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Montreal based artist Mathieu Connery (aka 500M) spent last May through July painting 10 awesome abstract geometric murals on the sidewalks of the city for the second edition of Montreal’s MURAL festival. The festival was officially located along the the Saint-Laurent Boulevard, which is where Connery spray-painted one of his trademark minimalist geometric pieces per week for 10 weeks. When viewed from above they appear to be 3D, turning the urban landscape into a colorful playground and inviting passersby to interact with the art as they move through the city.

[via Beautiful/Decay and Vandalog]

Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon of perceiving significance (often an image or sound) in vague or random stimulus. One of the most common examples is seeing animals or faces in the clouds. For an ongoing project entitled Shaping Clouds Argentinian creative and copywriter Martín Feijoó (aka Tincho) uses the shapes of clouds he spots in the sky as the inspiration for fanciful illustrations.

After photographing a cloud formation that’s caught his fancy, Feijoó returns home to depict in pen and ink the creatures and characters his mind’s eye has seen in the clouds.

“When I was a child I was told that clouds’ shapes were created by expert balloon twister clowns who live in the sky, so that they can keep entertaining children,” Feijoó explains on his site. “On my last trip to Mexico I remembered this and I started to photograph clouds on the road. The result is Shaping Clouds, a series of illustrations where I drew the first thing that came into my mind when I saw these clouds that I imagine someone made for me.”

Feijoó is the Cloud Shaper and you can follow his cloudy creations right here on Tumblr at shapingcloudsproject. Visit his Behance site to check out his professional work.

[via Visual News]

Today the Department of Awesome Anamorphic Artwork presents one of the largest pieces of anamorphic street art we’ve seen to date. Created by Swiss artist Felice Varini (previously featured here) for the Unie Hasselt-Genk public art exhibition, the piece was painted on the roofs and facades of 99 buildings located in the city centre of Hasselt, Belgium. Entitled Trois ellipses ouvertes en désordre, Varini’s massive painting can only be viewed in its entirety from a specific vantage point. However the piece is so large that the individual segments are attractions unto themselves.

[via StreetArtNews]

These beguiling geometric figures are the work of Scotland-based laser physicist-turned-artist Tom Beddard, aka subBlue. Although it looks like you could reach out and touch them, they’re three-dimensional models digitally rendered by Beddard’s formulaic methods. Beddard calls them Fabergé Fractals because their incredibly intricate and dazzling patterns are ornate like jewel-encrusted Fabergé eggs.

Beddard describes his work:

"The 3D fractals are generated by iterative formulas whereby the output of one iteration forms the input for the next. The formulas effectively fold, scale, rotate or flip space. They are truly fractal in the fact that more and more detail can be revealed the closer to the surface you travel.

"The fascinating aspect is where combinations of parameters can combine to create structural ‘resonances’ of extraordinary detail and beauty—sometimes naturally organic and other times perfectly geometric. But then like a chaotic system it can completely disappear with the smallest perturbation."

Visit the subBlue website to check out more of Tom Beddard’s awesome geometric artwork.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

We continue to be blown away by the awesome (and completely edible) 3D-printed sugar sculptures created by The Sugar Lab team at 3D Systems (previously featured here). Pictured here are some of their geometric sugar cubes, ornate cake toppers, gorgeous sculptural pieces and a futuristic vase that feels like it belongs in an episode of Star Trek. They were all created using the ChefJet™ series of kitchen-ready 3D printers for edibles, which are expected to be on the market in the second half of 2014.

The Sugar Lab is currently had some of their 3D printed confections available for purchase via Cubify.

Head over to Twisted Sifter for additional images.

Nestled between hills in the eastern Sahara desert bordering the Red Sea in El Gouna, Egypt is an awesome piece of land art entitled Desert Breath. Between 1995 and 1997 this site-specific installation was created by the D.A.ST. Arteam, comprised of installation artist Danae Stratou, industrial designer and architect Alexandra Stratou, and architect Stella Constantindies.

8,000 square meters of sand were displaced to create large positive and negative conical volumes which form two interlocking spirals that expand from a water-filled center across an area of 100,000 square meters.

17 years since it was created, Desert Breath still exists, “becoming through its slow disintegration, an instrument to measure the passage of time.”

Click here to view more photos of and information about this beautiful project.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

German nature photographer Michael Poliza created a beautiful series of photos of naturally-occurring heart shapes that he spotted while flying over portions of Africa, Mexico and Australia. It’s as though the Earth itself were saying “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

The top photo was taken in Namibia where Poliza found a perfectly heart-shaped arid expanse of land lined with trees. The heart shaped lake was found north of Playa del Carmen in Mexico. He found the swirled desert heart in the Sossusvlei sand dunes of Namibia. The brilliant purple heart was found while flying over the Magado Crater in Kenya. Poliza took the bottom two photos in Australia. The left photo shows a heart-shaped formation captured by Poliza in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National park, near Mount Olga, in the Northern Territory of Petermann, Australia. The green heart on the right was found off the coast of Van Dieman Gulf in the Northern Territory at Point Stuart, Australia.

[via Dailymail.co.uk]

Today the Department of Awesome Anamorphic Artwork checks in on New York-based artist Aakash Nihalani (previously featured here), who continues to transform public spaces with his playful geometric tape installations.

"For however briefly, I am trying to offer people a chance to step into a different New York than they are used to seeing, and in turn, momentarily escape from routine schedules and lives. We all need the opportunity to see the city more playfully, as a world dominated by the interplay of very basic color and shape. I try to create a new space within the existing space of our everyday world for people to enter freely , and unexpectedly ‘disconnect’ from their reality."

Visit Colossal to view more of Aakash Nihalani’s latest pieces of isometric artwork.

These beautiful geometric objects are 3D-printed sugar sculptures and they’re some of the prettiest pieces of candy we’ve ever seen. They were made by 3D Systems and The Sugar Lab. The latter is a micro-design firm created by Liz and Kyle von Hasseln, a husband and wife team dedicated to the awesome craft of creating bespoke, 3D-printed edible confections.

‘The overlap of technology, food and art is so rich, and the potential for customization and innovation is limitless,’ said Liz von Hasseln, cofounder of The Sugar Lab. Existing commercial applications for printable sugar include complex sculptural cakes for weddings and special events that are made possible only with 3D printing, and customizable confections for bake shops and restaurants. continued von Hasseln, ‘We see our technology quickly evolving into a variety of flavors and foods, powered by real food printers for professionals and consumers alike and we could not think of a more qualified partner than 3D systems to help make that a reality.’

3D Systems and The Sugar Lab introduced two food printing appliances at CES 2014, the ChefJet and the ChefJet Pro:

The ChefJet will deliver single-color prints; while the more advanced ChefJet Pro will dispatch full color prints. Both can produce either sugar or milk chocolate confections, in different flavors that include cherry, mint and sour apple, and will be available to the market later this year.

Click here to watch a demo of the ChefJet™ at CES 2014

[via designboom]