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Amazing Art on Japanese Manhole Covers

In Japan, there are many cities and towns that place visually stunning works of art right underneath pedestrians’ feet. There are almost 6,000 of these covers around the country, turning unattractive necessities into eye candy. Photographer S. Morita has documented hundreds of these covers over the years which are available on Morita’s Flickr page.

(Source: flavorwire.com)

Incredible Beach Art

San Francisco native artist, Andres Amado, uses the beach as his canvas. Instead of a brush, he uses a rake to create his amazing designs in the sand. Andres creates artworks that are larger than 100,000 square feet. He spends countless hours on his pieces even though he knows that the tide will soon wash it away.

(Source: sftimes.co)

Night Kitchen

A kitchen in Finland appears charged with energy—actually lines of LED light scribbled by the photographer during a 24-minute exposure. The figure on the floor moved away after a short time, leaving only her electric outline. 
photo by Janne Parviainen

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Night Kitchen

A kitchen in Finland appears charged with energy—actually lines of LED light scribbled by the photographer during a 24-minute exposure. The figure on the floor moved away after a short time, leaving only her electric outline. 

photo by Janne Parviainen

(Source: National Geographic)

The Magical Harbin Ice Festival, China 

A massive and incredibly beautiful snow sculpture at the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in China. The festival officially starts in January and lasts for a month but the exhibits open early, weather permitting. China also has great skiing, of which the West knows little. People attending the festival usually ski a couple of days while attending the festival. A great new winter get-a-way in the far East.

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Amazing Surreal Body Art Illusions

These incredible body paintings are almost more performance art than body art. The models bodies are transformed into beautiful creatures. These body art illusions are created by 25-year-old German artist Gesine Marwedel. The young artist uses the human body as her canvas despite that it is a difficult medium to paint and work with - its living. Her canvas breathes, sweats and moves. Her paint brush turns models into amazingly alive swans or dolphins, making it hard to believe it’s all painted onto real people. Marwedel admits that she loves how body painting helps people to rediscover their beauty. (via Beautiful Life)

Incredible 3D Optical Illusion Pencil Drawings

Ramon Bruin, a self-taught artist from the Netherlands has created a new set of incredibly realistic 3D pencil drawings.

In this highly talented man’s hands, a sheet of white paper and a regular pencil become powerful tools used to play tricks on our eyes. It’s amazing how various animals and insects come to life through Bruin’s optical illusions. Bruin makes use of anamorphic perspective, which creates the illusion that his images look life-like and 3D – from a certain angle. 

The 31-year-old freelancer, who graduated as a professional all-round airbrush artist from the Airbrush Academie, also runs an online art shop where his fans can buy his limited edition prints. 

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