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Hotel Het Arresthuis: Luxury Hotel Converted from Jail

Het Arresthuis is a prison, is a hotel, is a luxury hotel converted from a 19th-century-prison. The newly re-purposed jailhouse has been completely redesigned with chic, spacious, modern motifs while maintaining its rich history as a former penitentiary. Its window bar, room door, stairs and corridor all indicate its original function: jailhouse.

Hotel Het Arresthuis: Luxury Hotel Converted from Jail

Sound Visualization: Dancing Colors by Fabian Oefner

You can hear the sound, but how you see it? Similar to the equalizer on music player, Fabian Oefner, a talented Zurich based photographer came up with a creative way to make the sound waves visible. Or in other word, build a bridge between the acoustical and the visual world.

In this experimental project called “Dancing Colors“, Fabian attached a thin membrane on top of the loud speakers, and put some colored salt on it. Once the music starts playing, the salt starts vibrating and these odd looking sculptures form for just a fraction of a second. By connecting a microphone to the flash trigger, Oefner is able to capture these very brief moments where sound colorfully dances along the surface of the speaker.

Sound Visualization: Dancing Colors by Fabian Oefner

Mind Blowing Stone Sculptures by ITO Hirotoshi

ITO Hirotoshi is a Japan-based stone sculpture artist, whose work has been known for its unique structures with a sense of humor. Hirotoshi uses stones found in a river bank near his home and creates sculptures that juxtapose the original shape and hardness of the material with surprising humor and texture. For instance, he carves marble with a deft hand, turning into fabric and garments; or he opens rocks and turning them into a wallet. He enjoys mixing the stone with different materials such as zippers, dentures, and coins. When you look at some of his work, you probably will laugh and surprise to say “How the hell is that even possible?” And we can assure Adobe Photoshop was not involved. [source]

Mind Blowing Stone Sculptures by ITO Hirotoshi

Draw With Smoke: Unusual Smoke Art from Fernando de La Rocque

We have presented a few smoke art on the site, but today’s is one of the most unique or bizarre one we’ve ever seen. Fernando de La Rocque, a Brazilian artist has redefined the way people view art with his latest series “Blow Job” – creating images of political and religious icons using marijuana smoke. He uses a focused method of inhaling the smoke and then using it to dye predetermined points on a sheet of paper creating the images. Rocque wrote in a press release that “more important than freedom to smoke marijuana is the freedom to think about it and make art with it.” The work is impressive, but the most attention is given to the bizarre technique he used and wonder the amount of marijuana artist must consume in order to make the paintings. [source]

Draw With Smoke: Unusual Smoke Art from Fernando de La Rocque

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