Stunning urban art at Montreal’s street art festival, MURAL

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Tuesday 30 June 2015

Montreal’s street art festival MURAL returned this month on Saint-Laurent Boulevard with 20 new works of visual art created on its grounds – we mean, walls – over a span of 11 days, culminating in the grand completion on June 14. It was business as usual as the boulevard was closed off between Sherbrooke Street and Mont-Royal Avenue for the annual spray painting update with the massive huge public art gathering and trigger-happy crowds snapping away everywhere.

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Artist creates massive murals by recycling old colourful doors

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Tuesday 30 June 2015

Belgian street artist Stefaan De Croock, better known as ‘Strook’, covers public walls with massive murals depicting silhouettes of people. What makes these works more interesting though is that they aren’t made from paint, but rather from doors.

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Benjamin Franklin as a saint illustrates how we worship money

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Monday 29 June 2015

In his thought-provoking series ‘Saint Franklin’, Ukrainian photographer Yurko Dyachyshyn creates collages that depict Benjamin Franklin as a saint, illustrating how we’ve come to worship money and materialism.

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Aussie father-and-son team creates cartoons out of pancakes

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Monday 29 June 2015

As if pancakes didn’t look delectable enough, Melbourne-based father-and-son team ‘Tiger Tomato’ had to turn the beloved breakfast item into art, infusing them with colour and sculpting them into edible cartoon characters.

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This pepperoni pizza bikini will surely make heads turn at the beach

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Fashion on Monday 29 June 2015

Online store ‘Pyknic’ has come up with a bikini that’s not only eye-catching, but hunger-inducing as well.

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Watermelon toast is Taiwan’s greatest gift to mankind

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Friday 26 June 2015

At Jimmy’s Bakery in Taiwan, people have been lining up to get a taste of their latest product, one that combines two unlikely food items: a watermelon and a loaf of bread. Introducing, the watermelon toast.

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Photographer and food stylist recreate The Shining with just food

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Friday 26 June 2015

All work and no cupcakes makes Jack a dull boy. Photographer Davide Luciano and food stylist Claudia Ficca have collaborated once again to come up with a gastronomic series that will not only make you hungry, but will also make you tremble in fear.

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Women are flocking to the zoo just to see this handsome gorilla

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Friday 26 June 2015

#GorillaBod. At the Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Japan, attendance has spiked thanks to hordes of women flocking to see a dashingly good-looking resident: a male gorilla named Shabani.

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Relive your glam rock days at this ground-breaking David Bowie exhibition in the heart of Melbourne

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By Play Melbourne in New Events on Friday 26 June 2015

This year Melbourne is playing host to one of the greatest music legends of our time: David Bowie. ACMI presents David Bowie is, an exhibition straight from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London-an exhibition, which I should add, turned out to be the fastest selling exhibition in the history of the V&A Museum.

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If Tim Burton’s Batmobile were made into a badass motorbike

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 26 June 2015

We’ve found Batman, and apparently, he’s in Poland. Game Over Cycles, a shop that specializes in customizing motorbikes, has built a trike inspired by the Batmobile from the Tim Burton films ‘Batman’ and ‘Batman Returns’.

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Fund this Kickstarter campaign to get an awesome 8-in-1 kids bike

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By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Friday 26 June 2015

Got kids? Then you’ll probably want the LegGo bike. This fun bike means your child can ride the same bike from when they’re 8 months old to when they’re six years old. And it’s all because of a very unique design that allows you to disassemble the bike as your child grows.

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Tattoos that look more like cross-stitch designs are absolutely gorgeous

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 26 June 2015

Turkish tattoo artist Eva Krbdk treats skin like it’s a piece of tapestry. She weaves her needle through skin to make tats that look like they were embroidered on.

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Finnish artist tells stories through stunning underwater photography

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By Marlena Bontas in New Photography on Thursday 25 June 2015

Susanna Majuri, a Helsinki-based photographer, shoots her subjects at the bottom of a pool to create a dream-world that incites the mind. The background of her images is made of waxed canvas depicting beautiful scenes from nature.

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Kids in this Japanese preschool get to play in puddles indoors

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Thursday 25 June 2015

While most, if not all preschools discourage kids from playing in the rain, Japan has one innovative institution that does the opposite. It lets children be themselves as they play and splash in a giant puddle accumulating in the school’s courtyard.

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Luhu the tabby cat has a face that looks sad all the time

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Thursday 25 June 2015

Meet Luhu, the saddest cat in the world. As you can see, her drooping brow makes it look like she’s permanently down in the dumps.

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