Salvation Mountain

Leonard Knight started this massive desert art project in 1985, Niland, California. For nearly 20 years he created the landscape with every shade and type of paint … and just a touch of the almighty. 😉

found here | pictures

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Google Mapping in Physical Space

Aram Bartholl’s Map project converts Google map markers into physical objects that can be moved around public spaces. The size of the rebuilt red Marker in reality corresponds to the size of a marker in the web interface in max zoom factor of the map.

Website: www.datenform.de, Related post: Need for speed, Google maps Mars.

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Business card slash micro-terrain by Tur & Partner, landscape architects. It’s a portable garden: impregnated with seeds, in the photosynthetic presence of sunlight and water, the paper eventually sprouts.

While most direct marketing pieces get thrown in trash before they are even opened, this one slowly starts to grow on you – literally.

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Virtual missing limb

“Many people who lose a limb experience the sensation that it is still attached to their body. This is also often accompanied by a feeling of pain in the missing appendage. Amputees who experience “phantom limb pain” could find relief with a 3D virtual reality system that creates the illusion that they can once again control their missing limb. The person using the system wears a head-mounted display and operates a controller with their remaining limb. The system lets them control a virtual arm or a leg, which is shown in 3D in place of their missing limb.”

related posts: Rock paper scissors | Bionic woman


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Navirobo – GPS Navigation Bear

This is only available in Japan. The Navirobo Teddy Bear has a GPS module, sit it on your dashboard and let the navigating begin. Navirobo will point you in the correct direction and dance when you arrive at the final destination. Don’t miss a turn or the Teddy Bear will laugh at you, once again reaffirming the fact that you are truly a loser. Annoying? You betcha, so we understand why this prototype took a frontal headshot en route (via Ubergizmo).

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Information Decoration


pollution + streaming = pollstream; an intervention in environmental ethics. It creates a series of interactive environments in which members of the audience are in a process of monitoring localised pollution at the very same time that they produce it.

more info: hehe.org/pollstream | video

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Square bacteria

In 1980 they were discovered: square bacteria. The bacteria are the most numerous type of cell found in salt lakes and are believed to be responsible for their characteristic red colour. Unusually, they are perfectly square in shape, appearing like small tiles when viewed under the microscope.

Though the discovery was made decades ago, scientists found it extremely difficult to grow these bacteria in a lab to be able to study them. In 2004 they succeeded! Will we hear from them again in the next nature?

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