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Bored Commuters Can Ride This Bike and Knit a Scarf With 5 Minutes of Cycling

Cyclo Knitter is a project by design student George Barratt-Jones. The goal? To make waiting for your train in the winter more enjoyable by making a human-powered machine that creates scarfs in 5 minutes. George adds: “Imagine Its the midst of winter. You are cold and bored waiting for your train at the station. This pedal powered machine gets you warm by moving, you are making something while you wait and in the end you are left with a free scarf! That you can decide to keep yourself or give…

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This Guy Printed out the Terms of Service for the Worlds Most Popular Apps

Dima Yarovinsky “I Agree” is a project by designer Dima Yarovinsky that visually showcases the lengthy ‘terms of service’ we agree to in order to use the world’s most popular online services like Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and Tinder. The project was part of an artist’s showcase on display at the Visualizing Knowledge 2018 Conference earlier this month in Helsinki, Finland. [h/t DesignBoom] Dima Yarovinsky I took the content of the “terms of service†of the leading online services that we use on a daily basis (including Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Tinder…

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In 1982, An Artist Harvested Two Acres of Wheat on Land Worth $4.5 Billion

© Agnes Denes In the summer of 1982, two acres of wheat were planted and harvested by artist Agnes Denes, two blocks from Wall Street and the World Trade Center and facing the Statue of Liberty. Planting and harvesting a field of wheat on land worth $4.5 billion created a powerful paradox. Wheatfield was a symbol, a universal concept; it represented food, energy, commerce, world trade, and economics. It referred to mismanagement, waste, world hunger and ecological concerns. It called attention to our misplaced priorities. The harvested grain traveled to…

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Unravelling Ropes Into Fractal-Like Patterns (10 Photos)

In an ongoing series of artworks entitled ‘Ciclotramas‘, Brazilian artist Janaina Mello Landini unravels ropes into incredible fractal patterns that evoke tree roots, river basins, lightning strikes and circulatory systems. Landini has been developing this concept since 2010, using threads and strings to create site-specific installations that occupy the space in an immersive way. She adds: The idea is to “unstitch†Time from its inside, unraveling the threads of the same rope in constant bifurcations, until the last indivisible stage is reached, a point that holds everything together in perfect…

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Once a Year This Japanese Town Comes Together to Grow Masterpieces With Rice

In the village of Inakadate, Japan, elaborate expanses of “rice paddy art†grace the surrounding landscape. Looking for a way to boost tourism and contribute to the village’s rich culture, town officials turned to what they knew best — growing rice. Using dozens of varieties of rice as their color palette, locals gather to plant each new masterpiece, taking inspiration from local geography and Japanese folklore. With each image taking up to three months to complete, it truly takes a village. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/the-japanese-town-growing-masterpieces-with-rice/

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Artist Replaces Billboards with Photos of the Landscapes Theyre Blocking

Art Installation by Jennifer Bolande for Desert X Photograph by Lance Gerber Studio Visible Distance / Second Sight is an art installation by Jennifer Bolande for DesertX. The temporary artwork can be found along the Gene Autry Trail near Vista Chino (33°50’41.70â€N 116°30’21.02â€W), where a series of consecutive billboards have been replaced by perfectly aligned photos of the landscapes they are blocking. From the DesertX project page:   Each photograph is unique to its position along this route and at a certain point as one approaches each billboard, perfect alignment…

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