Woman renews vows with mannequin husband after 14 years [Exclusive pics & interview]

July 23, 2014 | No comments

In February, we featured a series of photos by Suzanne Heintz with her mannequin “family,” (“Single Woman Spends 14 Years with Mannequin Family to Make a Point“). In the spirited comments section, the photos were called “creepy,” “brilliant,” and everything in between.

Since then, Suzanne and I have kept in contact, and a couple months ago I got the skinny on her planned “chapter two” of her project, officially called “The Playing House Project,” in which she and her stoic mannequin husband renew their wedding vows.

I took the opportunity to send Suzanne a few questions to get a deeper understanding of her project. She graciously took the time to thoughtfully answer them, and to give us an exclusive scoop on the renewal ceremony photos.

You’re the first to see these, so enjoy!

Artist buys imitation family to satirize conformity

Suzanne, thank you for taking the time to answer some questions. I came across your work in mid-February this year and was delighted by it. Since then, on our site alone, it’s been shared 150,000 times on Facebook. And I know you’ve had a lot of press elsewhere too. But you’ve been committed to this project for a long time. How does it feel to see something into which you’ve invested so much time and energy garner the exposure it has recently?

It’s just like jumping into a hot spring. Shocking at first, and wonderful once you get used to it. I’ve said before that I’m pleased as punch to be born at the time I was. Not only because as a woman, I’ve got more choices in life than any generation before, but I’m also amazed at how much opportunity, and exposure, living in the information age provides.

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Women celebrate an imminent baby with paintings on their pregnant bellies [20 pics]

July 17, 2014 | No comments

In addition to doing more typical commissioned paintings, English artist My Little Sweet-pea is available for “Bump Painting.” Dozens of women have hired her to create temporary body art for their pregnant bellies.

Some women choose children’s stories as their theme; others pick an image that signifies the life growing within them; and some just want a beautiful picture. Here are some examples…

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If animals and objects actually looked how kids draw them (they would be awesome) [10 pics]

July 16, 2014 | No comments

Like most young kids, Telmo Pieper spent much of his childhood drawing rudimentary sketches of various animals and objects. Unlike most of us, Pieper actually grew up to be an artist.

For his series called “Kiddie Arts,” Pieper pulled out his old childhood sketches from when he was 4 years old and recreated them as realistic drawings resulting in these fantastically bizarre images…

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All 50 states summarized in Lego scenes… Did they get your state right?

July 11, 2014 | 8 comments

Jeff Friesen may be Canadian, but the subject of this project from the creative photographer is the United States — all 50 of them…

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For his project 50 States of LEGO, Friesen captured a scene, landscape, or piece of culture from each state in an image made with his favorite childhood toy.

The collection is being released as a book this fall called United States of LEGO, but if you can’t wait till then, you can buy your own print of any of these fantastic images…


Lego Alabama


Lego Alaska

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Girl’s fun and imaginative bathroom mirror selfies are awesome [24 pics]

July 8, 2014 | No comments

Instagrammer @mirrorsme has been posting selfies since last August, but she’s added a fun twist…

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The Norwegian transplant to Washington, DC, draws on mirrors with markers, creating humorous and quirky drawings that come alive once she inserts herself into the images.

Some of our favorite of her selfies are included here, but be sure to jump over to her Instagram account for more whimsical bathroom drawings…

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This looks like a normal painting — Then you start moving closer to it…

July 2, 2014 | 1 comment

Artist Brian Weavers‘ 3D work is part of an intriguing art form called reverspective. This optical illusion makes the portions of the three-dimensional painting that are actually closest appear as if they’re furthest away — until you move towards the painting…

(via Twisted Sifter)

These dancers are completely naked, but you can’t tell in these bizarre and beautiful photos [9 pics]

June 24, 2014 | 2 comments

In his series simply titled “Nude,” photographer Shinichi Maruyama combines thousands of photos of dancers in motion to create a seamless image that is no longer the nude dancer but a surreal spectacle that shows the subject’s movement as much if not more than his or her form. He says…

I tried to capture the beauty of both the human body’s figure and its motion….

By putting together uninterrupted individual moments, the resulting image as a whole will appear to be something different from what actually exists.


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Artist creates remarkable images with smoke in bottles [15 pictures]

June 20, 2014 | 1 comment

Jim Dingilian has an amazing technique for creating art out of old bottles. He fills them with smoke…

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…and then scrapes away the coating left inside the glass by the smoke. The resulting images look good simply as pictures, but then when you consider the process, they become genuinely remarkable.

Dingilian’s work is featured in Chicago’s Packer Schopf Gallery and New York’s McKenzie Fine Art. Here are some examples…

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Surprising before-and-after pics compare movie scenes pre- and post-visual effects [37 pics]

June 19, 2014 | 4 comments

We know that many of today’s movies are filled with visual effects, but it’s rare that we get a behind-the-scenes look at where the acting and makeup ends and technology takes over. Here are just a few comparisons between what the cameras filmed and what you saw in the theater…

Life of Pi

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300 — Rise of an Empire

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Kids visit nihilistic art show in hilarious parody of vintage children’s books [9 pics]

June 19, 2014 | 1 comment

What if a couple of 1950′s children went to the art museum with mom and the story was told in a book for emerging readers, so they could learn a bit about art as they practice their reading and learn new vocab?

That sort of book could definitely exist. It probably already does somewhere.

But what if the museum mom and kids went to featured modern art and the particular exhibit was a nihilistic look at god, death, and the meaning of nothingness?

Fortunately that book exists, too — We Go to the Gallery by artist and comedian Miriam Elia.

Here are some sample pages…

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