A few months ago we shared some of S. Morita’s photos of Japan’s beautifully decorated manhole covers. In Japan there’s an official Society of Manhole Covers and this sort of urban beautification is a municipal responsibility. Today we learned that even though China has no such system in place, a 24-year-old art graduate named Hu Yifan is taking it upon himself to decorate the manhole covers in his neighborhood. So far Yifan has painted over 30 manhole covers in the Xiaodian district of Taiyuan, capital of Northwest China’s Shanxi province. Sometimes he simply paints a fun, colorful image on the cover, while other times he uses the covers to create larger pieces on the street. China is an enormous country with countless manhole covers, so we hope this is just the beginning of a delightful decoration process.

Photos by Wu Junjie/ China News Service

[via RocketNews24 and China News Service]

Let’s take a moment to appreciate some awesome new lifelike painted resin depictions of aquatic animals by Singapore-based artist Keng Lye (previously featured here). The longer we look at them, the harder it is to believe that these aren’t simply photos of live fish swimming in water. In reality they’re the result of the gradual layering of painstakingly applied acrylic paint on clear resin, part painting and part sculpture. The only things here that aren’t rendered in paint are the repurposed containers.

Head over to Keng Lye’s Facebook page to check out even more of his recent creations.

[via Colossal]

Chinese artist Paul Shanghai uses pencils, erasers, and blending stumps on bristol board to create awesome drawings of water with a life of its own. The clear fluid takes on the shapes of a dragon, a person, flowers, and even a goldfish leaping out one bowl and into another.

At first glance, Paul’s painstaking drawings look like photo manipulation, but by looking closely at larger images of these pieces on his his DeviantART gallery, it’s clear that they really are pencil renderings. And they’re beautiful.

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This tentacular piece of yarnbombing is the collaborative work of Jill Watt, who blogs as the Dapper Toad, and her sister Lorna of Knits For Life. This isn’t their first knitted creation, but it is their biggest yet.

The sisters used four miles of yarn to transform a Magnolia tree in San Mateo, CA into a giant blue squid. They even included some crocheted goldfish trapped in the squid’s tentacles.

"Lorna, an artist-in-residence for the Downtown San Mateo Association, wrote up a great post on how she and her sister conceived of, designed, and then created the “Yarnbomb Squid Tree.” Jill reports that it took 20 hours on a sweater machine to make enough to cover the tree and that it took them 14 hours to install it, in 91°F weather!”

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A day dedicated to sharing awesome things made of food is a perfect excuse to share more charming and completely edible creations by Malaysian artist/architect Hong Yi (previously featured here).

Hong Yi (who often goes by the nickname Red) creates new pieces all the time. Most recently she’s been making beautiful pieces using flower petals. Follow her ongoing work on Facebook and/or Instagram.

[via Colossal and Hong Yi’s Facebook page)

For an awesome sculpture series entitled Alive Without Breath, Singapore-based artist Keng Lye creates incredibly life-like depictions of animals using little more than paint and resin.

"Lye slowly fills bowls, buckets, and boxes with alternating layers of acrylic paint and resin, creating aquatic animal life that looks so real it could almost pass for a photograph."

"I started my first series in 2012 where all the illustrations were “flat” and depth was created using the layering of resin and acrylic over the different parts of the illustration. This year, I started on the octopus and it was purely an experiment; I just wanted to see whether I could push this technique to a higher level. After applying acrylic paint straight onto the resin, I incorporated a 3-D element in this instance, it was a small pebble for the ranchu and octopus. For the turtle, I used an egg shell for the turtle shell and acrylic paint for the rest of the finishing. The whole idea here was to give the art work an even more 3D effect therefore you can have a better view from any angle. I think there are still many other techniques to explore."

Head over to Keng Lye’s DeviantART gallery to view more of his astonishing artwork.

[via Colossal]

From the Department of Awesome Pet Owners comes this video showing a plucky little goldfish in the care of synirr, who cleverly designed the sling being worn by the fish. The sling helps the fish compensate for her trouble maintaining buoyancy. 

“She looks a little silly, but it is better than lying at the bottom of the tank all day!”

synirr also feeds the fish by hand to ensure she gets enough to eat. Click here to watch another video of the little fish being fed.

[via Geekologie]