ArtWalk, Walking Tours That Showcase Public Art and Architecture in New York City

ArtWalk is a series of walking tours that showcase public art and architecture in New York City. Current walks include SoHo and the Bowery, with further walks scheduled to release soon. ArtWalk is currently raising funds via a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to create a smartphone app that will allow people to take walks on their own, guided by the app alone.

The app will be free to download and will show a preview of all the sights. To read the whole story you purchase a neighborhood for $2.99, which will give you access and a walking path.

Each neighborhood consists of 20+ stories, made up of an custom illustration, original text, a map, references and further reading. We’re working on two neighborhoods, SoHo and the Bowery, which will be part of the 1st version.

ArtWalk

ArtWalk

images via ArtWalk

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Drowsy Orange Tabby Cat Snoozes Away While Using a Juicy Red Pepper as His Pillow

A drowsy orange tabby named Tora snoozes away in the afternoon sun using a juicy red pepper as his pillow, while his feline friend Mimi stares out the window with her yellow pepper cast aside. It appears that all of shironekoshiro‘s cats, including Tora and Mimi, are quite partial to all types of produce including watermelons, oranges, onions and even a couple of autumn leaves.

Scottish Distillery Sends Whisky Into Space to Study the Effects of Varying Gravity on the Maturation Process

Ardbeg Returns

In 2011, Ardbeg, the Scottish distilling company with a big taste for adventure, partnered up with the space research company NanoRacks LLC to launch hand-crafted organic compounds (terpenes) that mimicked the structure of their Single Malt Islay Scotch into space. The objective of the mission was to study the effects of varying gravity on the whisky maturation process. To celebrate the experiment, Ardbeg created an online “Space Tracker” and the amusing video game “Islay Invaders“. It recently made landfall somewhere in Kazakhstan.

Since we launched Ardbeg’s first whisky experiment into space in 2011 – in the shape of vials of Ardbeg-crafted molecules – it has been orbiting the planet on the International Space Station at 17,227 miles per hour, 15 times a day. To re-cap, the vials contained a class of compounds known as ‘terpenes.’ Ardbeg was invited by US based space research company NanoRacks LLC to take part in testing these micro organic compounds in a maturation experiment (the interaction of these compounds with charred oak) between normal gravity on Earth and micro- gravity i.e. space…It will be the team’s task to proceed to unlock the mysteries of maturation, through the study of the interaction between Ardbeg-crafted molecules and charred oak, both in micro-gravity (in orbit) and normal gravity (in Ardbeg’s Warehouse 3). Dr. Bill [Lumsden] will be revealing the maturation secrets of the universe in a white paper to be unveiled at a later date after the exhaustive studies.

Islay Invaders

Space Tracker

images via Ardbeg

The Bigger Picture, Fanciful Depictions of the Area Outside the Margins of Iconic Album Covers

The Big Picture

In The Bigger Picture, web design company Aptitude imagines what exists just outside the margins of some of popular music’s most iconic covers, from Michael Jackson to Adele.

In this digital age, buying an album has become less about buying a physical package to buying a digital version out of convenience. So in honour of a once coveted industry standard, we take a look at some of the most iconic album covers over the years and put our own spin on them by revealing ‘the bigger picture’.

The Big Picture

The Big Picture

images via Aptitude

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‘Releases: Extremadura’, A Remarkable Time-Lapse Film Composed of Blended Photos and Soundscapes

Photographer Pit_Er_A took over 7,000 photographs while simultaneously recording soundscapes of the Extremadura region of Spain, then stitched them together to create an awe-inducing time-lapse video. The artist emphasizes the importance of recognizing the aural aspect of nature.

It is very important to consider the acoustic side (not just visual) when we are in a natural, rural or urban setting. This can change the perception of any image that we are seeing, causing different emotional states.

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Photographer Celebrates Halloween by Dressing Her Daughter in Different Adorable Costumes for ‘Dress Up Willow Month’

Willow E.T.

Photographer Gina Lee celebrates Halloween by declaring the month of October “Dress Up Willow Month” and dressing her daughter Willow in a variety of fun and creative costumes. Willow has been dressed as everything from Elliott from E.T. to the Morton salt girl. Lee posts the photos to her website as well as to Facebook and her Instagram page.

Willow Morton Salt

Willow Frida

Willow Troll

Willow In and Out

photos via Gina Lee

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