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Lebbeus Woods

He envisioned underground cities, floating buildings and an eternal space tomb for Albert Einstein worthy of the great physicist's expansive intellect. With such grand designs, perhaps it's not too surprising that the late Lebbeus Woods, one of the most influential conceptual architects ever to walk the earth, had only one of his wildly imaginative designs become a permanent structure.Instead of working with construction and engineering firms, Woods dreamed up provocative creations that weren't bound by the rules of society or even nature, according to Joseph Becker and Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher, co-curators of a new exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art titled Lebbeus Woods, Architect.

Lebbeus Woods

The Einstein Tomb

The Einstein Tomb project was created as a memorial to the life and work of Albert Einstein, a symbolic structure in the same spirit as Boullee's Cenotaph to Isaac Newton. Because the self-effacing Einstein--who transformed physics as much as Newton before him--explicitly stated that after his death he wanted no such memorial as a site of veneration, I designed it to be launched into deep space, traveling on a beam of light, never to be seen in terrestrial space and time. However, owing to the gravity-warped structure of space (which Einstein's greatest work--his theory of gravitation--described) it would return to Earth in sidereal time, an infinite number of times, or at least until the end of time and space at the death of the universe.

The Einstein Tomb

The Einstein Tomb

The Story Behind Banksy

When Time magazine selected the British artist Banksy--graffiti master, painter, activist, filmmaker and all-purpose provocateur--for its list of the world's 100 most influential people in 2010, he found himself in the company of Barack Obama, Steve Jobs and Lady Gaga. He supplied a picture of himself with a paper bag (recyclable, naturally) over his head. Most of his fans don't really want to know who he is (and have loudly protested Fleet Street attempts to unmask him). But they do want to follow his upward trajectory from the outlaw spraying--or, as the argot has it, "bombing"--walls in Bristol, England, during the 1990s to the artist whose work commands hundreds of thousands of dollars in the auction houses of Britain and America. Today, he has bombed cities from Vienna to San Francisco, Barcelona to Paris and Detroit. And he has moved from graffiti on gritty urban walls to paint on canvas, conceptual sculpture and even film, with the guileful documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, which was nominated for an Academy Award.

The Story Behind Banksy

Wellcome Image Awards 2011

The 11th Wellcome Image Awards were announced on 23 February 2011, recognising the creators of the most informative, striking and technically excellent images among recent acquisitions to Wellcome Images, as chosen by a panel of judges. The winning images are on display in Wellcome Collection until 10 July 2011

Van Gogh Tilt Shifted

It works quite well with regular photographs, so we decided to try it using paintings to see what would happen..." Serena Malyon, a 3rd-year student at art school, took some of van Gogh's most beautiful paintings and altered them in Photoshop to achieved this amazing tilt-shift effect. "Nothing in any of these paintings been added or removed or had its proportions changed. The effect is achieved simply by manipulating the light in the scene and adjusting the areas of the image that are more and less in focus, as you will see. This is all being done in fun, so don't take it too seriously." says the artist.

Van Gogh Tilt Shifted

Van Gogh Tilt Shifted

Van Gogh Tilt Shifted

Van Gogh Tilt Shifted

google art project

Google has taken its 360-degree Street View cameras into some of the most famous and acclaimed galleries, to open the world's art collection to the internet. From the Tate Britain in London to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Google Art Project lets you browse 385 rooms in 17 galleries, and see more than 1,000 works by 486 artists. Each of the galleries has selected one piece of artwork to be photographed in staggeringly high resolution, with each of the 17 images containing around 7 billion pixels. Zoom in close enough, and you can see individual brushstrokes, hairline cracks in the canvas and microscopic details that are almost invisible to the naked eye

google art project

amazing pencil art

It's hard to belive but all these picture are not photos but pencil drawings. The author of such unbelievable art is 38-year-old graphic artist from Hong Kong Paul Lung. 0.5 mm technical pencil and A2 paper are the only attributes of these masterpieces. He doesn't use eraser and spends up to 60 hours sketching out his pictures. As he often admits people do not belive him and he has to make videos of his work to prove that these art works are not photographs. Check it by yourself.