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Crochet Artist Covers an Entire Finnish House With Pink Yarn

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In Kerava, Finland, almost 20 miles outside Helsinki, artist OLEK strung together an impressive statement. As part of an installation on refugee displacement, the Polish native completely crocheted over an art gallery that is based in a house built in the 1910s—covering everything from the chimney down to the ground with pink, patterned fabric.

OLEK, whose work often focuses on feminism and sexuality, created the house-slipcover as part of an installation for the Kerava Art Museum in Finland. Earlier this summer, she worked with refugee women from Syria and Ukraine in Avesta, Sweden in order to create her first crochet house. Then, the artist destroyed a yarn-bombed interior room with an explosion to highlight the plight of those who have lost their homes in war.

The Kerava installation is part two of the project, meant to provide a happier ending to the darker initial project. Over the course of three weeks, volunteers, including immigrants and women from a reception center for asylum seekers, helped OLEK and her team make enough pink, crocheted fabric to cover the entire building. In total, they crafted more than 3200 square feet of crocheted pattern.

She wanted to create the installation “as a symbol of a brighter future for all people, especially the ones who have been displaced against their own wills,” OLEK tells mental_floss in an email. “Women have the ability to recreate themselves. No matter how low life might bring us, we can get back on our feet and start anew.”

You can watch the intense crafting process in the video below:

Kerava Art Museum: Our Pink House by Olek from Sinkka on Vimeo.

For even more photos, check out #ourpinkhouse on Instagram.

[h/t Colossal]

All images courtesy OLEK

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A Cartographer Is Mapping All of the UK’s National Parks, J.R.R. Tolkien-Style
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Peak District National Park
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Cartographer Dan Bell makes national parks into fantasy lands. Bell, who lives near Lake District National Park in England, is currently on a mission to draw every national park in the UK in the style of the maps in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Kottke.org reports.

The project began in September 2017, when Bell posted his own hand-drawn version of a Middle Earth map online. He received such a positive response that he decided to apply the fantasy style to real world locations. He has completed 11 out of the UK’s 15 parks so far. Once he finishes, he hopes to tackle the U.S. National Park system, too. (He already has Yellowstone National Park down.)

Bell has done various other maps in the same style, including ones for London and Game of Thrones’s Westeros, and he commissions, in case you have your own special locale that could use the Tolkien treatment. Check out a few of his park maps below.

A close-up of a map for Peak District National Park
Peak District National Park in central England
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A black-and-white illustration of Cairngorms National Park in the style of a 'Lord of the Rings' map.
Cairngorms National Park in Scotland
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A black-and-white illustration of Lake District National Park in the style of a 'Lord of the Rings' map.
Lake District National Park in England
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You can buy prints of the maps here.

[h/t Kottke.org]

All images by Dan Bell

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The Simple Optical Illusion That Makes an Image Look Like It's Drawing Itself
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Artist James Nolan Gandy invents robot arms that sketch intricate mathematical shapes with pen and paper. When viewed in real time, the effect is impressive. But it becomes even more so when the videos are sped up in a timelapse. If you look closely in the video below, the illustration appears to materialize faster than the robot can put the design to paper. Gizmodo recently explained how the illusion works to make it look like parts of the sketch are forming before the machine has time to draw them.

The optical illusion isn’t an example of tricky image editing: It’s the result of something called the wagon wheel effect. You can observe this in a car wheel accelerating down the highway or in propeller blades lifting up a helicopter. If an object makes enough rotations per second, it can appear to slow down, move backwards, or even stand still.

This is especially apparent on film. Every “moving image” we see on a screen is an illusion caused by the brain filling in the gaps between a sequence of still images. In the case of the timelapse video below, the camera captured the right amount of images, in the right order, to depict the pen as moving more slowly than it did in real life. But unlike the pen, the drawing formed throughout the video isn't subject to the wagon-wheel effect, so it still appears to move at full speed. This difference makes it look like the sketch is drawing itself, no pen required.

Gandy frequently shares behind-the-scenes videos of his mechanical art on his Instagram page. You can check out some of his non-timelapse clips like the one below to better understand how his machines work, then visit his website to browse and purchase the art made by his 'bots.

And if you think his stuff is impressive, make sure to explore some of the incredible art robots have made in the past.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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