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Tinkertown, on the far side of the mountain from Albuquerque

It may take months for this odyssey of a place to completely sink in: quirky and utterly fascinating, Tinkertown Museum contains a world of miniature carved-wood characters. The museum's late founder, Ross Ward, spent more than 40 years carving and collecting the hundreds of figures that populate this cheerfully bizarre museum, including an animated miniature Western village, a Boot Hill cemetery, and a 1940s circus exhibit. Ragtime piano music, a 40-foot sailboat (that traveled around the world for a decade), and a life-size general store are other highlights. The walls surrounding this 22-room museum have been fashioned out of more than 50,000 glass bottles pressed into cement. This homage to folk art, found art, and eccentric kitsch tends to strike a chord with people of all ages. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 5, 2013 - 12 comments

It's a Different Nick Cave

Nick Cave's Soundsuits: Calling up echoes of wild beasts, Carnival dancers, maskers and shamans, the "soundsuits" made of a wild diversity of materials by visual artist and dancer Nick Cave have life beyond the gallery. They're designed to be used in performances and 'invasions,' creating a sense of mystery, playfulness and joyful moments of community.
posted by Miko on Sep 21, 2012 - 15 comments

That's a very nice rendering, Dave.

How do robots see the world? This is an experiment in found machine-vision footage, exploring the aesthetics of the robot eye. [SLVimeo]
posted by jivadravya on Feb 7, 2012 - 14 comments

The book was better.

Reviewing Netflix's 'Example Short 23.976.' Netflix has subsequently released the short in a variety of forms and at various lengths, in one case looping it for a full eight hours in a version that many viewers compared to Andy Warhol's 1964 film Empire. In another case the film was compiled into "a sample show with many episodes" titled Example TV Mega-series 700, containing exactly 700 episodes.
posted by shakespeherian on Jun 28, 2011 - 17 comments

Vancouver's Basquiat?

"if you see ken around the downtown eastside, chinatown, or gastown, buy his art or i'll stab you in the neck!" Ken Foster wanders the streets of Vancouver, painting the neighborhoods and selling the paintings he's made on found objects.
posted by cross_impact on May 7, 2010 - 4 comments

Life in Kodachrome

Michael Williams, the guy behind A Continuous Lean, buys Kodachrome slides from the 50's and 60's at flea markets, estate sales, and other sources. Then he posts his finds online: Part I, II, III, and IV. [more inside]
posted by defenestration on May 5, 2010 - 26 comments

Found Art From Jail

Jail Finds is a flickr set of art found stuffed inside books by the account holder at the jail where they are a volunteer running the book cart.
posted by jonson on Oct 29, 2007 - 9 comments

I found some of your life

I found some of your life. You are unknown to me. Your camera's memory card was in a taxi; I have it now. I am going to post one of your pictures each day. I will also narrate as if I were you. Maybe you will come here and reclaim this piece of your life. (via the Morning News)
posted by Ufez Jones on Sep 17, 2004 - 95 comments

Not just for squares

The Box Doodle Project - Cool cardboard art.
posted by dobbs on Jul 19, 2004 - 3 comments

I can't believe this has never been posted!

The Museum of Bad Art
posted by anastasiav on Mar 15, 2004 - 10 comments

Stick it to me, baby!

Stickernation - found sticker art from around the world.
posted by dobbs on Jan 27, 2004 - 5 comments

TRASHLOG - Found art

TRASHLOG — or — arresting and acute observation of ordinary offal.
posted by pedantic on Jan 23, 2004 - 5 comments

Found Typography

Found Typography
... and if you liked that, please also try Hundreds of Thousands, both from Itchy Robot
posted by anastasiav on Jan 22, 2004 - 10 comments

...a picture needs memories to be an image...

Time Tales : a collection of abandoned photographs, found at fleamarkets, thriftshops, or just lying on the street
posted by anastasiav on Nov 15, 2003 - 7 comments

Object Not Found

Object Not Found. Lost and found photographs, postcards and letters.'The collection of postcards, photographs and letters collected here allows me to peek into a however small part of other peoples lives. '
Found via Countries of the Mind, a page about an imaginary world, and its postage stamps and postcards.
Related interest :- P22 Mail Art, and gallery.
posted by plep on May 22, 2003 - 5 comments

StreetMattress.com

StreetMattress.com - Much like "found art", this site chronicles the phenomenon of abandoned mattresses, and finally gives the public a forum on which to comment on them. Some if my favorites are here, here, and here.
posted by emptybowl on Jun 11, 2002 - 10 comments

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