Austrian Actor Christoph Waltz Explains the Krampus Christmas Demon to Jimmy Fallon on ‘The Tonight Show’

Austrian actor Christoph Waltz explains Krampus, the fearsome holiday demon of European Christmas tradition, to Jimmy Fallon in a clip from the December 16, 2014 episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Krampus
Krampus riding a flaming cart. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Singaporean Artist Documents His Travels in Wonderful Notebook Sketches and Paintings

Travel Sketches by Cherngzhi Lian

Singaporean artist Cherngzhi Lian documents his extensive travels in wonderful sketches and paintings that he makes in little notebooks. He uses pen, ink, and watercolor to create his renderings of planes, trains, landmarks, and everyday life. He documents his travel sketches in photographs taken at the very locations where the works were created.

Travel Sketches by Cherngzhi Lian
“Postcard from Paris”

Travel Sketches by Cherngzhi Lian
“Transit in Detroit”

Travel Sketches by Cherngzhi Lian
“Kyichu Temple”

Travel Sketches by Cherngzhi Lian
“Sketching the Crowd in Paris”

photos by Cherngzhi Lian

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Two Coworkers Recreate Classic Paintings in the Office in Creative Photo Series

foolsdoart by Francesco Fragomeni and Chris Limbrick
‘The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp’ by Rembrandt

In their creative photo project foolsdoart, Squarespace coworkers Chris Limbrick and Francesco Fragomeni recreate classic paintings at work, using only their smartphones and objects found around the office. Their results vary but some of their recreations are quite wonderful.

foolsdoart by Francesco Fragomeni and Chris Limbrick
‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ by Johannes Vermeer

foolsdoart by Francesco Fragomeni and Chris Limbrick
‘The Old Guitarist’ by Pablo Picasso

foolsdoart by Francesco Fragomeni and Chris Limbrick
‘Portrait of a Man in a Turban’ by Jan van Eyck

foolsdoart by Francesco Fragomeni and Chris Limbrick
‘Thinking About Death’ by Frida Kahlo

foolsdoart by Francesco Fragomeni and Chris Limbrick
‘The Son of Man’ by René Magritte

images via Chris Limbrick and Francesco Fragomeni

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GIF the Halls Will Project Personalized Animated Holiday Cards on Buildings in San Francisco in December

GIF the Halls

In the GIF the Halls project, the public is invited to create personalized animated holiday cards which will then be projected on buildings in San Francisco. Anyone can create a card on the GIF the Halls website by choosing one of seven holiday-themed animations and adding their personal message. The animated cards will be projected on buildings in San Francisco between December 20 and 24, 2014. The projections will be recorded, and each card creator will receive an animated GIF of their card’s projection. The animations for the project are by seven digital artists from around the world, including Toyoya Li, chromasy, and Doctor Popular. GIF the Halls was created by WP Engine Labs with technical help from 10up. Digital artists were curated by Gray Area Foundation.

image via GIF the Halls

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San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge Light Installation ‘The Bay Lights’ to Become a Permanent Installation

The Bay Lights

Today Illuminate the Arts, the organization that produced The Bay Lights (previously), a large-scale LED installation by Leo Villareal currently on the San Francisco—Oakland Bay Bridge, announced that it has raised enough money to make the work a permanent installation. The group has raised the $4 million necessary to upgrade and reinstall the work in 2016, after its scheduled removal in 2015 to make way for bridge maintenance. Upon its reinstallation, the State of California has agreed to take ownership of The Bay Lights and provide for its maintenance in future years. It is expected to be on display through 2026 at the least.

photo by Scott Beale

via The New York Times, Burning Blog

‘Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea’, A Documentary About the Curious Tale of California’s Salton Sea

Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea is a documentary about the strange case of the Salton Sea, a manmade lake in the California desert that was once a tourist resort destination, but is now a much-diminished salt lake notorious for its brackish water and rank odor. Directed by filmmakers Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer, the 2006 documentary tells the tale of the lake, from its accidental creation in 1905, through its brief success as a resort destination in the 1950s, to its subsequent decline. The film also includes interviews with some of the lake’s few remaining residents–a remarkably resilient community of artists, eccentrics, and recluses. The documentary was selected for Truly CA, a KQED series that showcases independent documentaries about California. Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea can be streamed in its entirety through the KQED Arts YouTube channel.

Once known as the California Riviera, the Salton Sea is now called one of America’s worst ecological disasters: a fetid, stagnant, salty lake, coughing up dead fish and birds by the thousands. Yet a few hardy eccentrics hang on to hope, including a roadside nudist waving at passing European tourists, a man building a religious mountain out of mud and paint, beer-loving Hungarian Revolutionary Hunky Daddy, and the real-estate Ronald McDonald known simply as The Landman. Through their perceptions and misperceptions, the strange history and unexpected beauty of the Salton Sea is revealed.

Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea

image via Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea

JetBlue Employee Digitally Clones Himself to Fill All 100 Seats in an Airliner in Creative Composite Photo

100 Tims on a Plane by Timothy LaBranche

Back in October, photographer and JetBlue employee Timothy LaBranche created a digital composite photo in which “100 Tims” occupy all 100 seats of a JetBlue Embraer 190 aircraft. To create the image, LaBranche photographed himself in each of the aircraft’s seats–a one-hour process that he accomplished with the aid of the Wi-Fi remote function of his Canon 6D. And if you’re wondering–he did the photo shoot in his off hours.

photo by Timothy LaBranche

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Delightfully Surreal Paintings of Plaid Animals by Sean Landers

Surreal Plaid Animal Paintings by Sean Landers

Animals are covered in plaid patterns in this recent series of delightfully surreal paintings by artist Sean Landers. The paintings (some of which are quite large) are currently on display at Landers’ solo exhibition, “Sean Landers: North American Mammals” at Petzel Gallery in New York City through December 20, 2014. For more of Landers’ plaid animals, check out his work gallery (scroll all the way to the right).

Surreal Plaid Animal Paintings by Sean Landers

Surreal Plaid Animal Paintings by Sean Landers

Surreal Plaid Animal Paintings by Sean Landers

Surreal Plaid Animal Paintings by Sean Landers

Surreal Plaid Animal Paintings by Sean Landers

photos via Petzel Gallery

via Contemporary Art Daily, This Isn’t Happiness

Famous Self-Portrait Paintings Are Reimagined as Selfies in Clever Samsung Camera Ads

Famous Self-Portraits As Selfies

In these clever ads for the Samsung NX mini camera, classic self-portrait paintings are reimagined as selfies. The campaign depicts artists Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, and Albrecht Dürer. The campaign was created by ad agency Leo Burnett Switzerland.

Famous Self-Portraits As Selfies

Famous Self-Portraits As Selfies

images via Samsung

via Ads of the World, Photoblog.hk, PetaPixel

‘Pop Up Men’, A Look at the Frigid Work of New York City’s Christmas Tree Street Vendors

The mini documentary “Pop Up Men” features director Christopher Ming Ryan spending some time with Jamie Johnson and David Chigers, two Pennsylvania men who sell Christmas trees on the streets of New York City in November and December. Like their fellow Christmas tree street vendors, Johnson and Chigers endure freezing temperatures and spartan accommodations (the duo camps in their van for the duration of the job.) But despite their hardships, Johnson and Chigers are surprisingly upbeat about their unusual seasonal occupation. The video was produced by Wheelhouse Communications.

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