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More Disturbing (But Amazing) Pictures Expose The Absurdities Of Modern Cultu... Pictures like the ones you are about to see have been surfacing more and more lately, as artists around the world feel compelled to respond to some of the ugliness they see in the world.

More Disturbing (But Amazing) Pictures Expose The Absurdities Of Modern Cultu...

While it may be true that artists who truly have the courage to share their thoughts on important social issues are rare, it’s great to see their emergence becoming more frequent. Even in the music industry there has been a rise of artists who have something to say and want it to be heard by the masses. While the majority of artists are not in this space and artists who do speak out are met with resistance, it’s inspiring nonetheless when it does happen.

Last year we shared some similar images and they were seen by millions, as people clearly resonated with them deeply. Some of the images below are done by artist Luis Quiles and others by Steve Cutts.

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Auto Mechanics Hilariously Recreate Renaissance Paintings. US-based photographer Freddy Fabris had always wanted to pay homage to the Renaissance masters with his photos in some way, but he wasn’t sure how until he stumbled upon an auto-mechanic shop in the Midwest.

Auto Mechanics Hilariously Recreate Renaissance Paintings

This led to a brilliant series of portraits with auto mechanics reenacting famous Renaissance paintings. “Translating painting into photography was a challenge I looked forward to,” Fabris wrote on Huffpost. The Sad Truth About Today’s World Illustrated By Steve Cutts. Art isn’t all fairytale photoshoots and landscape shots – it can also act as catalyst of change.

The Sad Truth About Today’s World Illustrated By Steve Cutts

And Steve Cutts thinks that many things in the world should be different. Work shouldn’t be a grinding, soul-crushing rat race for the almighty dollar. Stunning Sculpture Of Mother Nature Rotating Earth Inspired By Thailand Disaster. Maybe the ancients were on to something when they built statues as peace offerings to the gods.

Stunning Sculpture Of Mother Nature Rotating Earth Inspired By Thailand Disaster

Italian sculptor Lorenzo Quinn certainly thinks so, and his multiple-sculpture series, The Force of Nature, embodies this ideal. Each of the roughly 2.5 meter (8.2 feet) sculptures depict what appears to be Mother Nature in a gravity-defying pose, swinging the Earth around her. “After having seen the ravaged coast of Thailand and the Hurricane that affected the Southern States I decided to create a sculpture dedicated to Mother Nature,” Quinn explains on his website.

These 30+ Street Art Images Testify Uncomfortable Truths. The catharsis that comes from awakening to the world’s happenings is often eclipsed by the realization of what we – as humans – have caused destruction-wise upon the Earth.

These 30+ Street Art Images Testify Uncomfortable Truths

In case you’re not aware, the global temperature has increased 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880, the global average sea level has increased 7″ over the past 100 years due to melting ice caps, and now carbon dioxide levels are at their highest they’ve ever been in over 650,000 years. Credit: CriticalSolutions One way to slow bring awareness to those who may live in the shadow of delusion – ignorant of the effects their actions have and sustainable alternatives they might employ – is to creatively share messages in high-populated urban areas. And in the dense thicket of apartment buildings, skyscrapers, and public plazas, exterior walls of concrete buildings become the perfect canvas to display such messages. Following are 30+ powerful street art images that express a lot with few words. This Surrealist Painter Creates Amazing Optical Illusions.

May 2, 2015 Surrealist painter Octavio Ocampo is one of the most prolific artists widely known for his metamorphic painting technique.

This Surrealist Painter Creates Amazing Optical Illusions

His versatile paintings provoke the viewer’s curiosity and can be interpreted in several ways when viewed from different distance or angle. Octavio Ocampo creates images with a technique of superimposing and juxtaposing realistic and figurative details. Small images, made with great detail, are woven together as a part of a greater image, whose intention can only be perceived when noticed from a larger scale. Optical illusions fade back and step forward in an ongoing brain “game”, challenging the observers to discover their meaning.

Credits: Learning Mind. 15 Life Lessons From Banksy Street Art That Will Leave You Lost For Words. Using striking stencil art and profound imagery, Banksy has captured the interest of art lovers, activists, and graffiti artists around the globe.

15 Life Lessons From Banksy Street Art That Will Leave You Lost For Words

His mysterious identity (and refusal to use social media accounts) has only sparked more intrigue, with media outlets and fans prying to earn a peek into his life. But why use graffiti as a means to communicate? By displaying art in crowded cities across the world, Banksy puts social and political issues in our face. These pieces force us to stop and think—something that we often avoid doing in our day-to-day lives. 15. This ominous image of a hitchhiking Charles Manson stands outside of London’s Archway Tube Station. 14. Those who pass this piece in Los Angeles may wonder if they’re being warned, mocked, or simply entertained by a peculiar caveman with his fast food combo meal. 13. These 29 Clever Drawings Will Make You Question Everything Wrong With The World. There's a "secret" message in all of these.

These 29 Clever Drawings Will Make You Question Everything Wrong With The World

Some of them are eye opening! Snake. Flickr. Politicians Discussing Global Warming. Jenny Holzer.