Alex Queral Takes Your Old Phonebooks And Makes Art

July 11, 2014
Alex Queral Rowan Atkinson

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Alex Queral is a Cuban-American artist who has carved himself out a very unique place among his peers; while other sculptors may work with a more traditional medium, Alex possesses a very specific specialization: carving three dimensional portraits of pop-culture icons into phone books.

Alex Queral Two Obamas

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It takes a very delicate touch and sure hand to bring these celebrity portraits to life. Cutting through page after page of each book (that most of us throw away or recycle), these masterpieces infuse beauty and innovation into an object we see as teetering on obsolete, and give a whole new meaning to the term “pop-up book”.

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What We Love This Week, Volume LXXIII

July 11, 2014

Photographer Visits Mountain Peaks Around The World And Delivers These Fantastic Photos

Caught the travel bug but not the budget? Fear not; photographer Max Rive is here to help. Rive’s mission as a photographer is to take us to the world’s highest mountain peaks and document the rich topography below. Through his perspective, Rive leaves us in awe and feeling humbled at the same time. See more at My Modern Met.

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This Map Helps Explain China’s Pollution Problem

July 10, 2014

Population Density China

China is home to one-fifth of the world’s population, as well as one of the starkest divides between the rural and urban. As evidenced by this map, when split roughly in half, 94% of people live in the more urbane cities in the east, while a much smaller percentage of people (6%) lives in the west. Such high numbers in cities can go a long way in explaining the issues the country faces when it comes to pollution.