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Chinese lanterns look beautiful with their reflections cast onto water at night

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Friday 6 March 2015

The Lantern Festival falls on the 15th day of the first Chinese lunar month, which is March 5 this year. In celebration of this, a myriad of beautiful lanterns were on display at Tang Paradise, a Tang dynasty-style royal garden in Xi’an, China.

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Street artist transforms ordinary walls and buildings into illusions of colourful portals

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 6 March 2015

Drab walls become gateways to another dimension as these colourful portals seemingly pop out of nowhere. Street artist 1010 (pronounced as ten-ten) is responsible for these spray-painted portals, creating his illusions since 2009 around Germany, Panama, and the US.

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My Illustrated World: How the world is seen through the eyes of an illustrator

Tristan Rayner Editor

By Tristan Rayner in New Art on Tuesday 3 March 2015

We all see things differently, but showing people how the world looks to them is a unique talent – and Australian Michael Alesich’s world is full of wonder. He told us that this project was a chance to show people his surreal world.

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Artist repurposes discarded books as beautiful crystallised sculptures

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Saturday 28 February 2015

Bothered by the sight of discarded books, San Francisco-based artist Alexis Arnold tried to give unwanted literature a proper sendoff by turning them into crystallised sculptures.

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This origami expert amazes with what he can do with paper

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Friday 27 February 2015

I claim to be an expert on origami because I can make paper stars and cranes. Yes, that’s two different types! Then along comes Adam Tran who just has to put me in my place with his amazing paper folds of dinosaurs, preying mantises, winged gladiators and so much more.

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These very stationary sculptures are made from some previously very active skateboards

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By Kenny Ong in New Art on Wednesday 25 February 2015

Where do skateboards go after they retire? Well, if you’re a skateboarding enthusiast like 37-year-old Tokyo-based artist Haroshi, you make beautiful sculptures from the huge pile of decks and broken parts you amassed over the years.

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Street artist causes controversy by installing cocaine-snorting Oscar statue near Oscars venue

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 25 February 2015

LA-based street artist ‘Plastic Jesus’ recently placed a life-size Oscar statue on Hollywood Boulevard, near the venue of Sunday’s Academy Awards. Entitled ‘Hollywood’s Best Party’, the installation shows the Oscar kneeling down on all fours, snorting cocaine. Yes, even the statues in Hollywood party hard.

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Angela Merkel gets the hipster treatment in this completely weird Tumblr account

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Tuesday 24 February 2015

Angela Merkel is a straight-talking politician with no time for a Tumblr account of her own. So someone decided to help the German chancellor express herself online, with a Tumblr account called HipsterMerkel.

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Mind-bending photographic art from Achraf Baznani

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Friday 20 February 2015

Wanting to capture ‘the things in nature that are very unnatural’, Moroccan artist Achraf Baznani has explored happiness, sorrow, loneliness, and self-awareness with a series of surreal photographs that leave you wondering, ‘how did he even do that?’

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Giant portraits are made out of used teabags by this very resourceful artist

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Thursday 19 February 2015

If you get irritated by people leaving their teabags in the sink, perhaps you ought to start collecting them to make a spot of caffeinated art. This may or may not be what Red Hong Yi did.

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Here’s what the future might look like if one Russian artist has any say in its design

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Thursday 19 February 2015

If you love talking about what the world might look like in the next 20, 30, even 50 years, check out Russian digital artist Evgeny Kazantsev‘s detailed landscapes.

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Teacher surprises his students every day with new, inspiring chalk artworks

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Thursday 19 February 2015

Inspiration can be pretty hard to come by when you’re trapped within the confines of a classroom, but a Wyoming-based art teacher is trying to change that one drawing at a time. In an effort to surround his students with as much art as possible, Reddit user ‘Nate100100’ surprises them every day with works he makes during his free time.

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This cute terrarium in a coffee pot is super easy to DIY

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Wednesday 18 February 2015

On her blog A Charming Project, Enid shared this great project, turning a coffee pot into a beautiful terrarium for air plants.

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These forlorn looking cardboard forests remind us what the real forests give up for us

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Tuesday 17 February 2015

You may have mixed emotions when looking at these stunningly created forests made entirely of cardboard.

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Giant colourful lamps take over the icy streets of Quebec City

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Tuesday 17 February 2015

Winter can be dull and drab, especially if it snows a lot, so Quebec City have decorated their snowy streets with 34 giant lampshades to bring back some much-needed cheer.

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