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The Painted Monument to the Soviet Army in Bulgaria

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The Monument to the Soviet Army is situated in the King’s Garden in the heart of the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. Built in 1954, it was created as a symbol of gratitude for the Soviet Red Army for helping Bulgaria on their war efforts during the second World War. The monument depicts a soldier of the Soviet Army, surrounded by a male worker and a female peasant from Bulgaria.

The monument has been the victim to vandalism. The first act of vandalism was on June 2011, when the monument was painted overnight by unknown artists, who transformed the Soviet Army soldiers into popular American superheroes and cartoon characters including Superman, Joker, Captain America, Santa Claus, Wolverine, The Mask, and Wonder Woman. A caption was painted underneath which translates as “In pace with the times”. The event was widely covered by the international media and provoked serious pro and anti-Russian discussion in the Bulgarian society.

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Taiwanese Village Transforms Itself With Cartoon Murals

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Three sisters have unleashed their creativity on the small Taiwanese village of Huija with a series of colourful murals. The sisters were on a holiday visiting their grandmother when they decided to paint the outside of her home with cartoon characters including Daruma dolls, which are a good luck charm in Japan. On one of the windows they painted a sign that reads: “This is where grandmother lives.”

After that other villagers imitated them and painted there own walls, and soon the whole village was filled with colourful murals.

The village rarely saw tourists but now they have tourists almost everyday. During the weekends, tourists mostly from Hong Kong and China flock the village.

via Amusing Planet

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ODEITH – Anamorphic Graffiti Letters

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Odeith was, in 2005, internationally recognized for his groundbreaking incursions in the anamorphic art field, standing out for his compositions created in perspective and painted in different surfaces, such as 90º corners or from the wall to the floor, creating an optical illusion effect.

In 2008, he decided to close his tattoo studio (which he opened in 1999) and moved to London.

Currently, back in Lisbon, he assumed painting as his main activity, having created large scale murals for major national and international enterprises such as the London Shell, Kingsmill, the Coca-Cola Company, Estradas de Portugal, Samsung, Sport Lisboa e Benfica (football club) and several Portuguese city halls such as Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and Câmara Municipal de Oeiras, amongst others.

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Stufish’s Han Show Theater, China

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Fisher and his London-based firm Stufish recently drew a lot of attention to with the completion of two real-life buildings that transform their entertainment-industry pedigree into permanent spectacle. The Han Show Theater in Wuhan, China, is a performance arts center complete with a glowing façade.

The design takes some of the principles of Stufish’s other work and makes them slightly more traditionally architectural. Inspired by Chinese lanterns, the building is a series of steel rings that intersect to mimic the bamboo structure of a paper lantern. Thousands of red LEDs give off a glowing effect on the concave surface. The façade can also display videos, making it come alive. Traditional Chinese roof forms are referenced as the bottom edge of the lantern form is offset.

 

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Amazing Frozen Bubbles

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Every winter Washington-based photographer Angela Kelly in the freezing temperatures blows bubbles that freeze and form beautiful patches of ice crystals. The breathtaking results, which she photographs for her series Life in a Bubble, look like glass or crystal marbles.

Kelly uses a homemade solution of dish soap and water to create the bubbles. Some of the smaller bubbles freeze in mid-air and fall to the ground, shattering upon impact, others crystalize and retain their pristine shape. No two bubbles look the same, as each forms different patterns. Decorated with elegant swirls and scallops, feathery etchings, and snowflake-like designs the frozen globes are truly beautiful.