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The Otis Maybach

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We all saw the Jay-Z and Kanye West video for Otis. We all thought to our ourselves, oh no, seriously? The Maybach? Don’t do it!!!

Thankfully rap isn’t all just bling bling– they’re auctioning off The Otis Maybach for charity, this Thursday, March 8th in New York City. The lot is being sold partly to benefit Save the Children by Phillips Depury.

Estimates are $100,000-$150,000 and I imagine it will do just fine.  Who wouldn’t want a ’04 Maybach destroyed by Jigga himself?  I’m going to go ahead and put this into the Art category.

2004 Maybach 57 customized for the video for the Grammy Award winning song Otis, 2011

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Nooka App

Our friends at Nooka have launched this neat little time keeping iPhone application, providing you with a new way to look at time.

Time is the most ubiquitous thing we experience. NOOKA presents a graphical representation of time that transcends the linguistics and math that make telling time—creating a truly intuitive experience to tell time, set alarms, and visualise world-time/timezones.

Features include a timer, stopwatch, and most importantly a beautiful world-time option.

You can try it out for yourself and download it now through the iTunes store.

Obliteration Room

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Pictures from 82-year-old Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama new exhibit at the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane, Australia called ‘Obliteration Room.’

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Start with a stark-white room then let kids armed with thousands of colored stickers go crazy on it. The result is a rainbow of insanity.

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More pictures over at The Denver Egotist, thanks Keleigh!

Dominic Wilcox Watch Sculptures

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Dominic Wilcox has created some new watch sculptures– tiny people standing on the hands of a watch, on subjects from protest and big brother to money and football. Via Mocoloco

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The new Watch Sculptures are part of a larger series of miniature time-based sculptures by Wilcox that uses vintage mechanical timepieces and customized model figures.

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Related: Nike’s Art of Football by Dominic Wilcox, and the Xylophone Bin

NoPattern 2012

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Old friend Chuck Anderson of NoPattern has released a few new goodies for the holiday season. Above is his latest NoPattern Calendar– a 7×7 calendar packaged inside a black vinyl record sleeve screenprinted with gold ink, signed and numbered in an edition of 300.

There are also some new t-shirts. Two of the six latest shirts are below. Great stuff.

Josh Spear readers can used the code jspear for $5 off their order in the store. Enjoy!

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Skateboard Sculptures

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Japanese artist Haroshi creates unique three-dimensional sculptures out of recycled skateboard decks.

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Layers of stacked wooden decks are transformed into sharks, body parts, fire hydrants, toys, fictional characters, and shoes.

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Incredible. I need that apple. More pictures on Toxel. Thanks G!

North Korea Mass Games

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Head over to designboom for a great story and photo essay about the human billboard paintings at the North Korean Mass Games.

Believe it or not, I actually had flights to North Korea to see the Mass Games this past September– but the whole trip was cancelled for ‘unknown’ reasons. I’m looking forward to trying again for my night in Pyongyang next year. It looks a-mazing.

Go check out more photos (and videos) here.

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