Artist Clet Abraham has been sneaking around cities across Europe in the middle of the night and strategically placing stickers on street signs to alter their meanings. And while passers-by may crack a smile when they see the humorous signage, Abraham hopes people will think twice next time they are asked to follow an instruction.
The flying saucer resembling ”Volcano House” looks out over a 60-acre property midway between Las Vegas and Los Angeles in Newberry Springs. The house was designed by architect Harold J. Bissner, Jr. in 1968 and belonged to broadcaster Huell Howser until his death recently. The inspiration? San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, a nuclear plant in northwestern San Diego county. Now, it’s been donated to Chapman University.
Nabiyotum Crater, Kenya
Nabiyotum Crater is located in the south of Lake Turkana in Kenya – the world’s largest alkaline lake.
The 30 foot tall mural that only reveals itself when wet, was created by Connecticut-based artist Adam Nilewicz. The tree, which is an important symbol for Connecticut, was created using water-repellant Rust-Oleum.
“Public art should embrace the existing environment and work to enrich reality,” writes Niklewicz in his artist statement. ”The blank slates (almost screens) of the two downtown buildings invite visuals that give counterbalance (nature) and meaning (historical context). The image of the Charter Oak speaks to both.”
The ‘Trick Eye’ Museum in Busan, Korea, uses cleverly manipulated paintings to really put visitors in the picture.
Carolina Fontoura Alzaga, a Mexican multidisciplinary artist, takes old bike parts and turns them into shimmering chandeliers. Her series of Victorian-era chandelier sculptures is called “Connect”. These Subversive objects challenge the aesthetics of wealth by visually contrasting the classic elegance of the candelabrum with the new-found elegance of discarded, mechanical bicycle parts.
The breathtaking limestone caves in Waitomo, New Zealand, are home to hundreds of thousands of the beetles – which light up the caverns like bright blue stars. The caves are a perfect breeding ground for glow-worms, which can only survive in very dark, damp places where their light can be seen.