Statues Nobody Will Ever Tear Down Because They’re Awesome

We’re going through a time of reflection brought on by the protests of Black citizens of the racism they face by law enforcement and in all areas of their everyday lives.

As we strive to have meaningful conversations about race, one of the casualties of the Black Lives Matter movement has been the statues of Confederate generals and early explorers like Christopher Columbus. There are further calls to keep toppling statues until every reminder of racism is removed from sight.

So is any statue safe? Sure!

On Twitter, author and historian James Barr asked a provoking question about the value of statues occupying public parks and streets. He got plenty of answers.

Here are 12 statues everyone seems to like.

1. Tokyo

A life-size Gundam!

2. Dublin

The Famine statues were presented to the City of Dublin in 1997.

3.  Sheffield, United Kingdom

Bronze sculpture by Martin Jennings that remembers the women of Sheffield who worked the steel factories during WWI and WWII.

4. Norway

By Gustav Vigeland. The babies are evil spirits.

5. Vancouver

Terry Fox was a Canadian athelete and amputee who ran across Canada to raise money for cancer research.

6. Vaxjo, Sweden

Whacking Neo-Nazis!

7. New York

By artist Paige Bradley to show a figure disconnecting herself from attachments.

8. London

Mary Seacole was a Black woman who traveled the world and helped people in need. She was best known for her work as a nurse during the Crimean War.

9. University of Maryland

Jim Henson and Kermit The Frog sit on a bench in front of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union Building deep in conversation.

10. Sao Paulo

Commerating Brazil’s essential workers.

11. Denver International Airport

Blue Mustang. Also called Blucifer. Actually killed his creator, Luis Jiménez.

12. Seaham, Co. Durham

Great War soldier by artist Ray Lonsdale.

Just as there are statues that commemorate people who are no longer considered heroes in the current context, there are many more honoring the lesser known men and women who changed the world in valuable ways. Other statues are artistic works and we need art to make us look at life in different ways.

Our history may be considered a source of misery, but we also need to remember the ones that made it as beautiful as they could–and still do. May we learn from them.

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Woman Recreates Cliché Travel Instagram Photos in Her Apartment During the Shutdown

2020 has really sucked so far.

And if you’re a person who regularly travels for business or pleasure, you know that’s it’s been a big adjustment being stuck at home and pretty much not being able to go ANYWHERE.

Travel blogger Sharon Waugh is based in South Africa but she, like all of us, is also stuck at home. So what’s a travel enthusiast to do…?

Waugh decided to spend her time recreating cliché travel photos that you routinely see people post on Instagram in her apartment and they are funny and totally spot-on.

Take a look at her photos. We think they’re great!

1. High on the mountaintop…

But now in your kitchen.

2. The Sydney Opera House.

Nice placement with the dishes, at least…

3. Jump for joy!

But do it inside for now.

4. Oh, to be at the beach…

Don’t try to surf with that ironing board.

5. Come right this way.

Doesn’t quite have the same look to it, does it?

6. Getting out in nature.

The great indoors.

7. Yayyyy! Oh, wait…

Hmmmm, well, this will have to do for now.

8. The Taj Mahal.

I love this one!

9. All the love in the world.

We’ll get back to it soon!

10. Definitely an “influencer” photo.

Get out of the road!

11. Close enough…

Gotta do the best with what you have.

12. Nailed that pose!

The lighting works, too!

Those are great!

Let’s hope that we can all travel to REAL places sooner than later.

Where is the FIRST place you want to go when it’s safe to travel again?

Talk to us in the comments!

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Use the Face Swap App on Your Tattoo and the Results Are Quite Disturbing

I’m warning you that you might want to avert your eyes or close them very soon.

Because what you’re about to see is quite disturbing.

You’ve probably seen people posting photos using the Face Swap app of them switching heads with their kids or their friends, but now people are doing it with their tattoos.

An Instagram page called Tattoo Face Swaps collects these kinds of creepy photos on their page and we have to say that they are unsettling…but we’ll let you be the judge.

Let’s take a look…

1. OH MY GOD.

Take it away, please!

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2. Time to bleach my eyeballs.

Why did this have to happen?

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3. Ugh! No way! Uh uh!

Get that business out of here!

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4. Straight out of a horror movie.

And we’ll never be the same…

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5. Mildly disturbing.

Not as bad as some of the others, but still…

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6. This is very confusing.

And I don’t like it!

7. A lot to take in here…

Thoughts on this one?

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8. Yikes. Very creepy.

Now I’m getting scared…

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9. Looks like a corpse.

I have to look away immediately.

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10. No thank you!

Haunting your dreams.

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11. The Joker.

Don’t stare at it for too long.

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12. Let’s end on this gem.

Jesus, that is frightening.

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Yikes! Nightmare fuel for sure.

How about you?

Have you played around with the Face Swap app at all? With your kids? Friends?

Have you taken some funny or creepy pics with it?

Please share your photos with us in the comments.

Thanks in advance!

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These Photos Look Like Accidental Renaissance Art

This is very interesting

Sometimes, great art is accidental, what else can you say? You point and shoot your camera and you get something you totally weren’t expecting.

And that’s definitely the case with these wonderful photographs.

They may have all been taken recently but what they capture looks like accidental Renaissance paintings.

They’re really very remarkable.

If you want to explore more photos like this, head on over to the Accidental Renaissance page on Reddit.

Let’s dive into these pics!

1. At least six feet away.

A sign of the times.

The Modern Plague from AccidentalRenaissance

2. Wow. Very sad and timely.

Definitely looks like a painting, don’t you think?

Volunteers from Red Cross in Bergamo, Italy, checking up on a 88yo women suspected to have covid-19. Photo: Fabio Bucciarelli from AccidentalRenaissance

3. A beautiful photograph.

This young person is full of fire.

A young man, illuminated by mobile phones, recites a poem while protestors chant slogans calling for civilian rule, during a blackout in Khartoum, Sudan from AccidentalRenaissance

4. We need some peace.

Can’t we all have an olive branch right now?

Italian nurse holding olive branch from AccidentalRenaissance

5. Her two beautiful children.

Well, close enough…

Venus and her fallen children / 1495 Italy from AccidentalRenaissance

6. This is a great shot.

The whole world needs to be disinfected right now.

The disinfector arrives from AccidentalRenaissance

7. Time for a snooze.

We all need some downtime.

da Vinci’s "Downtime of the Essential Overworker" from AccidentalRenaissance

8. A break amidst the chaos.

I love the colors in this one.

A Woman Reading from AccidentalRenaissance

9. This kid is over it.

Oh, the humanity!

Took a picture of my son bored out of his wits by the lock down. Turned out to be my first picture worthy of this sub! from AccidentalRenaissance

10. The mighty horse.

In all its glory!

Horse Worship from AccidentalRenaissance

11. This is amazing.

Jesus is on the move.

the decent of Christ from the cross in the Italian city of Taranto from AccidentalRenaissance

12. I’ll be what I am. A solitary man.

I love the light coming through the window.

Study of a man in isolation from AccidentalRenaissance

13. The Pope taking public transportation a dozen years ago.

A man on the move.

Pope Francis circa 2008 from AccidentalRenaissance

Those are pretty great.

Now we want to hear from you!

In the comments, please share your own photos that you think look like accidental Renaissance art.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Modern Photos That Are So Good They Look Like Renaissance Paintings

Have you ever snapped a picture on your camera or your phone that you thought was so impressive, it almost looked like a painting?

That’s exactly the case with these beautiful photographs that were all taken in recent years but somehow ended up looking like Renaissance art.

They’re really awesome and I think you’re going to be blown away!

Photos like this are collected on a Reddit page called Accidental Renaissance.

They are quite impressive! Let’s take a look.

1. A classic portrait.

One question: what’s on his head?

My grandfather looking like a classic portrait from AccidentalRenaissance

2. That’s a great photo.

It looks like time stood still there.

Sunset by the Canal.. from AccidentalRenaissance

3. It’s all about the light.

Definitely a Renassaince photo.

A photo of my friend – the light just hit right… @matthew.robin from AccidentalRenaissance

4. The hand is all you need to see.

Doesn’t that look familiar?

Found in a hostel in Florence from AccidentalRenaissance

5. A tragedy unfolding before our eyes.

I hope he got that sandwich back…

The attempted salvage of the post Oktoberfest Döner from AccidentalRenaissance

6. Take good care of him.

Taking the late subway home.

The Death of Adrian from AccidentalRenaissance

7. What a beautiful pic.

The colors are wonderful.

Took this photo last year in Khan El-Khalili in Old Cairo, Egypt. Sorry not right dimensions but I hope that it fits here. from AccidentalRenaissance

8. Wow. That is amazing.

And it looks very dangerous.

Found in r/HeavySeas from AccidentalRenaissance

9. The end of a long day.

The bride deserves a drink, okay?

The bride after dark from AccidentalRenaissance

10. Weddings always take a toll on people.

Have another drink. You’ll need it.

The Aftermath of the Wedding from AccidentalRenaissance

11. Everyone still needs to eat.

A lonely food cart…

Hunger doesn’t stop for a pandemic. from AccidentalRenaissance

12. This photo is kind of terrifying.

But very beautiful.

Easter in Spain from AccidentalRenaissance

13. That doesn’t even look real.

A painting come to life.

Uncertain, Texas from AccidentalRenaissance

14. A perfect example of what we’re talking about.

Just take it all in.

The night before the wedding from AccidentalRenaissance

Aren’t those awesome?

Have you ever taken any photos that you think look like accidental Renaissance art?

If so, please share your photos with us in the comments.

Please and thank you!

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Street Artist’s 3D Chalk Illustrations Are Really Great

I’ve seen a lot of chalk art on the street and on sidewalks lately when I’ve been taking walks, but I’ve never in my life seen anything quite like the chalk art of a man named David Zinn.

He creates really cool, 3-D chalk art of little creatures and animals and he uses the street as his canvas.

He describes his work this way: “Street artist specializing in small-scale, improvised and (mostly) light-hearted chalk art.”

Let’s take a look at his art.

Be sure to check out Zinn’s book on Amazon, as well!

1. The Sandbag Bandit.

Even though he’s a bandit, you have to admit that he’s pretty cute.

2. Happy birthday to you!

The owl even has a cake for you.

3. He loves me…

He loves me not…

4. Look what I found.

You never know what you’ll discover.

5. This must be the place!

Use your time wisely!

6. Looks like a good spot.

To kick back and relax.

7. Lost in a foreign land.

And trying to navigate your way through it.

8. I love this one.

One cookie per day.

9. Two good friends.

Just taking it all in.

10. Love is love.

And you can see it on display in this drawing.

11. The tools of the trade.

When pigs fly…

12. You have a new buddy.

Enjoy it!

Zinn’s work is really great, don’t you think?

Now we want to hear from you!

In the comments, please tell us some other cool artists we should be following on social media.

Thanks in advance. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Street Artist’s 3D Chalk Illustrations Are Really Great

I’ve seen a lot of chalk art on the street and on sidewalks lately when I’ve been taking walks, but I’ve never in my life seen anything quite like the chalk art of a man named David Zinn.

He creates really cool, 3-D chalk art of little creatures and animals and he uses the street as his canvas.

He describes his work this way: “Street artist specializing in small-scale, improvised and (mostly) light-hearted chalk art.”

Let’s take a look at his art.

Be sure to check out Zinn’s book on Amazon, as well!

1. The Sandbag Bandit.

Even though he’s a bandit, you have to admit that he’s pretty cute.

2. Happy birthday to you!

The owl even has a cake for you.

3. He loves me…

He loves me not…

4. Look what I found.

You never know what you’ll discover.

5. This must be the place!

Use your time wisely!

6. Looks like a good spot.

To kick back and relax.

7. Lost in a foreign land.

And trying to navigate your way through it.

8. I love this one.

One cookie per day.

9. Two good friends.

Just taking it all in.

10. Love is love.

And you can see it on display in this drawing.

11. The tools of the trade.

When pigs fly…

12. You have a new buddy.

Enjoy it!

Zinn’s work is really great, don’t you think?

Now we want to hear from you!

In the comments, please tell us some other cool artists we should be following on social media.

Thanks in advance. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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‘Harry Potter’ Face Mask Shows the Marauder’s Map When You Breathe

If you’re a “Harry Potter” fan, then you probably know the Marauder’s Map, that magical document that revealed all sorts of hidden passageways and secret compartments at The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and beyond.

Harry received the map from Fred and George Weasley during his third year at Hogwarts and it proved to be a game-changer.

If you’ve always dreamed of having your own Marauder’s Map, you’re in luck. And you can even wear this version on your face.

The face mask starts off as a dusky black color. But once you put it on and start breathing into it, it slowly unveils the Marauder’s Map. So cool!

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The map is the brainchild of Colorado artist Stefanie Hokashou, who works under the brand name Colorado Pony Express. As you might imagine, as soon as she posted this magical map face mask on TikTok, people lost their minds and started scrambling to buy them from her. So, yes, they’re sold out. Hokashou is working furiously to make more, no doubt.

Here’s how the map works. It features nontoxic heat-activated dyes. When the dyes reach 82 degrees, the mask color changes from black to reveal the map.

Hook also makes plush dolls, slimes and custom orders. She’s also into art quilts, cosplay/wearable art and dragons, according to a Facebook group she runs.

She also made some other really cute types of masks:

Just imagine — this artist’s career is likely skyrocketing right now because she created this innovative face mask. People sure love their “Harry Potter” merch!

Have you read the “Harry Potter” books? Watched the movies? Which is better?

Let us know in the comments!

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Artist Creates Awesome Portraits of Animals That Like to Get All Dressed up

Ryan Berkley creates a lot of different illustrations, but I have to say that I’m a huge fan of his pieces that feature animals dressed to the nines. We’re talking about all decked out in style.

They’re funny and, more importantly, they’re really well done and are a joy to look at.

Let’s explore some of his work! And be sure to follow Ryan and his wife Lucy, who are residents of Portland, Oregon, on Instagram.

1. Cat with a turtleneck.

I love it!

2. Looks like an elder statesman of sorts…

A very important figure.

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3. Punk Rock Cat.

Got the look down 100%.

4. Dressed to the nines.

The pug looks a little bit worried about it…as all pugs usually do.

5. This one is great.

Gone fishin’!

6. Did you notice the little bird?

A nice touch, wouldn’t you say?

7. Tiger King.

Ready to go on safari.

8. Time to party!

It looks like it might be a 1980s party, doesn’t it?

9. A very wise owl.

With cherry pie on the mind.

10. A very distinguished pig.

Might want to think about running for President someday.

11. T-Rex ready to honky tonk!

All decked out in Western wear.

12. Forgot your pants!

You still look really good, though.

Those are great, don’t you think? I’m personally a huge fan.

Now we want to hear from you.

Do you know of any other really cool artists we should be following on social media?

If so, please tell us about them in the comments!

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Penguins Roamed Around an Empty Art Museum While We Were in Lockdown

What do you do when you’re a penguin and you have nothing to do because all of the humans that usually come see you are in lockdown?

Why, take a trip to the art museum, of course! Because there are no people there either!

Hey, birds need a little art and culture every once in a while, too. These penguins from the Kansas City Zoo took a little field trip to the nearby Nelson-Atkins Museum.

You can see how much they thoroughly appreciated the fine art exhibits in the video below:

These cute little tuxedo guys are Humboldt penguins, and their names are Bubbles, Maggie and Berkley.

“Humboldt penguins in human care can live well into their thirties. In the wild, Humboldt penguins are facing habitat loss and suffering from overfishing which depletes their food sources,” a Kansas City Zoo spokesperson said. “Unfortunately, our penguins can’t speak for themselves, but we think they found the experience at the museum very enriching!”

After the penguins went back home to the zoo, museum staffers got curious and went looking for any penguin-themed art in the museum’s collection.

They found at least one painting they could have shown the little birds, but somehow I doubt the penguins would have recognized their feathered brethren in this dark painting.

After our little visitors from the Kansas City Zoo, we thought we'd uncover whether we have any penguin-related art in…

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Art and penguins really seem to be the perfect match. Although someone at the art museum did probably have to clean up a few “messes” here and there after the visit. Oh well — no pain, no gain.

What’s your favorite zoo animal?

Let us know in the comments!

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