Fake it ’til you make it, right?


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“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” 5/15/17

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Forging Mona Lisa’s Smile: Creating Perfect Replicas of Classic Art

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The employees at Factum Arte are world-class art forgers. But this Madrid-based company is no criminal enterprise. Each piece they create is intended to preserve and protect our cultural heritage.

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This Bird Came Back From Extinction

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After several research expeditions with no sightings, the scientific community declared the pava aliblanca extinct. Miraculously, after almost a century of “extinction,” the bird was rediscovered in Lambayeque, Peru.

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Found Sounds: Making Instruments From Trash

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Ken Butler is a Brooklyn-based artist and musician who has built over 400 musical instruments. But these aren’t just any custom-built instruments. Butler builds his pieces from discarded items he finds on the streets of New York City. 

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