Welcome to San Alfonso del Mar in Algarrobo, Chile the place where you can find the largest swimming pool in the world. It is more than 1,000 yards long, covers 20 acres, has a 115 ft deep end and holds 66 million gallons of water which pretty much makes it so big that guests for the Chilean resort have to use boats and floats to move around. The pool is filled with seawater and has a computer controlled filtering system.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Victorian Era has just become more delectable. Cake Central held a contest for their members and the theme was Steampunk. While it may seem that drawing inspiration from stylized industrial era science-fiction might not be such a great idea for a cake the results were pretty impressive.
We don’t know what these cakes taste like, but we hope that they were as delicious as they are fascinating to look at.
Have a piece of the most inspiring entries after the jump.
Most of the time when we think of art related to popular culture (or the cringe-worthy term ”fan art”) we imagine annoying teens drawing drool coated pictures of Edward Cullen, or bad fantasy art featuring Harry Potter and Severus Snipe in compromising positions. What we don’t always remember is that even in the realm of fan art there are shining examples of genuine artistic skill and talent.
Today we will be featuring some of these artists, people who have created incredible paintings and illustrations inspired by maybe the most popular movie franchise ever – Star Wars.
You can see the full collection after the jump, click on images to see full size.
Forget Narnia, folks! The most incredible landscapes don’t come from the fertile minds of fantasy and sci-fi authors. No, they can be found right here in the real world and one of them is in Madagascar.
Take a closer look at The Bemaraha National Park, situated in the west of Madagascar. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990, it has over 700 kilometers of breathtaking scenery among which the most fascinating one is Tsingy, The Stone Forest, a diverse collection of limestone peeks, humid caves and forest canyons, that look like they are the creation of a fantasy artist.
The architectural firm Choi + Shine has submitted a very novel idea to a competition to design the power transmission pylons in Iceland. Their solution to dealing with the boring gray unsightly mess that are ordinary high-voltage electrical pylons is to give them a human shape – on a gigantic scale, naturally. They envision these giants “walking” the countryside and climbing hills and mountains while holding up their cables.
Unfortunately the design took home only an honorable mention, which I take it means it won’t be implemented, which is a shame since these things would look absolutely stunning, especially in the already picturesque Icelandic landscape.
Rest of the pictures after the jump.
Street art gets a bad rap because it’s so often associated with graffiti and vandalism. The public perception has changed a little bit over the last few years due more than anything to the fact that Banksy has been in the global spotlight so much, and people who would not normally consider it art are now seeing it from a different point of view. Banksy is, of course, just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, as there are untold numbers of extremely talented artists all over the world creating art on the walls and streets of their cities. Some of them do it to send a political or social message, others have a more humoristic point of view, and some just want to show off their painting skills. Here are just a few of them.
Considering the recent popularity of steampunk and all the assorted machinery that people have been making, it was only a matter of time before someone made these. Ladies and gentlemen of the 21 century Victorian era, I give you Lady Clankington’s Cabinet of Carnal Curiosities, makers of fine steampunk dildos. They are not only fully functional, but unlike most steampunk stuff you see online and wet your crotch for – actually for sale as well.
Rest of the rowdy pictures after the jump
We’ve all been there. What do you get for that special someone who has everything, or is simply hard to impress. Sure you can get them a tie or perfume, but it’ll just get thrown onto the “meh” pile. To give you a hand, The Daily Sloth has picked out 18 presents that are sure to leave a lasting impression.
Be advised that this post contains some images that may be considered Not Safe For Work. No nudity per se, but stuff you really don’t want to try to explain to your boss or your mom.
Illustrator Christoph Niemann decided to kill some time and create a visual flight diary during his flight from New York to Berlin. Absolutely hilarious. You can see all 14 pictures after the jump.
Loesje is an international collective of (mostly) young people that create simple, powerful posters with short bits of text focusing on a range of topics, from politics and consumerism to personal thoughts and just plain wit and humor.
Loesje texts are mostly positive and funny, and at the same time critical, wanting to stimulate the viewers to see things from new perspectives, and take action in their own lives. Loesje texts are not trying to tell you what to think; instead they often invite to many different interpretations.
The key words of Loesje are: Solidarity, Anti-authoritarian, Sexually free, Initiative, Decisive, A-religious and Independent
It’s inspiration in a can, essentially. The posters are free to print and disseminate in which ever way you find appropriate (and legal, mind you).
Go ahead, make someone’s day.
Benoit Paille is a young photographer from Quebec who’s making a name for himself asking random strangers on the street to take their picture. Not all of the pictures below actually belong to the “Strangers” series, but I decided to feature them anyway. He has to be one of the best portraitists I’ve seen in a long time.