Gardening Tools Contrasted with Intricate Lace Patterns

Cal Lane is an artist who combines sturdy metal work with the delicate, fine art form of lace design. The artist says, “I like to work as a visual devil's advocate, using contradiction as a vehicle for finding my way to an empathetic image, an image of opposition that creates a balance–as well as a clash–by comparing and contrasting ideas and materials.”

In Wheelbarrows and Shovels, Lane transforms steel into gorgeous and intricate plasma cut patterns. The artist juxtaposes gritty yardwork tools with impressive ornamental fabric patterns, a combination of what she describes as “industrial and domestic life.” By comparing the two ideas, viewers are inspired to consider the differences of the two unique pieces, a thought provoking process that merges two opposites into one complementary final product.

Cal Lane’s website
via [Happy Homemaker With A Dark Side]

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World Map Reveals What Each Country Does Better Than Any Other

Designer David McCandless of Information is Beautiful has created a fascinating world map called International Number Ones. “Because every country is the best at something,” McCandless also offers the caveat that this accolade is “according to data,” which makes perfect sense once you study the map. Being the number one at something isn’t necessarily a compliment. Many countries are the “best” when it comes to issues that are morally reprehensible.

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Intricately Detailed Floating Cube Casts Stunning Shadows

We have always been big fans of Pakistan-born artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s mesmerizing art. In 2014, we raved about Intersections, a captivating wooden cube that cast dreamy shadows with a single light bulb. Fortunately for us, Agha is still creating intricate installations in this style, with her most recent, radiant piece being All The Flowers Are For Me. Like Intersections, All The Flowers Are For Me plays with light and space.

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