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New York's Broken Umbrellas, Reimagined as Art

A spiky dome, locally sourced from streets and trashcans.

Hunting the Elusive Red Lightning Above Oklahoma City

Jason Ahrns searches at night for huge, mysterious eruptions of sparks that appear high over thunderstorms.

A Gloriously Offensive, Poop-Based Art Show Opens in San Francisco

This week, Bay Area art lovers were treated to paintings made from real animal poo "carefully hand-picked from local farms."

Tokyo Museum Unveils the Spookiest Art Exhibit We've Ever Seen

When was the last time your museum experience involved a painting you can climb into or disembodied eyes following you in a room?

China's New Tallest Building Will Have the World's Fastest Elevators

They will travel at 40 mph.

What's Better Than Turning an Urban Highway Into a Park?

St. Louis will cover the highway that divides downtown from the waterfront. But some wish they'd removed the interstate altogether.

How North Korea Commissions Architects

Meet the Hong Kong architecture firm currently in favor with Kim Jong Un.

When Neglected Buildings Become Seriously Trippy Art Projects

If you've ever spotted street art involving pin-up models with kitty heads or screaming flowers, it's probably the work of Chile's Macarena "Macay" Yañez.

How LEDs Have Transformed the City Skyline

Illuminated nightscapes are a new worldwide arena, where global cities will compete for recognition.

The Original New York Street Photographer

If Alice Austen weren't a real person, some novelist might have had to invent her.

How to Photograph a Bankrupt City

Kirk Crippens has been taking pictures of Stockton, California, since its housing bubble famously burst.

Italian City Gets Super-Creepy Art Inside an Abandoned Mental Hospital

Herbert Baglione's loathsome shadow-creatures sprout from old wheelchairs and slide into darkened rooms in this fantastically atmospheric intervention.

These Houses With Slides in Them Would Make Anyone Giddy

Need to get from the bedroom into the foyer? Try one of these quirky chutes.

Edward Snowden, Pop Art Icon

Graffiti and street artists around the world find their latest inspiration in the beleaguered NSA whistleblower.

A Museum Show of Broken Umbrellas and Old Coffee Cups

A new exhibition transforms the "utterly ordinary" parts of New York City life into urban icons.

This Is What It Would Look Like If You Dropped Manhattan Into the Grand Canyon

Whoa.

This Is Not a Watermark: Meet French Street Artist Mathieu Tremblin

A look into the mind of the often subtle urban interventionist. 

When Is a Giant Inflatable Duck Not a Giant Inflatable Duck?

Counterfeit copies of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's massive sculpture are popping up across China.

The Earthquake-Damaged Washington Monument Looks Really Snazzy at Night Now

An illumination project for America's most famous obelisk.