Toothpick artist Steven Backman has carved a miniature replica of San Francisco’s landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge, using just a single toothpick! [Hat tip to Artnewsblog and Spluch]

Golden Gate Bridge replica carved from a single toothpick by Steven Backman
Tiny toothpick Golden Gate Bridge replica (Image courtesy of Steven Backman)

Steven is famed for his toothpick sculptures; his famous works include a Golden Gate Bridge replica which used 30,000 toothpicks … contrary to the miniature replica above which used just one toothpick.

Both sculptures seem great to me.

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Interesting cup design… should save some time telling others what you want especially in a busy working office. I think the tea lady would like this as well… [Hat tip to Swissmiss]

Coffee, tea, milk or sugar cup

Toilet seat that reflects the heat status of the seat…

Thermo sensitive toilet seat Thermo sensitive toilet seat
Heat sensitive toilet seat… orange = cool… yellow = hot [Hat tip to CDR and Boingboing]

“Being able to identify a public toilet seat that has just been sat upon (and is thus still warm) is of particular concern to a significant number of the population. Without warning, one can easily sit upon a seat and be instantly repulsed by the trace evidence of a previous user. Conversely, if one is looking for intimate contact with an anonymous stranger without the associated awkwardness of verbal discourse, one could seek out the warm toilet seat. The decision to sit or not to sit is facilitated by the colour change of the seat: orange=cool, yellow=hot. The object retains the heat memory of a previous user and displays it as a visual marker for the next user to assess. [Plusminus]

I thought Japanese are the only people coming out with abnormal toilet stuff… I was wrong.

An interesting mug that reacts to heat…

On and off coffee cup
Coffee mug reacting to the heat (hot beverage)

In its dormant state, the mug offers a black “OFF” display, but once your hot coffee or tea hits the inside, it gradually transforms to read “ON”. A heat sensitive pigment changes the color of the mug from black to white. [Technabob]

The colour-changing is nice, but the “On-off” word doesn’t really appeal to me. Perhaps they should try some other words or patterns instead.

One thousand PVC hula hoops have been used to make the Storefront Ring Dome Pavilion in Petrosino Park, New York. The $3000 structure was built to mark the Storefront for Art and Architecture’s 25th anniversary, and was designed by Seoul-based practice Mass Studies.

The project arose from a chance encounter.

“Storefront director Joseph Grima was travelling in Asia on business and saw a model of the dome in my office,” recalls project architect Minsuk Cho, a founding member of Mass Studies.

Grima wanted a dome three times larger than the one in Cho’s design, but for roughly the same cost, so Cho used hula hoops and zip ties, and it was assembled by volunteers. [Iconeye, via Neatorama]

Hula hoops dome in New York
Hula hoops dome (Image courtesy of Alan R Tansey)

The dome reminds me of the Louvre Pyramid in Paris at first glance.

A Jeff Koons sculpture of a stainless steel heart hanging from a golden bow sold Wednesday (Nov 14) for $23.6 million, setting an auction record for a work by a living artist, a Sotheby’s spokeswoman said.

The bright magenta “Hanging Heart,” considered one of Koons’ most important works, set records for any living artist at auction, Sotheby’s spokeswoman Lauren Gioia said, breaking the previous record set by Damien Hirst’s “Lullaby Spring,” which sold for $19.5 million at Sotheby’s in London in June. [IHT]

Hanging Heart by Jeff Koons
Jeff Koons’ Hanging Heart (Image courtesy of Xinhuanet)

It is a lovely piece of art, but $23.6 million? I just can’t understand how artworks are priced.

The Cow Parade, an international public art exhibition that has been featured in major cities over the world, arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with around 120 cow sculptures in October.

CowParade is the world’s largest public art event; while it is not meant to be high art, it is first and foremost a public art exhibit that is accessible to everyone.

Most important, CowParade ultimately benefits charity, raising over millions dollars of charity funds since it started in 1999. [Official website]

Cow Parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Moooo… (Image courtesy of Xinhuanet)

A farm not far from where Gerald R. Ford grew up created a maze in a cornfield in the likeness of the America’s 38th president, who died last December.

Corn maze for President Ford, Richland

Each year, Gull Meadow Farms near Richland cuts a maze in its corn fields. A company that specializes in corn maze design drew up the plans for the Ford portrait, which says PRESIDENT FORD across the top and THANKS below.

“Instead of just creating a path for people to travel through, we decided to make it a tribute to the late President Ford,” said Justin Wendzel, a spokesman for the farm.

Ford was 93 when he died Dec. 26 at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He grew up in Grand Rapids, about 42 miles north of Gull Meadow Farms, and represented the area in Congress for years before becoming president in 1974.

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