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Handmade Goods: Where Art Meets Practicality

What do you do when your MFA doesn’t catapult you into the height of the literary scene? If you’re Joel Bukiewicz of Cut Brooklyn, you go into the handmade knife business. At first glance it sounds a bit odd, but the process of physically creating something by yourself and for someone else is a lot like writing. But unlike experimental poetry, a majority of people find knives useful.

10 Writing Studios Which Prove That Place Does Inspire

Writing Studios Hemingway House

The Ernest Hemingway house in Key West, Florida features his humble and peaceful writing studio. The safari motif, small bookshelves, and sparse furniture gave Hemingway his ideal writing space. Hemingway brought many of his greatest books to life in this very room. Source: Carmen’s Travel Tips

No matter his or her genre or style, the one necessity for every writer is an inspired place to imagine and plot a character’s next move. Whether a world famous author or an amateur who has just discovered the worlds one can create with a sequence of letters, the physical places in which a writer writes have a tendency to bleed into the storyline and influence outcomes.

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Carhenge – When Metal Meets Art

Roadside Sculpture

Source: History

Stonehenge is one of the world’s most well-known and mysterious monuments, but you don’t have to travel all the way to Salisbury, England in order to see it. As with most other European icons, the United States—more specifically Nebraska—has appropriated one of the continent’s most impressive artifacts for its own enjoyment. The small difference here? This Nebraskan Stonehenge is made out of cars.

Side View

Source: Carhenge

That’s right. If you happen to travel to Alliance, Nebraska, make sure to stop by Carhenge. As the name suggests, the monument is a replica of the famous Stonehenge but formed with discarded automobiles. Even so, this isn’t some kind of huckster tourist trap. The entire construction consists of 38 different vehicles, all of which are painfully arranged to form a 100-foot wide circle that emulates the actual arrangement found at Stonehenge. Most impressive of all is that Carhenge is the brainchild of just one man – artist Jim Reinders.

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The Sunrise Kempinski Hotel: Modern Yet Traditional

Sunrise Kempinski Hotel Horizon

Source: Kempinski

It’s not even open yet, but the Sunrise Kempinski Hotel already has the world talking about its seamless blend of modern, eco-friendly design and traditional Chinese culture. Constructed in a giant, sun-like orb shape, Beijing’s Sunrise Kempinski Hotel is covered with more than 10,000 glass panels, which are meant to reflect the surrounding scenery.

Up Close of Sunrise Hotel

Designs from the Sunrise Kempinski Hotel. Source: Hospitality Net

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