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Larger than your average Rubik’s Cube, Puzzle Facade is a project by Spanish artist and designer Javier Lloret that transforms this building in Linz, Austria into an interactive puzzle for passers-by to play with:

In Puzzle Facade the player interacts with the specially designed interface-cube. The interface-cube holds electronic components inside that allow for it keep track of its orientation and the rotations of each side of the cube. This data is sent over Bluetooth to a computer that runs the Puzzle Facade designed software. This software changes the lights and color of the large-scale Ars Electronica’s media facade in correlation to the handheld interface-cube.

Related watching: The LightLine of Gotham, Urban Flipper at Fête des Lumiere 2011Control, No Control at Igloofest 2012the Chandelier Tree, and more things that glow.

via DesignBoom.

Watch the making of Florentijn Hofman’s Feestaardvarken (Partyaardvark), a 30 meter long, climbable concrete sculpture made for Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem, The Netherlands.

Hofman’s work with giant animals might be familiar: here’s his giant rubber duck in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. Also in the archives: a video of an adorable aardvark baby and more excellent projects happening in The Netherlands.

via Designboom.

Above, watch molten gold transform into gold leaf as it is beaten into thinner and thinner pieces while cold. This clip is from PBS’ six-part miniseries The Ring of Truth: An Inquiry Into How We Know What We Know - Atoms (1987). 

"It was the craftsmen who mastered the remarkable properties that go with specific materials. They were the first to journey towards the atom. The goldsmiths slowly refined their craft to take advantage of what gold alone could do…”

MIT astrophysicist and Institute Professor Philip Morrison narrated the series, which he co-wrote with his wife, noted art and science educator Phylis Morrison. Philip Morrison also narrated and wrote the script for Charles and Ray Eames’ Powers of Ten, a must-watch video for all ages.

via Emily Lakdawalla.

Now that mobile phones are so central to our daily lives, how can the phone booth, an increasingly obsolete and disappearing public object, serve a new, more playful function? Here’s one idea: Phone Booth Aquariums (Evasion Urbaine), installations by Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille.

Related art + communityThe Event of a Thread, a cloud made from 6,000 lightbulbsBus Station Sonata, and The Chandelier Tree. Bonus video: the koi pond skyscraper.

via designboom.

An interactive installation set up in an old wine cellar in Guévaux, Switzerland, Cave aux Bulles (Bubbles’ Cellar) waits for someone to blow bubbles that appear, not as soap bubbles, but as shadows projected on the wall. Project by Joelle Aeschlimann, Pauline Saglio, and Mathieu Rivier.

In the archives: more shadows and a spectacular amount of bubble videos, including giant bubbles, mud bubbles, geometric bubbles, and scientific adventures with 20,000 year old air bubbles.

via The Curious Brain.