Artist Installs Heartfelt 'Public Warning' Signs—and Wants Your Help Spreading Her Message

In 2016, designer and artist April Soetarman quietly began installing handmade signs around Seattle. At first glance, they look like the typical safety "warning" signs you'd find posted to chain link fences protecting a building site or other nondescript area, but a closer inspection reveals unexpected messages: "Attention, you are wonderful and deserve every happiness," one of her signs reads. "Notice, I never stopped loving you. I hope you're well," says another.

Her street art quickly gained viral fame, and now Soetarman is hoping to bring her project to more cities and make her designs accessible to the public. She's raising money for the project on Kickstarter, and she's making five of her heartfelt warning signs available to reserve through the crowdfunding website.

"The phrases are encouraging or maybe a little melancholy, but never bitter or angry," she wrote in the campaign description. "I define delight as that intersection of positive and unexpected, and I think this is something delightful that people would want to stumble across in their city."

The signs are available in heavy-duty laminated aluminum for pledges of $34 to $50, with an estimated shipping date of January. Whether you follow the artist's lead and post the art for all to see, or keep it for yourself, is your choice. "Keep one, give one away, put it up on your wall, install it yourself, up to you," the artist says on her Kickstarter page.

You can see more of Soetarman's art on her website and Instagram page.

This Vincent Van Gogh Action Figure Comes Complete with Removable Ears

Today Is Art Day, Amazon
Today Is Art Day, Amazon

Historians still don’t know how Vincent van Gogh lost his left ear, or for that matter, how much of it was actually lopped off. However, as Bored Panda reports, Today Is Art Day decided to take historic liberties in the name of nerdy fun and created a mini van Gogh action figure, complete with two completely detachable ears.

Today Is Art Day developed a prototype of the 5-inch PVC figurine back in 2017, and to bring it to the art-loving masses, they launched a Kickstarter campaign. Backers who contributed $28 Canadian dollars (around $21 USD) scored their own van Gogh action figure.

A van Gogh action figure next to a miniature 'Starry Night' painting
Today Is Art Day, Amazon

A boxed Vincent van Gogh action figure
Today Is Art Day, Amazon

Fans who missed out on the Kickstarter the first time around can buy one on Amazon now for $24. He even comes in a box decorated with miniature, cut-out replicas of his Sunflowers (1888) and The Starry Night (1889).

Today Is Art Day has since branched out to produce a whole host of other figurines based on famous icons, from other artists like Frida Kahlo and Gustav Klimt to scientific luminaries like Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein.

[h/t Bored Panda]

A version of this article first ran in 2017. It has been updated to reflect current availability.

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Show Off Your Love of Art With a Frida Kahlo Action Figure

Frida Kahlo Action Figure
Frida Kahlo Action Figure
Today is Art Day

If you're in the market for an action figure based on a real person, you've got plenty to choose from: Everyone from Snoop Dogg to the Pope is getting their own figurine these days. Now, Frida Kahlo has joined the ranks of icons who have become immortalized in plastic.

In 2017, Canadian art website Today Is Art Day (known for its Vincent van Gogh action figure) started a Kickstarter to give Kahlo the action figure treatment. The toy features the artist with a monkey pal on her shoulder, as well as a detachable heart and the faint smell of roses. The packaging has fun facts about the artist, along with some miniature artwork that can be cut out and affixed to a miniature easel.

“Not that I don’t like the great books and reproductions of artworks but, I think it’s more engaging to have a Frida Kahlo action figure on your desk rather than an art history book on your shelf," ‘Today Is Art Day’ founder David Beaulieu told Lost at E Minor during the Kickstarter campaign.

The Frida action figure is available on Amazon for $30.

Frida Kahlo Action Figure

Frida Kahlo Action Figure

[h/t Lost at E Minor]

A version of this article first ran in 2017. It has been updated to reflect current availability.

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