DESIGN DOPESHIT

"Man and Woman” is a 8 meter (26 foot) tall moving steel sculpture by Georgian sculptor Tamara Kvesitadze. Located in the seaside city of Batumi, Georgia, the two figures represent a Muslim boy, Ali, and a Georgian princess, Nino, from a famous 1937 novel by Azerbaijani author Kurban Said. The tragic story ends with the lovers separated by the invasion of Soviet Russia.The statues begin to move every day at 7 p.m., merging for a short embrace, before leaving each other behind. After 10 minutes the movement is complete. The statue was designed in 2007 but only installed in 2010; it has since been retitled “Ali and Nino.” Read more

The dictionary defines art this way: "It's something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings." These are the people who have expressed their unique viewpoint in an emotionally compelling way. Their works are not only groundbreaking, pushing the boundaries of art forward, they're imaginative, making us believe, if just for a moment, that anything is possible. See their work here.  

For the past several months, visitors of all ages to the High Line have been busily constructing and reconstructing an imaginary cityscape. Presented by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, the collectivity project, an installation of two tons of white LEGO® bricks, is part of the High Line’s open-air group exhibition, Panorama. - See more 

Ariana Page Russell is a world-famous artist, creativity coach and author of Skintome: stories of sensitive skin, an online community exploring skin conditions through artistic expression. She has turned a very tough medical condition into a source of power to live her life with a heightened sense of consciousness and expression. From highly acclaimed art exhibits and awareness campaigns, to being the voice for dermatographia, Ariana has tapped into a world that has people all over the globe shedding their individual shame and uniting in the many differences that make them unique. This movement has gone far beyond being a uniting force for those affected by dermatographia-Ariana has ignited a call for freedom in the way we think, eat, live, create, relate to  and express ourselves.

Read her full interview here

There were thousands of beautiful works of art at this year’s Burning Man festival in Nevada, but there’s one that really caught people’s eyes and invited them to interpret its meaning. ‘Love,’ by Ukrainian sculptor Alexander Milov, features two wire-frame adults sitting back to back with their inner children reaching out to each other from within. At night, the inner children lit up as well. Read more.

Sometimes fast food just isn't fast enough. A new highly automated restaurant that opened in San Francisco on Monday looks to speed service through efficiency — you won't see any people taking your order or serving you at the Eatsa quinoa eatery.

It could be the latest sign that the industry is heading toward a more robotic future, a move some analysts say will be accelerated by the push to boost the minimum wagethat so many fast-food workers rely on. Read More

When someone makes the claim that a book can save lives, skepticism is likely the most reasonable response. It may even be fair to assume that they had just emerged from a crowded auditorium where the past hour was spent listening to dated house music and chanting self-help slogans with the aid of a prompter. But this new book is the product of scientific research and is much more likely to be displayed at the United Nations headquarters than on a shelf at your local bookstore. Read full story here

Stuart Haygarth has an unbelievable way of turning trash into something really damn cool and it’s called Barnacle. A simple photo book of deep sea ship wrecks led to his interest in things like barnacles and algae and how they alter the the ocean’s underwater landscape. As sunken ships lay decaying on the ocean floor, they morph over time as things like shellfish attach to them. Check out the rest of the story here.

South Korean artist Jae-Hyo Lee is a master of manipulation. He turns discarded pieces of wood into attention-grabbing pieces of art that are both elegant and functional.

These incredibly sleek sculptures are the result of Jae-Hyo Lee’s meticulous work: having assembled various chunks of wood, he burns and then carefully polishes them to create visual contrast and a smooth surface.

“I want to express the wood’s natural characteristics without adding my intentions,” says Lee. “I like to make the most out of the material’s inherent feeling. Little things add up to transmit a stronger power, greater energy. That is why I have quite a lot of large pieces.”Read and see more

Tiny homes are like smartphones. Taken as a whole, both can be life changing, but both require compromises. If you were to buy a dedicated camera you wouldn’t buy the shooter inside the iPhone 6 Plus. You also wouldn’t buy its mic for a recording studio, or its display and speaker for your home entertainment center. But together, each is perfectly optimized into the space available and the price and experience desired. Read more