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11 Awesomely Decorated Casts Worth a Broken Bone

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Casts in cool colors or covered in your friends' get well messages are great, but some people take things a step further and turn the pile of plaster and bandages into a wearable piece of art.

1. Starry Night

When Nicholas Frausto’s mom was scheduled to attend a dinner party after she broke her wrist, he insisted she not leave with an ugly, boring cast. So he decorated it with this great tribute to Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

2. TARDIS

Casts are always a tight fit (that’s kind of the point), but with a TARDIS painted on your cast, you can always imagine that it’s bigger on the inside. Artist Zak Kinsella spruced up his friend Laura Keeney’s cast with this wonderful picture of the TARDIS from Doctor Who floating around in space.

3. Spider-Man

This cast might not be able to do whatever a spider can, but it still looks a lot more heroic than most casts. DeviantArt user MssMime painted this great tribute to everyone’s favorite arachnid-inspired hero on her girlfriend’s cast.

4. Iron Man

You don’t have to be Tony Stark to look cool in Iron Man’s suit –even just part of it. There are quite a few casts out there inspired by Iron Man, the most famous being this one by Imgur user calig, but   my personal favorite is this one that Katie of Love Paper Paint decorated for her son Isaac, who is a serious Iron Man fan.

5. Guinness

DeviantArt user EmmyLou1012’s brother plays rugby, so when he broke the same bone for the third time, she decided to help him put a positive spin on the whole thing by decorating the cast with a little something special. It’s like a “get well soon” toast that lasts as long as your cast.

6. X-Ray Vision

This might just be the most metal cast ever. J. Giz Patterson used spray paint and paint markers to spruce up his cast. No word on whether or not he did this while the cast was still on or not, but I certainly hope he at least waited until it was removed to add the spikes.

7. Koi Pond

What’s particularly impressive about this cast artwork is that DeviantArt user FawnsWonderland did it on her own leg—relying on a mirror at some points so she could even see what she was doing.

8. Tattoo-Influenced

Sarah Hardy based her cast design on a traditional Japanese tattoo style and the influence is easy to see. Like FawnsWonderland, she did this all by herself, which she admits was not easy.

9. Stencilrific

The cool thing about this cast decoration by artist PressOne is that it almost looks like a designer accessory rather than a cast. It’s also a great inspiration for those who want to spruce up a cast, but aren’t great at painting or drawing—with a few cool stencils, you too could make something this eye catching.

10. Beachy

You might not be able to swim in the waves with a cast, but you can always ask someone to bring the beach to you. Erin Moses and her brother drew this happy beachy scene on their mom’s cast after she started feeling a little depressed about being stuck with a broken ankle.

11. Sydney

Flickr user Janeen broke her ankle when she was hit by a car when she was 14. She painted this great rendition of Sydney on her cast to help pass the time while it healed, which seems like a good way to keep yourself entertained while you’re stuck inside.

Have any of you ever ended up with a cast that you were reluctant to throw away because it had such cool decorations on it?

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The Getty Center, Surrounded By Wildfires, Will Leave Its Art Where It Is
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The wildfires sweeping through California have left countless homeowners and businesses scrambling as the blazes continue to grow out of control in various locations throughout the state. While art lovers worried when they heard that Los Angeles's Getty Center would be closing its doors this week, as the fires closed part of the 405 Freeway, there was a bit of good news. According to museum officials, the priceless works housed inside the famed Getty Center are said to be perfectly secure and won't need to be evacuated from the facility.

“The safest place for the art is right here at the Getty,” Ron Hartwig, the Getty’s vice president of communications, told the Los Angeles Times. According to its website, the museum was closed on December 5 and December 6 “to protect the collections from smoke from fires in the region,” but as of now, the art inside is staying put.

Though every museum has its own way of protecting the priceless works inside it, the Los Angeles Times notes that the Getty Center was constructed in such a way as to protect its contents from the very kind of emergency it's currently facing. The air throughout the gallery is filtered by a system that forces it out, rather than a filtration method which would bring air in. This system will keep the smoke and air pollutants from getting into the facility, and by closing the museum this week, the Getty is preventing the harmful air from entering the building through any open doors.

There is also a water tank at the facility that holds 1 million gallons in reserve for just such an occasion, and any brush on the property is routinely cleared away to prevent the likelihood of a fire spreading. The Getty Villa, a separate campus located in the Pacific Palisades off the Pacific Coast Highway, was also closed out of concern for air quality this week.

The museum is currently working with the police and fire departments in the area to determine the need for future closures and the evacuation of any personnel. So far, the fires have claimed more than 83,000 acres of land, leading to the evacuation of thousands of people and the temporary closure of I-405, which runs right alongside the Getty near Los Angeles’s Bel-Air neighborhood.

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This 77-Year-Old Artist Saves Money on Art Supplies by 'Painting' in Microsoft Excel
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It takes a lot of creativity to turn a blank canvas into an inspired work of art. Japanese artist Tatsuo Horiuchi makes his pictures out of something that’s even more dull than a white page: an empty spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel.

When he retired, the 77-year-old Horiuchi, whose work was recently spotlighted by Great Big Story, decided he wanted to get into art. At the time, he was hesitant to spend money on painting supplies or even computer software, though, so he began experimenting with one of the programs that was already at his disposal.

Horiuchi's unique “painting” method shows that in the right hands, Excel’s graph-building features can be used to bring colorful landscapes to life. The tranquil ponds, dense forests, and blossoming flowers in his art are made by drawing shapes with the software's line tool, then adding shading with the bucket tool.

Since picking up the hobby in the 2000s, Horiuchi has been awarded multiple prizes for his creative work with Excel. Let that be inspiration for Microsoft loyalists who are still broken up about the death of Paint.

You can get a behind-the-scenes look at the artist's process in the video below.

[h/t Great Big Story]

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