Author Archives: Brian D. Butler

Chocolate Joy Generator

We’ve posted stories on pop-up vending machines that offered free coffee in airports, free beer, free sodas and even free chocolate. Now the Australian branch of the Cadbury candy company has rolled-out the “Joy Generator”, a vending installation that dispenses … Continue reading

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A Very Big Art Show

More than 38,000 Britons voted on artwork which will form a vast nationwide exhibition scattered throughout the UK starting today and running until August 31st. Art Everywhere consists of thirty thousand billboards, posters and bus stop displays around the country … Continue reading

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It Only Hurts If You Laugh

Artists Mandy Smith and Hal Kirkland collaborated on a macabre interactive sculpture project called “Paper Cuts”. The touring installation, which has visited Amsterdam and London so far, replicates the infamous guillotine with a colorful version that leaves the “victim” with … Continue reading

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Now Bruges Has It All

Bruges, Belgium is, with good reason, one of Europe’s most popular cities with travelers. Stunning architecture, romantic canals, beautiful churches, terrific art, and mind-blowingly fabulous chocolate—Bruges has it all. It even has the world’s only frites museum. Now Bruges has … Continue reading

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Literary Ireland

Ireland a Literary Atlas maps the rich literary heritage of Ireland. The infographic was produced by BuyBooks.ie and designed by UK-based NeoMan Studios. Too bad they left out my favorite contemporary Irish writer Kevin Barry.

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Wetter Than Uber

A clever and timely new peer-to-peer app called We Are On A Boat connects people who would like a boat ride with folks who would like to “share” their boat. The app, which has been appropriately launched in Amsterdam, enables … Continue reading

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Don’t pack an umbrella

Each July the small riverside city of Agueda in north western Portugal hosts an arts festival called “Agitagueda”. And for the past two years a local arts group called Sextafeira Producoes has added a playful touch to the festival with … Continue reading

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Barcelona Go

The terrific flow-motion video below was shot by the very talented Rob Whitworth and is aptly titled “Barcelona Go !”. The super fast moving short was edited down from 78 hours of shooting around some of Barcelona’s fantastic sites and attractions. Makes … Continue reading

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Biblioart

Los Angeles-based artist Mike Stilkey turns discarded library books into whimsical works of art. The one-time street artist creates wonderful mixed media portraits of people and animals that have a decidedly early 20th century vibe. You can see lots more of … Continue reading

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Maybe I’m A Mazed

In a city packed with attention grabbing tourist attractions, monuments and museums, Washington D.C.’s National Building Museum is often overlooked by visitors. But this summer there’s a new incentive to check out this marvelous museum. Referencing classic European hedge mazes, … Continue reading

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