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May23

Pharrel Williams x KAWS perfume bottle revealed

2014 at 10:41 am by admin | Comments Off

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Information about Pharrell Williams’ latest exhibition venture at the Galerie Perrotin in Paris, France was originally released in late April, with news on upcoming collaborations with KAWS, Murakami, and other artists. Now, with the exhibit opening next Tuesday, May 27th, photos of Pharrell’s collaboration with KAWS have finally been revealed! The collaboration itself is themed after Pharrell Williams’ laters album, “G I R L”, and is a joint venture between Pharrell, KAWS, and fashion label Comme des Garçons. This unique fragrance will contain scents of iris, styrax, violet, patchouli, and cedar, and will be made available worldwide in the coming months.

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Williams’ upcoming exhibit at the Galerie Perrotin, which will remain open from May 27th to June 25th, will be a show dedicated to independent artists all over the world, and will host unique artworks from 34 international artists like Takashi Murakami, KAWS, Marina Abramovic, Andy Warhol, Laurent Grasso, Guerrilla Girls, and more. The exhibit, like the perfume, will be themed after Pharrell’s “G I R L” album, standing as a tribute to strong women and love across the world. With his recent music video collaboration with Murakami’s “Jellyfish Eyes” movie alongside the release of his newest album, 2014 is a big year for Pharrell Williams, and more is sure to come in the following months!

May22

Disney reveals Big Hero 6 trailer

2014 at 03:17 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Disney, who has created a number of comic book movies alongside Marvel since their acquisition in 2009, has released our first look at the newest Marvel comic movie: ‘Big Hero 6′! This movie, which will be the first animated Marvel feature film, stars the protagonist Hiro Hamada and his robot Baymax.

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Disney has released photos of Baymax alongside the first teaser trailer for the movie, showing off the new animation style and humor implemented into the film. The producers of the film say that ‘Big Hero 6′ will also be one of the first Marvel films to be independent of its comics origin, and use the original story as inspiration in the creation of an entirely new world. The movie is set to release on November 7th, 2014, and news about more characters and the story will surely be unveiled as we move closer to the release date.

May21

Transformers life-size statues announced!

2014 at 06:30 pm by admin | Comments Off

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With the Transformers universe celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, alongside the upcoming release of the ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction movie on June 27th, toy company Kids Logic has decided to celebrate the occasion in a big way with their new Optimus Prime and Bumblebee statues. While not exactly life-size, these statues stand over 10 feet tall, making them the largest Transformers retail release in history!

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The two statues, modeled after their appearance in the upcoming film, feature their own stands, as well as numerous LEDs throughout their body. Optimus even comes with his sword from the movie, making these statues an astounding display piece. Priced at $13,000 each, these statues will release at the end of June, coinciding with the movie release.

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May21

Star Wars Episode VII first look

2014 at 06:26 pm by admin | Comments Off

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With information steadily coming out about the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII movie set to release on December 18, 2015, fans have been treated to the first look at one of the new sets for the movie! The video, hosted by director JJ Abrams, shows off the set located in the Abu Dhabi desert, and even shows off the first exclusive look at one of the new aliens from the movie. The video also announces the Star Wars: Force for Change contest, in which fans can donate money to have a chance to appear in the brand new film! Prizes for this contest include the opportunity to meet cast members, and to appear on film as a Star Wars character in the movie. Check out the video for more information!

May21

Shepard Fairey's first art show at his homtown

2014 at 05:32 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Shepard Fairey, contemporary graphic designers and illustrator, has been known for his decals and posters, most iconically his “Obey” design as well as the “Hope” poster for the 2008 Obama campaign. In order to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Arts, which is located in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, Shepard Fairey has worked together with city officials to host a new joint exhibit at the institute! Titled ‘The Insistent Image: Recurring Motifs in the Art of Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns’, the exhibit will open this Thursday, May 22nd, and will remain open to the public until July 12th.

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The exhibit, which has no fee for entry, will be the artist’s first exhibition at his hometown, and Fairey is celebrating in a big way. To help commemorate the occasion, Fairey has worked together with city officials to paint four large-scale murals across town. These murals, which are part of Fairey’s new ‘Power and Glory’ series of works, cover four different parts of downtown Charleston, including locations on King Street, Calhoun Street, and atop the Francis Marion Hotel.

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Shepard Fairey, born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, is an American contemporary graphic designer and illustrator who emerged from the skateboarding scene, where he designing skateboard decals and T-shirt designs. His art, which often incorporate imagery from social movements, is created with a single message in mind: “question everything”. His works, such as the “Obey Giant” sticker campaign and the “Hope” poster, garner worldwide popularity and are displayed in a number of museums across the world. Together with his wife, he has also founded the Studio Number One design agency, which has provided album covers for many bands, including Black Eyed Peas, Smashing Pumpkins, and Led Zeppelin.

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May21

Classic toy exhibit opens in St. Paul

2014 at 05:22 pm by admin | Comments Off

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The Minnesota History Center will be opening its doors to a brand new exhibit this Saturday, May 24th, titled ‘Toys of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s’! This exhibit, which will remain open until January 4th, 2015, will show off collectible merchandise from these three decades, as well as look at the culture and history surrounding the toys and the influences they have had on modern society.

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The show will also focus on the boom of the toy business that occurred in these decades, as the industry grew alongside the spread of cheaper manufacturing technologies and the spread of TV advertising. The show will also feature a play area, where visitors old and new can experience these toys and play with friends. The exhibit strives to make a connection between the toy and the consumer, sharing stories of the toys and their owners from decades past.

For more information http://www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/

May20

New Transformers figure turns into pen

2014 at 05:00 pm by admin | Comments Off

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The iconic Transformers franchise is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and is celebrating the occasion with a number of events, including the collaboration with the Evangelion franchise, as well as the release of the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction movie. Toy company Sentinel has announced their plans to work with company Takara Tomy in order to bring an unexpected Transformers release to your desk with this new Transformers pen. This fully-functional pen acts as the alternate mode to a fully posable, miniature recreation of Optimus Prime, the lead protagonist of the Transformers franchise! The toy will feature Optimus’ blaster weapon, and is set to release later this year. With this and more cool Transformers toys coming to celebrate their anniversary, stay tuned for more news on cool releases and events!

May20

World's fastest robot set to release by 2015

2014 at 04:35 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Scientists at Robotics Unlimited in Pensacola, Florida have created the fastest legged running robot in the world, and plan to release the robot to the retail market! The robot, titled Outrunner, can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour, thanks to it innovate wheel-like design and programming. The robot mimics the behavior of legged animals through its alternating step pattern, allowing the small robot to move at greater speeds than larger, more complex machines. The Outrunner, which includes an HD camera and gyroscope, will be compatible with smartphones and remote controls, allowing users to play with the robot and steer it like a bicycle. The Outrunner robot is planned to release by 2015, and will come in a $299 core model and a $799 performance model, which will feature extended battery life and enhanced speed and control.

May20

Experimental hover bike releases in 2017

2014 at 04:29 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Aerospace company Aerofex cause the attention of people worldwide when it initially showed off its prototype for a fully functional hover bike back in 2012. Two years later, Aerofex has announced its plans to release the vehicle, titled the Aero-X, alongside a release date and estimated price point! The Aero-X, which functions thanks to two carbon fiber rotors and gyroscopes to keep the machine steady even in windy conditions, is scheduled to release in 2017 for $85,000, and features controls similar to most modern-day motorcycles.

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The bike itself can carry up to 310 pounds of weight, and can operate for 75 minutes on a full tank, so the machine is not meant to replace standard vehicles. Designed specifically for user ease and comfortability, the Aero-X is even capable of off-road use and can even fly over water! The Aero-X is up for preorder now, and will be one of the first commercially available hover vehicles in the world.

May20

Artist creates comic strip on human hair

2014 at 04:16 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Artist Claudia Puhlfurst has worked together with Andrew Zonenberg and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York in order to create the smallest comic strip in the world, contained entirely on a single strand of human hair! The comic, titled ‘Juana Knits The Planet’ is made up of 12 individual panels, each measuring 25 micrometers in size, in order to tell a story of a girl creating a variety of items. This process was done using the FEI Versa 3D machine, using a focused ion beam in order to make extremely precise cuts in the hair. The end result is a comic strip that requires a microscope to even see, making this short story an ingenious combination of ambition and technology.

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