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Snapchat and Jeff Koons Have Created an Augmented-Reality Art Treasure Hunt

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Jeff Koons’s massive, balloon-like sculptures are normally hard to miss. But his latest installations—set to appear around Central Park, the Sydney Opera House, and other landmarks around the world—won't be immediately visible to visitors. To see them, you'll need to peer through the Snapchat app.

Snapchat ART is the newest way Snapchat plans to use its augmented reality technology, as TechCrunch reported. The project is kicking off with digital art from Jeff Koons (including his famous "Balloon Dog") that will be “hidden” in various spots around the globe. When you open the app in an area that's tagged with one of the virtual art pieces, you'll see a special Lens option at the bottom of your phone screen. Viewing your surroundings through the augmented-reality filter will make it look like the sculpture is right in front of you.

The international Snapchat art initiative—with installations debuting in the U.S., Canada, the UK, France, Australia, and Brazil—will exclusively feature art from Koons at the outset. But Snapchat plans to add works by more artists to the collection eventually, and anyone can apply to have their art included.

Snapchat ART comes several months after the photo-sharing app debuted World Lenses in April 2017, which allows users to stamp 3D text, rainbows, and dancing hotdogs onto real-life scenes. Unlike those initial World Lenses, each Snapchat ART Lens will be tied to a set location—much like the augmented reality game-changer Pokemon Go.

[h/t TechCrunch]

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Every Emoji Ever, Arranged by Color
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What lies at the end of the emoji rainbow? It's not a pot of gold, but rather an exclamation point—a fitting way to round out the Every Emoji Ever print created by the design experts over at Pop Chart Lab.

As the name suggests, every emoji that's currently used in version 10.0.0 of Unicode is represented, which, if you're keeping track, is nearly 2400.

Each emoji was painstakingly hand-illustrated and arranged chromatically, starting with yellow and ending in white. Unicode was most recently updated last summer, with 56 emojis added to the family. Some of the newest members of the emoji clan include a mermaid, a couple of dinosaurs, a UFO, and a Chinese takeout box. However, the most popular emoji last year was the "despairing crying face." Make of that what you will.

Past posters from Pop Chart Lab have depicted the instruments played in every Beatles song, every bird species in North America, and magical objects of the wizarding world. The price of the Every Emoji Ever poster starts at $29, and if you're interested, the piece can be purchased here.

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8 City Maps Rendered in the Styles of Famous Artists
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Vincent van Gogh once famously said, "I dream my painting and I paint my dream." If at some point in his career he had dreamed up a map of Amsterdam, where he lived and derived much of his inspiration from, it may have looked something like the one below.

In a blog post from March, Credit Card Compare selected eight cities around the world and illustrated what their maps might look like if they had been created by the famous artists who have roots there.

The Andy Warhol-inspired map of New York City, for instance, is awash with primary colors, and the icons representing notable landmarks are rendered in his famous Pop Art style. Although Warhol grew up in Pittsburgh, he spent much of his career working in the Big Apple at his studio, dubbed "The Factory."

Another iconic and irreverent artist, Banksy, is the inspiration behind London's map. Considering that the public doesn't know Banksy's true identity, he remains something of an enigma. His street art, however, is recognizable around the world and commands exorbitant prices at auction. In an ode to urban art, clouds of spray paint and icons that are a bit rough around the edges adorn this map of England's capital.

For more art-inspired city maps, scroll through the photos below.

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