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A Solar-Powered Glow-in-the-dark Bike Path by Studio Roosegaarde Inspired by Van Gogh

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This stunning illuminated bike path in Nuenen, Netherlands was just unveiled by Studio Roosegaarde, an innovative social design lab. The swirling patterns used on the kilometer-long Van Gogh-Roosegaarde Bicycle Path were inspired by painter Vincent van Gogh (who lived in Nuenen from 1883 to 1885), and is lit at night by both special paint that charges in daylight and embedded LEDs that are powered by a nearby solar array.

Amazing Little Flip Books Use Negative Space and Secret Compartments

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These fun little flip books made in Japan feature a number of unexpected designs that make use of negative space and secret “compartments” that are gradually revealed as you flip through the books. There are several books in the series published by Mou Hitotsu no Kenkyujo

Sponsor // Improve Your Figure Drawing With a Free Online Class From Craftsy

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Learn how to bring figure studies to life on paper, when you enroll in the online Craftsy class Figure Drawing: An Essential Guide for free today. Enjoy step-by-step guidance from renowned artist Patricia Watwood, in the comfort of your home with 7 video lessons you can easily watch anytime, anywhere, forever.

See what a recent Craftsy art student had to say about this class: "Great class to get you ready to tackle figure drawing without being intimidated. This class takes you step by step from very simple to very detailed. I highly recommend this class to anyone who’s drawing." Sign up for free today.

DIY Geometric Paper Animal Sculptures by Paperwolf

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Stuttgart-based designer Wolfram Kampffmeyer creates DIY geometric paper sculpture kits under the name Paperwolf. The designs range from taxidermy trophies to standalone animals that come flat-packed with detailed instructions on how to fold and assemble yourself.

Surreal Pencil Drawings of Lips by Christo Dagorov

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Switzerland-based illustrator and artist Christo Dagorov created this unusual series of pencil drawings that transform the texture of lips into trees, the aerial layout of a city, and even other human forms.

Architectural Landmarks Created with Bicycle Tire Tracks by Thomas Yang

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Earlier this year we mentioned Thomas Yang over at 100copies used the prints from bicycle tire treads to create a poster of the Empire State Building. Yang has since explored three additional landmarks around the world that merge his passion for cycling and architecture including depictions of the Eiffel Tower, the Tower Bridge, and China’s Forbidden City.

Hand-Built Porcelain Sculptures by Nuala O’Donovan Mimic Fractal Patterns Found in Nature

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Irish artist Nuala O’Donovan sculpts intricate hand-built porcelain forms that resemble fractal patterns found in nature. Borrowing from shapes found in coral, teasel flowers, and pinecones, O’Donovan examines not only patterns, but irregularities that arise from random or unexpected events.

Back in the Colossal Shop: The Rainy Pot!

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Dailylife Lab’s award-winning Rainy Pot design is back in stock at the Colossal Shop. The Rainy Pot makes the chore of watering your plants a fun and visually beautiful experience. When filled with water, the Rainy Pot’s cloud-shaped basin gently and evenly sends a small rain shower dripping across the included planter. The Rainy Pot is a great way to bring more of nature into your home, especially as winter sets in.

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