Master builders from the VirtuaLUG online LEGO User Group (previously featured here) teamed again to create another awesome collaborative build. This time they’ve turned their attention from Ancient Greece to 1980s American cinema with a phenomenal diorama depicting all of the locations and unforgettable scenes from The Goonies.

Builders contributing to this project include Tyler Halliwell, Davey Sterling, Stacy Sterling, Dennis Price, Betsy Sandberg, Heath Flor, Lee Jones,Chris Phipson, Hans Dendauw, and matt rowntRee. They constructed Mikey’s and Data’s houses, the wishing well park, One-Eyed Willie’s ship, and so much more.

Trying to take in all of the details they worked into this massive build is like going on your own treasure hunt. It’s a LEGO masterpiece and a wonderfully geeky love letter to an awesome movie. The VirtuaLUG team just displayed this diorama at the 2014 BrickCon in Seattle, where it was awarded the prize for Best In Town.

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These awesomely surreal and delightful collages are the work of Eugenia Loli, a California-based collage artist who uses images scanned from vintage magazines and science publications to create bizarre and playful scenes. From a little girl creating our solar system by blowing bubbles to meat loaf that contains galaxies, children riding giant tortoises and planes that drop candy instead of bombs, these pieces reveal Loli’s love of science fiction and unabashed geekiness and we’re completely smitten.

For more of her wonderfully weird collages, follow Loli right here on Tumblr at eugenialoli. Prints of some of her collages are available here. She also offers many of her pieces as downloadable files under the Creative Commons license via her Flickr account.

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Beijing-based Austrian architect and designer Florian Pucher turned a lifelong fascination with how the world looks from way up high in the sky into an awesome series of stylish area rugs.

“I have always loved to travel and tried to always get window seats on planes,” said the Beijing-based Austrian architect who even avoided travelling by night in order to see as many different landscapes as possible.

Pucher’s limited edition LANDCARPET series is modeled after aerial images, satellite photos and maps, of real locations from all over the world. Landscapes viewed from miles overhead are stylized and laid at your feet in plush maps of varying shape, color and height, made of 100% New Zealand wool.

Check out more of the LANDCARPET collection over on Florian Pucher’s website. Orders may be placed there as well.

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Hungarian artist Ervin Herve-Loranth has unleashed a giant on the city of Budapest. Entitled Feltépve (“Ripped up” or “Pop Up”), the cranky colossus is made of polystyrene and appears to be emerging from a secret subterranean lair beneath Szechenyi Square. He was created for Art Market Budapest, a 4-day-long international contemporary art fair.

Head over to We Love Budapest for additional images.

[via The Telegraph, The Huffington Post UK and We Love Budapest]

Orchids are amazing flowers. Previously we’ve seen orchids that look like monkeys and others that resemble various insects. Now here’s an equally awesome blossom that looks like a beautiful ballerina performing a pirouette. It’s even called a Ballerina Orchid (Caladenia melanema). This flower is native to Western Australia and considered critically endangered.
This lovely specimen was photographed by Tere Montero at the Lankester Botanical Gardens in Costa Rica.
Head over to Neatorama to check out other fascinating flowers that resemble other things.

Orchids are amazing flowers. Previously we’ve seen orchids that look like monkeys and others that resemble various insects. Now here’s an equally awesome blossom that looks like a beautiful ballerina performing a pirouette. It’s even called a Ballerina Orchid (Caladenia melanema). This flower is native to Western Australia and considered critically endangered.

This lovely specimen was photographed by Tere Montero at the Lankester Botanical Gardens in Costa Rica.

Head over to Neatorama to check out other fascinating flowers that resemble other things.

For a wonderfully eerie ongoing project entitled Ghost Photographs American artist Angela Deane alters found photos, turning people into anonymous phantoms. The results range from amusing and delightful to wistful and melancholy. Deane’s painted snapshots reveal that ghosts go on vacation, attend prom and even go trick-or-treating. They have parties and gather to watch ballgames. It turns out that ghosts are just like the rest of us and we’re all ghosts ourselves.

"These ghosts are the ghosts of moments, of days, of experiences. With the specifics of identity obscured by paint I like to imagine it’s as if you and I can partake in the memory, share in the experience, allow the snapshot to seem familiar. Let’s share some memories, shall we?"

To view many more images from this haunting series follow Angela Deane here on Tumblr at ghostphotographs. Prints are available by contacting Deane through her personal website.

[via Junkculture and CreativeReview]

There are dominoes and there are mini dominoes. As Technabob puts it, “This is like the flea Olympics for domino nerds.” Mini dominoes are 80 times smaller and over 100 times lighter than standard dominoes, which places them squarely under the purview of the Department of Miniature Marvels. This awesome video documents Sinners Domino Entertainment of Germany breaking the Guinness World Record for Most Mini Dominoes Toppled. Before you can topple 2,000 teeny-weeny dominoes, you have to patiently set them all up. In this case, that means the painstaking use of tweezers and, we’re guessing, holding your breath. Whatever you do, don’t sneeze.

[via Technabob]

Master pancake artist Nathan Shields (previously featured here) usually works his pancake wizardry along with and for his young children. But this time he decided to create batch of gruesome (yet delicious) zombie pancakes just for himself.

“When you’re in the mood for undead food, nothing satisfies like a wrinkly old zombie face.”

But wait, Shields also created a video tutorial so you can learn to make your own batch of frightening flapjacks. Don’t forget to add a splatter of deep red Zombie Jam to simultaneously heighten the gore factor and yumminess.
[via Saipancakes]

Master pancake artist Nathan Shields (previously featured here) usually works his pancake wizardry along with and for his young children. But this time he decided to create batch of gruesome (yet delicious) zombie pancakes just for himself.

When you’re in the mood for undead food, nothing satisfies like a wrinkly old zombie face.”

But wait, Shields also created a video tutorial so you can learn to make your own batch of frightening flapjacks. Don’t forget to add a splatter of deep red Zombie Jam to simultaneously heighten the gore factor and yumminess.

[via Saipancakes]

It’s been over a year since we last checked in on the gravity-defying balanced rock arrangements created by land artist Michael Grab (previously featured here). Much of his most recent work has been created in and around Boulder, Colorado. For Grab, rock balancing is as much a meditative and stress-relieving act as a form of artistic expression.

"The most fundamental element of balancing in a physical sense is finding some kind of “tripod” for the rock to stand on. Every rock is covered in a variety of tiny to large indentations that can act as a tripod for the rock to stand upright, or in most orientations you can think of with other rocks. By paying close attention to the feeling of the rocks, you will start to feel even the smallest clicks as the notches of the rocks in contact are moving over one another.

In the finer point balances, these clicks can be felt on a scale smaller than millimeters. Some point balances will give the illusion of weightlessness as the rocks look to be barely touching. Parallel to the physical element of finding tripods, the most fundamental non-physical element is harder to explain through words. In a nutshell, i am referring to meditation, or finding a zero point or silence within yourself. Some balances can apply significant pressure on your mind and your patience. The challenge is overcoming any doubt that may arise.”

Grab is inspired by the wise words of Grand Jedi Master Yoda who famously said, “Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

To check out more of his beautifully balanced rock structures, visit Michael Grab’s website, Facebook page and YouTube channel.

[via FreeYork]