George the Orangutan, Adelaide Zoo.

Remember when we referred to George as a gorilla?
George was an orangutan and was always one of the most popular animals at the zoo, but growing up as kids, we always talked about him as a gorilla.
He was a real character whose favourite possessions were his old hessian bag and an Australian Rules football.
He also used to like a smoke and was known for a couple of other antics including masturbating, peeing at people in front of his cage and throwing his poo into the crowd.
He would throw out the hessian bag in front of his cage and people would throw peanuts, lollies and other treats onto the bag, which he would then drag back in for a feast.

Photograph: George the orangutan with his hessian bag and Australian Rules footy.
Stories abound about George, including one of the night he escaped through his unlocked door and climbed a huge tree within the zoo grounds.
Hoogen, who was his keeper at the time, had to rush to the zoo to talk him down.
George climbed down the tree and hand in hand walked back to his cage.
George died in 1976 and his bones are now housed in the old elephant house near the Elephant Interpretation Centre.
It saddens me now to think back and contemplate the solitary and miserable existence it must have been for George, locked up in a cage for most of his life and unable to mix with his own species.
Thankfully zoos today have come a long way and now take an animal’s psychological health as well as physical well-being into consideration when creating enclosures.
Source: George and Friends at the Adelaide Zoo. | Adelaide Remember When

Turning Junk into Art.

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This is Artur Bordalo’s (aka Bordalo II) series of artwork that aims to draw attention to the problems of waste production, materials that are not reused, pollution and its effect on the planet.
These are problems that are likely to be forgotten, become trivial or become necessary evils.
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The idea is to depict nature itself, in this case – animals out of materials that are responsible for its destruction.
These works were built with end-of-life materials: the majority found in wastelands, abandoned factories or just randomly.
Some were obtained from companies that are going through a recycling process.
Damaged bumpers, burnt garbage cans, tires and appliances are just some of the objects that can be identified when you go into detail.
They are camouflaging the result of our habits with a little ecological and social awareness.
See more Images via Big Trash Animals: Artist Turns Junk Into Animals To Remind Us About Pollution | Bored Panda.

The Art of Peter Mohrbacher.

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Above: The Behemoth is a beast mentioned in Job 40:15–24. Suggested identities range from a mythological creature to an elephant, hippopotamus, rhinoceros or crocodile.
Some creationists believe it to be a description of a sauropod due to its tail being described as like a cedar tree.
Metaphorically, the name has come to be used for any extremely large or powerful entity.
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Peter’s Deviant Art Website:
http://bit.ly/1jSfyTU

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Secret Plateau Gallery, Montreal.

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Fresh work by Ledo, En Masse, Miss Me & Waxhead. Photos by Lisa Sproull
Montreal is a street art paradise, with enormous talent, a collaborative spirit and a rising profile thanks in part to festivals like Under Pressure and Mural Fest.
While most artists enjoy the visibility that comes with finding a great spot, or the recognition from having their work disseminated online, sometimes artists just gotta create for art’s sake.
One such creative outpouring is going down right now in a secret location somewhere in the lower Plateau.
The three-level inner courtyard space has turned into a living gallery representing a who’s who of Montreal’s established and emerging street art community, including organizer TurtleCaps and 38 other participating artists such as En Masse, Starchild Stela, HoarKor, Kevin Ledo, Miss Me, Axe, Tava, X-Ray and MC Baldassari.
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The project has been labelled Cabane à Sucre by organizer and NYC transplant TurtleCaps, in homage to a similar intervention called Surplus Candy that was conducted in his home city by NYC artist Hanksy — in that case, over 40 artists decked out a condemned East Village brownstone shortly before the whole structure was downed by the wrecking ball.
TurtleCaps suspects the Cabane à Sucres site will eventually meet a similar fate due to encroaching gentrification, and appreciates how the new collaboration is a way to bring the building back to life, if only briefly before its inevitable death.
via EXCLUSIVE: Secret Plateau street gallery | Cult MTL.

Dizzying 3D Art from around the World.

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Have you ever felt like the ground was pulled from under your feet? Well, if you ever have the chance to walk on these sidewalks you will not only feel but see how it is to suddenly run out of ground to stand on.
All over the world there are street artists who create such incredible illusions that will truly stop you in your tracks. And the best part is, that the artistic illusion can be appreciated only from a certain angle.
The themes are countless and endless, but perhaps the ones that leave the biggest impression are the large-scale chasms.
This imaginative way of showing you what could be under your feet is refreshing and for some even terrifying, but it is certainly a lovely way to shaken up your everyday routine.
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See More Images via 35 Pictures Of 3D Street Art To Make You Dizzy.