For an awesomely heartwarming project entitled If Only For a Second, a Belgian cancer charity called the Mimi Foundation invited 20 cancer patients to participate in a very unusual makeover experience.
Inspired by the statements such as, “You know what I miss the most? Being carefree.”, the purpose of the project was to give participants a moment in which they completely forgot about their illness. Each subject was asked to sit with their eyes closed as their hair and makeup were professionally redone.
At the last moment, they were placed in front of a two-way mirror and allowed to open their eyes. Each person’s reaction—of astonishment, laughter, and everything in between—was then captured by photographer Vincent Dixon.
"Every photo is followed by a caption, the date and the time the photo was taken and most importantly, the exact second when the person forgot about their disease. Going through this book, the reader is carried away by laughter, giggles and carefree faces. Readers will even be surprised to have on their own faces… a smile. This is the heart of the idea of the ‘If only for a second’ project, to spread smiles and happiness."
Click here to was a short video about this moving project in which we actually get to watch some of these people open their eyes to discover their unexpectedly outrageous new looks. It’s true, you’ll find yourself gaping and smiling right along with them. (And, if you’re anything like us, you’ll need a hanky, but it’s absolutely worth it.)
DeviantARTist E-The-Zombie and her sister Fezhead11 tempted fate by creating this awesome Dalek snowman. It looks so great that we’re wondering if one of the tools they used was a sonic screwdriver. Here’s hoping their creation behaves and the Whovian sisters make it through winter without anyone being exterminated.
[via Nerd Approved]
Artists Amy L. Rawson and Brian East (previously featured here) have returned with an all new awesome and eldritch Santa Cthulhu creation. We’ve loved the previous incarnations, but this year they’ve outdone themselves my painstakingly crafting an 11” tall needle felted Santa Cthulhu who rides in a gorgeous Oct-Sleigh that’s pulled by the dreaded Shoggoth. Santa Cthulhu travels with a fishnet sack overflowing with writhing tentacular gifts.
Amy and Brian’s Needle Felted Santa Cthulhu with Shoggoth and Octi-Sleigh is a one-of-a-kind creation and is currently available to purchase via Amy’s Etsy shop.
Click here for more photos and details. Cthulhu fhtagn.
[via Amy L. Rawson]
Portland, Oregon-based artist AJ Fosik (previously featured here) has created an awesome new series of dynamic and vibrant wooden sculptures. Each ferociously striking piece is made using locally sourced lumber from Oregon that is painstakingly carved, painted, and assembled.
"The interpretive works are featured as both eye-popping wall mounts and stand-alone sculptures. There is also a piece in the exhibit that is a 30-sided geometrical shape made of thirty different, diamond-shaped sculptural panels."
Visit the gallery website to view the rest of this stunning exhibition.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
Plenty of us have played with a Rubik’s Cube, but have you ever tried to solve the puzzle on the sides of an office building? For an awesome project entitled Puzzle Facade, Spanish designer Javier Lloret used a specially designed interface-cube to transform the Ars Electronica Futurelab in Linz, Austria into a giant Rubik’s Cube and then invited passersby to play. Here’s how it works:
The interface-cube holds electronic components to keep track of rotation and orientation. This data is sent via Bluetooth to a computer that runs the Puzzle Facade designed software. This software changes the lights and color of the large-scale Ars Electronica’s media facade in correlation to the handheld interface-cube.
Due to the nature of this building and its surroundings, the player is only able to see two sides at the same time. This factor increases the difficulty of solving the puzzle, but as the player is able to rotate and flip the interface-cube, it is not a blocking factor.
TL;DR: Building-sized playable Rubik’s Cube = Awesome
[via Laughing Squid]
When you’re wrapping presents this year you’ve got a big choice. Do you want to use Meat Wrapping Paper or Creepy Wrapping Paper. As you can see from the GIFs above, both are eye-popping. With Creepy you get Dental Work, Earwigs, Cockroaches and more. But, with meat you get Ground Beef, Corn Dogs, Olive Loaf and more. It’s too much of a decision.
This magnificent white castle is entirely made of paper. The awesomely intricate work of papercraft was created by Japanese artist Wataru Itou, who spent four years on the project. Entitled Umi no Ue no Oshiro, which translates to mean ‘A Castle on the Ocean,’ the 2009 installation featured a moving train and enchanting internal lighting structure.
[via Twisted Sifter]
Check out this amazing Hogfather cake created by Jo Orr from Ciccio Cakes in Rotorua, New Zealand. If you’ve read Sir Terry Pratchett’s indescribably awesome series of Discworld books then you’ll recognize this grinning fellow straight away. On the Discworld, instead of Christmas they celebrate Hogswatchnight and, instead of Santa Claus, they have the Hogfather. When the Hogfather suddenly goes missing, Death steps in to cover his duties. That is, as best as the personification of death can.
So here he is in all his Hogswatch glory, Death as the Hogfather. He’s made of Rice Krispies Treats, fondant, white chocolate, and edible lace. This geektastic cake was made for Bake a Christmas Wish, an international collection of bakers doing what they do best in order to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
[via That’s Nerdalicious!]