On the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, just outside of the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, hidden at the base of a desert mountain range, sits an odd sight : hundreds of seats for an outdoor movie theater. Award-winning Estonian photographer Kaupo Kikkas recently visited the stark location and brought back these emotive images of a desiccated dream. The abandoned theater was built by a man from France with more money than common sense. The theater seats and a generator were trucked in from Cairo, along with an enormous movie screen.
The scene was set for a grand cinema opening until someone decided to destroy the generator. No films were ever shown and the desert theater is a forlorn relic of hubris.
Melbourne-based Australian artist and designer Sass Cocker is the creative force behind the stationery and design firm Ask Alice. Each year she creates a themed charity calendar, donating 100% of the profits to Melbourne’s Asylum Seekers Resource Center. This time around the Ask Alice “Wish You Were Here 2014 Calendar” includes original art work from a dozen international artists, who each illustrated their favorite city. It’s not too late to get your own copy right here.
A recently discovered treasure trove of 1930s Japanese railway and tourism posters is being auctioned this month through Heritage Auctions Galleries . The gorgeous Art Deco-influenced posters are so rare that even poster museums have few examples from the collection. Bidding will likely be spirited and prices sky high.
The Netherlands’ government-owned Waternet utilities company has recently placed sets of pee-collecting urinals around Amsterdam (but oddly not in Waterlooplein), with the intention of turning it into fertilizer for the city’s urban roof gardens.
The idea derives from the fact that urine contains phosphorous, a key ingredient in for fertilizer that is a non-renewable resource facing depletion, with some environmental experts predicting that the world will run out by the end of the century. Urine also causes problems for companies like Waternet, because the phosphorous crystallizes and clogs up pipes. As a solution to both problems, the company placed public urinals around Amsterdam. Rather than sending the wastewater through sewage pipes like traditional lavatories, the urine is instead collected and sent to a recovery plant, where the phosphorous is filtered and turned into fertilizer. The campaign coincides with new Dutch laws that enable the agriculture industry to use human waste on farms. Waternet’s fertilizer will be used to give back to the city, with urban rooftop farms benefitting. The 400 year-old utility also plans to open a waste treatment plant that will produce 1,000 tons of fertilizer annually by the end of this year.
Earlier this week, 12 Years a Slave was named Best Picture of the Year by the Academy Awards. The film also won the Oscar for the best adapted screenplay. If you were moved by Solomon Northrop’s heartbreaking story, you can download a free audiobook version here. Alternately, you can read the memoir for free online at 12years.org.
Last Spring California photographer/filmmaker Shawn Reeder spent three months gallivanting around New Zealand in a camper van. He took more than 150,000 still images and used them to produce this awesome timelapse video of his magical adventure.
The Oslo, Norway-based design and brand agency Anti & Grandpeople has created a fun, pithy print ad campaign for the Norlis bookstore company. They designed a series of clever ads combining book covers to be read as phrases urging us to unplug from our digital devices and read a book.
Singapore-based photographer Fong Qi Wei has created a series of short animated gifs, which compress a full day — from dawn to dusk — into a single, looped gif. Shot from the same position at various time of the day, overlooking cityscapes, skyscrapers and ocean panoramas, Qi Wei captures both bustling cities — lights in apartments flickering on and off — and peaceful ocean vistas. Pulsating in infinite circles that fold into each other, or folding in place and dramatically shifting in color, the images weave together the varied compositions, giving rise to an entirely new landscape through the digital gif format.
Hank Green, co-creator of the popular Vlogbrothers Youtube Channel , has posted an amusing little video called “Ranting About Books”. He has some valid points, but what’s up with his beef about deckled edges? What do you think?
The 12th century City of Temples complex of Angkor Wat in northwest Cambodia constitutes the largest extant ancient religious complex in the world. Today the Angkor Archeological Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a tourist magnet drawing nearly a million annual visitors, and an active Thervada Buddhist Temple.
Cambodia-based, Hungarian photographer Antal Gabelics has created a mindblowing video (see below) exploring the current state of Angkor and the dynamic between the spiritual complex and the tourist destination. Here’s what he had to say about the project:
I wanted to explore the interrelation of traditional past and developing present at Angkor, and questions what they mean for the future of this historical and sacred site.Originally reserved for religious activities, these structures are now some of the greatest tourist attractions in the world. These timelapse-loop videos meld the experience of tourism at Angkor into surreal, kaleidoscopic images and sequences inspired by Theravada Buddhist mandalas,in which the frenetic activity of backpack-toting tourists passes like the shadows of ever moving clouds over the weathered, ancient stones.
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