Charming Cut Paper Silhouettes Playfully Transform Famous US Landmarks

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King Kong has invaded New York while Marilyn Monroe makes a rare appearance at Las Vegas’ Neon Museum. Not really, of course, but cut paper artist Rich McCor imagines a world where they cleverly interact with the surrounding landscapes. Since we wrote about McCor’s work last year, he’s traveled to Europe and the UK, altering what he sees with simple shapes and black paper.

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“I’ve been fortunate enough to turn a hobby into a career of traveling the world,” McCor told My Modern Met, “and at the same time doing what I love to do—transforming landmarks with a sense of humor.”

I’m Brexiting the UK for a few days and heading to @Vegas. It’s almost ten years ago when I first visited Las Vegas on an overnight Greyhound bus with my friend Greg. We’d just finished school and barely had any money so we stayed in a cheap hostel miles away from the strip. Although we weren’t old enough to visit the bars and couldn’t afford to see any shows we still had an awesome time exploring the city together. Ten years later and I’m incredibly lucky that this time I’m flying out with @British_Airways in ClubWorld with some epic experiences planned out (and a valid ID). I’m not the only one who lady luck is shining on though; a few years ago Greg moved to Cleveland, grew a (questionable) moustache and got himself a beautiful wife. (@British_Airways fly non-stop to Las Vegas eleven times a week from the UK. They also have jelly beans in their Club lounge. I took a huge cup full and totally got away with it) #NonStopVegas #BritishAirways #Vegas #LasVegas #LasVegasBaby #NeonSign #WelcometoFabulousLasVegas #CityofLights #Paperart #Silhouette #Paper #Aeroplane #747 #Clubworld #BlueSky #Brexit #Heathrow #ArtofVisuals #Sponsored #DoYouTravel #TravelStoke #Travel #PassionPassport

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Let me take you back to a December night in 1989. It’s late, Wall Street is empty except for a lonely night watchman. He is about to complete his rounds outside the Stock Exchange. In eight minutes he’ll be back. A man named Arturo Di Modica knows this because he’s been casing the area every night for the last week. When the watchman is out of sight, Di Modica steers a truck down the street and pulls up in front of the large Christmas tree on Wall Street. He and a group of friends jump out. In under five minutes they manage to lower a 3,200 kg bronze sculpture from the back of the truck to under the tree. When it’s done, the men take off in the truck but Di Modica stays behind. He wants to see the watchman's reaction. In fact, until noon the next day he stays hidden around a corner watching New Yorkers fall in love with his Christmas gift to the city. The Charging Bull has now moved here to Bowling Green, but if you ever visit the statue you'll see the same thing Di Modica saw that morning- people falling in love with this fierce, bold, beautiful sculpture #ChargingBull #WallStreet #NYSE #NewYorkStockExchange #BowlingGreen #Bull #Sculpture #NewYork #NYC #SeeYourCity #NYCGo @NYCGo @NYC #InstagramNYC @NewYorkCity #NYCInstantly #nycnightlife #nycphotographer #blogger #Paper #Paperart #Cityscape #Silhouette @newyork_instagram @newyork #thecreatorsclass #illgrammers #photography #doyoutravel #artofvisuals #visualsoflife #newyorker #USA #Cowboy #Lasso

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When Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned by Solomon Guggenheim to design a museum for his art collection, he went a bit over the top with some of his ideas. His original concepts included a super fast glass-tube elevator that would whisk visitors up to the top of the building in moments & an automatic vacuum system in the lobby to constantly clean the dirt brought in by visitors. According to Wright’s widow, he had become increasingly frustrated by the compromises he had been forced to make and although he passed away before the New York Guggenheim opened, she suspected he wouldn’t have attended the opening anyway. However, if you ever visit the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (designed by Frank Gehry & opened in 1997) you’ll notice that there is a very modern looking glass-tube elevator in there. I like to think this was Gehry’s way of making at least one of Wright’s crazy ideas come to life. For details on the museum itself, check out @lonelyplanet 's app (link in bio) #Guggenheim @Guggenheim #Flowerpot #Flowers #NewYork #NYC #Skyline #SeeYourCity #NYCGo @NYCGo @NYC #InstagramNYC @NewYorkCity #NYCInstantly #nycphotographer #nycblogger #Paper #Paperart #Cityscape #Silhouette @newyork_instagram @newyork #thecreatorsclass #illgrammers #createcommune #photography #doyoutravel #artofvisuals #visualsoflife #travelawesome #architectureporn #newyorker #lonelyplanet #USA #ArchitectureLovers #Museum

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Imagine this. You're representing a country that is seeking a permanent place on the security council at the United Nations. You've flown half way around the world to make your very first speech here. It's a big deal. You want to ensure your address to international delegates is as memorable as possible right? Well, a man named SM Krishna managed that…by reading the wrong speech. Somehow the Indian minister read the Portuguese foreign minister's speech & didn't realise they weren't his own words until three minutes in. By that point he'd already given a warm welcome to Portuguese speaking members & discussed the role of the EU. When he finally realised his mistake he calmly put down the piece of paper, picked up the correct speech and started again #UnitedNations #UN #NewYork #NYC #Skyline #SeeYourCity #NYCGo @NYCGo @NYC #InstagramNYC @NewYorkCity #NYCInstantly #Shopping #Handbag #nycnightlife #nycphotographer #nycblogger #Paper #Paperart #Cityscape #Silhouette @newyork_instagram @newyork #thecreatorsclass #illgrammers #createcommune #photography #doyoutravel #artofvisuals #visualsoflife #travelawesome #architectureporn #newyorker #bigapple #USA @unitednations

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