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What would our planets look like if you flew by?

Artist Michael Benson has made some pretty fun and stunning images of celestial bodies in our solar system rendered in a manner that supposedly mimics the way our human eyes would perceive them if we were to fly by. For those of you in London, check out an exhibition of his photos along with original …

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Hundreds of Tourist Photos Woven into One

This is brilliant art–visually arresting while intellectually stimulating. Switzerland-based Corinne Vionnet is our guide to the world’s most famous landmarks, monuments millions have visited before. Her art is created not by acrylic, oil, or watercolor, each piece is made by combining hundreds of tourist photos into one. After conducting an online keyword search and sifting …

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Gorky Retrospective at MOCA

For those of you in LA/visiting LA soon, I highly recommend checking out the Arshile Gorky retrospective at MOCA (the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art). The museum has put together a great collection of beautiful and compelling pieces. Until I visited, I’d only been roughly familiar with Gorky’s work–the color, the amorphous shapes, and …

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Wordle – word cloud art

Just tried this “cloud art” using Wordle–a self-proclamied “toy for generating ‘word clouds’ from text that you provide.” You can pipe in your website URL, or paste in any text. Then you have a bunch of cool control over design, layout, color, and more. Here’s one of the pictures it made for SalvoLavis.com:

Nathan Sawaya: The Art of the Brick

Nathan Sawaya creates some amazing sculptures entirely from Legos. Check out his “Art of the Brick” Gallery for more cool pictures. (Thanks to Andrew Sullivan’s blog for turning me on to this.)

Fleeting Youth, Fading Creativity in Science

In the Wall Street Journal, Johah Lehrer explores the connections between youth and creativity in the sciences. For one, he notes the demographic shift toward older scientists: In 1980, the largest share of grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) went to scientists in their late 30s. By 2006 the curve had been shifted …

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