The Machine: Llyn Foulkes’ Homemade Musical Instrument Made From Scavenged Car Horns


This is one horny instrument!

I’m a sucker for a good horn music, but even I was skeptical that artist and musician Llyn Foulkes could pull it off with this strange contraption of drum, bass, xylophone, cowbell and car horns. Lots and lots of car and bicycle horns.

Well, color me impressed: the home made contraption aptly called The Machine, worked wonderfully!

Foulkes plays a homemade contraption called the Machine, a dense, wraparound nest of scavenged and invented instruments whose crowning glory is a clump of old-fashioned car and bicycle horns.


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Art from Money: Latvian Artist Makes Collages Out of Cut Up Dollar Bills


Dollar Liberty

Finding a way to make money out of art has, for some artists, been their sole motivation.  But for a 22-year-old Latvian artist it is her inspiration.  Irina Truhanova makes art out of money.  Tearing, ripping and cutting up real dollar bills she creates collages which sell for hundreds of dollars. (pics)


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Artist Eric Daigh Creates Amazing Portraits with Pushpins



Artist Eric Daigh, 33 year old husband, father born in California and now residing in Northern Michigan, creates portraits by putting ordinary pushpins in posterboard. Daigh uses blue, red, white, yellow and black push pins (he sprays green pushpins black since there are no black pushpins) to create his masterpieces. Each portrait requires about 11,000 pushpins which Daigh applies by one at a time. (Pics)


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You Can Lead A Horse To Canvas, But Will It Paint?


Some unusual art is on display in Citrus County, but it’s not the paintings, themselves, that are unusual. It’s who painted them.

Cheryl Ward said she considers herself an assistant to the artists, who paint in what she calls an “abstract expressionist” style.

She pours the paint and sets up the canvases, and her four horses do the rest…

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Woman Brings a Bit of Color to Snowfall

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Pinking up the snow. That old white is just too common.
An environmental artist in Fargo, N.D., says she paints the snow on her home’s yard a different coluor each time flakes fall.

While Fargo resident Stevie Famulari’s front yard currently is pink, the landscape architecture professor at North Dakota State University is eyeing purplish blue snow for the next snowfall.

Famulari’s color scheme, which includes darker colours as winter progresses, is intended to unveil a colorful rainbow when the snow finally melts.


The Glowing ARTIKCAR



Bicycle Design is always trawling up remarkable cycle oddities. This one, the work of UK artist Ben Wilson, is modeled off the kids toys Ben remembers from youth. Though more art than daily mule, ARTIKCAR is steered by leaning the body. It was conceived for a parade masterminded by Walk the Plank, a UK “creative force of artists, theatre makers, pyrotechnicians and event engineers.”


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Artist Shopdropped Her Work on Black Friday

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Photo: Michelle Pred (planting her work into IKEA’s inventory.)

As crowds rushed to find deals at the Emeryville, CA IKEA store, one of them had a plan other than shopping.  Michelle Pred was actually placing her artwork, complete with working IKEA barcodes, into the inventory, an act she calls “shopdropping.”  Unlike shoplifting, she isn’t breaking any laws, and IKEA pocketed the money.  It’s all a statement by the artist….

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Ronald Kodritsch’s Artwork Has Onlookers Asking – Will He Jump?


A life-sized installation by Austrian artist Ronald Kodritsch is standing on the edge of a building cornice in central Vienna

A small crowd of people wonder if the smart businessman clutching a briefcase will jump off the edge of a four-storey building in central Vienna — but he won’t. He can’t.


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Kryptos: Code The CIA Can’t Crack

Kryptos:  Code The CIA Can’t Crack

The sculpture named Kryptos 

The most celebrated inscription at the Central Intelligence Agency’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia, used to be the biblical phrase chiseled into marble in the main lobby: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” But in recent years, another text has been the subject of intense scrutiny inside the Company and out: 865 characters of seeming gibberish, punched out of half-inch-thick copper in a courtyard.

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