Vacant Buddha: Intricate Paper Sculptures Seem to Disappear

Bild

[ By Steph in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ]

ho yoon shin 1

Deceptively solid-looking when seen from either side, the delicacy of these paper sculptures is revealed if you simply shift your position to view them straight on. Korean artist Ho Yoon Shin coats strips of paper with urethane and attaches them to each other with paper joints to create Buddhas, replicas of famous sculptures and other human figures.

ho yoon shin 2

ho yoon shin 3

ho yoon shin 10

The translucency of the sculptures is a commentary on what Shin sees as the vacancy of modern society, relating social and political conditions in Korea to Buddhism’s philosophy of emptiness.

ho yoon shin 4

ho yoon shin 6

“I am interested in social phenomena and approached the essence of it,” says Shin. “I realized that the closer I approached it, I realized there is no essence. I think it is already intrinsic in me or in you, being judged and evaluated by the inherent values in our things. Therefore, if examined in that viewpoint, I begin to understand why the power group of Korea has wanted to split all kinds of social systems – the right and the left, social classes divided on its economic structure, dominance and subordination, etc.”

ho yoon shin 5

ho yoon shin 7

“In the end, it’s a story about the situation and a point where we fill a surface that doesn’t exist… and console and satisfy ourselves.”

ho yoon shin 8

In addition to his human figures, Shin’s paper work includes large-scale installations of highly detailed, curtain-like sheets of paper, including ‘Imegrated Flowers,’ which filled an entire hallway at the Kobe Biennale.


Want More? Click for Great Related Content on WebUrbanist:

Paper Architecture: Intricate 3D Sculptures by Ingrid Siliakus

Amsterdam-based artist Ingrid Siliakus cuts and folds sheets of paper into dazzlingly detailed three-dimensional buildings and cities. Click Here to Read More »»


Flexible Paper Sculptures Bend Reality + Warp Perceptions

Li Hongbo's sculptures look like fine ceramic at first, but they are far more layered than they appear. This talented artist excels in the unexpected. Click Here to Read More »»


Macro to Micro: Intricate Paper Cut Art Inspired by Nature

What starts as a scientific study takes on a life of its own, guided only by the imagination of artist Rogan Brown as he transforms a sheet of paper into a ... Click Here to Read More »»


Share on Facebook

[ By Steph in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ]

[ WebUrbanist | Archives | Galleries | Privacy | TOS ]


Deserted Space: Photos Document NASA’s Abandoned Launch Pads

Bild

[ By WebUrbanist in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ]

abandoned space graveyard photos

The race for space has shifted gears in recent years with the rise of private programs, leaving a series of amazing space-related graveyards around the United States, which this photographer has spent 25 years exploring and documenting.

abandoned nasa building sign

abandoned rocket room

abandoned flight ring rocket

In his upcoming book, Abandoned in Place, Roland Miller takes readers on a “photographic exploration of the American space launch and research facilities that played a crucial role in the early period of space exploration. The goals of this project are to preserve and portray these abandoned, deactivated, and repurposed sites through photography that surpasses the official government approach to documentation and to lend historical and artistic insight to the subject.”

abandoned secret nasa complex

abandoned space program complexes

abandoned space program facilities

With special permission (and an escort every time), Roland has managed to visit locations including the Marshall Space Flight Center in California, the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and the Kennedy Space Center as well as Cape Canaveral in Florida. His book features 100 full-color photos – the best and brightest of his extension decade-spanning collection.

abandoned nasa deserted spaces

abandoned nasa crane gantry

The photographs cover all kinds of incredible objects and details, from cranes and gantries to blast doors, flame deflector tracks, launch rings and even lunar modules. The book will be released by the University of New Mexico Press and contain poems and essays alongside its rich imagery.

abandoned control panel switchboard

Superstructure,Navaho Complex 9, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida1990

abandoned observatory dome exterior

This project is part guide book and part historical document – it “serves not only as a documentary body of work, but also as an artistic interpretation of these historic sites. The blockhouses, launch towers, tunnels, test stands, and control rooms featured in Abandoned In Place are rapidly giving way to the elements and demolition. By my estimates, fully half of the facilities I have photographed no longer exist. The costs involved in restoring, maintaining, and securing these sites are enormous. Most of these historic facilities are located on secure military or NASA facilities, which drastically limits access by the public. Therefore, photography is the only practical method to preserve and portray these historic locations.”


Want More? Click for Great Related Content on WebUrbanist:

Animal House: Woodland Creatures Adopt Deserted Cabins

These interior photos by Kai Fagerström depict wild forest inhabitants who have made derelict human-owned dwellings their own – domestic ... Click Here to Read More »»


24 Revealing Photos & Stories of Deserted Buildings

What is it about the cracking paint, the crumbling brick and the ominous silent of abandoned buildings that attracts urban explorers interested in building ... Click Here to Read More »»


Retro Restoration: Abandoned Space Age Bungalows

These futuristic portable living pods from the '70s have been abandoned for decades, but could be restored for novelty-seeking travelers. Click Here to Read More »»


Share on Facebook

[ By WebUrbanist in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ]

[ WebUrbanist | Archives | Galleries | Privacy | TOS ]


Deserted Space: Photos Document NASA’s Abandoned Launch Pads

Bild

[ By WebUrbanist in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ]

abandoned space graveyard photos

The race for space has shifted gears in recent years with the rise of private programs, leaving a series of amazing space-related graveyards around the United States, which this photographer has spent 25 years exploring and documenting.

abandoned nasa building sign

abandoned rocket room

abandoned flight ring rocket

In his upcoming book, Abandoned in Place, Roland Miller takes readers on a “photographic exploration of the American space launch and research facilities that played a crucial role in the early period of space exploration. The goals of this project are to preserve and portray these abandoned, deactivated, and repurposed sites through photography that surpasses the official government approach to documentation and to lend historical and artistic insight to the subject.”

abandoned secret nasa complex

abandoned space program complexes

abandoned space program facilities

With special permission (and an escort every time), Roland has managed to visit locations including the Marshall Space Flight Center in California, the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and the Kennedy Space Center as well as Cape Canaveral in Florida. His book features 100 full-color photos – the best and brightest of his extension decade-spanning collection.

abandoned nasa deserted spaces

abandoned nasa crane gantry

The photographs cover all kinds of incredible objects and details, from cranes and gantries to blast doors, flame deflector tracks, launch rings and even lunar modules. The book will be released by the University of New Mexico Press and contain poems and essays alongside its rich imagery.

abandoned control panel switchboard

Superstructure,Navaho Complex 9, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida1990

abandoned observatory dome exterior

This project is part guide book and part historical document – it “serves not only as a documentary body of work, but also as an artistic interpretation of these historic sites. The blockhouses, launch towers, tunnels, test stands, and control rooms featured in Abandoned In Place are rapidly giving way to the elements and demolition. By my estimates, fully half of the facilities I have photographed no longer exist. The costs involved in restoring, maintaining, and securing these sites are enormous. Most of these historic facilities are located on secure military or NASA facilities, which drastically limits access by the public. Therefore, photography is the only practical method to preserve and portray these historic locations.”


Want More? Click for Great Related Content on WebUrbanist:

Animal House: Woodland Creatures Adopt Deserted Cabins

These interior photos by Kai Fagerström depict wild forest inhabitants who have made derelict human-owned dwellings their own – domestic ... Click Here to Read More »»


24 Revealing Photos & Stories of Deserted Buildings

What is it about the cracking paint, the crumbling brick and the ominous silent of abandoned buildings that attracts urban explorers interested in building ... Click Here to Read More »»


Retro Restoration: Abandoned Space Age Bungalows

These futuristic portable living pods from the '70s have been abandoned for decades, but could be restored for novelty-seeking travelers. Click Here to Read More »»


Share on Facebook

[ By WebUrbanist in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ]

[ WebUrbanist | Archives | Galleries | Privacy | TOS ]


So Metal: Intricate Sculptures Made of Nothing but Nails

Bild

[ By Steph in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ]

nail art 1

Most people use nails just to hang art on the wall, but Maine-based sculptor John Bisbee collects thousands of them to craft incredibly intricate sculptures into spiked balls, undulating waves, tree-like structures and towering geometric stacks.

nail art 2

nail art 3

Bisbee got the idea after entering an abandoned house looking for found objects to use in his art, and finding a bucket full of old nails. “I kicked the bucket and it flipped over,” he told NPR, “and the nails had cohered, oxidized – they’d rusted into the bucket shape. And it was just such an obvious thing of beauty – it was so clearly above anything I had ever envisioned making myself. And I sat down on the bed, and I knew that I needed to get some nails.”

nail art 4

nail art 5

Since then, Bisbee has created dozens of sculptures using nothing but nails in a free-flowing process that the artist improvises, getting them “into my hands and out into space.”

nail art 6

It was only recently, after spending years welding and bending the nails into shapes, that Bisbee realized there’s something really obvious he can do with them as well: hit them with a hammer. From this revelation has come lots of wall-based art made with a pneumatic power hammer.


Want More? Click for Great Related Content on WebUrbanist:

Paper Architecture: Intricate 3D Sculptures by Ingrid Siliakus

Amsterdam-based artist Ingrid Siliakus cuts and folds sheets of paper into dazzlingly detailed three-dimensional buildings and cities. Click Here to Read More »»


Metal Heads: Sculptures Made of Movable Type & Hardware

Movable type and a variety of tiny metal bits and pieces are stunningly crafted into masks and heads in this sculpture series by artist Dale Dunning. Click Here to Read More »»


Constellation Portraits: Thread Wrapped Around Nails

Artist Kumi Yamashita winds a single black sewing thread around a grid of galvanized nails on a wooden board to create intricately detailed portraits. Click Here to Read More »»


Share on Facebook

[ By Steph in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ]

[ WebUrbanist | Archives | Galleries | Privacy | TOS ]


Evil Espresso: 13 Amazing Artistic & Unusual Coffee Machines

Bild

[ By Steph in Drawing & Digital. ]

coffee maker dutch lab 1

Your countertop coffee maker will suddenly look inadequate compared to a monster of a sculptural espresso machine, an elegant steampunk orb and a piston-powered copper coffee maker fit for a villain’s lair. These 13 artistic, high-end and highly unusual coffee and espresso machine designs take the process of brewing your essential daily caffeine intake to the next level and then some.

Sculptural Steampunk Coffee Machine by Dutch Lab

coffee maker dutch lab 2

coffee maker dutch lab 3

Would you ever guess, seeing it across a room, that this thing is a coffee maker? Dutch Lab created this Gothic-themed steampunk ‘monster’ intending for it to look a bit evil. The AKMA is named for the Korean word for ‘devil,’ and like all of Dutch Lab’s coffee machines, it uses a cold-brew technique relying on the force of gravity and a very particular grind of coffee beans – finer than those used for drip coffee, but coarser than those used for espresso.

Coffee Alarm Clock

coffee alarm clock 1

coffee alarm clock 2

Coffee could literally be your alarm clock with the Barisieur, which brews up a single cup of fresh coffee at a designated time. It doesn’t just wake you up with smell, but also with gentle sounds as the process begins and the water starts to boil. It does require a bit of preparation at night, but as the designer notes, it “encourages a ritual before going to sleep, signaling to the body and mind that it is time to unwind and relax.”

Steampunk Glass Balloon Coffee Maker

coffee maker steampunk 1

coffee maker steampunk 2

Another steampunk design looks like something straight out of a scientist’s laboratory. Café Balão by Davide Mateus consists of a pair of hand-blown glass vessels, one of which contains a wand-style heating element to boil the water. This siphoning coffee maker uses vapor pressure and vacuum to produce coffee, with vapor from boiling water in the lower chamber forcing water into the upper chamber containing the coffee grinds. When the heat turns off, gravity pulls the brewed coffee into the lower vessel.

Piston-Powered Espresso Machine

coffee piston espresso

coffee piston espresso 2

You’ll feel like you’re doing something diabolical when you pull the lever on the Streitman ES3 Espresso Machine, except instead of blowing something up or revealing a secret lair, you’ll be starting the piston-powered process of making a cup of espresso. The sleek wood and copper design forces hot water through ground coffee with a piston, and is available with a dual spout for making more than one cup at a time. It doesn’t come cheap, retailing at $1,700.

Minimalist Single-Serving Brewing Device

coffee minimalist 1

coffee minimalist 2

Is this the world’s most minimalist coffee maker? The Canadiano is a single-serving brewing device made of wood, which you simply place on top of a mug. Add coffee grounds, pour in some hot water and wait for your brewed coffee to seep through the metal filter. It’s available in three different wood varieties which ‘remember’ your choice of coffee, building up the oils of your specific beans and roast over time.

Next Page - Click Below to Read More:


Want More? Click for Great Related Content on WebUrbanist:

Brewed Fresh: 10 Hot Coffee-Centric Designs & Prototypes

Take a sip of some of the most innovative coffee-centric design prototypes. Sure, some are a bit green yet and perhaps worth roasting, but others are already ... Click Here to Read More »»


11 (More!) Creative & Clever Coffee & Tea Mug Designs

To give you some more options this collection of coffee and tea mugs features designs that are unique and practical at the same time. Click Here to Read More »»


Temporary Urban Coffee Farm Grows & Sells Bean Brew

A vibrant urban coffee farm and cafe made of pallets and shipping containers temporarily inhabits downtown Melbourne for the city's 2013 Food and Wine Festival. Click Here to Read More »»


Share on Facebook

[ By Steph in Drawing & Digital. ]

[ WebUrbanist | Archives | Galleries | Privacy | TOS ]


Tiny Flip Books Filled with Secret Slots & Negative Spaces

Bild

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ]

flip book negative space

Pushing the limits of the traditional printing craft, these stunning little Japanese flip books illustrate the power of slicing, splicing, zooming and panning, all to create a series of vertigo-inducing effects and dizzying optical illusions.

gif dizzying flip books

Flipping through the pages of these creations of artist Mou Hitotsu reveals a series of hidden surprises, including embedded objects and stories that unfold in the negative space cut out progressively in sequential sheets of each volume.

gif flip book design

Some of these play into abstract and surreal short stories about planetary systems or biological processes while others are simply used to convey holiday-themed wishes.

flip book secret surprise

Via Colossal and spotted by Travelry during a book convention, there are a number of works in this series from JP Books, each one playfully using similar devices to tell different tales as the pages unfold.


Want More? Click for Great Related Content on WebUrbanist:

Static Flip Books: 360-Degree Scenes in Panoramic Pages

Like a flip book, there is no text, and each page of these volumes contains a slightly different scene. But that is where the similarities end and the fun ... Click Here to Read More »»


4500 Miniature Books Form Huge-but-Tiny Collection

Peek into the astonishing collection of a miniature book enthusiast who may have the littlest huge library in the entire world. Click Here to Read More »»


Edgy Art: Fore-Edge Paintings Hidden in Historical Books

Invisible at a glance, artists have long hidden fore-edge artwork in plain sight, resulting in works that are sometimes first spotted decades or even centuries ... Click Here to Read More »»


Share on Facebook

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ]

[ WebUrbanist | Archives | Galleries | Privacy | TOS ]


Tiny Flip Books Filled with Secret Slots & Negative Spaces

Bild

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ]

flip book negative space

Pushing the limits of the traditional printing craft, these stunning little Japanese flip books illustrate the power of slicing, splicing, zooming and panning, all to create a series of vertigo-inducing effects and dizzying optical illusions.

gif dizzying flip books

Flipping through the pages of these creations of artist Mou Hitotsu reveals a series of hidden surprises, including embedded objects and stories that unfold in the negative space cut out progressively in sequential sheets of each volume.

gif flip book design

Some of these play into abstract and surreal short stories about planetary systems or biological processes while others are simply used to convey holiday-themed wishes.

flip book secret surprise

Via Colossal and spotted by Travelry during a book convention, there are a number of works in this series from JP Books, each one playfully using similar devices to tell different tales as the pages unfold.


Want More? Click for Great Related Content on WebUrbanist:

Static Flip Books: 360-Degree Scenes in Panoramic Pages

Like a flip book, there is no text, and each page of these volumes contains a slightly different scene. But that is where the similarities end and the fun ... Click Here to Read More »»


4500 Miniature Books Form Huge-but-Tiny Collection

Peek into the astonishing collection of a miniature book enthusiast who may have the littlest huge library in the entire world. Click Here to Read More »»


Edgy Art: Fore-Edge Paintings Hidden in Historical Books

Invisible at a glance, artists have long hidden fore-edge artwork in plain sight, resulting in works that are sometimes first spotted decades or even centuries ... Click Here to Read More »»


Share on Facebook

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ]

[ WebUrbanist | Archives | Galleries | Privacy | TOS ]


Gravesend: Fake Town for Simulating Crimes, Riots & Terrorism

Bild

[ By WebUrbanist in Travel & Urban Exploration. ]

artifical street urban complex

Like the set of a movie or setting of a video game, this surreal suburban facility could easily be mistaken for a real place at first glance – in reality, the installation is an elaborate artificial environment used by police to simulate complex and dangerous situations (photos by Chris Clarke).

artificial empty building facaDE

As Geoff Manaugh summarizes the setup, “the barren streets and hollow buildings of this militarized non-place were designed for use as an immersive staging ground for police-training exercises, fighting staged riots, burglaries, bank robberies, and other crimes” including hostage situations and terrorist attacks.

artifical training ground building

Located in Gravesend, Kent, just outside of London, this strange facsimile of an urban complex is devoid of residents but comes complete with parks, nightclubs, estates, aircraft, trains and tube stations (for hijacking and bombing simulations). Its population, instead, consists of the ebb and flow of the Metropolitan Police, of which the complex accommodate up to 300 militarized participants at one time.

artificial city for police

Open “in 2003 to provide London’s officers with firearms and public order training,” the complex’s designers at Advanced Interactive Systems (AIS) “provided all specialist firearms-related design, fit-out of the live-fire ranges with internal ballistic and anti-ricochet finishes, simulation and targetry equipment, and range sound systems.”

artificial backdrop city street

The same company was later contracted to “upgrade the specialist indoor shooting ranges and simulation systems [to] feature High-Definition projection systems, additional support for standard issue firearms and less-lethal devices, laser-based 3D virtual training environments, and a course editor for creating bespoke training exercises.” Even these official descriptions lend themselves to a range of dystopian speculation and dark interpretation.

artificial complex urban tube

Author of Subtopia, Brian Finoki notes that this dull gray place is deeply bizarre in nature, “a city standing on the planet for one purpose: to be rioted, hijacked, trashed, held hostage, sacked, and overrun by thousands of chaotic scenarios, only so that it can be reclaimed, retaken, re-propped in circuitous loops of more dazzling proto-militant exercise, stormed by a thousand coordinated boots for eternity, targeted by hundreds of synchronized crosshairs of both lethal and non-lethal weapons.”

artifical commercial street facade

Photographer Chis Clarke, whose Flickr photo set is worth seeing in its entirety, suggests a bold take on the complex and its meaning in the contemporary cultural context of the United Kingdom: “Gravesend can be interpreted as a warning – a prophecy of society’s potential to alienate itself from itself, and kill its collective identity. This surreal installation serves as a chilling account of the death of community in 21st century Britain.”


Want More? Click for Great Related Content on WebUrbanist:

Faux Facades: Fake Buildings Hide Trains, Power & More

You might have passed right by train tunnels, communications towers or even entirely empty buildings and never realized you were being duped - until now. Click Here to Read More »»


Virtual Light: Facade Installation Casts Fake Illumination

A temporary project set in Madrid, this bright yellow artistic reconfiguration was rendered all the more engaging due to its location in a semi-dark alleyway ... Click Here to Read More »»


Painting the Town Green: 7 Works of Plant, Grass & Moss Art

Here are seven examples of green creativity that involve alternative uses of natural materials, including grass-covered cars and farm-field murals. Click Here to Read More »»


Share on Facebook

[ By WebUrbanist in Travel & Urban Exploration. ]

[ WebUrbanist | Archives | Galleries | Privacy | TOS ]


Haunted Half-Pipe: Skateboarding in an Abandoned Psych Ward

Bild

[ By Steph in Drawing & Digital. ]

skateboard abandoned hospital 2

In place of the usual ramps, rails and pipes are busted wheelchairs, dusty bowling pins and gaping holes in wooden floors as skater Rob Miceli maneuvers his board through a abandoned psychiatric hospital in New York State. Miceli and fellow skater Sean Colello gained access to an unnamed facility (speculated to be the Pilgrim Psychiatric Center in Brentwood by Gawker) and filmed themselves using various rotting rooms of the hospital as one big skate park.

skateboard abandoned hospital 1

skateboard abandoned hospital 3

“Back in 1931 the center was thriving, but around World War 2 things started falling apart when unqualified workers took over for nurses who had to serve in the war,” Colello told Jenkem. “It wasn’t until the 1970s when they officially shut down a handful of the buildings on campus and they’ve just been rotting away ever since.”

skateboard abandoned hospital 4

skateboard abandoned hospital 5

skateboard abandoned hospital 6

Colello reports that most of the buildings are so boarded up they’re virtually impossible to access, but once you find a way into one, you can access all of them through a network of underground tunnel. In the eerie video, the duo can be seen making their way through the dark, wet subterranean maze to find themselves in a bowling alley, a children’s playroom and a theater.


Want More? Click for Great Related Content on WebUrbanist:

Half Pipe, Double Trouble: 2 Skateboard-able Dream Homes

These two houses are a skateboarder's dream, one built in a loop for continuous skating and the other modified to include ramps and curves. Click Here to Read More »»


Haunted Highlands: 7 Abandoned Wonders of Scotland

Perhaps there’s something special in the Scottish temperament that explains the presence of such an unusual number of stunning castle-like abandoned ... Click Here to Read More »»


Half Abandoned: Twin Townhouses Tell Two-Sided Stories

Physically conjoined but separately sold upon construction, the lives of paired buildings (ones that share a common wall) can diverge dramatically as this ... Click Here to Read More »»


Share on Facebook

[ By Steph in Drawing & Digital. ]

[ WebUrbanist | Archives | Galleries | Privacy | TOS ]


Flying Bikes & Pedaling Robots: 14 Futuristic Bicycles

Bild

[ By Steph in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ]

flying bike

All you need is an alien in a basket to make your biking experience just like a Spielberg film with this crazy flying bike and 13 other highly unusual, sometimes impractical bicycle designs. While some are just wild concepts, others represent truly innovative ideas for the future of cycling, from bending frames that function as built-in locks to extremely aerodynamic shapes and chainless drives.

XPloreAir Flying Bike

futuristic flying bike 1

futuristic flying bike 2

In a surreal scene straight out of ET, this bike can actually be flown right off the ground to an altitude of up to 4,000 feet. The XploreAir X1 Paravelo flying bicycle is a compact commuting bicycle that can be used like any other bike, or attached to a trailer equipped with a biofuel-powered fan. Get it going and the bike will lift into the air with the help of an attached fabric wing, traveling at up to 25 MPH for about three hours until the battery runs out.

Joules the Bicycle-Pedaling Robot

futuristic bicycles joules 1

futuristic bicycles joules 2

If you want to bike around without actually doing any work, and look as conspicuous as possible in the process, here’s an idea that’s right up your alley: Joules, the bike-pedaling robot. Perched on the back of a tandem bike, Joules essentially performs the same function that an electric motor would. Says the creator, “Joules came from a challenge to build an electric tandem bicycle powered by actually pushing the pedals like a person. Fun kinetic design was part of the intent, practicality was not.”

Bending Bicycle Frame is Its Own Lock

futuristic bending bicycle 1

futuristic bending bicycle 2

Is this the ultimate theft-proof bicycle? Thanks to an innovative ratchet system, the frame of this bicycle can actually be bent to wrap around a lamp post so it can be secured without the need for a lock or a chain. Ratchet the frame tight again to make the bike rideable in an instant. The bending capability also makes it easy to store.

Air-Filtering Bicycle

futuristic air filter bike

In cities like Beijing, riding a bicycle is a popular and practical alternative to fighting monstrous traffic every day, but then you’re breathing in all of the exhaust from those millions of vehicles. Artist Matt Hope found an interesting if not very attractive solution: a 5,000v air filtration system with a filter that’s powered by your pedaling. The clean air that passes through the filter is then sent through a hose to a fighter pilot mask on the rider’s face.

StreetFlyer Harness Bicycle

futuristic streetflyer bicycle

futuristic streetflyer bicycle 2

Pretty much the opposite of ultra-compact urban bicycles, the StreetFlyer is a massive three-wheeled contraption that gives you the feeling of flying by suspending you from a lightweight frame using a harness. You strap yourself in, get a running start and then use swimming-like movements to pilot the thing.

The Contortionist Folding Bike

contortionist folding bike 1

contortionist folding bike 2

The Contortionist Bike folds from full-size to the size of a single wheel in just twenty seconds. Once it’s folded, you can simply pull it behind you with the handlebars, freeing up your other hand.

Lunarctic Chainless Bicycle

futuristic bicycles lunarctic 1

futuristic bicycles lunarctic 2

The larger rear wheel and smaller front wheel of the unusual Lunarctic bicycle isn’t purely to give the bike an eye-catching look; it’s functional, too. The larger wheel provides stability, while the smaller one offers enhanced maneuverability. But the truly notable feature of this bike is the lack of a chain, making use of a belt drive instead.

Next Page - Click Below to Read More:


Want More? Click for Great Related Content on WebUrbanist:

Beyond Basic Bikes: 12 Twists on Classic Cycle Designs

Plug-and-play accessories, bendable frames, built-in tents and totally unexpected redesigns transform the classic century-old bicycle design for the modern ... Click Here to Read More »»


Cycling into the Future: 15 Crazy Concept Bicycles

These wacky concept bicycles are adaptable, portable, amphibious and often strange but undeniably imaginative. Click Here to Read More »»


Bike in a Backpack Folds Up Tiny & Weighs Just 11 Pounds

Dubbed ‘Impossible’ for its ability to pull off the seemingly unreachable goal of folding down so tiny it can fit inside a backpack, this electric ... Click Here to Read More »»


Share on Facebook

[ By Steph in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ]

[ WebUrbanist | Archives | Galleries | Privacy | TOS ]