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Is The Museum Of Natural History’s Origami Tree Beautiful Or What?

The American Museum of Natural History in NYC’s annual origami tree is now up and running. Each year’s creation has a theme that resonates with the museum’s collections or features, and this year is all about the “Night At The Museum” movies, with origami models of artifacts from the movie that can be found in the museum. Origami artists both in New York and around the world expertly folded the models for the tree. I’m pretty sure that if I saw this tree as a kid my 8-year-old self would have been speechless, but even as a grown-up I’m awestruck. Something tells me I’ll be making a trip uptown to see it in person this year. After the jump, a few photos of the tree in full! [Images via AMNH/R. Mickens] Keep reading »

I Want To Go To There: Van Gogh-Inspired Bike Path Lights Up Dutch Town

Bike Path

Artist Daan Roosegaarde paid the ultimate tribute to Vincent Van Gogh by installing a glowing bike path inspired by his “Starry Night” painting. The path sits in the Dutch town of Eindhoven, near Van Gogh’s former home. The area’s scenery served as inspiration for many Van Gogh’s works, and in turn, Roosegaarde’s creation will inspire its current residents. The path runs on solar-powered LED lights and was designed to appeal energy conservancy enthusiasts, art fans, and any citizens would simply benefit from a beautiful destination in their hometown. The path opened on Wednesday and stretches on for about half a mile. The lights within the path charge during the day and gather enough energy to glow for eight hours through the evening. [NPR] [Image via Studio Roosegaarde/NPR] Keep reading »

Watch These Magic Paintings Come To Life Before Your Eyes

Living Painting
Gorgeous

Artist Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic films his painting process step-by-step to create “living paintings,” in which viewers can watch his art magically come together on the page without ever seeing his brushes or hands. “It’s a painting in process, it’s a work of film, it’s an actual tactile painting,” he told CNN. Mestrovic uses high resolution cameras to capture each frame of the paintings’ creation. The Buenos Aires native spent years living in Japan, where he studied calligraphy and lettering. That talent has a massive influence on his artwork, giving it a richer feel. CNN put together a nifty video discussing his work if you’d like to see his paintings in action. Watching the beautiful colors come to life without the help of a human hand is nothing short of stunning. [CNN]

Disney Characters Dressed Up As Pop Stars Makes Me Smile

Most Disney fairytales take place in a land far, far away, where fame doesn’t exist, Twitter is just a noise birds make and Lady Gaga is some royal who lives in a high castle beyond the hills. But thanks to DeviantArt artist Isaiah Stevens, now we can imagine what it’s like for some of our favorite Disney characters and villains to not only KNOW about the pop world, but transform into some of the biggest musical superstars of our time.

Maybe Pocahontas loves Britney Spears and Aladdin listens to Jay-Z when he’s getting ready to ride his magic carpet— we don’t know. But what I do know is that this art installation confirms that Disney’s next big hit should definitely include some kind of Beyoncé reference. Just imagine it: the Princess falls under a spell, is eventually found by Prince Charming who wakes her up with true love’s kiss, and she pops up wearing an “I woke up like this” T-shirt. Priceless.

Check out some of your favorite Disney characters in pop star garb, including Beyonce as Ursula, above…

Artist Adds Her Image Into Her Mom’s Childhood Photos To Imagine Them As BFFs

Danielle Delph

Portland art director Danielle Delph questioned whether she’d have been friends with her mother if they’d grown up together and what that might have looked like, so she Photoshopped herself into pictures of her mom’s childhood. Her photo series If I Had Known My Mother Back Then depicts her and her mother hanging out as toddlers, teenagers and everything in between. On her website, she ponders:

“I’ve always wondered if my mom and I would have been friends had we grown up together. Would we be in the same classes? Would we have the same sense of humor? Would people tell us we’re inseparable? After seeing myself in her childhood photos, I’m pretty sure we would have been great friends.”

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About Art And Art Selfies

I keep having to revise my position on art selfies. I don’t know. I still hate the fact that most museum patrons seem to be there to say that they were there, to have the pictures to prove it; that they’re not seeing the art, they’re seeing themselves with the art. At the same time, I don’t want to fall down the rabbit hole that says “Selfies are bad! You’re so vain! How can you be so self-absorbed! Gosh!” Passing that kind of judgment is even more annoying than being a museum patron who makes the gallery attendant’s day as aggravating as possible by touching the god damned frames while you take a selfie when you know full well you’re not supposed to. Keep reading »

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