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Posts Tagged ‘ Canada ’

Valle And His Heads.


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The visual artist Valentin Leonida, better known as Valle has an incredibly unique illustration style.  The Canadian illustrator utilizes simplistic strokes and lining to create incredibly complex, and detailed pieces, that stand away from the generic subjects that others may draw.  You can get prints of his work from his online shop by clicking right here.

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Valle’s art style is reminiscent of the line work on American money.  Below are some alternate looks at his most prominent pieces.  And once again, you can get prints of his work from his online shop by clicking right here. Check the method.

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Janet Echelman and Aaron Koblin | Google Weave


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Artists Janet Echelman and Aaron Koblin –creative director at Google’s creative lab — have collaborated to create ‘unnumbered sparks‘, a monumental interactive sculpture in the sky, billowing silently overhead visitors to downtown Vancouver, Canada. The ethereal net spanning 745 feet between buildings shimmers with a vibrantly colored glow, punctuating the urban landscape as it floats above ground. Dynamic digital characteristics embedded within the aerial mesh define an engaging relationship with the viewer. Visitors with smartphones and tablets are able to paint vivid beams of light across the sculpture at a massive scale: small movements made on phones become nearly hundred foot long trails on its surface. When you look at the sculpture, you’re looking at a web browser. The team explains ‘the lighting on the sculpture is actually a single fullscreen google chrome window over 10 million pixels in size.’ Choreographed by the public in real time through their mobile devices, the soaring form becomes a crowd-controlled visual on a massive canvas. ‘Unnumbered sparks’, which premiered at the TED conference’s 30th anniversary.

PINCH Martin Tremblay – Human Typography


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Martin Tremblay is a photographer from Montreal, Canada. Also known under the name of Pinch, he shoots fashion, cultural and advertising images. Today we’re featuring a serie where he used human bodies to create a typography. The alphabet with aesthetic and truth seen through the eye of a true artist.

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Grand Touch Executive – Marble Phone


If you thought gold-plated or diamond-studded phones were the last word in mobile style, then think again, as a Canadian company has just announced a new mobile device which is made from a “stone hybrid material” and sapphire crystals. Produced by luxury mobile design company Mobiado, based in Canada, the Grand Touch Executive was released on October 30. The phone has been some two years in the making after an early prototype, the CPT001 — which was crafted from a solid block of marble — first started doing the rounds on the tech blogs in 2010. The body of the phone is made from “hybrid stone material” while the back panel and buttons are made from “sapphire crystal.” The phone is available in a range of hybrid stone materials including granite and marble.  In terms of specs, the unlocked phone is fairly low/mid range, boasting a 5 MP camera, a 4.65 inch S-AMOLED touch screen, 16GB of storage and common smartphone features such as Bluetooth/WiFi capabilities. No pricing details are available on the Grand Touch Executive, but don’t expect to see it in shops anytime soon: Mobiado’s luxury phones are typically seen at very exclusive events and trade shows to which the general public is not invited.

Miraculous BMW Drift Video.


On my vacation I made the acquaintance of a female street racer that made me reminisce on the ‘good old days’ of precision driving, and being able to push a car to its limits.  This video is a perfect demonstration of what I mean by pushing a car (and its driver) to the limits.  The 340bhp twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight-six (and that M3 rear differential) get a thorough workout in this video, posted by BMW Canada. I’m not clear on the advertising message, but it’s definitely worth a watch.

Roadsworth.


While looking up some info on Amsterdam, I came across the work of Canadian stencil artist Roadsworth (Peter Gibson), and really liked it.  When it comes to something so simple, so raw, and so unique, I knew I had to throw it up.  He’s been doing his thing since 2001, using stencils to adapt the existing road graphics, mainly on the streets of Montreal, initially as a protest against the lack of cycle lanes, but increasingly as a commentary on car culture, oil dependancy and authoritarianism. I’m not sure how successful it is on those counts, but as a way of injecting a little wit and lyricism into the urban landscape, it’s the sh*t.  Check the method, and both of the videos on his work.


The Zombie Walk.


Contrary to what you may have thought when reading the title of this post, no this isn’t some sort of new dance craze. The Zombie Walk is an event held in different cities where people of all ages dress up in their best zombie garb and walk the streets. The photos in this post were taken from a walk in Canada. With the success of shows like “The Walking Dead” on AMC, or the slew of zombie movies over the last decade (28 Days Later, I Am Legend, Resident Evil, and Dawn of the Dead) it was only a matter of time before a spectacle like this became a cultural cult fascination.

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