275x250.jpg Chances are that you saw some good Halloween costumes this year, but did you see any as good as this baby who was dressed as Marty McFly from Back to the Future? Didn't think so.

Explaining the Cooper’s costume online, mother Cory Newton-Smith said: "It all started with a red puffy vest Cooper already had and a side comment from my husband about Marty McFly in late September.

"I’ve always loved Back to the Future, and love cars since I was little and grew up going to car shows with my Dad; what better way to tote my 1 year old son around on Halloween than in a transformed $25 Step2 push car.

"So, I spent a few weekends and nights in October recreating the iconic DeLorean with cardboard, tape, paint, and a little help with some EL lighting from my husband, Jeremy. The perfect costume for Cooper’s first Halloween!"

275x250.jpg Architects have created an interesting design for a possible new bridge in Paris … it consists of three inflatable doughnut trampolines.

The bizarre design was created as a response to an ideas competition for a new bridge in Pari - which will add to the 37 bridges which already cross the Seine.

A spokesperson for design firm Atelier Zündel Cristea said: "It appears to us that Paris has the bridges and passages necessary for the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic across its waterways.

"Our intention is to invite its visitors and inhabitants to engage on a newer and more playful path across this same water. We propose, now, a distinctive urban feature: an inflatable bridge equipped with giant trampolines, dedicated to the joyful release from gravity as one bounces above the river.


Over the weekend Felix Baumgartner became the first person to jump from the edge of space when he stepped out of his capsule which had been carried by a giant helium balloon to over 128,000 feet (24 miles) above Roswell, New Mexico.


But of more interest to us at Newslite Towers is the fact the record-breaking jump has been recreated with LEGO, we're a bit like that!

The 1 minute 44 second video is said to recreate the amazing achievement at 1/350th the size of the real thing and is complete with footage from the balloon and a bird's eye-view  of LEGO felix diving back to Earth.

The video was created to promote the Model Maker Fair which is taking place in Vienna from 25th to 28th of October.

275x250.jpg We've previously told you about the wonderfully odd underwater sculptures by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor, well he's done it again with a series of underwater suburban homes.

But while they look like they are designed for you or us, theses homes are actually for various marine species … which is a good job because they are at the bottom of the sea at Cancun and Isla Mujeres National Marine Park.

Working with local marine biologists the units are designed with a variety of rooms, spaces, hideaways and textures all tailored for different reef inhabitants.

Located on an open stretch of terrain the houses also offer a place of shelter and refuge from reef predators such as Barracudas and Lion Fish.

275x250.jpg At first glance this might look like an ordinary urban scene, but look a little closer and you'll see someone hiding among the fruit and veg having had their body painted in urban camouflage.

Artist Carolyn Roper had been hired by TV channel Really to help hide people in a bid to promote their show Covert Affairs.

The expertly painted people included a woman lying on a fruit and vegetable stand on Portobello Road, another sitting on a west London bus, and one standing in front of a black cab.

We'd like to say that commuters and onlookers were shocked … but we're not entirely sure how many even noticed.


When 81-year-old Cecilia Giménez thought that a painting of Jesus on the wall of her local church in the Spanish city of Borja needed restoring, she decided to offer her own artistic talents.

The problem, her artistic talent knows no beginning and the well-intentioned restoration saw the mural by 19th-century artist Elías García Martínez, ruined with bodge-job brushstrokes.

Described by some as "the worst restoration in history" the painting Ecce Homo at the church of la Misericordia de Borja has been said to now look more like a "bloated hedgehog" than the image of Jesus.

Professional restorers will now inspect the image to investigate whether it is possible to bring it back to its former glory. That said, the new version has gained more publicity than the original ever did.


A Czech artist has created his own unique way of celebrating the London 2012 Olympics … by creating a double-decker bus which does push-ups.


David Cerny purchased a six tonne bus before going about adapting it by adding two mechanical arms which lift the bus up and down.

He says he wanted to make the bus do push-ups because it is one of the most common exercises practiced by almost every sportsperson.

The bus is now outside the Czech Olympic House in Islington and Cerny hopes it will inspire his fellow compatriots to win medals.


When his pet cat Orville was killed in a road accident Dutch artist Bart Jansen could have given him the usual pet burial. He didn't … he turned Orville into a flying work of art.


Working with radio controlled helicopter experts, Jansen a propellers to each of the paws on his deceased and stuffed pussy and Orvillecopter was born.

Currently the dead flying moggy (not a phrase I ever expected to write) can only sustain flight for a few seconds. Though that hasn't stopped it going on show at the Kunstrai art festival in Amsterdam.

Jansen says Orvillecopter will soon be fitted with more powerful engines and larger props. We can't wait to see.


You might not recognize the name Jesper Bruun, you might not even recognize his face, but it's almost certain you have seen him.


That's because Bruun one of the most photographed and featured men in the world and stock images of the Danish model have been used in countless advertising campaigns around the world.

Brun has been a happy tourist in Australia, a rockstar in France, a family man in Bolivia and worked in a German bank -- or rather that's what photos of him have been use to portray.

Upset that stock images of Bruun were being used by firms rather than specially commissioned photos Câmera Clara Photography Studio recently set out to meet hims and find out a bit more about him.

275x250.jpg A Canadian artist has created a range of shoes which leave bizarre footprints which look like predatory creatures (and the occasional Bigfoot) have been stalking urban areas.

Maskull Lasserre says he came up with the project because having moved to the city from the Canadian woods and countryside he found the fact there were only human shoe prints in the puddles and snow a bit lonely.

So for the past two years he has been making moulds of animal footprints, casting them in urethane rubber and attaching them to the soles of shoes which he wears.

He then leaves prints in the snow in the hope that they will be seen by other people who will think they have been left by real animals.


Can you remember what you did last year? New York based animator Cesar Kuriyama can -- because he filmed one second snapshots of his life every day for the past year.


The clips -- which begin with his thirtieth birthday -- were then edited together into a six minute video which has become an online hit.

Covering everything from world changing events to the banality of everyday life, Kuriyama says he was so pleased with the outcome, he plans to do the same for the rest of his life.

Kuriyama says the project encourage him to do more with his life because even spending just a few days on the sofa would impact the video.


We've always been of the opinion that no matter how good your photo of a lion is, it's no use if you had your head bitten of three seconds after taking it.


That's why we're impressed by the ingenuity of nature photographers William and Matthew and Burrard-Lucas who came up which a canny way of not going home from Kenya minus their noggins.

The brothers very wisely decided that the best way of getting near to the lions would actually be to keep their distance and just send their DSLRs to capture shots including a male feasting on wildebeest on the plains of the Masai Mara.

So they set about creating a device known as BeetleCam -- a DIY contraption which is remote controlled and houses their DSLRs -- and could be operated from the safety of an open-top Land Cruiser.

275x250.jpg An artist has spent 512 hours creating a life-sized tank out of 5,016 egg boxes, but it's no yoke, he did it for charity

Stuart Murdoch constructed the Challenger II to celebrate the launch of Eggs for Soldiers' national egg and spoon race on March 4 and raise money for Help for Heroes

He says he used 26 litres of glue, 10,100 nails, 15 litres of paint, 80 square metres of steel and 5,013 staples to make the model.

15p from the sale of every khaki green box of six Eggs For Soldiers goes directly to the charity, which is eggcellant news, don't you think.

275x250.jpg Millions of British children have never been to an art gallery, theatre or stage show, it was revealed yesterday.

The ‘culture starved’ generation emerged in a study carried out among 2,000 parents of five to 12-year-olds throughout the UK.

Incredibly, four in 10 children have never seen the inside of an art gallery, while 17 per cent haven’t visited a museum with their parents.

Culture can take many kinds of forms and it’s essential are children are encouraged to get involved with this at any early age.

It was also revealed that a quarter of children haven’t been to the theatre, while six in 10 have never heard or been to a classical music concert and one in 10 kids hasn’t even left their home town.

275x250.jpg This amazing collection of art has been painted by artists who have one thing in common - they paint with their mouths.
 
The incredible artworks, which include landscapes of Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament have all been lovingly created by a group of disabled artists.
 
All of who are members of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists association which helps its members earn a living by creating artwork without the use of their hands.
 
Despite severe handicaps many of the artists have achieved international recognition through work produced with brushes held by their teeth or clenched between their toes.

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An artist has created a life-size human sculpture from more than 20,000 artificial and hand painted ladybirds.

Gabor Fulop, from Bulgaria, started off by producing the tiny beetles from artificial resin and then individually painting them.

He then proceed the attach them together to create a model of the female form, called 'The Lady Bug' which he says resembles a goddess of nature.

Speaking to Newslite of his work Fulop said: "The focus of my interest is on living organisms, their relationship with each other and their environment.

275x250.jpg A pair of US artists have recreated a series of classic artworks using nothing more than the ingredients for their lunch.

Brittany Powell and Tae Kitakata -- who plan to create a new art project every Monday in 2012 -- came up with the idea of replicating the works on a slice of bread.

As such the pair spent a morning turning toast into works inspired by the likes of Piet Mondrian, Damien Hirst, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko.

The Mondrian-esque grid system lunch used rectangles of cheese and a leaf of basil while the spotty Hirst one consists of blobs of mustard and ketchup.

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An artist yesterday installed a giant fake sun in London's Trafalgar Square -- in a bid to beat the morning blues for commuters.

The Trafalgar Sun is a giant luminous ball (slightly smaller than the real sun) which was raised in Trafalgar Square at 6.51am by art collective Greyworld.

Said to be 30,000 times bigger than a football and as bright as 60,000 light bulbs, the work was commissioned by Tropicana fruit juice and stayed illuminated until 7.33pm.

Some hardy Londoners and tourists even took time out of their day to sit in the provided deck-chairs and sunbathe… though it still looks a bit chilly to us.

275x250.jpg A selection of odd and bizarre coffins, including those in the shape of a car, ballet shoe and a lion, have gone of show at the Southbank Centre in London.

Bringing together designs from famous Pa Joe workshop in Ghana and Crazy Coffins in Nottingham the coffins are part of Death: Festival for the Living exhibition.

They are said to tell the story of the growing number of individuals around the world who choose to celebrate their life and death in the form of a uniquely designed coffin.

Other coffins on show include a skip, a giant cocoa bean and a flying kite. The exhibition runs from January 20 – 29. Check out some more crazy coffins here.

275x250.jpg Five times British rhythmic gymnastics champion Frankie Jones recently performed at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5, confusing travelers.

Jones performed as a sculpture was unveiled there in her honour and to celebrate gymnastics at the official Host Airport of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The 21-year-old, who earned a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games 2010, is hotly tipped for London 2012 and has spent the week competing in her test event.

The three metre high carbon fibre resin sculpture by artist Eleanor Cardozo has taken centre stage in Terminal 5 Departures.


A street artist who creates amazing landscape pictures in just three minutes despite using nothing but his fingers, has become an online hit.

As this video shows, Fabian Gaete Maureira, from Chile, paints 'fingerscape' images containing mountains, waterfalls, trees and sunsets without picking up a paint brush.

Instead he simply dips his fingers in paint and then applies it directly to sheets of glass rather than canvas.

275x250.jpg A dotty 82-year-old Japanese artist has created an artwork by getting children to decorate a totally white room with thousands of colourful spots.

Yayoi Kusama says she created her 'Obliteration Room' work as a way of getting visiting children to engage with an art gallery space.

As part of 'Look Now, See Forever' at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art a large room has been decorated like an apartment, but one which was entirely painted white.

But it didn't stay that way for long, because the kids were handed brighlty coloured stickers and told to redecorate as they saw fit.

Woman rubbed her bottom on $30m painting

275x250.jpg A US woman has been charged with attacking an $30 million artwork by punching, scratching and sliding her buttocks against it.

36-year-old Carmen Tisch is said to have assaulted the work "1957-J no.2", by abstract expressionist Clyfford Still.

Tisch had been visiting the recently opened Clyfford Still museum in Denver when shepulled her trousers in front of the oil-on-canvas.

She reportedly then proceeded to rub up against the work and attack it before urinating on herself -- causing $10,000 worth of damage.

A spokesperson for the museum said: "On December 29, 2011, an incident of criminal mischief took place at the Clyfford Still Museum.

275x250.jpg An artist has been dubbed 'Pic-cars-so' after using toy cars covered in paint to create amazing artworks.

28-year-old Ian Cook from Birmingham drives the toys across the canvas, spreading the paint to produce motoring-focused images.

While Cook has a degree in fine art, he says wanted to find a way of combining his love for painting with that of motor sport.

And the bizarre idea came to him after being given a radio controlled car as a Christmas present and told not to get paint on it.


275x250.jpg How much attention do you give the button at a pedestrian crossing? Well if this is anything to go by, maybe you should be looking a little closer.

An eagle-eyed pedestrian has noticed that a series of pedestrian crossing in Bristol have been altered to offer button-pressers cups of tea or hugs.

Carlton Jefferis was crossing the road when he noticed the button had been altered to read: "PEDESTRIANS push button for a cup of tea"

Writing on Twitter after tweeting the image, Jefferis said: "Is this the new Banksy? Looks like a professional job, could be a Banksy wannabe but hope it's the real thing!"

275x250.jpg Visitors to West India Quays at Canary Wharf would have been forgiven for treading carefully after stumbling on this amazing 3D painting.

Artist Joe Hill was commissioned by Reebok Crossfit to create the massive and record breaking 1160.45m² painting of a waterfall and plunging cliffs.

Speaking of his record Joe said: "I am absolutely over the moon to have broken not one but two Guinness World Records for the longest and largest anamorphic painting!

"As a London based artist it is really special to create this artwork in the heart of the city and also to be able to bring the world records for 3D art back home to Britain where 3D art first started."

275x250.jpg Artist Erik Kessels had put on an unusual exhibition in Amsterdam -- by filling a gallery with print-outs of all the photos uploaded to Flickr in a 24 hour period.

And that's a lot of photos. Around a million in fact. Meaning Foam is filled with a positive avalanche of images, the majority of which can't be seen.

Kessels says the work is a response to the overload of images we are exposed to nowadays thought social networks and image-sharing sites.

"By printing all the images uploaded in a 24-hour period, I visualise the feeling of drowning in representations of other peoples' experiences," he said.


If you think you've seen some cumbersome and awkward dance moves on Strictly Come Dancing, think again and meet the man who dances with a digger.


Dominique Boivin, an experimental French choreographer, has recently scored an online hit after performing dance routines with a digger.

During his shows Boivin climbs on the digger, prances around the bucket and dodges the spinning excavator in time to classical music.

He also dangled precariously from the raised bucket and is lifted of the ground by the machinery... unsurprisingly he doesn't return the favour.

275x250.jpg We once built a sandcastle which we thought was a work of art -- but it didn't have anything on these beach-based creations.

Jersey's beaches were recently transformed into it a series of artworks at the MyMemory.com World Beach Art Championships.

Competitors battled it out by drawing masterpieces in the sand with French artist Sam Dougados crowned champion for his design of parallel lines and concentric circles.

However, tourists didn't have long to appreciate the artworks -- the sea soon turned the beach into a blank canvas again.

275x250.jpg It may look like typical Full English breakfast, but this meal is actually an impressive sweet dessert made by a talented cook.

Vicky McDonald -- a food blogger at Stasty.com -- says she spent weeks perfecting the dish to make sure it looked just like the real thing but tasted wonderfully sweet.

As such the bacon is really coloured brandy snap biscuits, the egg is a dollop of panna cotta topped with lemon curd and the sausages are caramelised peanut butter sponge cakes.

The hash browns are brioche coated with panko breadcrumbs, the black pudding is chocolate biscuit cake and the beans are tiny biscuits coated in white chocolate and coated in a fruit coulis.

275x250.jpg A food artist had set a new world record for building the world’s largest edible Taj Mahal sculpture… using curry ingredients from pilau rice and poppadoms to Bombay potatoes.

Prudence Staite spent more than 5 days creating the 3ft X 10ft X 5ft poppadom palace -- complete with the iconic white domes of the Taj Mahal made from Chipati bread.

Commissioned by Food Network UK to celebrate the launch of its new series Reza, Spice Prince of India the edible Taj Mahal sculpture, pilau rice creates the main structure of the Taj.

Poppadoms make up part of the garden with green chillies placed as trees and mango chutney adding more garden decoration… Mmm yummy garden decoration.


A thousand people have stripped off and floated naked in the Dead Sead to take part in a Spencer Tunick photo shoot.


Famous for his flesh-based photos, Tunick has previously snapped masses of naked people in all sorts of locations and settings - including this tribute to LS Lowry.

He says his latest shoot was intended to draw attention to the fact that the Red Sea, water level is currently dropping nearly four feet a year.

So he convinced 1,000 people -- aged from 18 to 77 years old -- to enter the salty lake and pose for a series of images.

275x250.jpg Movie bosses at Warner Bros have come up with a interesting way to market the Steven Soderberdh film Contagian -- a living bacteria-based billboard advert.

The 'viral marketing' seems an apt fit for the film which follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days, though is still decidedly gross.

Scientists were recruited to create the two specially made Petri dishes and a range of specially grown coloured bacteria which was installed in an abandoned shop window in Toronto.

Over a period of five days mouldy movie advert -- made from bacteria including penicillin, mould and pigmented bacteria -- then grew into the bizarre billboard.

275x250.jpgAn author has been left red-faced after an embarrassing typo made it through to the ebook version of her romantic novel.

Susan Andersen had meant part of her novel 'Baby, I'm Yours', to read: "He stiffened for a moment but then she felt his muscles loosen as he shifted on the ground"

But unfortunately for her, the 'f' in shifted was replaced by a 't' -- meaning he did something altogether different on the ground.

Speaking of the blunder, Andersen said:" "Shifted - he SHIFTED! I just cringe when I think of the readers who have read this.

"Hopefully, it's only in the iBook version that I bought, but if it's in yours as well, please let me know. I've contacted the editor and pray this will be promptly fixed.


John Schuepbach is better at playing Tetris than you -- not content with making lines disappear, he uses the falling blocks to create images.

Recently he recorded himself playing the classic game and creating an image of the Nintendo character Luigi in the process. Yes, during a live game.

Schuepbach carved out the impressive image by keeping the right coloured bricks and lines in place, while clearing the ones he didn't.

This one attempt took him more than an hour and we dread to think how many attempts it took to get it right… but we're certainly glad Schuepbach didn't have anything better to do.

275x250.jpg An artist and photographer has created an amazing series of dinosaur images by 'painting' them with nothing more a torch, a camera and a lot of talent.

Darren Pearson (Darius Twin) uses a method known as light graffiti to create his stunning 'Light Fossils' images, which have become a huge hit online.

The method involves setting a camera to a slow shutter speed and then using a LED torch / flashlight to draw the image mid-air in the time it takes the shutter to close.

The result is a photograph with an impressive graffiti-like dino image -- luckily anyone who saw it being created wouldn't fear a dino invasion… they'd have just seen a series of morse code-like light dots.


Forget planking, or even owling, they are both so July 2011… nowadays all the cool kids are taking part in the new must-do web photo craze 'Horsemanning'.

Horsemanning, for the uninitiated, is when two or more people pose for a photo to make it appear as though they've been beheaded - one hiding their head, the other hiding their body.

Inspired by a 1920s image of two young girls who posed on a park bench to make it look like they were one girl who'd be decapitated, horsemnaning is now proving a hit on sites like Facebook.

And if you can get through this video from Horsemanning.com without wanting to get our your camera, your a better person than us.


Last year Aardman Animations - the folks behind Wallace and Gromit - created 'Dot' the world's smallest stop-motion character, now they've set their sights on a bigger record.

Specifically the record for the world’s largest set for a stop-motion film, which they set when creating Gulp - using a 11,000sq ft stretch of a Welsh beach.

The minute and a half long animation took a week to create on the shore at Pendine Sands in South Wales and was filmed using Nokia N8 smartphones from a cherry picker 36m in the air.

Designers created a life-sized fishing boat for the movie and while the fish, seagulls and sea were created with rakes, the fisherman was a real person… a real patient person.

275x250.jpg Airports are normally the place people pick up a trashy novel to read on the beach, but author Tony Parsons will be basing himself at Heathrow for a week in a bid to write one.

Appointed as writer-in-residence, Parsons will live amongst passengers and airport workers for one week from today and chat to travellers and airport staff including pilots, air traffic control officers and immigration officers.

During the residency, he will also roam the terminals to unearth the stories of the people that pass through its doors, with the events inspiring the plotline and the passengers its characters.  

He will then write a book 'Departures: Seven Stories from Heathrow' capturing the many stories and emotions of departures and arrivals… we wonder how many characters will be moaning about Ryanair.

275x250.jpg We're all for anything that takes the tedium out of getting to Newslite Towers -- and as such we'd love to see a slide like this installed at our local station.

Unfortunately we don't live near Overvecht Station in Holland where this 'transfer accelerator' (slide) had been installed as an alternative to stairs.

Created by design firm  HIK Designers, the slide is said to be great for passengers who are running late or just want to add a bit of fun during their everyday lives.

The slide is also said to play music from Bach during the evening… which adds a nice little surreal moment to getting home after an evening drinking we thing you'll agree.

275x250.jpgA giant 26-foot-tall sculpture of Marilyn Monroe has been unveiled in Chicago.

Created by artist Seward Johnson, the work stands in a square on Michigan Avenue depicts Monroe in her most iconic pose from the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch.

That means giant Marilyn is seen in the Windy City, standing over a New York City subway grate as her dress blows in the blowing air.

Made from stainless steel and aluminium the statue weighs a hefty 34,000lbs and will be in position until spring 2012.

FYI - posing for a photo while standing between her legs and looking up is about as original as going to Pisa and pretending to told the leaning tower up.

275x250.jpg An artist has immortalised the famous derriere of Pippa Middleton using the classic medium of Marmite and crumpets… just like Leonardo da Vinci would have done.

Laura Hadland hired a team of more than a dozen people to help her spread different shades of butter, jam and Marmite on 15,000 crumpets and then position them.

The resulting artwork - featuring a close-up of Pippa’s face and a ‘cheeky’ recreation of the now infamous backside shot - measures 13m x 20m and took 24 hours to complete.

Laura recreated the iconic royal wedding day picture after Pippa topped a poll to find the woman Brits would most like to 'wake up to breakfast with'… though presumably they didn't mean a 13m tall crumpet version.


A massive 30-mile wide dust storm has swept into the Phoenix… and given this photographer a chance to shoot an amazing time-lapse video.


When wedding and lifestyle photographer Mike Olbinski heard the haboob was heading to the city - he didn't do the sensible thing and stay inside.

Instead he grabbed his camera gear and set off in search of a good vantage point where he set his camera to take a photograph every five seconds as the dust cloud approached.

The resulting time-lapse video shows the dust storm rolling in like a giant tsunami. And while it's disappointing the video cuts off before the camera is engulfed, we can understand Mike not wanting to get it dirty.

275x250.jpg An artist has scored an online hit by recreating children's drawings of monsters as amazingly realistic painted artworks.

Dave Devries says he came up with the idea more than ten years ago when his niece filled his sketchbook with doodles and he wondered what it would be like if he painted them.

The illustrator and art director from New Jersey later decided to give it a go and used colour, texture and shading to give a 3D effect to the young artist's drawing.

And that was it, after seeing how cool the result was, he wanted to do more and got the kids of family and friends to produce their versions of monsters for him.

275x250.jpg If you doze off at the theatre, it's normally a sign the show you're at isn't very good. But that not the case at the Barbican in London… they've got a show designed to send you to sleep.

Their production 'Lullaby' has been specially created to send the audience to sleep and consists of things such as soothing storytelling and singing octopuses.

If that wasn't enough, the audience lie in pre-booked beds and attend the 'sublime sleepover' in their pyjamas - ready to be lulled to sleep by the slumber-inducing show.

After watching the action and falling asleep, the audience are left to sleep before being woken and served breakfast the following morning at 7.30am… which sure beats a Travelodge.

275x250.jpg A life-size and eight ton cement replica of a classic Volkswagen Beetle has been lowered into the sea as part of an underwater sculpture museum.

Artist Jason deCaires-Taylor created the faux car as part of his amazing underwater installation at Cancun and Isla Mujeres National Marine Park.

Now sitting 8m underwater, it's specifically designed to house marine life, and is made with a ph neutral marine cement which promotes coral.

It even has a variety of special compartments inside so lobsters can make it their home… just don't ask what does it does to the gallon!

275x250.jpg An artist has used hundreds of balloons to recreate scenes from his favourite childhood fairy tales and nursery rhymes - just don't go near them with a pin.

Larry Moss has dubbed his balloon-based art 'Airigami' and describes it as a mixture of sculpture, puppetry and origami.

Each of his pieces - which take scenes from stories like Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs, and Little Red Riding Hood - can use hundreds of balloons.

Other fairy tales given the balloon treatment include The Pied Piper, Goldilocks and The Three Bears, The Frog Prince, and The Princess and The Pea.

275x250.jpg An artist has created a portrait of hip hop star and Black Eyed Peas singer  will.i.am using nothing but black eyed peas. Clever, isn't he?

Lee Merricks - who will from now on be know as Peacasso - says he spent 24 hours in a four day period slaving over the 85cm by 60cm portrait and positioning each pea by hand.

The work was commissioned by Alton Towers Resort to celebrate the band’s forthcoming performance at the Staffordshire venue.

In total, the artwork contains around 5kg of black eyed peas, and if you want to know exactly how many that is… count them yourself.

275x250.jpgA four-year-old artist has been dubbed a 'mini Picasso' after a prestigious New York gallery displayed an exhibition of her work.

Abstract works by little Aelita Andre - said to be the youngest professional painter in the world - can sell for up to £6,100 each and have been praised by art critics.

The Australian artist, who first started painting in play-group, says she is inspired and influenced by nature and outer space and loves creating big bold images.

She often incorporates bark, twigs, children’s toys, bird feathers, and other found objects into her paintings, which gallery bosses say lends "depth and texture" to the overall effect.

And visitors to the Agora Gallery in Manhattan seemed to enjoy her vivid and expressive works… but maybe they just didn't want to make a little girl cry.

275x250.jpgAt Newslite we are big fans of eccentrics, and they don't come much better than retired decorator Robert Burns.

That's because the 63-year-old has spent the last twelve years painstakingly turning his home into a bizarre tribute to the Sistine Chapel.

Almost every wall and ceiling in the 1960s Brighton council house are covered with replicas of 15th-century frescoes and paintings by Italian masters.

The self-taught artist says he was first inspired after visiting the Sistine Chapel and wanted to emulate the works himself.

Because he has no wall space left, Robert says he's now started to paint on canvas which will also be more practical when he moves house… imagine moving into his home.

275x250.jpg At first glance they may just look like the logos from some of the biggest brands in the world. But on closer inspection you'll see that these are 'honest logos'.

A graphic designer from Sweden has tinkered with the instantly recognisable logos to make them more descriptive and honest.

So the YouTube logo has seen the words switched for "Cat Videos" while Facebook has become "Procrastination" and Nintendo is now "Nothing To Do".

Personally we don't know whether to be more impressed by the quality of the logos or how accurately Viktor Hertz has summed up some of the brands. Excuse us while we go and update our Procrastination page.

275x250.jpg Bookies recently gave punters the chance to bet on what would be served as the main course at the wedding dinner of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Offering odds of 50/1 it would be pizza.

Well we wonder what odds they would give that this royal wedding pizza portrait would be making its way to plates at the event?

The odd pizza has been created by food artists working for Papa John’s as a way of celebrating the forthcoming marriage (and getting Papa John’s mentioned in the news).

Kate’s veil is made from mushrooms and her dress from cheese, while William’s morning suit has been created out of salami and peppers… that's the pizza we're talking about, not the clothes for the big day.

275x250.jpg A group of 40 knitting enthusiasts have spent months painstakingly using their skills to recreate some of the world's most famous art masterpieces.

Using knitting, embroidery and crochet the 'Materialistics' tackled works ranging from The Scream by Edvard Munch, to the famous Vincent Van Gogh sunflowers.

Each Saturday morning the craft-lovers would meet at the The Customs House art centre in Tyne and Wear to plan the 'A Grand Tour' project which is now on show.

The then used their needles to recreate their textile versions of things like  the famous Marilyn Monroe series by Andy Warhol… or should that be Andy Woolhol.

275x250.jpg Celebrating the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton in their own inimitable style, bosses at Legoland have depicted the happy couple in miniature bricks.

It took a team of model makers at Legoland Windsor over 30 hours to build the tribute to William and Kate's nuptials - depicting them at the palace gates surrounded by crowds and members of the royal family - using 10,000 bricks.

Each of the 10cm tall figures is said to have taken someone almost an hour to make and they include Lego brick versions of guests including, David and Victoria Beckham, Paul McCartney and Elton John.

If you look closely you will also see Lego versions of the Queen, other members of the Royal Family and even a few brick Corgis.


275x250.jpg It's hard to believe these stunning image of Britain were not taken with a high-end camera, in fact they were taken with just a humble mobile phone… and a helicopter.

In a bid to show off the photographic capabilities of their latest phone, Nokia commissioned aerial photographer Jason Hawkes to do his stuff using the N8 handset.

Leaving his usual DSLR and array of lenses at home, Hawkes took to the skies above Hampshire, Isle of White, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, and London armed with the 12MP cameraphone.

And the results are impressive, they're better than any photos we've taken with a mobile phone… his thumb is not in any of them for one thing.

275x250.jpg It's taken some getting to the bottom of, but the woman who adorned the walls of teenage boys everywhere after posing for a cheeky tennis poster, has finally been revealed.

35-years-ago, at the age of 18, Fiona Walker posed for a photo on a tennis court in Birmingham where she stood with her back to camera and lifted her short tennis dress to reveal her bottom.

The image - taken be her boyfriend Martin Elliott - went on to become one of the world's best selling posters and instantly recognisable around the world. Though Walker was never identified as 'tennis girl'.

But now - as the poster goes on show as part of an exhibition celebrating art about tennis - she's decided to show her face for the first time… and this time that's all she's showing.

275x250.jpgAn artist has come up with an interesting way to breathe life into the humble celebrity portrait, by creating them with circles.. and lots of them.

Ben Heine uses thousnads of tiny coloured circles to build up his impressive  'Digital Circlism' portraits which he describes as a mixture of Pop Art and Pointillism.

Using Photoshop to create the works, Heine says he starts off by focusing on the dynamic movement of someone's face and placing circles there.

He then works his way outwards, carefully placing hundreds of circles of varying size on the page until he's created an image, which when viewed from a distance looks amasingly life-like.

Given that each portrait can take 180 hours to produce, we wouldn't be surprised if Heine was seeing spots by the time he finished.



275x250.jpg Which university would you rather go to, one which promised great job prospects… or one that taught you to survive a zombie apocalypse? We think it's an easy choice.

A University of Lincoln student has made a selection of impressive adverts adverts for his esteemed academic institution featuring dinosaurs, fire and zombies.

Media Production student Tom Ridgewell, 20, says his 'banned' adverts - shot in his own time around his course - are a step up from the usual bland and boring university TV adverts.

And while we doubt we'll see them on TV anytime soon, they've certainly proved a hit online… and probably even prompted some prospective students to consider going to the University of Lincoln.

275x250.jpg A group of Dutch artists have fulfilled the dreams of DIY-haters everywhere…  by creating a room which can be redecorated at the flick of a switch, almost.

Going by the name of Mr Beam, the artists created a plain white room and then set up two projectors which were used to 'decorate' the room with light.

They took two months programing the setup to create the nine different rooms in various styles with things ranging from psychedelic wallpaper to a leather sofa.

But before you get your hopes up that this is the future of decorating, it's worth remembering that you really would become part of the sofa if you sat down.

275x250.jpg It's a good job Vanessa Dualib forgot everything her mom told her about not playing with your food… because its now part of how she makes a living.

The 29-year-old artist and photographer creates amazing animals out of misshapen food and then takes photos of then before then go rotten.

She also create a back story about the fruit animals - like this blowfruit (above) which she says lives in South China but once a year swims to Brazil.

Vanessa has so far created around 70 different fruit animals… and if she doesn't fancy what's for dinner this evening it could be 71.

275x250.jpg If you live in London you should be careful where you tread… because you could inadvertently crush one of these fantastic tiny artworks.

That's because an artist called Slinkachu places 1:87 scale installations of little people in real world locations and reacting with their comparably giant surroundings.

He says the little sculptures represent the way in which many city-dwellers feel overwhelmed by the urban environment and that passers-by should empathise with their vulnerability.

But the guerrilla artist - who takes photos of them in situation - rarely hangs around to see how people react… which probably is a good job, because we which we may have accidentally trodden one one.

275x250.jpg A designer has created a bizarre cycle which is powered solely by two screwdrivers and can carry the rider at speed of around 20mph - as long as they don't mind being uncomfortable.

Dubbed The EX, the odd skeleton contraption sees daredevil riders lie close to the ground with their hands on two triggers above the front wheels.

From there they can control the two 18-volt Bosch screwdrivers which act as the engines on the bike and steer by leaning their weight on specially developed joints.

Designer Nils Ferber says the bike cost just £900 to produce and is considerably more environmentally friendly than most other vehicles… and haw many of them can be used to put up a shelf.

275x250.jpg Commuters were left scratching their heads yesterday, after car makers confused them by 'parking' a life-size bright blue Play-Doh vehicle an a street in London.

Chevrolet say they picked the unusual way of promoting the launch of a new car after research found Play-Doh is our favourite nostalgic toy. Though we don't know what that's got to do with new cars.

It apparently took a team of eight model makers around two weeks to hand-craft the 4.6 metre by 1.8 metre Chevrolet Orlando out of 1.5 tonnes of the famous modelling putty.

Say what you like about over the top stunt marketing like the Play-Doh car… but it really sticks to the road better than most vehicles out there.

275x250.jpg A Japanese artist is struggling to keep her feet on the ground after her latest project became an online hit… featuring self-portraits of her levitating.

Natsumi Hayashi scored the viral hit by taking a series of striking photographs of herself jumping in everyday situations, meaning in the images she appears to float mid-air.

The blogger and artist’s assistant from Tokyo, came up with the idea two years ago when thinking about how most people are bound by societal conventions, much like  they are gravity.

She says she started playing around with the idea of being pictured levitating as a way of showing her true self and how she is different.

275x250.jpg Artist Ben Heine shot to fame last year with is amazing surreal Pencil v Camera landscapes -- and since then they've only become better and more bizarre.

The 27-year-old says his images have become increasingly popular online and that he's exhibited in Belgian and US galleries, with ones in the UK, France and German to follow.

While Heine used to create all of the images by holding a drawing in front of a landscape and taking a photo he now adopts a variety of methods.

These include taking a photo a a drawing being held in front of a background, taking two images and joining them digitally and create a digital drawing over a digital painting.

275x250.jpgLucas Jatobá had enjoyed living in Barcelona so much, that when it was time to move, he wanted to say a big thank you to the city.

And the 29-year-old Brazilian did it in style, he released 250 balloons containing free tickets to a theatre production into the sky.

After sticking the tickets to cards along with a note, he visited several key tourist spots and let the balloons go.

Jatobá said he hoped this would give the people who found the heart-shaped foil balloons the chance to have as much fun in the Spanish city as he had.

Speaking of the stunt, he said: "For the last 3 years I’ve been really happy living in Barcelona and that’s why I’d like to say goodbye being grateful to the city in a special way."


275x250.jpgAn artist has worked full-time for three months to create a replica of a a Lincoln penny… using 84,000 pennies.

Wander Martich had started collecting the coins in 2006 when she was going through a tough period during which she got divorced, lost her job and lost her home to foreclosure.

And even after getting a job she and her two daughters continued putting $20 of pennies into a jar each week - which later developed into a savings account.

That was until 2010 when Martich decided to use her plethora of pennies to create a giant Lincoln penny for an art contest.

Martich said she embarked on the penny creation as a way of telling her story and the work has now been acquired by Ripley’s Believe It or Not!… we hope they paid at least $840 for it.


275x250.jpgResearchers have discovered that Van Gogh's famous yellow sunflowers are beginning to lose their shine, actually they're turning brown.

A chemical change in one of the yellow pigments favoured by Vincent van Gogh is said to be slowly changing the look of his images.

It's been know for some time that the bright yellows which once featured in van Gogh paintings, are slowly fading and being covered by a brown shade, but no-one knew why.

But art boffins have now used sophisticated X-ray techniques to identify the problem, a "reduction" reaction that alters the chromium in the paint.

Using the results, a team from the University of Antwerp have been able to predict how the the images will now deteriorate over time… though they still look pretty good to us.

275x250.jpg A steady-handed engraver has completed what he claims is the world's smallest engraving by human hand - by writing on the sharp edge of a razor blade.

Graham Short - who is famed for his microscopic engraving work - etched the words "Nothing is impossible" onto the thin blade with letters measuring just a tenth of a millimetre.

That means they're invisible to the naked eye and can only be seen under a medical microscope at 400 times magnification.

Short says because of vibrations he can only work at night when there is less traffic and that he even has to slow his heart rate to keep a steady hand and works between beats.

Given the work took seven months and around 150 attempts to get right we're impressed he didn't change the wording from 'nothing is impossible' to 'this is impossible'.

275x250.jpgItalian art historians have claimed the model for the Mona Lisa was a male apprentice and possible lover of Leonardo da Vinci.

Silvano Vinceti says they have finally unraveled the mystery behind the secret identity of the model in the world-famous painting.

The chairman of the Italian National Committee for Cultural Heritage says it was actually a young man called Gian Giacomo Caprott - also known as Salai.

Salai worked with Leonardo da Vinci for 25 years starting in 1490 and had what was described by Vinceti as an "ambiguous" relationship with the artist.

It's know that he modelled for several of da Vinci's other works and the experts argue similarities can be identified with the Mona Lisa's nose and mouth.

275x250.jpg A bizarre hotel with walls made from bits of 'tourism junk' has opened in Madrid… and it's not as rubbish as you might think.

The 'Save the Beach Hotel' is the creation of German artist Ha Schult and is constructed from rubbish found on beaches and bought at European flea markets.

Dubbed the 'Garbage Hotel' it's designed to be a physical eco-statement about the massive amount of waste generated by mass tourism and consists of five rooms.

Walls are made from items including bottles, waste plastics, books and rubber tyres… which still sounds better than some of the hotels I've stayed in.

275x250.jpg A pair of baking sisters have scored an online hit by creating an amazing range of cupcakes based on Jim Henson's Muppets.

Mandy and Caroline - the people behind Cupcake Occasions - say they were initially commissioned to create the brightly coloured cakes for a wedding last year.

But the resulting cupcake incarnations of characters including Kermit, Miss Piggy and Animal were so impressive images of then went on to become an online hit.

The cakes take all day to produce a box of 12 and sell for £5 each. Apparently they taste as good as they look, but be honest… you would want to spoil them by biting into them would you?

275x250.jpg Computer game characters have escaped from their digital worlds and are running amok in real-life - at least they are in the imagination of Aled Lewis.

The graphic designer from London has created a great series of images showing video-game characters invading our world.

He uses photographs and then adds pixel-based characters, such as the Mario  rival Bowser zipping along a beach in his MarioKart vehicle or Honda from Street Fighter smashing a car.

Aled hopes the images will make people think about whether video games are  a distraction from real life… and not just make people want to dig out their old SNES.

275x250.jpg A US woman has created a 14ft long replica of Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'… using lint from her tumble drier. Really.

Michigan-based artist Laura Bell says she had to do almost 800 hours of laundry to create enough lint for the reproduction of the masterpiece, and spent another 200 hours putting it together.

She began the seven-month project to compete in 'ArtPrize 2010' and says she was inspired to produce the 14-foot-long, 4-foot tall work after seeing other lint-based art-works.

To get the right colours, Bell bought towels in the colours that she wanted to use and then washed and dried them separately because laundromat lint isn't a suitable art medium. We're sorry if you think this it too much of a fluff piece.

275x250.jpg A movie and LEGO fan has combined his interests and spent hours recreating iconic scenes from famous movies using nothing but LEGO bricks.

The result are a host of striking photographs which have unsurprisingly gone on to become an online sensations.

22-year-old film student Alex Eylar from California says he started collecting LEGO when he was about five years old and now has around 30,000 pieces.

He can take several days to perfect the poses, background and lighting for the pictures, but we think it's worth it. Can you identify all the movies shown below?

275x250.jpg The Royal Mail has released a set of stamps featuring cult TV shows including Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Stingray.

Specially commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of puppeteer Gerry Anderson's work, the stamps are sure to be a hit with retro TV fans.

Other TV shows commemorated with the stamps include Joe 90, Fireball XL5 and Supercar, which first aired in 1961.

We are sure the stamps would also be popular with children… if only they had ever heard of Tunderbirds… and still knew what stamps were for.

275x250.jpg There were countless photographs taken of the partial solar eclipse yesterday… but this one has to be our favourite.

It shows (or the bigger version below does) a double partial solar eclipse with both the moon and the International Space Station passing in front of the sun.

And it didn't happen by accident, after calculating the geometry of the ISS orbit, astrophotographer Thierry Legaul travelled from France to the Sultanate of Oman to get the perfect shot.

Not only that, but he had to act fast, because the ISS was only in front of the Sun for less than second… meaning we'd have still been fiddling with the lens cap.

275x250.jpg A design firm have re-imagined what a collection of famous brands would look like if they were given a minimalist makeover.

Gone are the garish labels full of brightly coloured images and over complicated text. In their place stunning typography... and very little else.

ANTREPO say the project was a test in simplicity and a comment about the unnecessary use of images, patterns and logos by many global brands.

Brands given the minimalism treatment include Red Bull, Corn Flakes, Nutella and Durex. They would have done the same with Apple… but then the packaging would have disappeared entirely.


275x250.jpg A potty author has spent years touring the world... in search of the most bizarre and picturesque toilets.

Luke Barclay has now assembled the world’s most scenic cisterns and panoramic privies for a new book 'Good Loo Hunting'.

Toilets in the book range from bogs on the top of Mount Baker in Washington (above) to loos with views of Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Also, if you are only able to do your business while watching elephants cross a river, there are also some toilets on the banks of the Zambezi.

275x250.jpgBritain's dog and cat lovers will shell out an incredible £100million this Christmas - on presents for their pets.

Almost six out of ten pet owners say they will pamper their pets with gifts on December 25th, spending around £11.58 each on food treats, stockings, squeaky toys, bones and balls.

Given there are 14.5million cats and dogs in the UK, that means people will spend a staggering £99,096,800.

Common pet presents include Other a new lead, an outfit, tug and rope toys, gourmet food and grooming products.

I bought my dog a treat for Christmas once.. then he left one for me on the bathroom floor.


The Andrex puppy - which has starred in TV adverts since 1972 - has been replaced by a computer generated dog for a new ad.

In their latest advertising campaign, Kimberly Clark, the firm behind Andrex toilet paper opted for a CGI dog rather than the iconic Labrador Retriever puppy

The 40 second advert entitled 'It's the Little Things' shows the digitised dog using a computer, baking a cake… and briefly chasing a toilet roll.

A spokesperson for Kimberly Clark said: "We really believe we’ve given him a new lease of life and have evolved his character."

Something tells us viewers might disagree… if you put your ear to the computer you can almost hear them starting "Bring back the real puppy" groups on Facebook.

275x250.jpg A French artist says coastguards are constantly trying to 'save' him whenever he takes his boat out -- and it's not hard to see why.

Julien Berthier has created 'Love Love' a boat which permanently looks like it is sinking and sticking out of the water.

The zany 35-year-old from Paris took a wrecked boat which he found in Normandy, cut it in half and sealed the end with fibre-glass before fitting two electric motors.

It's said the result is a 'surprisingly stable' craft, where the sailor sits in an upside down seat. Of course the problem is, no-one will ever know if he is in real trouble.

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A pair of Dutch artists have completed an expedition to the North Pole to brink back a chunk of Arctic ice -- for you to buy and keep in your freezer.

Coralie Vogelaar and Teun Castelein wanted to highlight the impact of climate change so they did what anyone would, they shipped ice from a glacier to Amsterdam.

This was then chopped into 1,000 pieces which were placed in plastic containers and are currently on sale for £21 from a temppory store in Museum Square, Amsterdam, and can be reserved from mypolarice.com.

The duo say the nine inch transparent packaging will keep your ice frozen for three hours. So you'll need to decide quickly if you will be popping it in your freezer.. or the world'd most extravagant gin and tonic.

275x250.jpg A French photographer has transformed his 91-year-old granny into a spandex  and cape-wearing superhero for a stunning set of images.

Sacha Goldberger came up with the idea as a way of spending more time with his Hungarian-born grandmother who was showing signs of depression.

But the subsequent images -- which feature her scaling building and lifting cars --  have become an online hit and turned Frederika into something of a star.

Goldberger uses a mixture of studio techniques and photo manipulation to create the images… though we are assured she really was flying in the treadmill image.

275x250.jpg A designer has created a controversial piggy-bank made from a the body of a real piglet, which has gone on sale online for £2,500.

The Piglet Bank is the creation of Belfast designer Colin Hart and is made to order by a taxidermist using the body of a deceased baby pig.

The poor porker is hollowed out and has their insides replaced a coin storage unit. They then have a coin slot cut in their back and a hole with a cork bung in there belly for removing the cash.

But while Colin is keen to stress they only use piglets which have died of natural caused, that hasn't stopped animal rights protesters sending him death threats. We can't imagine why they'd be upset.

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A photographer has stitched together 7,886 high-resolution images of London to create the world's largest 360-degree photo.

Jeffrey Martin says his 80 gigapixel panorama is so big it would measure 35m long and 17m tall if printed at normal photographic resolution.

It's said the images took three days to take, from the top of the 36 floor high Centre Point building at the crossroads of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road, using a DSLR camera with a 400mm lens.

Super-powerful computers were then required to put the images together and the results have been published online for you to zoom in and out of… and believe us, you won't be able to stop yourself.


275x250.jpgAfter using 9,852 slices of toast to create a portrait of her mother-in-law for a 50th birthday present, Laura Hadland is at it again.

This time as a 'present' for her movie fan husband, artist Laura has created a Avatar Navi mosaic -- using 4,000 blu-ray discs.

Over several hours the discs of varying colours were placed on the floor to form the face of a Navi alien from the James Cameron blockbuster.

Laura then revealed the image to her husband, and as we haven't been told how impressed he was with it we're guessing it didn't go too well.

Actually, if you know Laura and have got a birthday coming up soon, you might want to ask her for a gift voucher… before she goes and buys 8,654 slices of bacon.

275x250.jpg An artist and LEGO fan has created a remarkably accurate model of a frog dissection -- using nothing more than tiny bricks.

Teacher Dave Kaleta had been given the brief 'Lego anatomy' for a Lego building contest on the website mocpages.com.

Kaleta initially planned on using the topic Rembrandt’s Anatomy Lesson, but after chatting with a fellow teacher he decided a frog dissection was a more universal experience.

He then spent seven hours over three days producing the impressive anatomically correct model… which despite consisting solely of LEGO bricks still makes us feel a little queasy.

275x250.jpg A British artist has created an amazing underwater sculpture museum in Mexico which consists of 400 statues of real people.

The underwater installation forms a new artificial reef at Cancun and Isla Mujeres National Marine Park and will become home for a variety of creatures.

Jason deCaires Taylor says it demonstrates the interaction between art and environmental science and special materials were used to promote coral life.

The 36-year-old from Kent used "life casts" to create the erie figures in 'The Silent Evolution Underwater Art Museum' which sit 10m underwater… and will scare the life out of any unsuspecting divers.

275x250.jpg A German artist yesterday set sail on the Thames, in an origami paper boat which he'd folded on the river bank.

Frank Bölter had created the boat -- named To The World's End -- with the help of members of the public as part of the Drift10 art exhibition.

After carefully folding the giant sheets of paper, which were reinforced with lightweight metal poles he jumped in and sailed in the Canary Wharf docks.

It's not known exactly how long he lasted, but he expected to sail for long enough to warrant taking a newspaper… unless he planned to use that as an emergency escape vessel.

275x250.jpgUS artist Scott Cully looks set to break his own world record by carving the largest ever pumpkin.

Working at New York Botanical Garden, Cully will carve a new record breaking 1,810.5 pound pumpkin which was grown by Chris Stevens from Wisconsin.

It will take him two days to cut the pumpkin into shape, going at a pace of 100 pounds per hour.

Two other giant pumpkins on display at the Botanical Garden include one weighing 1,725 pounds and one weighing 1,674.5 pounds.

Something tells us the restaurant at the New York Botanical Garden will be serving pumpkin soup for quite a while.

275x250.jpg X-Factor judge Cheryl Cole has come face-to-face with her life-size waxwork after it was revealed at Madame Tussauds in London.

The normally outspoken 27-year-old Geordie even says she was so impressed by the £150,000 wax double - wearing a long red Jean-Paul Gaultier dress - when she first saw it, she was lost for words.

However, the sculptors themselves were less impressed. At the public unveiling they realised Cheryl had a new tattoo on her upper thigh, which she'd failed to tell them about.

While the tattoo would currently be covered, Madame Tussauds say they plan to add it for when wax Cheryl is put into a shorter skirt… though we suspect their artists are just using this as an excuse to get a closer look.

275x250.jpg A giant advertising billboard made from 110kg of cheese has been revealed in Covent Garden, London -- bizarrely to promote broadband internet services.

The 5m x 4m cheese sculpture features an image of Speedy Gonzales the cartoon mouse (the only link to cheese we can think of) and the text "Super Speedy Broadband."

Virgin Media say the billboard is made from 10 cheeses and took food artist, Prudence Staite and her 13-strong team eight days to create in a specially chilled studio.

Asked what they made of the advert, some passers-by thought it was 'grate' while others said it 'stinks' adding that the advertising men must be 'crackers'… sorry I camembert any more cheesy puns.

275x250.jpg The chances are her stay won't be as exciting as Ben Stiller's -- but it will certainly be longer. A woman has begun a month-long stay in a US museum.

After beating more than 1,500 applicants, Kate McGroarty has moved into the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry where she will live for 30 days.

During her stay the 24-year-old will have free run of the museum where she will be expected to mingle with visitors, but she also has private sleeping quarters.

The teacher and theatre artist, was picked as the museum resident because judges said she displayed "a true curiosity about science" … let's just hope she isn't too curious about what's beyond the exit door.

275x250.jpg Space lovers have been given the chance to take one small scent for man - by buying 'scratch-and-sniff' art which smells like the MOON.

The off-beat art works allow owners take a giant sniff for mankind by having a lasting whiff of the Moon in their house.

Boffins created the prints by working with Apollo 16 astronaut Charlie Duke, who said the moon dust-residue which attached to his space suit smelt 'like spent gunpowder'.  

Flavourist Steven Pearce took this description along with scientific reports of the make-up of the moon's surface, to produce the correct whiff. And it's not like you'll know if he got it wrong.


275x250.jpg Toast loving Laura Hadland has turned a photo of her mother-in-law into the world's largest toast mosaic - using a staggering 9,852 slices of bread.

The 27-year-old museum curator roped in 40 friends to help her make the massive mosaic out of 600 loaves of bread as an odd 50th birthday present.

Using nine toasters over six hours each slice was browned to a set degree before being carefully arranged to make the giant 32ft 8ins by 42ft 3ins picture of Sandra Whitfield.

Laura says her mother-in-law Sandra was amazed by the unique gift… and she now feels the toast of the town.

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A bizarre £15,000 stone sculpture of a giant Marmite jar has been unveiled in Staffordshire to celebrate the famous yeast spread.

Dubbed 'Monumite' and carved from Portland Stone, the Marmite shrine is positioned in the heart of Burton on Trent, overlooking the river.

A spokesperson said this is because Burton is Marmite’s spiritual home and a town which has been closely associated with the brewing industry for many centuries.

They now hope the odd sculpture will encourage fans of the love it or hate it salty spread to "congregate and worship" at the site.

Just one problem… where are those who make the "pilgrimage" meant to cook their toast?

275x250.jpg A UK based photographer has spent three years touring the world in a bid to find some of the most disgusting meals ever prepared.

And if dishes like stir-fried Tarantula and deep-fred frog are anything to go by, it looks like he has more than succeeded.

Neil Setchfield has now complied the results of his gastronomic horror world tour into a book which is considerably more gruesome than most cook books.

Highlights of this 'extreme global cuisine' include delicacies such as crispy Dragonflies on a stick (above) and Frog porridge.

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Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has unveiled his latest installation at Tate Modern's Turbine Hall - he's filled it with 100 million sunflower seeds.

But the bizarre work gets even stranger when you realise the seed husks, covering the east end of the Turbine Hall, are in fact a unique porcelain replicas.

Weiwei says the porcelain seeds were specially produced by hand for the commission in the city of Jingdezhen, China, and they took thousands of people two years to create.

Each ceramic seed was moulded, fired at 1300°C, hand-painted and then fired again at 800°C.

The artist says the work is representative of the Cultural Revolution... or it could just be used to confuse the world's hungriest parrot.

275x250.jpg Graffiti artist Banksy has helped create a controversial title sequence for an episode of The Simpsons - which takes a swipe at Fox.

The introduction starts off by panning across a graffiti covered Springfield before seeing Bart write "I must not write all over the walls" over the walls of his schoolroom.

But it's only after the family have settled down on the sofa, the minute-long opening takes a trademark Banksy turn to the sinister, with a sweatshop of foreign animators painting cells for the show.

Kittens are also shown being thrown into a wood chipper to produce the stuffing for Simpsons toys and unicorn, chained to the factory wall, is being used to punch holes in DVDs.


275x250.jpg Run for your lives, Piccadilly Circus has flooded, there's a shanty town encircling Buckingham Palace and camels are being used in the Horse Guard Parade.

Well not quite, but these are some of the nightmare possible futures faced by London according to artists Artists Robert Graves and Didier Madoc-Jones.

The duo considered what London could become if global warming, food scarcity and rising sea levels were to spiral out of control and created the photomontages.

Other terrifying images include city skyscrapers housing climate change refugees and Parliament Square being put to work as a rice paddy… we know, the idea of work getting done in Parliament Square is hard to believe.

275x250.jpg You probably think costumed super heroes only exist on the pages of comic books and in Hollywood movies, don't you? It's an easy mistake to make.

But there are actually hundreds of ordinary people (without super-powers) who get dressed up each day to go out and fight crime or campaign for what they think is right.

And now Hollywood photographer Peter Tangen - who has shot images for Spiderman, Batman and Hellboy movie posters - is setting out to document the lives of the these anonymous costumed activists.

Along with a team of designers, he each week creates a Hollywood style movie poster for one of the real life superheroes… and to be honest most of them look more interesting than your average superhero film.

275x250.jpg An artist has created an amazing set of high-speed photographs which capture the precise moment bullets pass through objects.

Lex Augusteijn from the Netherlands uses a Canon 40D DSLR camera along with a flash unit to take the stunning images.

His equipment is all electronically controlled to achieve precise timing (as is the gun) -- though it still requires a lot of patience to create the scene.

Lex says it can take hundreds of shots to get a scene just right… meaning his neighbours must think they live next to a war zone.

275x250.jpg You might not see Hells Angels' sporting these crazy helmets any time soon, but if Borat took up biking, you might see a walnut speeding down the motorway.

That's because tennis balls, haircuts and a globe are the latest in bicycle helmet fashion designs to come out of Kazakhstan.

The wacky helmets are the creation of a marketing agency who admit the initially created them as a laugh… but now they're set to go into production.

Designers say they were inundated by would-be customers wanting the wear the off-beat headwear and they should be on shelves (and shoulders) by 2011.

275x250.jpgThe largest-ever painting by Pablo Picasso - measuring 10.4m by 11.7m - has gone on show in London for the first time.

Picasso created the monstrous cloth for a one-act ballet "Le train bleu"  by the Ballets Russes in 1924.

However, while he designed and signed the piece himself, it was actually finished by seven other artists.

The Victoria and Albert Museum snapped up the cloth in 1968 but have kept it in storage since then.

It's now going on show at the as part of a exhibition dedicated to the Russian ballet company and you can't miss it… quite literally.

275x250.jpgA US family who were facing having their home repossessed have been saved after finding a rare Superman comic in their basement.

The comic - a rare Action Comics No. 1 which features the first appearance of Superman - was only uncovered as they were packing up their home.

The unnamed family were facing foreclosure on their home and unable to come up with the cash to save it, were looking in their basement for boxes.

Realising it could be worth something the contacted comic book auction experts who said the comic could sell for $250,000.

The bank have agreed to wait until the sale on August 27… to see if Superman really can fly in and save the day at the last moment.

A US artist says she produces her artwork using an unusual method -- covering her 38DD boobs in paint and pressing them against the canvas.

Kira Ayn Varszegi says she first started breast painting almost ten years ago and that her works can sell for £600 each.

The 24-year-old from Connecticut creates each painting by coating her breasts with various coloured paints and then pressing and dragging them on the canvas.

She admits she was initially surprised by the level of commercial interest in the abstract breast works, and that she's now created and sold hundreds of painting.

However, not all of her fans are only interested in the final result… she admits she's constantly being besieged with requests for photos of the 'creative process'.

275x250.jpgArtist John O’Hearn has created an odd-looking portrait of Lady Gaga -- by using thousands of BB gun pellets.

The sculptor from Florida says can recreate any image using the odd medium which involves lining up red, green, blue, black and white balls in a grid formation.

His Lady Gaga creation measures 4 feet high and is 8 feet wide and contains a whopping 61,509 Airsoft BB pellets.

The image - which has been acquired by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! - took a month to complete.

But it won't be the oddest portrait on show, there's also a President Obama made from gumballs, an Elvis made from M&M and a  Marilyn Monroe of gummy bears.

275x250.jpg A video of a man walking across America - which was made using stop-motion photography and 2,770 images - has become a massive online hit.

Since it was uploaded a week ago, over a million people have already watched the video of Michael Johnson walking his way from New York to San Francisco.

Producers took thousands of still photographs of Michael walking during a 14-day trip
from one side of America to the other, then carefully put them together the create the dramatic effect.

The result is so impressive it almost doesn't matter that the production was paid for by Levi's which features prominently at the end. Almost.

275x250.jpgAn American who bought a set of photographic plates for £30 from a garage sale over a decade ago has been told they could be worth £128m.

Rick Norsigian had snapped up the 65 glass negatives at a sale in California and had even bartered the seller down from the initial asking price.

But soon after the purchase he began to suspect they could have been taken by rated US nature photographer Ansel Adams and tried to get then authenticated.

So began a verification process involving hand-writing analysis, meteorology for evidence of weather at the time Adams took his famed landscapes, and consultations with equipment specialists.

Now the images have been confirmed as genuine Ansel Adams works and valued at £128m Norsigian is one very happy shopper -- we just hope whoever sold them to him doesn't read this.

275x250.jpg A dozen huge grass sofas have been installed at tourist attractions around the UK -- in a bizarre bid to get couch potatoes out of the house.

The sofas - some of which are 30ft long - are the idea of the National Trust and are made from a base of straw which has been watered and trimmed to size, and covered in a green grass blanket.

Bosses came up with the odd idea after it was revealed the average family spends 43 hours a week sat on their sofa, even in the summer.

Each sofa is also positioned in a 'outdoor living room' and took just over a month to grow… meanwhile, your sofa at home has probably got something growing behind it.

Artists have created a massive image of Marilyn Monroe using more than 5,000 cups of coffee.

The team used the different shades of lattes, long blacks and flat whites to produced the caffeine-filled artwork at a coffee festival in Sydney.

Different drinks were carefully lined up in a 80 x 65 cup grid, to recreate the classic image of the Some Like It Hot star, in surprisingly good detail.

Organisers say they used milk and (where possible) coffee which was on its expiry date to produce the image, to cut down on wastage

And while it took several hours to finish, none of the coffee artists needed a break… that will be the 5,200 cups of coffee for you.

275x250.jpgScientists have discovered what is thought to be the world's oldest doodle, carved into a rock by a bored caveman over 4,500 years ago.

The etching - which probably bares a striking resemblance to your doodles when you're on the phone - was etched into the rock.

The crude concentric circles can clearly be seen on the 17cm sandstone slab which was unearthed in the Cambridgeshire village of Over during an archaeology 'fun day'.

Experts think the Neolithic rock art could date back to 2,500 BC and might have belonged to a prehistoric Picasso, or it could just be an aimless inscription.

Okay, we are going to say it, does anyone else think the "concentric circles" could be an early caveman attempt at drawing boobs?

275x250.jpg An animated avert which showed Queen Mary turning into a gruesome zombie has been banned for scaring young children on the tube.

The London Dungeon ad had been appearing on digital displays at London tube stations with a regal portrait of Queen Mary quickly transforming into a terrifying ghoulish image.

But after a series of complaints, bosses from ASA have ruled the  Bloody Mary Tudor exhibition ads should be pulled -- because they are too scary for the public.

We can only imagine how Queen Mary would have taken the news that her image was to be removed from display… during her reign from 1553 to 1558, she had more than 300 people burned alive.

275x250.jpgSure it looks like a luxurious leather chair, perfect for lazy summer afternoons, but this sofa is actually made out of CONCRETE.

The wacky couch - based on the model of the iconic 'Chesterfield' - was created with nearly 100kg of specially-mixed ultra fine cement by Steve Jones.

He took a mould from a genuine couch and casting it into the hollow concrete sofa in a process which took a week to complete.

Steve now hopes the 7x3ft concrete creation will go on sale at garden centres across the country and insists to potential buyers it is comfortable.

The authenticity of the design has even seen a concrete 50p coin stuck down the back of the concrete cushions, really.

275x250.jpg Dozens of the world's top sand artists (no, we didn't know that category existed either) have created works in Germany as part of a sand sculpture festival.

Sandsation, held at the O2 World in Berlin, will see the artists compete by creating massive sand sculpture on the theme “Head in Sand“.

The sand-loving creatives have come from as far as India and Russia to do battle with their intricate 4.5 metre tall sculptures, which it expected thousands of tourists will flock to see.

Let's just hope they don't come out one morning soon to find that their works have been covered with towels by sunbathers securing their spot on the sand.

275x250.jpgA woman who was told by doctors it was impossible for her to get pregnant says she's now due to give birth -- thanks to fertility statues.

Rachel Taylor and her husband Jon, from New Jersey, had been trying to have a baby for over three years when she first read about fertility statues on the internet.

Impressed by what she saw, Rachel decided to make a visit to Wisconsin where a pair of five-foot tall wooden statues from West Africa were on show at a Ripley’s Odditorium.

Because it was claimed the statues had helped over 1,000 women get pregnant Rachel said she didn't feel conspicuous about rubbing them.

And she says she was right not to -- because she is now due to have a baby boy in August… hopefully he won't look like the statues.

275x250.jpgCutting edge science is being used to reveal the hidden secrets of some of the world's most famous paintings and uncover fakes, it has been revealed.

The National Gallery has teamed up with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to cast a scientific eye over the Gallery's priceless works of art.

They are now using a high-tech device called a gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometer to reveal how images have changed over time… and uncover the fakes which tricked experts.

An exhibition called "Close examination: fakes, mistakes & discoveries" will now display 40 painting which have had something revealed about them.

The public airing of mistakes includes a painting acquired as a 15th-century work proven to be a 20th-century forgery… you'd have thought the digital watch would have given it away.

275x250.jpgA saucy calendar has been produced which shows parts of models you never though you would see - but it's more X-ray than X-rated.

The Eizo Pin-Up Calendar shows models in typical 'glamour' poses but has been taken with an X-ray machine rather than a traditional camera.

All that can be seen in the images is bone structure, the outline of the body… and the high-heel stilettos the models are wearing.

The promotional publication was devised by Berlin-based advertising agency BUTTER for their client Eizo, which makes medical display monitors.

It was initially sent to doctors and other prospective clients, but has since proved a massive hit online… and no-one can complain it prompts unhealthy body-types.


275x250.jpgA magazine has been released which contains no text or images -- instead it has a variety of different smells on each page.

Mono.kultu is a German arts magazine based in Berlin which each issue dedicates itself to the work of one artist, from fine arts to film.

But when they decided to base an issue on the Norwegian 'scent scientist and artist' Sissel Tolaas they needed to come up with a way to convey her work in the magazine.

Using a process called microencapsulation they produced a copy of the magazine which contains smells created by the artist. To give it more impact there are no accompanying words or images.

'Readers' then rub the page to release the smell. One fan of the magazine saying: "If your favourite part of magazines are the perfume inserts, this is your lucky day."


275x250.jpg An artist has spent over six months and £10,000 creating a life-size but lightweight pedal-powered Porsche -- using plastic pipes, duct tape and kitchen foil.

Hannes Langeder says he wanted to recreate the super-car using everyday objects as a "socio-environmental statement" about sustainability and practicality.

There's a bicycle at the heart of the 'car' and the frame was built from plastic pipes and rolls of duct tape before being covered in foil to give a metallic finish. In total it weights just 99.6 kilograms.

The Ferdinand GT3 RS is legally seen as a bicycle, meaning it can be taken on Austrian roads… though other motorists might expect him to pull away from junctions a little faster.

275x250.jpgA book has been released which translates classic texts by Charles Dickens into modern urban slang.

For example in Oliver Twist it now reads: "Oi, mate," he said in da littlest voice ever, "gimme some more!"

And 'A tale of two cities' - or 'Da Tale Of Two Turfs' - now begins: "It was da best of times, and not being funny or nuffing, but it was da worst of times, to be honest."

Author Martin Baum says he wrote the book to make the works of Dickens 'fun and accessible' for a younger audience.

He also said the book makes the text less intimidating while still retaining the potency and beauty of the stories… like whatever init.

275x250.jpgMany book shops are filled with CCTV cameras in a bid to catch would-be shoplifters -- but not this one, meet the Honesty Bookshop.

Based in the grounds of Hay Castle in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, the odd store allows shoppers 24-hour access to their secondhand books.

There are no staff (and certainly no CCTV cameras) and bosses rely on the honestly of buyers to make a profit.

All paperbacks are priced at 50p and hardbacks £1, with shoppers encouraged to pay by slotting their cash into 'pay here' boxes dotted around the shelves.

It's not known how many books get stolen from the store each year -- but when we visited the crime section was looking a little bit thin.

275x250.jpgThe Tate Modern have released a bizarre iPhone game which turns their works of art into a version of the classic card-based battle game Top Trumps.

In their 'Tate Trumps' game, users are each assigned a number of artworks which are given scores for things like, exhilarance, absurdity, strenght, size and agility.

Players then 'battle the artworks' via wi-fi by comparing the scores and winning each others 'cards'.

The game is ideal for less high-brow visitors who can't visit a gallery without asking themselves "But who would win in a fight  Salvador Dali or Leonardo Da Vinci?"  

275x250.jpgStaff at Madame Tussauds in London are putting the finishing touches on an upcoming exhibition of giant superhero waxworks.

Odd sights included a cleaner hanging off the ceiling with Spiderman, the Hulk having his teeth brushed and someone polishing the thighs of Ironman.

Their Marvel Super Heroes 4D show features models the comic strip favourites including their biggest ever waxwork, a 15ft Incredible Hulk.

The 900 sq metre exhibition covers three floors and allows visitors "turn hero" by stepping into Iron Man’s chest shield and even walking on the ceiling with Spider-Man.

It will also feature a specially commissioned animated 3D Marvel film when it opens on June 23 -- bonus points for anyone who can find the waxwork of The Invisible Woman.

275x250.jpg A French artist has unveiled a working hoverboard as his latest creation - and revived the childhood dreams of men everywhere.

Nils Guadagnin says his creation - a copy of the hoverboard from the movie Back to the Future II - was created with the help of a Dutch firm of levitation experts.

The life-size model has gone on show in a number of galleries and uses an electromagnetic system in the board and plinth to levitate, while a laser system stabilises it in the air.

Unfortunately the hover board is not powerful enough to support the weight of someone standing on it... so your ideas of recreating any Marty McFly moments will have to be put on hold, for now.

275x250.jpg A Japanese artist has come up with a novel way of using old broken skateboards -- by making sculptures out of them.

Haroshi starts by layering broken boards in a way similar to the method used to create traditional wooden Japanese Great Buddhas.

They are then painstakingly cut and shaped into his final artworks which range from sculptures of body parts to video game characters.

Haroshi became infatuated with skateboarding in his teens and says using boards as a artistic medium elf natural -- he must particularly enjoy cutting boards he has fallen off.

275x250.jpgAfter being revealed yesterday, the London 2012 Olympic mascots Wenlock and Mandeville have faced harsh criticism online.

Olympic organisers say the odd-looking one-eyed creatures represent the UK's rich Olympic history, but not too many people seem to be picking up on that.

Instead people have described the pair as "partly blinded Teletubbies" and "the worst mascots ever" -- and that's before getting onto ones which pick up on the phallic design.

It's said the idea for the characters came from two drops of molten steel dropped while making the last girder for London's Olympic Stadium.

They're designed to be interactive (whatever that means) and even have their own Twitter pages -- so at least you know where to direct you insults.

275x250.jpg A designer has taken the already pricey Apple iPad and given it a high-end makeover before offering it for sale -- at £130,000.

Katherine Hughes from Liverpool started off with a 64GB Wi-Fi & 3G Apple iPad before replacing the aluminium back for one made of solid gold.

Weighing 2,100 grams the 22ct gold has added to the heft of the device, but Katherine didn't stop there. The Apple logo on the rear is mad from 25.5 cts ‘I'F' Flawless diamonds, 53 in total.

Only ten of the gold £129,995 iPads will be made… so if you like your tech gaudy and expensive, you should probably act fast.

A clever copywriter has landed his dream advertising job -- by buying the names of his ideal employers on Google.

Alec Brownstein used Google adwords to buy the names of creative directors at top New York ad agencies for a total of $6.

This meant when they "vanity searched" Google for their own name (like you don't?) they saw a message from him above the normal search results.

His message "Googling yourself is a lot of fun. Hiring me is fun too." along with a link to his website, go him interviews with four of the five people he targeted.

As a result he accepted a job with Y&R NY… where he is now required to come up with equally creative ideas on a daily basis.


275x250.jpg An artist has used office stationery to create an impressive city skyline -- made from piles of staples.

Peter Root spent 40 hours meticulously stacking over 100,000 staples to build Ephemicropolis - his staple city which spreads over 20ft by 10ft.

He broke them into stacks of various sizes before positioning them to create the skyline which could rival New York or Hong Kong (if it wasn't made from staples).

We just think it's a good job the NewsLite stationery cupboard was locked today, otherwise we wouldn't have got any work done.

275x250.jpgA painting by Pablo Picasso of his blonde mistress has been sold at auction for a record setting $106m (£70m).

The rarely seen work 'Nude, Green Leaves and Bust' had belonged to an LA collector until the sale at Christie's New York yesterday.

Dating from 1932, the image showing the artist's mistress Marie-Therese Walter, was snapped up by an unnamed telephone bidder who had likely never seen it in person.

Since Nude, Green Leaves and Bust was last sold in the 1950s, the colourful image has only been on public display once in 1961.

Upon seeing the painting and hearing how much it sold for, many people will have commented, "Imagine what is would have been worth if it was a proper painting."

275x250.jpgAn Italian doctor claims that he has been able to diagnose the illnesses suffered by some of the people in the world's most famous paintings.

Dr Vito Franco of the University of Palermo says the intriguing smile of the Mona Lisa was the result of very high levels of cholesterol.

He came to this conclusion by studying the details of the Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece, where he says he can see a build up of fatty acids around her left eye.

But he has not stopped there, he has analysed a host of renaissance works -- finding that most subjects suffered from one disease or another.

It sounds to us like someone has been watching too many episodes of House. 

Building-sized cocktail opens in London

275x250.jpgA giant cocktail which takes up an entire house and can serve over 25,000 people will open in London today.

The Architectural Punchbowl has been created at 33 Portland Place using over a tonne of cognac, berries, organic cider vinegar, and winter spices.

Artists Bompas & Parr had to make the building water proof and food-safe and find a way of keeping a vast volume of drink at optimum temperature for the odd installation.

Tickets to visit (and sample) the giant cocktail until 10th December are available online - though visitors are warned not to try swimming in it.

275x250.jpgIf you have an unwanted tattoo with an embarrassing back story, we want to see it and hear about it - and you could even the offending tattoo removed.

Entries are currently open for "Tatts Off 2010" a competition the find the UKs worst and most unwanted tattoos.

Judges will look at photos of the tats and then based on the story behind them and why they want to get rid of them, pick two winners to have them removed naturally, for free.

Suggested reasons for getting rid of your tattoos are the break-up of a relationship, a new start in life or because you found out that doesn't really say "strong" in Chinese.

So now could be the ideal time to come clean about why you had that tattoo of a dolphin jumping over a rainbow on your back … right Dave?

275x250.jpgPeople normally use toothpicks to make small models or larger items, but not Terry Woodling, he made a full size stage coach.

Also known as "Mr Toothpick" Terry, from Indiana, has spent 15 years carefully crafting the exact replica of a Concord Coach stagecoach - using 1.5 milliion of the wooden sticks.

In those countless hours he used nothing but toothpicks and glue to create the model, which was then painted.

Terry says the stagecoach is the sort used by Wells Fargo to transport people and mail around the Us during the 1800s - though his toothpick version might not be up to the job.

275x250.jpgFormer England cricket captain Michael Vaughan is hoping to knock art critics for six after switching the crease for the canvas.

The 35-year-old batsman has currently got an exhibition of his abstract works on show at a Cardiff art gallery.

Vaughan creates the Jackson Pollock-esque images with a technique he dubbed "artballing" - where he paints cricket balls with a symbolic colour and then bats it against a blank canvas.

He says he has been pleased with the results from his 100mph creative process in a Yorkshire warehouse… dnd who is going to argue with a artist waving a cricket bat.    

275x250.jpgFashion designers have created a dress which is sure to 'light up a room' - thanks to 24,000 tiny LED bulbs embroidered on it.

The Galaxy Dress has been made by fashion company CuteCircuit for "Fast Forward: Inventing the Future" exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

The 2mm square full-colour LEDs make it the largest wearable display in the world and the circuits are extra-thin, flexible, and hand embroidered on a layer of silk so it still moves like a normal dress.

The LEDs are covered in 4 layers of silk chiffon and are powered by a number of iPod batteries - makers also promise that it won't get too hot.

But wearing it could leave you feeling a little like Cinderella... the batteries will only last for about 30 minutes.

275x250.jpg Ever wondered what Stormtroopers get up to when they are not doing the bidding of Darth Vader and fighting for the Galactic Empire Army?

Stormtroopers 365 - a Star Wars inspired photo project - aims to show just that, by posting a new photo of them everyday for a year.

Images posted on Flickr show the Stormtroopers, making sand castles on the beach, searching the internet and even feeding pigeons in a park.

Stéfan Le Dû started Stormtroopers 365 on April 3rd of this year using two 12cm figures from Hasbro and says he will continue until April 3rd 2010 - unless a Death Star destroys planet Earth before then.

Artist makes realistic trainers from paper

275x250.jpgAn artist has painstakingly cut pieces of coloured paper and glued them together to recreate some of his favourite trainers.

David Brownings, from Brighton, says he can spend six hours producing his paper shoes - normally retro Nike Dunk models - which sell for £30 per pair.

The illustrator first came up with the idea while working in a vintage trainer store but since putting his creations online says he had been inundated with requests

Dubbed Nike-elangelo David warns potential buyers that while the shoes might look good on a shelf - they won't wear so well on a basketball court.

275x250.jpgAn artist has used 26 different types of fruit to recreate the London skyline.

Carl Warner and his team of five model-makers spent three weeks crafting the famous London landmarks out of foods ranging from melons and tomatoes to asparagus.

They carefully sculpted the buildings - while all the time fighting the challenge of how to keep the fresh and highly perishable fruit and vegetables looking their best for the final image.

After gluing it all together they then took this stunning image… before munching on the most impressive salad bar you have ever see.

Warhol found in closet sells for £2.4m

275x250.jpgA woman who was given a self portrait by Andy Warhol in the 1960s but stashed in in a closet for 40 years, has sold it at auction for £2.4 million.

Cathy Naso had worked as a receptionist for Warhol at The Factory in New York when she was a teenager, and as a gift he had given her a self-portrait.

Since then she kept it wrapped up at the back of her wardrobe - never hanging it on her wall.

That was until she decided to cash in on it and put it up for auction at Sotheby's in Manhattan. It had been expected to sell for £750,000 but it far exceeded predictions by going for £2.4 million.

How come the best we can find in our wardrobe is a broken tennis racquet and what looks like the remains of what used to be a sandwich?

Artist recreates masterpieces with coffee

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275x250.jpgThe Berlin wall has been recreated with giant 7.5 ft dominoes and quickly toppled to mark the 20th anniversary of German reunification.

More than 1,000 of the dominoes were set up along a 1.5km stretch of where the wall had been and as part of city-wide celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the East-West division.

Each of the plastic foam dominoes, which were toppled tonight, was decorated by schoolchildren from around Germany with messages such as "We are one people."

Unfortunately the dominoes didn't all fall in one go - but it wasn't a uncharactistic lapse in German planning - pauses were intended for to allow for additional events.

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275x250.jpgIn a bid to make recycling more enjoyable, a group of Swedish engineers have converted a bottle bank into an arcade machine.

The team added flashing lights and an electronic scoreboard to a bottle bank -making it more like a environmentally friendly whack-a-mole.

After pressing the start button, recyclers now see lights above the bottle holes flash, if they get it in quick enough their score goes up, just like the classic arcade game.

The project is part of 'The Fun Theory' scheme by Volkswagen which shows various ways they have attempted to change their behaviour for the better.

Last month they turned a flight of stairs into a giant piano thus tricking people into exercising. (Check out both videos after the link)

Desperately seeking Gordon

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(Off-Beat News) Brit artist Alison Jackson, who specializes in creating photos with celebrity look-a-likes, says she is struggling to find a Gordon Brown.

Jackson has produced cutting edge satirical images with political and celebrity look-a-likes including Tony Blair, George W Bush, Britney Spears and David Beckam.

For six years she has tried to find a suitable Gordon Brown - without success.

"It's exasperating," she said.


Lego - more than child's play

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(Offbeat News) An artist has shown that the humble Lego brick is more than just child's play - by creating an entire exhibition based around brick forms.

33-year-old Nathan Sawaya's show 'The Art of the Brick' features more than 30 works and uses over one million colorful LEGO bricks

Items on show include a 5ft hand, life size sculptures and abstract 2 dimentional 'canvas.'

Rome invaded by 500,000 balls

A protester brought Rome to a standstill in a bizarre fashion, by releasing 500,000 multi-coloured plastic balls down the Spanish Steps.

Graziano Cecchini, who has previously poured red dye into the Trevi Fountain has he pulled the stunt to raise the profile of Burma and the Karen people.

The balls which bounced down the steps like the recent Sony HD adverts and while some were collected by passers-by it took officials hours to clean up the rest.



Black is the new black

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Boffins have developed a new shade of black  30 times darker than the current benchmark for the colour.

For years a carbon substance has been kept by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology as the international guide for black, but now scientists have created one so black it absorbs 99.9 percent of light.

Normal black paints, by contrast, only absorbs around 90 percent of light - meaning that most of us can hardly imagine the darkness of the new black.

Banksy wall sells for £208,100

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A wall covered in graffiti by elusive artist Banksy has sold online for £208,100 - now the winning bidder needs to take it home.

The work, which features a stenciled design of a painter putting the finishing touches to the name Banksy, is spray-painted onto the wall of a post-production company in London.

When Luti Fagbenle, who runs the company which owns the wall, saw it he decided to cash in on the work knowing original Banksy's can sell for over £250,000.





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