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For an ongoing project entitled Great Masters Having Great Times, Brazillian-born Lorenzo Castellini walks the streets of São Paulo, inserting paper cutouts of iconic paintings into photos of the city and its residents. Using tiny pieces of paper and his camera held at just the right angle, suddenly Vincent van Gogh himself is standing outside a restaurant, Medusa is lounging on a couch, Venus poses demurely with the Shell logo swapped for her giant scallop shell, and Jesus is dashing to catch the train.

Featuring works by artists such as Frida Kahlo, Picasso, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Henri Matisse, Albrecht Dürer, and René Magritte just to name a few, it’s surrealist air collage and it’s delightfully awesome.

Even one of Dalí’s melting clocks makes an appearance:

Castellini began his project earlier this month with the simple goal of making people laugh and it has since blossomed into a very popular Instagram feed.

Follow art.lies on Instagram to check out many more of Castellini’s whimsical air collage photos and keep up with the latest additions to the series.

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askthenightguards asked:

I recognized you at Babscon by your icon. That's right, there was a giant cob of corn in proximity.

Someday I should really change my icon to my facebook photo. Which is of a very surprised cat.

Spacewalking was nothing new by the time space shuttles began to soar. In March 1965, the Russian Alexei Leonov became the first person to take a “walk” in space in an exercise that nearly went wrong. Three months later, American Ed White followed his lead, but  both were tied to their spacecraft.

It was left for two astronauts on the shuttle Challenger, Bruce McCandless and Robert Stewart, to try an untied version. With Robert Gibson taking photos from inside the shuttle with a Hasselblad, McCandless achieved this on February 7th 1984, becoming the first “human satellite” traveling at some 17,500 miles per hour.

He reached a distance of 320 feet, with the azure Earth 150 nautical miles below, but McCandless spent just a little more than an hour free-flying. Even today, spacesuits are awkward, unwieldy and uncomfortable; while spacewalks typically lasted no longer than three hours, the astronauts are often trapped in their suits for as long as 10 hours, and had to drink through straws.

Although McCandless’ photo inspired many sci-fi fantasies, his spacewalk would amount to nothing more than a stunt. After McCandless and Stewart, four other astronauts on later shuttles flew untethered, but after 1984, NASA stopped producing the nitrogen-powered jet pack (in that inelegant space jargon, known as Manned Maneuvering Unit). The shuttle’s robotic arm precluded the need for such daring spacewalks.

Today, a modified version of the jetpack is worn only as a emergency backup during spacewalks. It was smaller but by no ways capable of reaching the distances previously travelled.

 And there in a way is a metaphor for the American space programme.

Muhammad Ali yells at Sonny Liston to get up in the first round of their heavyweight title fight on May 25, 1965. The bout, which ended after just two minutes and 12 seconds, is perhaps the most confounding and controversial in ring history. Yet half a century later the fistic fever dream of Ali-Liston II remains one of the iconic moments of an era and a touchstone in the career of our most protean athlete. (Neil Leifer for SI)

GALLERY: Ali-Liston II, 50 years later