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Great book covers as animated GIFs

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Wonderful literary GIFs by Javier Jensen of Santiago, Chile.

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Indianapolis launches literacy-promoting "Big Free Libraries"


Chris writes, "Indianapolis has just launched a great new series of art installations intended to promote both art and literacy."

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WATCH: Black light body painting timelapse

John Poppleton demonstrates how he creates eye-popping body-painted landscapes using fluorescent paint and UV light. Below are a couple of examples:

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Commercial for Banksy's Dismaland

The sold-out installation at Weston-super-Mare is a carnival of dark delights and clearly fun for the whole family. (via JWZ) yNB645

Lovely profile of James Merry, Björk's maskmaker

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Björk has become known for rocking some stunning embroidered masks. Hint published a nice overview of her longtime collaboration with maskmaker James Merry.

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Magazine covers, then and now

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Over at Medium, Karen X. Cheng and Jerry Gabra look at the evolution of magazine covers. To paraphrase Mister Jalopy, I don't like the old ones because they're old, I like them because they're better.

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Watch a boy trip and push his hand through a $1,500,000 painting

A 12-year-old boy visiting a Taipei art exhibition tripped, pushing his fist through a 350-year-old painting by Paolo Porpora. The exhibition organizers say they won't charge the boy's family for the restoration and that the painting was insured.

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Lost 1950s mosaic mural uncovered in NY after decades behind facade

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Allison Meier reports on the progress in uncovering a gorgeous Max Spivak midcentury stained-glass mosaic that was found in March hidden behind an aluminum facade.

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Burning Man: The Musical

Here are the first 5 minutes of a full-length musical about Burning Man and life in Silicon Valley that these people are hoping you'll want to pitch in and fund.

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Excellent creepy hand illusion

"Drawn on my hand with markers and pen," writes Natalie Nakles.

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See Metallica guitarist's killer collection of classic monster memorabilia

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If you are traveling through the San Francisco International Airport during the next four months, don't miss the exhibit Classic Monsters, featuring fantastic items from the collection of Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, on view in the Terminal 2 gallery of the always-fascinating SFO Museum. The artifacts include vintage movie props, toys, and original paintings by Basil Gogos that appeared on covers Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine.

Above: Vampire Armand Tesla’s head before and after it melts in The Return of the Vampire starring Bela Lugosi, 1943.

Below: Frankenstein toys and memorabilia c. 1960s–70s; Wolf Man makeup test bust made for Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein starring Lon Chaney, Jr., 1948; Dracula toys and memorabilia c. 1960s–70s; Mummy painting c. 1969 Artist: Basil Gogos.

Classic Monsters: The Kirk Hammett Collection

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Building looks like couple doing it doggy style

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Atelier Van Lieshout constructed this delightful building, titled "Domestikator," as the centerpiece of their large festival installation, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," at the Ruhrtriennale music and arts festival in Bochum, Germany.

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Video about the real cyborg who "hears colors" via his antenna implant

Neil Harbisson is totally color blind, so he "hears colors" via an antenna implanted in his skull that translates light frequencies into audible vibrations.

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Trailer for Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art

The Land Art movement was part of the anti-gallery uprising of iconoclastic artists in the 1960s and 1970s. This new film by James Crump is an excellent primer, and it features the movement's largely-reticent voices, including Robert Smithson, Walter De Maria, and Michael Heizer.

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Earn 1 cent every 4.5 seconds for turning a crank

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Mirrored Ziggurat melds earth with stairway to the skies

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Sydney's Underbelly Arts Festival included this cool Mirrored Ziggurat by Iranian artist Shirin Abedinirad.

Inspired by the pyramidal structure of Ziggurat in ancient Mesopotamia, this installation offers a transformative view of the self. The Mirrored Ziggurat acts as a staircase, which seeks to connect nature with human beings and to create union of ancient history and today’s world. For Abedinirad, mirrors amplify this paradise, giving light; an important mystical concept in Persian Culture, and a medium creating an optical illusion.

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