Artist spent 5 hours drawing the map of Middle Earth on a Starbucks cup

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Tuesday 27 January 2015

‘Welcome to Starbucks, what would you like to order?’ My precioussss Caramel Frappuccino! A few months ago, Liverpool-based artist Liam Kenny decided to transform his Starbucks cup into a map of Middle-earth. He spent 5 hours illustrating every detail of every region in Tolkien’s famous fantasy continent. He even tinted it with a tea-bag to give it that worn-down-after-so-much-traveling-and-running-away-from-orcs look.

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Bewitching glass sculptures sandwich waters with landscapes

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Friday 23 January 2015

Looks like we can’t get enough of Ben Young’s glass sculptures. Raised in Waihi Beach, New Zealand and now based in Sydney, Australia, the self-taught artist has been doing these for over a decade, drawing, cutting and crafting his works by hand, layer by painstaking layer.

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Boat and bees on the roof, bed or hammock in your room? Take your pick at this hotel!

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 22 January 2015

Hotel Daniel Vienna, which features installation art by Erwin Wurm in the form of a stranded boat on the building, as well as bees on the roof (they make honey that go toward the hotel’s inhouse bakery treats), has something else that other hotels can’t beat: rooms with beds AND hammocks. Wow.

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Artist depicts world leaders on the toilet, shows they’re human too

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 21 January 2015

We’ve caught our leaders with their pants down before, but this is taking it literally. In her series ‘The Daily Duty’, Italian artist Cristina Guggeri depicts the world’s most powerful and influential people in the loo. It’s her way of reminding us that these larger-than-life figures are humans too. ‘The artistic idea comes from the […]

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Mirror tea cup mimicks its surroundings perfectly

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Monday 19 January 2015

Japanese design studio D-Bros has created a mirrored-surface porcelain cup and patterned saucer set that ensures that the cup always matches the saucer. How simple and elegant. It makes for cool cups that are always updating their look no matter what surface they sit on.

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50 artists spent 7 months making a kitchen completely out of yarn

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 16 January 2015

We’ve seen trees and telephone poles being yarn bombed, but an entire kitchen? For the Jumpers and Jazz art festival in Warwick, Queensland, 50 artists collaborated for seven months to make a crocheted kitchen for a temporary exhibition on display at the Warwick Art Gallery for a month in July/August 2014. Using techniques like crocheting, […]

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What Calvin & Hobbes would look like if they had real life as their background

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Thursday 15 January 2015

2015 will mark the 20th year in which Bill Waterson’s ‘Calvin & Hobbes’ stopped publishing new works. The beloved daily comic strip ran from 1985 until 1995. That’s an awfully long time for fans yearning to see new issues of the cartoon duo that shaped their childhood. So while we’re still waiting for Bill Waterson […]

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Revenge bento art: Disgruntled Japanese housewives strike back at husbands and kids

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Thursday 15 January 2015

If this isn’t passive-aggressive, we don’t know what is. In Japan, bento-making is almost elevated to an artform, with housewives making sure the creative homemade lunchbox meals they pack for the family are as pleasing to the eye as they are to their appetites. This is often with immaculate prepping, cutting, sculpting and arranging the […]

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These brothers build a humongous snow sculpture every year on their front lawn

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 14 January 2015

Every winter for the past four years, three brothers continue a tradition they started right in their front yard. Austin, Connor, and Trevor Bartz of New Brighton, Minnesota make massive snow sculptures that take days, if not, weeks to complete. This year, they created a 12-foot-tall sea turtle! In previous years, they made a shark, a walrus, and a blowfish.

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Artists use dead bodies of insects as canvases for miniature artworks

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Thursday 8 January 2015

While most people would see a dead bug’s carcass and go ‘Eww’, artists Chris Brand and Evan Skrederstu would go more like, ‘A canvas!’ The creative duo turns the backs of beetles, spiders, cockroaches, and other insects into miniature artworks, painting amazing portraits and landscapes that match each insect’s appearance. The series started a decade […]

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Butcher knives are cut up to form amazing negative space silhouettes

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Thursday 8 January 2015

For artist Li Hongbo, butcher knives aren’t meant for cutting, they’re meant to be cut. For her solo art exhibit in Hong Kong, she’s carved a series of sculptures entirely out of knives.

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Dollar bills look so much cooler with pop culture characters on them

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 7 January 2015

Is it still considered defacing currency if you’re making something more beautiful? California-based artist Donovan Clark has a pretty unconventional canvas of choice: a dollar bill. He paints on George Washington’s portrait, covering the former president completely and replacing it with a new character.

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In London, giant glowing rabbits illuminate the nighttime landscape

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Tuesday 6 January 2015

There’s nothing better than little, white-as-snow rabbits. Except maybe when they’re gigantic, white-as-snow rabbits! Australian artist Amanda Parer’s outdoor installation ‘Intrude’, features humongous glowing rabbits that are as adorable as the real thing (despite the lack of fur and appetite for carrots).

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Why wash your dirty car when you can create such works of wonder from it?

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By Kenny Ong in New Art on Tuesday 6 January 2015

American artist and musician Scott Wade has been doodling with dirty car art since 2003 and coming up with various techniques that help him produce some stunning work. ‘The impermanence of this art form is one of the things I really love about it … it reminds me that all of life is transient, that […]

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Humans transform into portraits of animals using only body paint

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Tuesday 6 January 2015

In ‘Florida Wildlife Series’, artist and body painter Shannon Holt takes one piece of art – the human body – and turns it into another. Using the human form as her canvas, the Florida-based artist paints beautiful portraits of animals commonly found in the Sunshine State. Taking anywhere from six to 12 hours to complete […]

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