We are beautiful

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It’s a scene etched in many a movie goers mind – actress Mena Suvari rolling around in a room full of rose petals in Kevin Spacey’s “American Beauty” dream.

Photographer Carey Fruth has made her own interpretation of this scene with her “American Beauty” image series.  In it, women of all shapes and sizes  which shows women of all shapes and sizes lying on a bed of flowers. Fruth wants to retake that quintessential male fantasy and use it to empower women of all colors, ages and sizes to be happy about their bodies:

“By stepping into a fantasy dream girl world and by letting go of that fear, they free themselves up to direct that energy they once wasted on telling themselves that they weren’t good enough to elsewhere in their life,” Fruth said. (via artfido)

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We see 3D

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3D street art by German artist Edgar Mueller

We tape

Masking Tape Street Art Australian street artist Buff Diss based in Melbourn, only create with masking tape. Creation’s size and geometry really tell us about the volume of masking tape and work (2) Masking Tape Street Art Australian street artist Buff Diss based in Melbourn, only create with masking tape. Creation’s size and geometry really tell us about the volume of masking tape and work (3) Masking Tape Street Art Australian street artist Buff Diss based in Melbourn, only create with masking tape. Creation’s size and geometry really tell us about the volume of masking tape and work (4) Masking Tape Street Art Australian street artist Buff Diss based in Melbourn, only create with masking tape. Creation’s size and geometry really tell us about the volume of masking tape and work (5) Masking Tape Street Art Australian street artist Buff Diss based in Melbourn, only create with masking tape. Creation’s size and geometry really tell us about the volume of masking tape and work (6) Masking Tape Street Art Australian street artist Buff Diss based in Melbourn, only create with masking tape. Creation’s size and geometry really tell us about the volume of masking tape and work (7) Masking Tape Street Art Australian street artist Buff Diss based in Melbourn, only create with masking tape. Creation’s size and geometry really tell us about the volume of masking tape and work (8) Masking Tape Street Art Australian street artist Buff Diss based in Melbourn, only create with masking tape. Creation’s size and geometry really tell us about the volume of masking tape and work (9) Masking Tape Street Art Australian street artist Buff Diss based in Melbourn, only create with masking tape. Creation’s size and geometry really tell us about the volume of masking tape and work (10) Masking Tape Street Art Australian street artist Buff Diss based in Melbourn, only create with masking tape. Creation’s size and geometry really tell us about the volume of masking tape and work (1)

Masking Tape Street Art by Australian street artist Buff Diss based in Melbourne.

We make faces

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Toon Bombing – Toronto based artist Aiden Glynn turns outdoor objects into googly-eyed faces

We recycle

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Mexico City based artist Pedro Reyes fabricates 50 functional music instruments from destroyed drug war weapons. He acquired some 6,700 weapons that were scheduled to be buried (as is customary in mass weapon disposals) and instead collaborated with six musicians to create 50 working instruments as part of a statement regarding increased gun violence in Mexico. The numerous firearms were cut down, welded and formed into a variety of string, wind, and percussion instruments over a period of two weeks last month. Via his blog Reyes says:

It’s difficult to explain but the transformation was more than physical. It’s important to consider that many lives were taken with these weapons; as if a sort of exorcism was taking place the music expelled the demons they held, as well as being a requiem for lives lost. […] This is also a call to action, since we cannot stop the violence only at the place where the weapons are being used, but also where they are made. There is a disparity between visible and invisible violence. The nearly 80,000 deaths by gun-shot that have occurred in Mexico in the last 6 years, or the school shootings in the US are the visible side of violence. The invisible side is that one of gun trade-shows, neglecting assault rifle bans, and shareholder profit from public companies. This is a large industry of death and suffering for which no cultural rejection is expressed.Guns continue to be depicted as something sexy both in Hollywood and in videogames; there may be actors who won’t smoke on the screen, but there has not been one who would reject the role of a trigger-happy hero.

We got a haircut

the indian city of bikaner host an annual camel festival in january. the designs are the results of trimming and dying the camel hair. photos steve hoge and osakabe yasuo (2) the indian city of bikaner host an annual camel festival in january. the designs are the results of trimming and dying the camel hair. photos steve hoge and osakabe yasuo (3) the indian city of bikaner host an annual camel festival in january. the designs are the results of trimming and dying the camel hair. photos steve hoge and osakabe yasuo (4) the indian city of bikaner host an annual camel festival in january. the designs are the results of trimming and dying the camel hair. photos steve hoge and osakabe yasuo (1) the indian city of bikaner host an annual camel festival in january. the designs are the results of trimming and dying the camel hair. photos steve hoge and osakabe yasuo (5) the indian city of bikaner host an annual camel festival in january. the designs are the results of trimming and dying the camel hair. photos steve hoge and osakabe yasuo (1)

The Indian city of Bikaner hosts an annual camel festival in January. The designs are the results of trimming and dying the camel hair. Photographs by Steve Hoge and Osakabe Yasuo.

We light up

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‘Aten Reign’ by light artist James Turrell’s, in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.