This Eerie Chandelier Is Controlled By A Geiger Counter

Artist Phillip Stearns' A Chandelier For One of Many Possible Endings is a custom light fixture containing 92 elements, each connected to a Geiger counter and each representing an electron in a Uranium atom. They light up in response to radiation, creating a haunting pattern. » 2/28/15 4:15pm 2/28/15 4:15pm

Infrared film turns a war zone into a pink fantasy landscape

Many photographers play with the way infrared photography transforms mundane landscapes into cotton candy fantasy lands. The Richard Mosse-directed video installation The Enclave goes a step further, juxtaposing those landscapes against the lives of rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo. » 10/06/13 3:46pm 10/06/13 3:46pm

The bioluminescent leaves of Puerto Rico

Sometimes, at night, the fallen leaves begin to glow. Then they slowly organize themselves into shapes that you just might recognize. Or maybe not. » 5/03/13 10:53pm 5/03/13 10:53pm

This disorienting room has "gravitational mystery spots" that will…

The art installation seen here is named, menacingly but appropriately, Demon Hill #2. It is the work of LA-based artist Julian Hoeber, and to step inside it is to abandon sensations of balance, proprioception, and general physical stability — all thanks to some fiendish architectural trickery. » 10/25/12 1:40pm 10/25/12 1:40pm

These life support machines work to keep each other alive

What do life support devices do when there are no humans left to support? These plucky little machines have found a solution: when no human is available, they work to keep each other alive instead. » 5/20/12 1:30pm 5/20/12 1:30pm

Step inside the robot repair shop of the retrofuture

Looking for an oil change? Need a snazzy new pair of hydraulic legs or a fresh coat of asbestos? Take a spin through Fraley's Robot Repair Shop, the one-stop shop for all your retro robot's needs. » 11/26/11 8:30am 11/26/11 8:30am

Superheroes Confront Their Most Terrifying Foe: Old Age

What happens when time and decades of battling evil catches up with the world's greatest heroes? Gilles Barbier's mixed media installation L'Hospice envisions the superheroes who don't die in a blaze of glory, but instead live to see old age. » 11/26/09 3:00pm 11/26/09 3:00pm

Giant Green Tentacles Attack Buildings from the Inside

In artist FilthyLuker's street installations, giant inflatable tentacles emerge from buildings and vehicles, creating the sense that a monstrous kraken or Lovecraftian horror is trapped inside. » 7/30/09 1:30pm 7/30/09 1:30pm

Indoor Forests Are Eco-Chic Home Accessories for a Deforested World

If all the forests around your home have been cut down, why not just turn your living room into a forest if you want to enjoy the green? That's what they're doing in Los Angeles. » 4/02/09 8:30am 4/02/09 8:30am

Fiber Optic Sculpture Transforms Field into a Luminous Alien Landscape

To see yourself on an alien planet, you need go no farther than Cornwall, England. That’s where lighting designer Bruce Munro has placed his outdoor installation, “Field of Light.” Thousands of fiber optic cables topped with acrylic orbs illuminate the countryside, giving the impression that the field is populated… » 11/24/08 12:00pm 11/24/08 12:00pm

The Village Pet Store (and Charcoal Grill) Opens For Mutant Business

British concept artist Banksy opened a strange installation yesterday in Manhattan at No. 89 Seventh Avenue — it looks like a friendly pet store with appealing window displays, but turns out to be something a lot weirder. Last night, we dropped in to check out the store's stock of hyper-intelligent bunnies and fish… » 10/10/08 1:40pm 10/10/08 1:40pm

Eight Tons of Cardboard Molded Into an Imaginary Landscape


Though this looks like some kind of insane mushroom growth, it's actually special, die-cut cardboard strips put together by the Ball-Nogues Studio for an installation at Rice University. The artists created a digital mockup of the shapes they wanted, ordered 20,000 strips of cardboard cut to the perfect prefab sizes,… » 3/12/08 7:00am 3/12/08 7:00am

Rubberized Gas Mask for Raccoons in Polluted Forests

As toxins invade environments where small animals dwell, and as those animals are bio-engineered to be smarter, you're going to see a booming market in safety gear for tiny creatures who want to stay pert for their Cute Overload closeup. I predict a run on artist Bill Burns' rubberized gas masks. They're made for any… » 1/04/08 4:33pm 1/04/08 4:33pm

Freakishly Huge Algae Bloom in London

Massive algae blooms killed seals, birds and sea lions on the California coast earlier this yea because algae exudes a toxin called domoic acid. When these blooms got out of control, aquatic animals would ingest the toxin because the fish they eat had been nibbling on these super-blooms. But those algae blooms were… » 11/30/07 3:00pm 11/30/07 3:00pm