Chinese Welder Spends A Year Building Life-size Transformers Model For His Lucky Son

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In parts of China, building giant “life-size” Transformer models out of scrap metal is a popular hobby. The latest Transformers creation comes from shipyard welder Wang Liansheng, who spent a year constructing the giant Bumblebee model as a gift for his young son. Father of the Year, right? Continue reading »

Building-Sized Street Art Portraits by Natalia Rak

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Natalia Rak is an artist and painter from Poland. Born in 1986, she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz. A longtime painter, you can find many of her oil on canvas artworks on her deviantART profile. Continue reading »

Empire State Building Projection Shines A Light On Endangered Animals

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Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

New York’s famed Empire State Building hosted new guests on Saturday night as images of endangered animals were flashed across its facade. Continue reading »

A Rainbow of Vegetation Consumes a 7-Story Building in a New Mural from ‘Blu’ in Rome

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Street artist Blu just wrapped up work on this monumental mural on the streets of his new home in Rebibbia, Rome. The painting depicts a clump of technicolor greenery as it swallows the facade of a 7-story residential building, and is part of a series of works by a neighborhood group called “Mammut” that is trying to redevelop abandoned green spaces in throughout the city. Continue reading »

Miniature Cage-like Balconies Attached to a Building

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For the Lodz 4 Cultures Festival, artist Isaac Cordal cages in little balconies miniature characters on a building’s facade in Lodz, Poland. Entitled “Sasiedzi” (“neighbors”), this artwork shows isolated protagonists demonstrating the idea of being together but alone and without any communication because of new technologies. Some figurines hold a mobile phone, head down to the screen, or call someone in order to show that they communicate elsewhere, through smartphones instead of the current moment. Continue reading »

The 38th Annual Empire State Building Run-Up

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Members of the Women’s Elite class stand near the starting line before the start of the 38th Annual Empire State Building Run-Up in the Manhattan borough of New York February 4, 2015. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
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Historic Building on the Move

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A historic building sits on wheels as it is moved down the block on New York Avenue to make way for a new construction July 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP Photo)
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Ford Mustang Ascends Empire State Building

Ford Mustang Ascends Empire State Building
Body and interior parts of a disassembled 2015 Ford Mustang ride multiple elevators en route to the observation deck of the Empire State Building. The Mustang was reassembled on the building’s observation deck as part of a publicity stunt commemorating the muscle car’s original release at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. (Photo by Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times)
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Italian Restauranteur Spends 40 years Hand-building His Own Amusement Park

Italian Restauranteur Spends 40 years Hand-building His Own Amusement Park

An Italian has created his very own theme park – built in his spare time over 40 years in the woods near his restaurant. The restauranteur, known only as Bruno, has hand-built the amusement park filled with swings, seesaws, a ferris wheel and even a roller coaster, in Montello, northern Italy.

Bruno started in 1969 shortly after setting up grill restaurant Ai Pioppi in northern Italy. He was looking for hooks to join chairs together in his restaurant when a local welder suggest he do the work himself. Since then, as well as building his restaurant to seat 500 people, he has also built increasingly bigger rides as part of his nearby hand-made amusement park.

The amusement park now attracts hundreds of fun-loving visitors, including Oriol Ferrer Mesia, who took pictures and video of his recent visit. Continue reading »

Walkie Talkie Building in London Creates ‘Death Ray’ with Reflected Sunlight

Walkie Talkie Building in London Creates 'Death Ray' with Reflected Sunlight

A new London skyscraper dubbed the “Walkie-Talkie” due to its distinctive shape, has been blamed for reflecting light and heat from the sun onto buildings in the next street, scorching sidewalk, dazzling passersby and melting cars parked on the street. Business owners and motorists hit out at developers of a new skyscraper for starting fires and causing damage to paintwork, cracking tiles, and smoking a carpet. One journalist even managed to fry an egg on the hotspot. The half-finished 37-storey tower in central London has been thus dubbed the ‘Walkie Scorchie’.

The beam from the concave south side of the building, officially known as 20 Fenchurch Street, was only noticed last week when the sun reached a certain position in the sky. The “Walkie Scorchie” phenomenon apparently lasts for around two hours a day and will come to a natural end in about three weeks’ time as the autumnal sun stays closer to the horizon. Continue reading »

Largest Mural on an Inhabited Building in the World

Largest Mural on an Inhabited Building in the World

Steve Rolle paints the final element next to a trompe l’oeil depicting a woman and a squirrel at a window that are among features painted on the facade of the Wohngenossenschaft Soldaritaet coop apartment buildings as part of a 22,000 square meter mural in Berlin, on August 20, 2013. A group of artists working for French-based Citecreation painted the facades of the three buildings in imagery inspired by a nearby zoo and in cooperation with the buildings’ residents. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images) Continue reading »

Shanghai Building Ridiculed for Resembling a Boot

Shanghai Building Ridiculed for Resembling a Boot

The LAVENU Center in Shanghai has become the latest of a series of buildings in China to be ridiculed by internet users. The structure has been nicknamed Boot Tower because its L shape appears reminiscent of a boot. The tower was designed by Japanese architect Jun Aoki. (Imaginechina / Rex Features)

Grave Interruption: Building Around a Tomb in China

Grave Interruption: Building Around a Tomb in China

Workers lay the foundation for a residential complex around a solitary tomb site in Taiyuan, China’s Shanxi province, Dec. 6. (AP) Continue reading »

China’s CCTV ‘Twisted Doughnut’ Building Ready to Broadcast 2012 Olympics

China’s CCTV ‘Twisted Doughnut’ Building Ready to Broadcast 2012 Olympics

The headquarters of China’s state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) will go live in time for the London 2012 Olympics – three years after its opening was delayed by a fire. Designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, the building known as the “twisted doughnut” was only partially opened in 2008 and was not fully operational for the Beijing games. The building, in the shape of a 234m bent tube, is situated in the Central Business District and boasts over 400,000 metres of floor space. Continue reading »

North Korea’s Ryugyong Hotel: ‘Worst Building in the History of Mankind’ and Probably the Ugliest

North Korea's Ryugyong Hotel: 'Worst Building in the History of Mankind' and Probably the Ugliest

North Korea’s Ryugyong hotel, described as “the worst building in the history of mankind” by Esquire magazine, is set to open partially for business this spring, 23 years behind the schedule, Seoul-based Yonhap news agency reported. Continue reading »

China’s Richest Village Building Lavish Skyscraper

China's Richest Village Building Lavish Skyscraper

A construction worker looks at a golden bull weighing one ton with a worth of 300 million yuan ($46.9 million) in the hall of a skyscraper under construction in Huaxi village, the richest village of China, located in East China’s Jiangsu province. The 328-meter-high 74-storey skyscraper cost more than 1.5 billion yuan and is scheduled to go into operation in October, 2011 to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the village. It ranks as the 15th tallest skyscraper in the world and the eighth tallest in China. (CFP) Continue reading »

Chinese Drug Maker’s Deluxe Office Building Comparable to Imperial Palace

Chinese Drug Maker’s Deluxe Office Building Comparable to Imperial Palace

“This is not Versailles; this is office building of 6 Pharmaceutical Factory of Harbin Pharmaceutical Group!” September 5, a group of luxury office building photos of Harbin Pharmaceutical Group spread in major Chinese forums, according to the post person, its lavish degree surpassed magnificent imperial palace,” Photo shows the main building’s decoration is Versailles style, in the corridors are wood carvings, and assembled with gold foil, each angel is vivid.” These photos are found from the medicine factory’s official website. Continue reading »