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Thank You Internet...for potholes filled with gold?

Wabi-sabi perfection or a taxpayer's nightmare? "Sidewalk Kitsukoroi" — pavement cracks filled with shimmering, liquid metals — leads this week's link roundup.

Wabi-sabi perfection or a taxpayer's nightmare? "Sidewalk Kitsukoroi" leads this week's link roundup

Thank You Internet...for potholes filled with gold?

5 years ago
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Wabi-sabi perfection or a taxpayer’s nightmare? “Sidewalk Kitsukoroi” leads this week’s link round-up. 2:14

Phil Leung curates the best of the web for Exhibitionists. Click your way through the five best things he saw online this week.

Pothole of gold?

Kintsukuroi, or "mending with gold," is a Japanese art technique picked up by Brooklyn-based artist Rachel Sussman. Her series "Sidewalk Kitsukuroi" features just that — pavement cracks that have been fixed up with shimmering, liquid metal. Wabi-sabi perfection or a taxpayer's nightmare? Take a look.

Set time machine to...1950s Newfoundland?!

Interested in time travel? Deloreans, and weapons-grade plutonium are still crazy hard to come by, so following @NLHistory on Twitter is the best we can do for you. Phil's a fan, and CBC News spoke with Gerard Nash, the photo-restoration pro behind the account, in February. As Nash told them then: "You know, these people didn't live their lives in black and white — they lived their lives in colour." And Nash's colourization work is so vibrant, you'd think they lived their lives with iPhones, too.

Hidden (Lego) Figures

If Batman can get his own Lego Movie, why not the women of Hidden Figures? We're one step closer to that bizarre but no doubt inspiring reality, thanks to the toy company's latest project, The Women of NASA. Featuring Katherine Johnson (one of the NASA mathematicians whose story was featured in that aforementioned Oscar-nominated film), as well as astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison, the playset's expected to launch later this year.

The upcoming Lego playset, "Women of NASA," was designed by science writer Maia Weinstock. (Maia Weinstock)
Astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison are now even more "awesome." They're among the new figures in Lego's "Women of NASA" set. (Maia Weinstock)

Um, yeah, we want to explore Hong Kong through the eyes of a kitty cat

There's a new game in the works that lets you crawl around the streets of Hong Kong as a cat, and Phil's been obsessing over the developers' blog for all the latest updates. Thank "meow," internet? Sure, if you're a cat person.

This is what happens when you let Banksy open a hotel

The views are among the absolute worst in the world, and that's totally the point. Banksy's latest project, a 10-room hotel in the West Bank, is right next to the Bethlehem Wall. Check in, and you can expect only 25 minutes of direct sunlight per day — but you'll also get plenty of art, as every detail of this destination has been curated by the secretive Brit. Photos of the artist-designed interiors have surfaced online, and this CBC News story provides a peek inside one room in particular, featuring an installation by Montreal's Dominique Pétrin.

People stand outside the Walled Off hotel, which was opened by street artist Banksy, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem March 3, 2017. (Ammar Awad/Reuters)
The view from the Walled Off Hotel. All rooms feature a view of the wall. (submitted by Dominique Pétrin)
Montreal artist Dominique Pétrin installing her work in the Walled Off Hotel.
Pétrin designs include strange details, like this pattern made of Xanax pills. (submitted by Dominique Pétrin)

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