Museums Are Using LEDs to Protect and Prettify Paintings

Read the full story in Wired.

Under museum lights, the vibrant yellows in Vincent van Gogh’s iconic sunflower paintings have muddied over time. The yellow pigment van Gogh used—lead chromate, more popularly known as chrome yellow—darkens so noticeably with light exposure that artists eventually switched to different yellow pigments entirely.

But it’s not just Van Gogh’s yellows that suffer: Light will make most paints change color. So when a masterpiece is on display, curators, lighting designers, and engineers work together in order to keep the lights low and the painting pretty at the same time. Recently, to reduce energy costs, art museums have been shifting to using energy-efficient LEDs. But the switch isn’t just about cost—it can make preserving paintings easier, too.

San Francisco-Based Company Builds Guitars From Recycled Skateboard Decks

Read the full post at Colossal.

Nick Pourfard is 22-year-old artist, musician, and skateboarder currently combining his multiple talents into one package: guitars built from reclaimed skateboard decks. The San Francisco-based industrial design student taught himself woodworking to tackle the project which he branded as Prisma Guitars. Each instrument is 100% handmade and composed of skateboards that have been used or broken.


Artist repurposes vintage books as exquisite paper cups & bowls

Read the full post at Treehugger.

Artists and designers are finding innovative ways to repurpose old books that may no longer be relevant reading material today. So far, we’ve seen books transformed into lamps, sculptures and even full-room art installations cut entirely from vintage books. Now add tableware to the list of possibilities — Swedish artist Cecilia Levy creates exquisite paper plates, bowls and natural forms using small pieces of paper taken from comic books and vintage volumes.

“Good Defeats Evil, Spiderman vs. Owl”. Spiderman magazines and paste. By Cecilia Levy

Giant Mythical Creatures Sculpted Out of Found Scrap Wood and Recycled Materials

Read the full post at My Modern Met.

Danish artist Thomas Dambo utilizes scrap wood and leftover construction materials to fabricate sculptures that are fantastically gigantic. While one may imagine the sculptures to be quite intimidating, they actually produce the opposite effect. Many of Dambo’s pieces playfully interact with their surroundings and, as a result, they exude a whimsical personality.

Last chance: Katherine Behar meditates on tangled relationship to technology in “E-waste” at Eyedrum

Read the full story at ArtATL.

There’s a lot of junk on the floor of Eyedrum right now.

Junk placed there by Brooklyn artist Katherine Behar for her exhibition E-Waste, on view through May 3. Junk in the form of cheap plastic computer peripherals — laptop docks, mice, speakers, fans and reading lights — manipulated into art objects.

“Water Is” Photo Contest

The Illinois Water Resources Center’s (IWRC) “Water Is” photo contest recognizes Illinois photographers who have captured what water means for them, their communities, and the state. Winning images will be featured in IWRC materials promoting the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, a new state plan designed to improve local and regional water quality.

The contest is open to the public, including state employees. Professional photographers are welcome to submit entries under a separate category. All participants may submit a total of five images.

All entries must be original work. Previously-published material may be entered as long as the submission includes the date and name of the publication.

Entries must be submitted as high-resolution JPEG files no larger than 8 megabytes. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (cropping, color adjustment, etc.) will be disqualified.

Email your submissions to Eliana Brown at by May 21, 2015. Emails must also:

  • Explain what is happening in the photo
  • Identify the location and date the image was taken, including the name of the waterbody if appropriate
  • Identify the category of submission – amateur or professional

A panel of judges will select first place and honorable mention winners.

IWRC will have unrestricted use of all submitted photos and accompanying materials and has the right to use all entries in any future online and print materials. Photographers assume responsibility for obtaining consent from any persons appearing in their photograph prior to submission.