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The Motions of Kayaking and Canoeing Recorded through Light Painting on Canadian Waterways


In this striking and original photo series, photographer Stephen Orlando records the actions of actual kayaking, canoeing, and swimming using light painting. LED light sticks are attached to oars and people to create a visual representation of motion.

An Expansive Swirling Snow Drawing Atop a Frozen Lake by Sonja Hinrichsen


Early last year, artist Sonja Hinrichsen and some 60 volunteers wearing snowshoes trekked out onto the frozen Catamount Lake in Colorado to trample miles of swirling and twisting patterns into the deep snow. Titled Snow Drawings at Catamount Lake, the work was a continuation of her community-based snow drawing projects that bring together local volunteers to transform snowy landscapes into temporary artworks based on parameters provided by Hinrichsen.


Traffic Light That Lets You Play Pong with Person on the Other Side Officially Installed in Germany


After a two year wait, the first interactive crosswalk pong game has officially been installed at an intersection in Hildesheim, Germany. ActiWait allows you to compete in a pong-like game with a person standing on the opposite side of the street.

Feathers, Form and Function: New Cut Feather Artwork by Chris Maynard


Using a small scalpel as his primary tool, artist Chris Maynard carves artwork out of feathers giving them new life on a canvas. “Each feather, though dead and discarded, keeps something of the bird’s essence,” Maynard tells us. Indeed, the colorful and sometimes humorous creations highlight the feather’s beauty but also encourages us to ponder the life of its previous owner.

Thread Paintings: Densely Embroidered Portraits by Cayce Zavaglia


When scouring through the minute details of artist Cayce Zavaglia’s embroidered portraits, it’s difficult imagine each work is scarcely larger than 8″ x 10″. Her process, which she refers to as both “thread painting” and “renegade embroidery,” begins with a photoshoot of each subject, namely friends, family, and fellow artists. Roughly 100-150 photos are winnowed down to a single selection which she then begins to embroider with one-ply embroidery thread on Belgian linen.

Steampunk Animal and Insect Sculptures by Igor Verniy


From heaps of scrap metal, old bike chains, and silverware, sculptor Igor Verniy creates birds, butterflies, and other unusual creations. Many of his steampunk and cyberpunk sculptures are made to be fully articulated, with dozens of moving or adjustable parts enabling each piece to be posed in several lifelike positions.

New in the Colossal Shop: Paint Water Mugs by Hallie Bateman


Never confuse your tasty brew with gunky paint water again. These handy mugs lettered by illustrator Hallie Bateman promise to prevent even the most unsavory beverage/brush rinsing mixups. Available as a set or individual mugs.

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