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Your eyes aren’t playing tricks, the Dujiangyan Zhongshuge bookstore, nicknamed “Magic Castle”, located in southwest China’s Sichuan province, appears to be filled to brim with never ending publications. To be more specific, it’s home to over 80,000 volumes in more than 20,000 genres, and looks the way it does using black-tiled floors, paired with mirrored ceilings, resulting in an infinity mirror-like effect.
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An artist who goes by “Cardboard Creationism” transforms Bicycle Playing Cards into 3D works of art. That’s right, he takes a standard deck entire deck and works on the individual cards with an X-Acto knife, without the use of any special tools or adhesives. Simply put, each card is cut along the pattern on the back and then stacked atop each other, eventually forming a 3D version of the design.
Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night was painted in June 1889 and shows the view from the east-facing window of his asylum room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, just before sunrise, with the addition of a make believe village added in for ambience. One brick artist recreated this famous scene using LEGO and their set is becoming a reality. That’s right, soon this masterpiece can be sitting on your desk, minifigure van Gogh, easel, painting pallete and all.
The internet has been in an uproar this week over an alleged time traveler spotted holding an iPhone spotted in an 1860 painting, Die Erwartete (The Expected One), by Ferinand Georg Waldmüller. Unfortunately (or fortunately), this person is not holding an electronic device, but rather a book, though the pose strikingly resembles someone who would be looking at their smartphone while walking down a pathway.
The “Saved by the Whale’s Tail” sculpture, built in 2002 at De Akkers station in Spijkenisse, a city just outside Rotterdam, saved a metro train after it went off the tracks. Rather than crash 30-feet to the ground below, the tail managed to save the day, albeit with some minor damage. Thankfully, only the train operator was the only person aboard at the time, but there is still no clear reason as to why it didn’t stop in time.