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A Mosaic Shines in Philly

An intimate conversation with a fixture of the Philadelphia art world.

PHILADELPHIA - The South Street district is a gritty, disheveled, and jaggedly beautiful area in Philadelphia. Filled with artist’s studios, bohemian hangouts, and eclectic boutiques, South Street has long been a bastion of counterculture, a haven for those who do not fit into mainstream society and go against the grain of the status quo. Driving around this eclectic neighborhood, it is apparent that a main fixture of South Street is the glittering mosaics by artist Isaiah Zagar. Zagar’s mosaic murals, often covering entire buildings in shattered glass, ceramic, and mirror, are metaphysical windows into a world of creativity; they synthesize the history of art and the international folk art communities into a uniquely beautiful visual statement that is all at once a reflection of Zagar’s surroundings and his imagination.

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When Your Facebook Gets You As Crunked As Sugary Breakfast Cereal

An art exhibit explores our increasing addiction to being plugged in.

Humans are addicted. We are addicted to so many things, but the addiction to our phones is perhaps the worst offender. It’s hard to even drive your car without glancing down at the buzzing little perpetrator. We subject ourselves to constant stimuli, without even knowing what this dependency bodes for the future. Artist Rachel Lee Hovnanian already feels the fatigue, which she investigates with a new art exhibition, Plastic Perfect, at Leila Heller Gallery in New York.

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Exit Through the Riverbed

Olafur Eliasson's new museum exhibit will leave you thinking and splashing.

Olafur Eliasson doesn’t mind if you touch his art. You can even step on it, if you want. For Eliasson, who is known for his immersive, multisensory works, engagement is key.

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Satirical Cartoons Display Global Problems

Polish illustrator Pawel Kuczynski offers up his satirical cartoons of widespread problems plaguing our planet.

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Polish illustrator Pawel Kuczynski needs little else in the way of inspiration for his satirical drawings than to take a look at the twisted world around him. “I like to observe people and their relationships,” he said in an interview with Fluster Magazine. “I just observe reality. I put this information in my head…and I wait for the results. In our time, it's very easy.”

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Frankenfood Got You Scared? Try Ghost Food.

Artist Miriam Simun imagines the foods that will replace the ones that disappear.

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Agalinis acuta, a pink wildflower that grows in the sandy grasslands of New York State, blooms for one day before withering. Adding insult to injury, not only does the flower have a short life, the plant from which it emerges is endangered, with only about 20 colonies remaining. As a result, few folks ever get to see them, let alone smell their fragrant perfumes.

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This Shoe Is Rubbish

Charles Duffy, William Gubbins, and Billy Turvy, all second-year design students, collected plastic trash from beaches around England, melted it down, and molded the material into a sneaker that looks like something out of a beautiful kindergarten finger painting party.

Here are some fun facts for your Friday. There are over 165 million tons of plastic in the world's oceans. Eight million pieces of plastic enter the ocean every day. Animals from at least 267 different species have died due to eating or getting tangled up in oceanic plastic waste.

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