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Unfinished – The Story Behind One Of America’s Most Striking Homes – Steel House



Robert Bruno's Steel House





” You first see it, this unlikely vision, shortly after turning onto Canyon View Drive, a gently rolling street lined by the kind of anonymous homes that define American suburbia.

  What is peeking up over the horizon is something decidedly different, however, and soon enough you will come upon it in all its remarkable glory: a four-legged organism of blackened steel perched on a scruffy ridge, its curving forms resolving themselves in a postcard view over the blue waters of a recreational lake. It could easily be something landed from outer space, the kind of house a James Bond villain might occupy, if he were to put down roots in a nondescript residential development 15 minutes from the drowsy heart of downtown Lubbock.

  Inside, there are no aliens and no cinema bad guys. The house itself is unoccupied and has been since 2008, when Robert Bruno, the charismatic if somewhat mysterious sculptor who had made the house his life’s work, died at age 64 after a prolonged battle with colon cancer.

  As meticulous as he was capricious, Bruno had built the house with virtually no assistance over the course of some 30 years, designing and modifying it as he went, frequently tearing out portions that no longer pleased him. On an apparent whim, he was known to jettison months of work. It was a process that seemed to take as many steps backward as forward and left friends and neighbors to wonder if he would ever finish. Indeed, after so many decades, they had come to understand that finishing was something that didn’t matter to him.”




Inside The Steel House


I wasn’t able to embed the above photo in it’s PTgui format , but if the reader clicks the picture they will be taken to the original article where the above interactive picture may be manipulated in any direction thus providing a breathtaking view of the entire inside of Mr Bruno’s creation … Highly recommended 



” By the end of his life, the house had grown into a four-legged beast, with three principal levels sprawling over some 2,200 square feet. To enter it from the street, one crossed a short gangplank, as if boarding a ship, which led to an arched doorway fronted by a gate of looping steel. Passing through it, one fully entered Bruno’s world, a multidimensional universe of swooping ribbons of rust-colored steel, with floors shifting up and down, and walls twisting and turning and fusing into themselves. Beckoning one forward into the space was a sunken living room with a lozenge-shaped picture window, its panes divided by curving steel tracery, that looked out dramatically on Lake Ransom Canyon.

  Bruno’s makeshift bedroom, minimally furnished with a bed, a streamlined wooden desk he designed for himself and an antique Chinese cabinet, was set in an adjacent alcove, with a small bathroom to its side. A kitchen and second bedroom, stuffed with junk, could also be found on that main level. A torquing stairwell, with treads of dark olivewood, led to the top floor, an aerie with a long curving window and a patio off to the side, a space that seemed like nothing so much as the bridge of a ship.

“ If you look at it in the aspects of a house, I don’t know why anyone would want to live in it, but of course it’s art,” says Charles Hobbs, 79, a retiree with the bearing of John Wayne. Hobbs watched Bruno from the porch of his ranch house across the street. “I made the mistake one day of asking him if he was going to paint it, and he straightened me out real quick. If you painted it, it would be just like any other house.” “




   It is truly a marvelous story about an incredible man and his awesome creation . Read the whole story of Robert Bruno’s amazing abode here














18 Coloring Books Twistedly Turned Funny By Naughty Adults





” Leave it to adults to take the innocence out of coloring books.”




Here’s one more …





See the rest here












The Artist Picks His Favorite Paintings


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BALL OF FIRE (18×15 inches, watercolor; 2008)



” Guy Harvey is many things, nearly all of them related to the ocean and his love and appreciation of that environment. Dr. Harvey is best known internationally as a prolific and talented painter of marine animals, his interest in marine biology (in which he holds a PhD) and his countless hours of underwater observation leading to an obsession with accurate detail. By 1988, Harvey was widely recognized as a top game-fish artist in the world.

  Harvey is also one of the staunchest advocates of marine conservation on the planet. In 1999, the artist/diver/cinematographer/explorer collaborated with Nova Southeastern University in Dania Beach, Florida, to establish the Guy Harvey Research Institute, one of only a handful of private organizations dedicated exclusively to the science-based conservation of marine fish populations and biodiversity.

  You can read more about Harvey here.

  Sport Fishing is honored to share with our audience this exclusive gallery, not merely of 50 Guy Harvey  paintings, but the 50 favorites picked by the artist, with a  comment from him on each. It’s also worth mentioning that a portion of all Harvey’s art sales go to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. Reproductions are available for most images here or call 954-581-0073. “



See all fifty paintings at SportFishing.com












Hottest Body Paintings




Here is the first example:






Need/want more ? OK …







    These works of art on the human canvas are lightyears beyond the usual painted-on bikinis and Wonder Woman costumes … Here’s one more example …





Inquisitive readers can see the other 66 amazing creations here . Enjoy .










This Boy’s Dad Decorates His 1st Grader’s Lunch Bag With A New Cartoon Everyday






Behold another the the Father’s creations . We’ll bet the boy is the envy of all his classmates .








This Dad’s creations are too cool to throw away . See fifteen more here .














Artist Swaps The Names Of Cities And Towns Around The World With 1,800 Cultural Slurs To Create ‘Map Of The Stereotypes’



'The Map of the Stereotypes': Slovak graphic design artist Martin Vargic has re-imagined the world according to cultural slurs, assumptions and stereotypes, with obvious choices like China becoming 'Factory', Australia 'Kangaroo' and Italy 'Pizza', as well more questionable ones, such as Spain as 'Pubes' and Canada 'Maple Syrup'<br>

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” Everything you need to know about the world is right here, according to graphic design artist Martin Vargic.
The Slovak student, who made a name for himself earlier this year with his ‘Map of the Internet’, has followed up that effort with ‘Map of the Stereotypes’, a detailed reworking of countries, cities and towns the world over to reflect the countless cultural generalizations and assumptions.”




Map Of Slurs America

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” Vargic took three months to configure the vintage-style base world map on Photoshop, with two additional months of research for the labels, for which there are said to be 1,800 in total.

‘ The majority of stereotypes are basically oversimplications, and though they are based on a real phenomenon, it is wrong to associate them with the entire country, nation, race or other group of people,’ Vargic told The MailOnline.

‘ When looking on the map, it needs to be understood that it shows the world from the point of view of a stereotypical westerner, making it a stereotype itself, the manifestation of the stereotype about the entire western world.”




 Epic detail: The map is said to feature over 1,800 stereotypes. Vargic renamed Mongolia 'Genghis Khahn' after the founder of the Mongol Empire, while China became 'Factory, India 'Holy Cow', Pakistan 'Al-Qaeda' and Afghanistan 'Terrorists'

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” Vargic renamed each country to a stereotype he believes best represents that nation.

  Some are obvious, such as called Russie ‘Communists’, Turkey ‘Kebab’, Australia ‘Kangaroo’, Italy ‘Pizza’ and China ‘Factory’.

  While others are much more questionable, with Canada becoming ‘Maple Syrup’ and Span ‘Pubes’.
Ireland became ‘Gingers’, Sweden ‘Metrosexuals’, Colombia ‘Cocaine’ and Korea ‘Bad Drivers’.”




    Regular readers will recall some of Mr Vargic’s previous works such as his beautiful map of the internet and the world as seen with the polar ice caps melted .

Copies of these maps along with many other fabulous creations can be purchased here and here



Read more of the “Map Of Stereotypes” here.









From The Awesome Adventurer







   This is a most bizarre post but at the same time we found it highly creative , amusing and slightly disturbing . See the others and decide for yourself . Skeleton Sex at The Awesome Adventurer









What If Famous Paintings Were Photoshopped to Look Like Fashion Models?



Sandro Botticelli, Birth of Venus, 1486



” Whether it’s tucking tummies, contouring jaw lines, enlarging eyes and lips, brushing out cellulite, or full-out head swapping, I’ve seen it all as a photo editor. While the conversation about the media’s portrayal and obsession with an unrealistic and unattainable beauty standard is not a new one, I think it’s crazy how much retouching people don’t notice. Over the last five years, having done many of the quick, subtle fixes that are the industry standard myself, I know that even an image considered to look “natural” is anything but.

  Of course it hasn’t always been that way. Throughout art history, painters from Titian to Rubens to Gauguin found beauty in the bodies of women who would never fit into a size 0. But what would these famous works of art look like were they to conform to today’s Photoshopped standards of beauty? We’ve taken a digital liquefy brush to the painstakingly layered oils of some of the most celebrated paintings of the female form, nipping and tucking at will. There may be something sacrilegious in that, but the same could be said for our contemporary ideas of beauty.

  Is their another classic work of art you’d like to see photoshopped to meet today’s beauty standards? Email Lauren your ideas.”



   An interesting project that does more to highlight the absurdity of today’s fixation on skinny than perhaps the artist expected . See the others here at Take Part.










Met Puts Huge Digital Image Trove Online






Édouard Manet
(French, Paris 1832–1883 Paris)
Date: 1874
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 38 1/4 x 51 1/4 in. (97.2 x 130.2 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Credit Line: H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number: 29.100.115






” NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has made a whopping 400,000 high-resolution digital images of its collection available for free download. You can browse the collection here.

  In making the announcement, Mr. Campbell said: “Through this new, open-access policy, we join a growing number of museums that provide free access to images of art in the public domain. I am delighted that digital technology can open the doors to this trove of images from our encyclopedic collection.” “


More here










Every Week, 2 Anonymous Students Sneak Into A Classroom And Proceed To Blow Everyone’s Mind


The artists have chosen quotes from various people.




” At the Columbus College of Art and Design, two rogue college students are creating quite a stir… but not by any normal means. They aren’t cheating or stealing, they are causing a creative riot. The anonymous duo, who go by the name Dangerdust, sneak into a classroom each week and create a masterpiece out of nothing but chalk.”

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” The pair are both seniors in Advertising & Graphic Design, and they are probably busy with a larger than life course-load, but they still remain passionate about their weekly chalk art. These two create some of the most beautiful (and inspiring) art you’ll ever see.”


Visit Viral Nova for many more examples of “Dangerdust’s” fabulous weekly chalkboard artwork












“The Art Of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy” By @TheBushCenter




Published on Apr 4, 2014

Learn More: http://www.bushcenter.org/special-exh…
The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy will explore the relationships that President George W. Bush forged with world leaders to shape international policy and advance American interests abroad. Open from April 5 to June 3, 2014, the exhibit will feature more than two dozen never-before-exhibited portraits painted by President Bush. Portraits will be accompanied by artifacts, photographs, and personal reflections to help illustrate the stories of relationships formed on the world stage. 
Video by the History Channel”


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Micro Mayhem!



” Buckle your safety belts and check out this lil’ short we cooked up!!

(Warning: mild clay violence) “



Stoopid Buddy Stoodios is an artist-friendly collective that houses some of the finest talent in all of animation.  We have a knack for creating unique visuals and telling character driven stories with an uncanny sensibility.  Home to the longest running stop-motion show on television, Robot Chicken, as well as Dinosaur Office, MAD’s Spy vs. Spy, and a slew of exciting projects currently in development.  Our work is our passion, come play with us. “


    There is lots more brilliant stop motion work to be found at their website . Check it out , you’ll be glad you did . Happy Friday .







A College Dropout Spent 5 Years Of His Life Doing This… 






” A designer named Luca Iaconi-Stewart spent 5 years of his life creating an almost-perfect 1:60 scale replica of an Air India 777-300ER airplane. One of the most shocking parts of this story? He used only manila folder.

  He literally made the best paper airplane in the world. 3rd graders everywhere should be feeling pretty ashamed of themselves (I know I do).”



     The detail of this handcrafted model is amazing . This photo-essay about the construction of Luca Iaconi-Stewart’s plane from ViralNova is going to leave you speechless . No detail was overlooked . Check out the working hatch below and if that doesn’t make you click through to the full post you must be devoid of curiosity .




Even if they required tweezers.





Below is a shot of the cabin interior , but to grasp the true detail involved you’ll have to click through.




This attention to detail is unique. And mind-blowing.





      Be sure to see the entire post with lots of pictures and from there you can also access Luca’s Flicker page and Youtube channel which document the entire 5 year labor of love .









It Looks Like An Awesome Box Of Money. When You Take A Closer Look, It’ll Seriously Blow Your Mind



See how this block of wood …


He glued the pieces of pine together as a base.



Becomes “Old Money”  …




” A skill like woodworking takes years and thousands of hours to become more than just a proficient at, but this man invested that time to be a certifiable master. His name is Randall Rosenthal and he has talent that can result in mind-bending illusions. The project in the gallery below all started with three pieces of white pine he glued together. What he turned that block of wood into is so cool.”




And while we are talking money and art , have a look at this “Money Tree” …



These wishing trees are actually called money trees, as well.




” They say money doesn’t grow on trees, but I’m willing to guess that “they” never saw these kinds of trees before. Look closely at these trunks. Do they look a little strange to you? They should. Thousands of strangers all over the UK have been working together to create these “wishing trees,” by getting rid of some spare change.”



That's because there are thousands of coins literally hammered into the bark.



ViralNova has more on both “Old Money” and the “Money Tree” … Enjoy 










Dice Mosaic

Published on Oct 22, 2008


” I used over 14,000 dice to make this mosaic of the two icons. The project is about 8 ft tall and 5ft wide.

Song Information:
Artist: Musicshake
Song title: Fun Times “










In Defense Of Banksy And Guerrilla Street Art





” To be a brand name in guerrilla street art is to be in exclusive company. And no one has built a bigger brand imposing his stencils, spray paintings, and sculptures on the world than Banksy. His latest installation, a scattershot, month-long spree of works called “Better Out Than In,” proved that to anyone who pays attention to New York City. Every day, across the five boroughs, the secretive artist debuted a fresh piece in a new location, spawning excited Instagrams, an interactive street map, and, yes, grumbling critique: not just from nannyesque Bloombergians, but the kinds of property rights advocates who sometimes cross swords with the Mayor. That is art Banksy style: sticking it to the man, and maybe to you too.

Apart or together, his compositions aren’t hard to interpret—meditations on the hypocrisies and opportunities of city life. But inseparable from the art is the nuanced question of how we, the audience, can choose to respond. Here Banksy offers little guidance. He seems fully content to let critics decry him as a criminal, or worse, as a crass commercialist.”






   Read more at Reason.com and as fate would have it the New York Post has an article about Banksy in today’s Sunday edition . Here is a link to the artist’s page as well as his Wikipedia page for those that want more .








 WOW !!!



10. Ray Hare - Acrylic painting on canvas

Ray Hare – Acrylic painting on canvas

Just WOW !!!

19. Samuel Silva - Ballpoint pen

Samuel Silva – Ballpoint pen

We can’t resist one more to make you go hmmm …

21. Franco Clun - Pencils on watercolor paper

Franco Clun – Pencils on watercolor paper

Do yourself a favor and see the others NOW !!!

This Is One Way To Pass The Time When You Haven’t Got A Clue


Funny stuff here , some of it very creative .



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” On the one hand, the fact that spring has sprung is a good thing. Our perpetual Narnian winter has come to an end, the sky is a funny blue colour, and some of us are even a slightly redder shade of white.

Unfortunately, this rise in temperatures implies something that none of you need reminding of – it’s nearly exam season.

But before you allow the fear to take control and start crying yourself to sleep, let yourself be cheered up by these rather amusing examples of people who had better things to do than answer silly exam questions… “



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    Don’t mind the text . This came out in April , hence the references to spring and final exams . We just discovered it and thought enough of it to put it out there for our readers . Enjoy


More here











Count Down To Halloween With These 25 Amazing Pumpkins


Jack o' Lantern - © Villafane Studios, http://villafanestudios.com


” Remember how proud you were the first time you successfully carved teeth on a jack-o-lantern? It’s probably time to let go of that accomplishment and bask in the glory of these genius creations. Pumpkin carving isn’t just for kids with those orange-handled safety knives anymore; it’s an art form, a chance to demonstrate your love for video games, appreciation of detailed portraits or passion for Jack Nicholson movies. Click through the photos above to get your inspiration for Halloween, and don’t worry if some of the designs look complicated — you’ve still got a month to practice before the big day.”


Hans & Heinrich Hubbard squash - © Villafane Studios, http://villafanestudios.com



















(TruthSeekerDaily) Viewer Discretion Advised! Do Not Scroll Down Unless Your Brain Is Made Of Steel And Your Nerves Are Made Of Teflon!




An eye or a sink draining?

20 Optical Illusions That Might Break Your Mind



The rest are here










The Latest Creation From Our Friend 


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17 Beautifully Sweet Watermelon Carvings






” There are a lot of watermelon roses out there, but these fruit flowers covered in rind vines present a whole new level of intricate beauty to the craft. Photograph courtesy of Andre Pan. “




Care for another ?







” Why use floral bouquets to spruce up your dining room when you can instead add a little flair with food scraps such as watermelon rinds and pineapple crowns? Let this photo by Greg McComsey serve as inspiration for your next dinner centerpiece.”




See the rest of these beautiful creations here










‘The Big Bang’ – A Photographer Imagining The Impact Of Bullets

(8 Photos)



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” Photographer Deborah Bay of Houston, Texas visually explores the impact of various ammunitions by capturing their impact on sheets of bulletproof plexiglass. “As arguments about the right to bear arms fill the media, guns continue to fascinate and to repel—sometimes simultaneously,” says Bay. “Only a small amount of imagination is needed to realize the impact any of these bullets would have on muscle and bone,” she says. “I just want people to think about what these bullets can do.” “







19 Mind-Blowing Details You Missed In Famous Works Of Art




Another sample …











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