This awesome indoor maze is an interactive art installation currently on exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. It’s the work of the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), a Copenhagen and New York-based, internationally active group of architects, designers, builders and thinkers.

The BIG Maze is a vast labyrinth of Baltic birch plywood covering an area of roughly 60 square feet. It’s full of twists and turns made of up walls of varying heights that are18 feet tall at their tallest points. Those walls slope in toward the center of the maze, which enables visitors to see more of it as they progress through it. Upon reaching the heart of the maze viewers are rewarded with a complete view of the wooden labyrinth that surrounds them.

"‘The concept is simple: as you travel deeper into a maze, your path typically becomes more convoluted. What if we invert this scenario and create a maze that brings clarity and visual understanding upon reaching the heart of the labyrinth?’, explained Bjarke Ingels."

This design also means that exiting the maze is much easier than solving it. The BIG Maze will be open to the public through September 1, 2014.

Click here for a time-lapse video of the maze’s construction.

[via designboom and Architect Magazine]

The glorious geekery of The Unipiper, otherwise known as Portland, OR denizen Brian Kidd (previously featured here), just reached awesome new heights with this fiery tribute to the one and only Monty Python and their cult classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Dressed as King Arthur, the Unipiper rides his unicycle and plays the movie’s theme on his flaming bagpipes, all while being closely followed by his faithful standard-bearing, coconut-banging porter. We’ve no doubt that if the video had run longer we would’ve eventually seen a Trojan rabbit and an insult-slinging French soldier. Keep your eyes peeled for shrubberies.

[via Neatorama]

We can’t stop staring at these breathtakingly dramatic wire sculptures by Staffordshire, England-based sculptor Robin Wight. He specializes in transforming lengths of stainless steel wire into beautiful fairies who appear to be exulting in power of the wind as it scatters the seeds of giant dandelions they hold or trees and blades of grass to which they cling.

Visit Robin Wight’s website and Facebook page to view more of his wonderful wire fairies and click here to learn about Wight’s painstaking process for creating these fantastic pieces. He even offers DIY Fairy Sculpture Starter Kits so you can make your own.

[via Colossal]

When October Jones (previously featured here) isn’t sharing text messages sent by his dog or transforming his fellow train commuters by drawing new heads for them on post-it notes, he’s creating awesomely empowering messages and leaving them for his fellow travelers to find inside seatback trays on the train.

Follow October Jones on Twitter for more of his entertaining and inspirational sticky note escapades.

[via Neatorama]

Behold the Blades of the Rainbow Ninja, a shiny new offering from the boffins at ThinkGeek that makes our Magical Unicorn Mask look ready to take on the most dastardly foe or impress the socks off everyone at the nearest Benihana.

These are very real stainless steel blades that have been coated with titanium to give them a dazzling rainbow finish. Designed by the legendary Gil Hibben, they come two sets, Viper Twin Swords or Triple Rainbow Knives. Click here for additional info and to order.

Just one thing, please don’t try to wield these rainbow weapons while wearing Unicorn Hooves. It’ll only end in rainbow tears.

[via Nerd Approved]

Sure they’re hellbent on exterminating humanity, but as Whovians we can’t help but love a Dalek, particularly when they’re focused on simply being awesome and less concerned with those nasty death rays.

This fantastically shiny set of hand-painted 3D Doctor Dalek Acrylic Nails was made by Atra Materia, who runs the Gingerdead House Etsy shop.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Doctor Who-inspired nail art, but there’s something at once sinister and delightful about the fact that these rhinestone and metallic stud bespangled Dalek nails are modeled on fake human fingers. Either no live human would dare risk being the model or no Dalek nail could stomach (not that they have stomachs) being so close to a human.

Click here to order (different nail sizes and colors are available) and be sure to check out the Gingerdead House’s other geektastic nails while you’re there.

[via Technabob]

This awesome arboreal dwelling is the Living the High Life Tree House created by Blue Forest, a British tree house design and construction firm. It’s a luxury family-sized complex featuring two separate tree houses, one for kids and one for their parents. The elevated dwellings are connected by a network of rope bridges which also lead to an adventure play area and an assault course, the latter of which is also accessible via an 80-yard zip line.

It may look rustic, but this is a top-of-the-line tree house. The kids’ house features three medieval towers, and inside one of them a concealed hatch in the upper floor leads to a secret game room containing a plasma TV and video game console. Meanwhile the grown-ups’ treehouse features a conical thatched roof and interior walls made of hand-split oak shingles and cedar tongue-and-groove boards. Inside there’s a kitchen (complete with plenty of wine storage), bathroom, and a large open living area for treetop entertaining. The complex also features accommodations for guests of the family.

Head over to the Blue Forest website to check out more of their amazing custom-built tree houses.

[via designboom]

“‘E’s not pinin’! ‘E’s passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! ‘E’s expired and gone to meet ‘is maker! ‘E’s a stiff! Bereft of life, ‘e rests in peace!”

This giant sculpture of a distcintly dead parrot has been installed by UKTV channel Gold in London’s Potter’s Field Park to celebrate the upcoming TV broadcast of the Monty Python’s final performance of their “Monty Python Live (mostly)” farewell show. The 49-foot-long fiberglass version of the “Norwegian Blue” from Monty Python’s beloved “Dead Parrot Sketch" was created over a two month period by a team of three sculptors led by artist Iain Prendergast.

"If you hadn’t nailed ‘im to the perch ‘e’d be pushing up the daisies! ‘Is metabolic processes are now ‘istory! ‘E’s off the twig! "

Mister Polly Parrot will soon be installed outside the 02 Arena where the performance of “Monty Python Live (mostly)” is set to take place on Sunday July 20th, 2014. So you’d better start preparing your silliest walk straight away.

'E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisible!! THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!!”

[via Laughing Squid and Kuriositas]

Artist and illustrator Dave DeVries takes children’s drawings of imaginary monsters and superheroes and uses a combination of acrylic paint, color pencils and an airbrush to render them with awesome realism. Part of his process includes interviewing the child artists to get an even better feel for what their creatures really look like. What begin as strange and cute doodles end up as truly terrifying, yet sometimes also hilarious, glimpses of a child’s imagination brought to life.

"It began at the Jersey Shore in 1998, where my niece Jessica often filled my sketchbook with doodles. While I stared at them, I wondered if color, texture and shading could be applied for a 3D effect. As a painter, I made cartoons look three dimensional every day for the likes of Marvel and DC comics, so why couldn’t I apply those same techniques to a kid’s drawing? That was it… no research, no years of toil, just the curiosity of seeing Jessica’s drawings come to life."

This ongoing project is called The Monster Engine. DeVries is currently accepting commissions for new pieces. He also published a book and limited edition poster of his Monster Engine illustrations, both of which are available here.

[via Lost At E Minor and Marvelous]

It’s a Hershey’s Chocolate Bar. Besides the always-welcome chocolate, what’s so awesome about that? Look again. It’s not a Hershey’s Bar at all. It’s a ‘Hirschy’s Bar' - a beautifully-designed, awesomely original resumé created by Michigan-based designer Matthew Hirsch for a class assignment.

"We had to create a thank you that could be sent to various creative directors who speak to our class," he explained. "In hopes of striking up a dialogue, while giving these creative directors information about my skill set, I created a Hirschy’s Bar."

Combining a bit of wordplay with innovative, elegant design and, of course, the gift of chocolate, seems like a fantastic way to distinguish oneself for prospective employers and clients. Just make sure you bring enough for everybody.

[via Design Taxi and Creative Bloq]