases and bands, and feature a selection of colorful faces. SPGBK donates a portion of each watch sale to North Carolina Association of Feeding America Food Banks and is partnered with anti-poverty charity Family 59.

SPGBK Wooden Watches

SPGBK Wooden Watches

SPGBK Wooden Watches

SPGBK Wooden Watches

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Beautiful Body Paintings of Florida Wildlife

Florida Wildlife Body Paintings by Shannon Holt

Artist Shannon Holt has created a beautiful series of body paintings depicting the snowy egret, great blue heron, alligator, and other Florida wildlife. Holt painted on a variety of media, including canvases and wood, before she began body painting in 2008.

Florida Wildlife Body Paintings by Shannon Holt

Florida Wildlife Body Paintings by Shannon Holt

Florida Wildlife Body Paintings by Shannon Holt

Florida Wildlife Body Paintings by Shannon Holt

photos by Ryder Gledhill

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More Gorgeous Layered Glass Sculptures of Seascapes by Ben Young

More Gorgeous Layered Glass Sculptures of Seascapes by Ben Young

Back in July we posted about the gorgeous layered glass sculptures of Sydney-based artist Ben Young. Young has since created several new sculptures, which, like much of his work, take their inspiration from the waves, oceans, and geography of his native New Zealand. His sculptures are available through Kirra Gallery in Melbourne. His latest work can also be viewed on his Facebook page.

More Gorgeous Layered Glass Sculptures of Seascapes by Ben Young

More Gorgeous Layered Glass Sculptures of Seascapes by Ben Young

More Gorgeous Layered Glass Sculptures of Seascapes by Ben Young

More Gorgeous Layered Glass Sculptures of Seascapes by Ben Young

More Gorgeous Layered Glass Sculptures of Seascapes by Ben Young

photos via Ben Young

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Colorful Abstract Illustrations Animated in Mesmerizing Loops

Abstract Illustration Animated GIFs by Drew Tyndell

Colorful abstract illustrations transform and evolve in endless loops in the mesmerizing and beautiful animations of artist Drew Tyndell. Tyndell bases the animations on his abstract wood paintings. Each animation is created in Photoshop (the first of the series, however, was painted by hand.)

Abstract Illustration Animated GIFs by Drew Tyndell

Abstract Illustration Animated GIFs by Drew Tyndell

Abstract Illustration Animated GIFs by Drew Tyndell

Abstract Illustration Animated GIFs by Drew Tyndell

Abstract Illustration Animated GIFs by Drew Tyndell

animated GIFs by Drew Tyndell

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A Solar-Powered Kinetic Sculpture of a Bird That Flaps Its Wings Gracefully

Artist Tim Laursen has created Sun-Bird, a beautiful kinetic sculpture of a bird that uses an electric motor and a complex array of cams to flap its wings gracefully, as if in flight. The sculpture can be powered by a solar array or a hand crank. It will be installed in 2015 at Cronig’s Market on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Back in 2012 we posted about Laursen’s MIDI-controlled drum machine robots.

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photos via Tim Laursen

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Longtime San Francisco Bay Area Street Dancers Demonstrate Early Hip-Hop Dancing

KQED Arts recently brought together veteran street dancers from the San Francisco Bay Area in a very entertaining video feature on the history of Bay Area hip-hop dancing. The video includes demonstrations by Sal “Doc Lock” Barcena of San Francisco dance group The GroovMekanex, and Charles “Chuck” Powell of the Oakland-based Black Messengers dance crew. Both dancers began dancing in the 1970s, and judging by the video, they are still going strong.

History of San Francisco Bay Area Hip Hop
Steven Wayne Harris and Charles “Chuck” Powell (left to right) of The Black Messengers

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“O.G.” Mike Predovic of Boogaloo Conservatory and Sal “Doc Lock” Barcena of the GroovMekanex (left to right)

photos by Marco Villalobos

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