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Curious Contraptions by automata artist Paul Spooner

Via the new Curious Contraptions exhibition at San Francisco's Exploratorium, meet artist and mechanic Paul Spooner. Within a community of British makers, Spooner created over 40 whimsical kinetic sculptures for The C...

Building Art Machines with LEGO Technic pieces

From The Tinkering Studio located at San Francisco's Exploratorium, enjoy these pattern making art machines built with LEGO Technic beams, gears, and pins. The Tinkering team wrote up a quick art machines experiment g...

The Amazing Shapes of Ammonites

Now extinct, ammonites are abundant, prehistoric sea molluscs that first appeared in the fossil record around 240 million years ago. The images of ammonites that we often see in museums and books are planispiral-shape...

Portrait of Innovation: James Conway Farley

Born to enslaved parents in Prince Edward County, Virginia on August 10, 1854, James Conway Farley became the country's first prominent African American photographer, winning awards for his work, as well as enduring t...

Installing massive statues with engineering and care at the Met

How do you move and install a three ton statue circa 170 BC? How do you move and install a ten ton statue? In these behind-the-scenes time lapse video from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, we get to se...

Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest on the beach in San Francisco

Join Adam Savage as he talks with Dutch physicist-turned-artist Theo Jansen. The subject: Strandbeests -- “beach animals” in Dutch. For the very first time, Jansen has brought his wind-fueled kinetic sculptures to win...

The Dipped Painting Project by Oliver Jeffers

From children's book author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers, a project that explores memory and loss in a mix of art and experience: The Dipped Painting Project. In November of 2014 I began the first of a series of ...

Dinosaurs Among Us – AMNH

Dinosaur nests, eggs, and babies, dinosaur feathers, dinosaur brains and lungs, and dinosaur bones, beaks, and claws all provide evidence that birds are living dinosaurs. In this video from the American Museum of Natu...

Incredibly detailed insect portraits by Levon Biss

Assembled from between 8,000 and 10,000 images that were captured with microscope lenses, each of these meticulously lit portraits of insects is full of rich detail. Photographer Levon Biss started photographing insec...

A Vault of Color: Protecting the World’s Rarest Pigments

In Cambridge, Massachusetts, you can find dragon's blood, mummy, and a very rare ball of dried urine from cows that have been fed nothing but mango leaves (now considered a harmful process for the cows). These things ...

Bubble Device #4 at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum

From French Canadian media artist Nicholas Hanna, this is Bubble Device #4, another delightful video showcasing Hanna's automated bubble making device. The machine, which combines motors, pulleys, and a large fan, is ...

Preparing Pilcher’s Hawk to fly again

According to Wikipedia, The Hawk was the fourth flying machine that British inventor Percy Pilcher built in the 1890s. Following Bat, Beetle, and Gull hang gliders, Pilcher's Hawk broke the world distance record in 18...

Rowland Emett’s Marvelous Dream Machines

From a 2014 exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, explore the Marvelous Machines of Rowland Emett, an English cartoonist and maker of fantastical mechanical contraptions. Emett lived and worked in Birmingha...

A time lapse of Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing 797

How does one person's actions influence the next person's actions in a shared space? Sol LeWitt's wall drawings explore this intricate visual butterfly effect in the collaborative art entitled Wall Drawing 797, a conc...

Patrick Dougherty’s Stickwork in Salem and Sausalito

Are they nests? Cocoons, forts, beehives, ancient huts, forest castles? All of the above and more? From the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, watch how artist Patrick Dougherty planned and built 'What the ...

Repairing a Meissen Lion + King Augustus the Strong’s Menagerie

Commissioned by King Augustus the Strong (1670-1733), Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, for his Japanese Palace in Dresden, The Meissen Lion was one of hundreds of porcelain mammals and birds planned for creation ...

The Corpse Flower: Behind the Stink of the Titan Arum

Corpse Flowers (Amorphophallus titanum), including Berkeley's Trudy the Titain Arum and The Denver Botanic Garden's Stinky DBG (live video feed), have made news in 2015. The massive plants can bloom every 2-3 years, o...

Beam Drop Inhotim, 2008, Brazil – Chris Burden

A large space in the dirt is cleared, a pit is dug and filled with wet concrete, and a huge crane lifts and drops 100 locally sourced steel I-beams into the pit. This is the work of late American artist Chris Burden f...

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