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Self-taught artist turns scrap metal into blooming plant sculptures Art / Design / Offbeat

Gloucestershire-based self-taught artist Dan Rawlings gives a second life to rusty scrap metal by turning it into delicate plant and tree sculptures. Using a medium that contrasts to the natural environment, he creates delicate yet strong sculptures that whimsically merges with nature. These captivating artworks force passersby to stop and look at the twisting and curling tree branches or plant leaves, which people often neglect...

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Drink Art! Korean Barista serves coffee with artistic aesthetic Art / Offbeat

Have you ever tasted art? Well, one of the Korean coffee shops called “C.Through” literally lets you taste the ‘art’ with each cup of coffee. Usually, latte art in most coffee shops is simple in the way lines and shapes are created. But this coffee art, which is termed ‘Cremart’ by the Korean Barista, looks extremely photo-realistic as if printed straight from a photograph.


Japanese artist recycles old Amazon boxes into detailed 3D sculptures Art / Design / Offbeat

While most people throw away cardboard packaging boxes after receiving their products, Japanese artist Monomi Ohno recycles old Amazon boxes into incredibly detailed 3D sculptures. Instead of conventional materials like clay, wood, etc., she uses unusual medium – cardboard to create jaw-dropping figures including footwear, spaceships, vehicles, monsters, musical instruments, animal figures and more.


At Human Library Hyderabad, you can read humans instead of books Offbeat

To make reading easier for everyone, e-books and audio books have already been established. But have you ever imagined books to interact with you? Well, there’s one-of-a-kind Human Library in Hyderabad where books are replaced with humans for conversation. Instead of books, here you can actually borrow people who will be the ‘living books,’ telling stories and sharing their life experiences.


Realistic animal sculptures made from densely rolled newspapers Art / Handicraft / Offbeat

Instead of throwing away old newspapers as garbage, Tokyo-based artist Chie Hitotsuyama turns these pieces of paper into three-dimensional animal sculptures. The textured sculptures are made out of a technique that involves rolling strips of wet newspaper. The densely rolled newspaper strips are carefully moulded to replicate creatures from the animal kingdom.


Aravani Art Project gives voice to transgender community through street art Art / Offbeat / Painting

Bengaluru-based artist Poornima Sukumar has initiated one-of-a-kind Aravani Art Project, which aims to give voice to the transgender community through street art. Nothing but art is a wonderful medium that not only helps people to express their thoughts freely, but also is a way to break all the barriers and bring different communities together.


Indian couple is harvesting rainwater and solar energy via Ulta Chaata Offbeat

Mumbai-based couple, Samit Choksi and Priya Vakil Choksi, has found a green solution to harvest rainwater and generate solar energy using Ulta Chaata (inverted umbrella). The couple runs a clean-tech startup Thinkphi that’s funded by serial entrepreneur Nimmagadda Prasad, who has earlier invested in successful companies like Matrix Laboratories, Care Hospitals, and also Sachin Tendulkar’s IPL team Kerala Blasters.


Garbage ATM – This smart dustbin rewards people with money! Offbeat

What if you could earn some cash every time you dispose of waste? Four engineering students from Sandip Polytechnic in Nashik have created a smart dustbin called KRRYP Garbage ATM that rewards people with coupons or cash whenever they throw garbage into it. Keeping the Swachh Bharat (Clean India) Mission in mind, these students decided to make a smart garbage bin to encourage people to...

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