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    • A statue of St. George has been in the Church of St. Michael in Estella, Spain for 500 years.
    • An amateur local "restored" it with the permission of the parish, but without asking experts.
    • It looks awful — and it's drawing comparisons to the botched 2012 restoration of "Ecce Homo."

     

    For 500 years, a wooden statue of St. George has held dominion at the Church of St. Michael in Estella, Spain.

    Without consulting the town's government or art restoration experts, the local parish decided it needed restoration. They apparently recruited a local crafts teacher to do it, according to The Guardian.

    George was transformed from a knight struggling to slay a dragon to someone who looks more like a depressed, slightly shocked teen.

    "It's not been the kind of restoration that it should have been for this 16th-century statue. They’ve used plaster and the wrong kind of paint and it's possible that the original layers of paint have been lost," Estella's mayor Koldo Leoz, told The Guardian. "This is an expert job it should have been done by experts."

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    The botched job is drawing comparisons to Ecce Homo, a Spanish mural of Jesus Christ. A local amateur attempted to restore it in 2012, but it drew widespread mockery and was dubbed "monkey Christ." A local newspaper called the St. George restoration "Navarre's Ecce Homo," referring to the Spanish region of Navarro.

    Ecce Homo wasn't a total disaster, though. It turned the Sanctuary of Mercy in the small village of Borja, Spain, into a major tourist attraction.

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    At first glance, Ben Churchill's Instagram and Facebook pages seem to be filled with photos of random, inedible objects and savory dishes like eggs over toast.

    But the professional chef, who taught himself how to make desserts three years ago, is actually an expert in all things sweet. A self-described food illusionist, Churchill regularly transforms decadent cakes into dirty kitchen sponges, fresh parfaits into moldy oranges, and panna cottas into ashtrays — all while ensuring his creations remain delicious, despite what they may look like.

    We recently spoke with Churchill to find out more about his expectation-defying desserts. Take a closer look at his mind-blowing illusions below.

    Churchill makes desserts that look exactly like random everyday objects.

    One of his most well-known creations is an olive oil sponge cake that's disguised as a dirty kitchen sponge. Churchill tops the cake with a mint crumb, which resembles the abrasive side of a sponge, and foamed sweet milk "soap suds." He also adds toffee sauce and a baked apple coulis to mimic the appearance of dirty dishwater and dishwashing soap, respectively.

     



    Many of his creations are intentionally designed to look inedible.

    If you're willing to take a bite of this moldy orange, you'll find that it's actually a fresh orange parfait, covered with a dusting of white and green bubblegum meringue powder.



    Although he's been a professional chef for over a decade, Churchill is self-taught when it comes to desserts.

    Speaking to INSIDER, the chef said that he started teaching himself "standard" pastry techniques in 2015. One day, he "decided to see if [he] could make a chocolate shell shaped like a lemon," which he says sparked his passion for food illusions.

    His sweet experiments clearly paid off. In the past three years, Churchill has amassed over 100,000 followers on Facebook and Instagram combined.



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    Optical illusions are taking the world by storm these days, but Justin Peters' artwork is truly something special.

    According to his website, Peters, a 22-year-old digital surrealist artist, merges reality with imagination using Photoshop. The resulting works of art turn our mundane world into a surreal wonderland. 

    Keep scrolling to see more of his mind-boggling work — and try not to gasp out loud.

    Justin Peters' work often makes viewers do a double take.



    It's because according to him, he merges reality with imagination.



    Peters got into photography in 2015, but quickly realized it wasn't for him.

    He told INSIDER "I don't want my images to depict reality."



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    One of the scariest and most disturbing movies of the year centers around an artist, played by Toni Collette, who makes miniature models while dark things start happening all around her. While there's plenty of stuff in "Hereditary" which will make you uncomfortable, these models play a big role in the creep factor. We spoke with Steve Newburn, the owner of Applied Arts FX Studio in Canada, to find out what was involved in making these tiny, detailed works of art. Following is a transcript of the video.

    Narrator:"Hereditary"" has been called, "The Scariest Movie of the Year"

    Mom? - I don't like this. Dad, I don't like this. - What's Happening? - Peter! 

    Narrator: And one reason for that is these creepy model houses.

    Steve Newburn: In this movie, the models almost became a character in the movie in a sense.

    Narrator: Steve Newburn is the owner of Applied Arts FX Studio in Canada. He's done visual effects for "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Inception."

    Newburn: My team and I, we built all the prosthetics and models for "Hereditary."

    Narrator: If you haven't seen it yet, turn back now, because there's some possible spoilers ahead.

    Miniature models are used all the time in movies. Filmed in a way to make them look like a life-sized object.

    Newburn: Usually with miniature work, the intent is not to see it. It's intended to duplicate a real thing.

    Narrator: But in "Hereditary", the miniatures were actually part of the story. Toni Collette's character creates the models in preparation for a gallery. Steve and his crew were tasked with making about 15 of them to match the life-sized film sets.

    Newburn: We had a thousand pieces at one point and really didn't know exactly how they went together.

    Narrator: The whole process took quite a bit of time to complete.

    Newburn: Ten weeks with a crew of about half a dozen people.

    Narrator: The buildings included a funeral home, a preschool, a hospice and an accident scene. The largest of the models was a copy of the family home. And its exteriors were modeled after a real house.

    Newburn: Yeah, I went down in 6-8 weeks before they started filming and just kind of surveyed the house. Took several hundred photos, a bunch of measurements, that sort of thing.

    Narrator: He worked with the director to nail down all the details.

    Newburn: Flooring, they'd sent us samples, wallpaper, they would send up samples. All that stuff would be taken and scaled down to the appropriate scale.

    Narrator: The house was built in nine separate pieces. 

    Newburn: We built the entire thing as a giant puzzle where you could remove sections of it to shoot from that location.

    Narrator: The models that didn't need to resemble the set, were built using generic images online as a guide. Like the preschool. All of the furniture was either handmade or 3D printed depending on the complexity.

    Newburn: If they were a wood finish, odds are we actually made them out of wood. If they were something that was metal or super detailed, 3D printed quite often.

    Narrator: They had multiple in-house 3D printers working simultaneously, while outsourcing some of the work. They also had to create some creepy looking figurines of the characters.

    Newburn: The people were, they were all 3D printed. Some of them were sculpted. Toni Collette for example, we took that from a digital scan of Toni we did in New York. The grandmother was a scan of somebody else.

    Narrator: The car used in the most disturbing scene in the movie also had to look just like the one in the film.

    Newburn: The car we modeled and 3D printed. It was a Volvo, I believe it was a V70. It's the exact model car they used in the movie.

    Narrator: Some of the models were finished and then taken apart to make them look like they were in progress. 

    Newburn: There was a lot of pieces of furniture, for example, that we made that we just like, let's leave that out on the side and it's on a shelf somewhere. She hasn't quite finished it. That kind of thing.

    Narrator: Another important set piece was a house sinking into the ground. It was made with card foam and covered in real dirt and soil.

    Newburn: Supposed to be showcasing time passing. And like, these things have been sinking into the ground like quicksand kind of thing. And as they get further down, they're also a lot more deteriorated.

    Narrator: After all the hard work, many of the models were ultimately destroyed by Toni Collette's character as she starts breaking down.

    Don't you ever raise your voice at me! I am your mother!

    Newburn: They were all built to be smashed.

    Narrator: Steve says that they actually filmed the scene for smashing the models, which ended up being cut from the film.

    Newburn: Some of the ones that were actually intended to be break-away and come apart and get squished were built out of basswood and balsa wood. Other ones that weren't intended to be smashed where MDF, which is a high-density fiber, like cardboard kind of wood.

    Narrator: But Steve says watching his masterpieces get destroyed is all just part of the job.

    Newburn: It's kind of run of the mill for the miniature side of things. Most of the time when you're building a miniature, it's for the purpose of it being blown up, or smashed, or destroyed in some respect. It's actually the thing you kind of look forward to.

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    • Italian artist Pietro Cataudella combines drawings with photos of traditional landmarks to create mesmerizing 3D illusions.
    • The result is a half sketch, half photo that you can't look away from.
    • He's created pieces featuring landmarks such as the Tower Bridge in London, England, the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Pisa, Italy, and the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute in Venice, Italy.

    The only thing more unique than a historic landmark is one that's been transformed into a mind-boggling 3D illusion.

    Italian artist Pietro Cataudella, who goes by the handle @CityLiveSketch, has been creating captivating works of art since the summer of 2014. 

    On Cataudella's website, he shares, "The aim of CityLiveSketch is to showcase the beautiful world surrounding us, both the iconic places and the most characteristic views, using not only simple photos but also drawings made on a normal travel sketchbook."

    Here are several of his most intriguing works to date.

    CityLiveSketch originally started in the small seaside village of Marzamemi in Southeastern Sicily, Syracuse.

    The project first gained popularity in various Italian cities, before going viral across many parts of the globe.



    Cataudella has created most of his artwork using landmarks in Italy.

    The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of his Italian originals.



    But he's traveled across Europe creating his unique pieces.

    Pietro Cataudella combines his love of art, travel, and photography to create his pieces.



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    Emilee Petersmark has delighted astrology enthusiasts everywhere with a stunning series that reimagines every zodiac sign as a goddess. Originally created as tour posters for the Michigan-based band, The Accidentals, her illustrations went viral in June after they were featured on BuzzFeed.

    Petersmark, a full-time member of another touring band from Michigan called The Crane Wives, told INSIDER that she was only "vaguely familiar" with astrology before starting this series. But as she did more research for the project over the past year, she discovered a new appreciation for the mythology behind each zodiac sign.

    "I love how connected some people feel to their signs, and by extension, to artistic interpretations of their signs," the musician said. "I really wanted to make something that felt special for those people [...] and explored power and femininity in different ways."

    Take a closer look at Petersmark's work below and learn more about the inspiration behind each illustration.

    Aries (March 21 – April 19)

    Speaking to INSIDER, Petersmark said she has been drawing since she was able to hold a pencil. But this series was her first long-term project and she used the opportunity to grow as a professional artist.

    For her interpretation of Aries, the musician said she wanted to portray a "mature" attitude and "wild" feel.

    Find out more about Aries here.



    Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

    Petersmark told INSIDER that her poster for Taurus was "super inspired" by activist Emma González, a survivor of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

    "I wanted Taurus to have a prominent sense of strength in the face of something ominous," the artist said.

    Find out more about Taurus here.



    Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

    "I wanted the twins to seem subtly powerful, almost regal with their rustic crowns," the artist said about her poster for Gemini, which is commonly represented by a pair of twins in mythology.

    Petersmark added: "It was important to me that none of the women in this series was overtly sexualized, but I wanted to keep some vulnerability and naturalness to this sign."

    Find out more about Gemini here.



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    Can spot what's going on in the above picture of people walking down the stairs?

    "Each person’s foot is hovering an inch or so above the next step,"Pelle Cass, a Boston based photographer says by email. "The odds that 19 strangers would be caught at the same crucial instant in the same instantaneous photograph just before landing on the next step must be astronomically small."

    How does Cass do it? Calling himself a subversive trick photographer, the artist takes hundreds of photos on a tripod in a single spot over about an hour. He then goes back to his studio and carefully selects content to include in a composite image.

    "I don’t change a thing and I never move a figure or doctor a single Pixel,"he explains. "I simply decide what stays in and what’s left out."

    Photos in his series "Selected People" can show a perfect spectrum of colors, a collection of people raising their arms, or simply an arrangement the artist finds striking.

    "I never pass up the chance to make a joke, visual or otherwise," he adds.

    Cass shared a set of photos from "Selected People." See if you can spot what’s wrong.

    Gus Lubin contributed to a previous version of this post. 

    SEE ALSO: 11 photos of urban coincidences that will make you look twice

    DON'T MISS: These clever photos show how much people look like their parents

    You can look at a Pelle Cass photo for several moments before realizing it doesn't make sense.



    Cass, however, claims he doesn't change a thing in his photos.



    Instead, he takes hundreds of photos on a tripod in a single spot for over about an hour.



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    The Insider Pick:

    • You can't send your kids back to school without all the right supplies. Whether your first-born is heading off to Kindergarten or your kid is somehow finishing up their senior year of high school, we've got all the school supplies they need here.

    • Amazon Prime Day 2018 will begin at 3 p.m. ET on Monday, July 16 and will run through Tuesday, July 17. Many of our picks may be on sale. Sign up for a 30-day free trial of Prime here to access the deals.

    Depending on how you feel about school, going back to the hallowed halls of education either fills you with joy or dread. Either way, there's one thing to look forward to at the very least: new school supplies. Every year, schools send home supply lists with all the gear kids need to make it through the year. While your kids may take this as an excuse to get new clothes, shoes, and gadgets; you need to get all the basics for them, too. 

    Since the back to school season can do some damage on your wallet, we've worked hard to round up the very best school supplies you can buy, while still saving some money. We cover general supplies that will be on most kids' lists, whether they're going to Kindergarten for the first time or busting through their last year of high school. If you're looking for college dorm room gear, read our guide here.

    Read on to find our top picks for backpacks, lunch boxes, pens, pencils, highlighters, notebooks, planners, paper, folders, binders, art supplies, calculators, laptops, and so much more. You can also skip ahead to the specific supply you need by clicking on the link in our table of contents:

    Updated on 07/11/2018 by Malarie Gokey: Updated prices and formatting. Added a few new school supplies.

    Read on in the slides below to check out our top picks.

    SEE ALSO: The best college supplies and dorm room essentials

    The best backpacks for students

    Elementary backpack: The JanSport Superbreak backpack comes in tons of fun colors and patterns.

    JanSport is still the go-to backpack brand for tons of school kids. The Superbreak backpack is sturdy, just the right size, and it comes in tons of colors and patterns. The list of options on Amazon is epic.

    Buy the JanSport Superbreak backpack on Amazon for $30 to $40 (price varies based on color and pattern)


    Middle School backpack: The L.L.Bean Deluxe Plus Book Pack has lots of compartments to hold everything you need.

    L.L. Bean makes great backpacks, and the Deluxe Plus Book Pack is perfect for middle schoolers who need to carry more textbooks, binders, and notebooks around with them every day. It has lots of compartments, two water bottle holders, and a fleece-lined pocket for your kid's smartphone.

    Buy L.L.Bean Deluxe Plus Book Pack on LLBean.com for $29.99 ($49.95 for otehr colors)


    High School backpack: The North Face Recon and the Fjallraven Kanken Big Backpack are the best backpacks you can bring to high school.

    In high school, a backpack serves two purposes. It's a practical place to toss your books, pens, laptop, phone, and lunch; but it's also a fashion statement. If you just want a practical sporty look, the North Face Recon is the best backpack for you. Those of you who are more interested in style than pure function will like the Fjallraven Kanken Big Backpack.

    Here are the best backpacks you can buy for style:

    Buy the North Face Recon Backpack on Amazon for $100 to $140

    Buy the North Face Recon Backpack on eBags for $69.99

    Buy the Fjallraven Kanken Big Backpack on eBags for $110.00

    Buy the Fjallraven Kanken Big Backpack on Amazon for $110.03



    The best lunch boxes for students

    Pre-School lunch box: The Bentgo Kids Bento Box is divided into small compartments to match your child’s appetite.

    The Bentgo Kids Bento Box is made from sturdy plastic with rubber edges, so it won’t crack if dropped, and the two clasps are easy for little hands to open and close. The inner tray is portioned into five compartments just the right size for the appetites of the pre-school crowd. Best of all? The foods won't touch.

    Buy the Bentgo Kids Bento Box on Amazon for $27.99


    Elementary lunch box: The Packit Freezable Lunch Bag keeps your child’s lunch cold for hours.

    The Packit Freezable Lunch Bag is made of poly canvas, with a food-safe, water-resistant lining. It zips shut at the top and also has a Velcro tab for extra security. You can pop it in the freezer the night before school so that the special lining keeps lunch cold all day. It comes in tons of fun colors to make every kid happy.

    Buy the Packit Freezable Lunch Bag on Amazon for $16.99 and up, depending on design


    Middle School lunch box: The L.L. Bean Flip-Top Lunch Box hits the sweet spot between grown-up and kid-friendly style.

    The LL Bean Flip-Top Lunch Box comes in a wide range of bright colors and equally bright and fun prints, yet it has a simple "grown-up” design that proclaims the owner is no longer a little kid. The rugged outer fabric is strong, and the inner insulation keeps food cold for hours, is easy to clean, and resists leaks and stains. There’s a handy mesh pocket in the top of the lunch box to hold sandwiches, chips, utensils, or snacks that are easily crushed, and there’s plenty of room in the lower section for drinks, fruit, sandwiches, or plastic containers of food. 

    Buy the L.L. Bean Flip-Top Lunch Box on LLBean.com for $24.95 in both solids and prints


    High School and college lunch box: The L.L. Bean Insulated Lunch Box looks cool, and it has a super sturdy, practical design.

    The L.L. Bean Insulated Lunch Box is well-designed with an outer mesh pocket for utensils or small snacks, an inner mesh pocket on the box’s lid for sandwiches, chips, or other goodies that might otherwise be easily smashed, and a roomy lower section that’s big enough for drinks, plastic food containers, fruit, sandwiches, or whatever else your kiddo enjoys at lunchtime. It's also grown-up enough that your teenager won't roll their eyes at it. Even college kids will like it.

    Buy the L.L. Bean Insulated Lunch Box on LLBean.com for $19.95 in both solids and prints



    The best pens, pencils, and highlighters

    Ballpoint pens: The uni-ball Jetstream RT Ballpoint Pens write smoothly without smearing, and they come in a three-pack.

    If you love ballpoint pens and hate the way gel pens smear, you'll love the Uni-Ball Jetstream RT Pens. The ink is a school-approved black, and it dries almost instantly to avoid any smudges as you frantically take notes in science class. These pens come in a three-pack on Amazon for a reasonable price, so parents will love them, too, though you'll probably need more than three to get through the school year.

    Buy the uni-ball Jetstream RT ballpoint pens (3-pack) on Amazon for $9.79


    Gel pens: The Pilot G2 Retractable Premium Gel Ink Roller Ball Pens write smoothly and help color code all your notes.

    If you prefer gel pens and you don't mind the occasional smudge, the Pilot G2 gel pens are the best ones you can buy. Although your teacher will skin you if you turn in homework in colorful ink instead of blue or black, having multiple colors for note-taking can be very helpful. Take it from a serial color coder — it helps. I've been using these pens for the past few years to keep my editorial assignments in order (and color coded!), and I'll never go back to normal pens.

    Buy the 8-pack Pilot G2 Retractable Premium Gel Ink Roller Ball Pens on Amazon for $9.19


    Pencils: The Dixon Ticonderoga Wood-Cased 2HB Pencils write well, sharpen easily, and pass every test.

    Dixon's Ticonderoga wood pencils might as well represent the word "pencil" in the dictionary. These pencils are iconic for a reason: They write well, last long, and satisfy that "number two" pencil requirement for scantron tests (do they still have those?).

    Buy the 30-count Dixon Ticonderoga Wood-Cased 2HB Pencils on Amazon for $6.49


    Mechanical pencil: The uni-ball KuruToga Mechanical Pencil lasts long and writes well.

    If you hate sharpening your pencils, you'll love the Uni-Ball KuruToga mechanical pencil. It's not your average mechanical pencil, either. It has stronger lead for less breakage and it's very comfortable to hold. You will need to buy more lead and possibly some erasers after a while, but that's the case with all mechanical pencils.

    For kids who are learning to write, Papermate's Handwriting Mechanical Pencils are ideal. These pencils are shaped to be flatter and easier to grip for young kids.

    Buy the uni-ball KuruToga Mechanical Pencil on Amazon for $4.99 

    Buy the PaperMate Handwriting Mechanical Pencils for kids on Amazon for $10.38


    Highlighters: The Sharpie Clear View Highlighters come in both wide and narrow sizes, and you get four different colors.

    When it comes to highlighters, Sharpie is probably among the best-known brands. These Clear View highlighters come in narrow and wide sizes so you can choose which kind you need. The highlighters will last you a long time even if you're a highlighting fiend, and, you get four different colors in a pack for color coding.

    Pros: Both wide and narrow sizes, multiple colors, good highlighting color, long lasting

    Cons: None

    Buy Sharpie Clear View Highlighters on Amazon for $6.97



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    • The Cake Illusionist creates realistic cakes that look like animals. 
    • Each cake is custom ordered, prices start from £250.
    • Some of the cakes can take days to make. 

    The Cake Illusionist creates hyper-realistic animal cakes, wedding cakes, and other custom orders. These cakes can take days of work.

    The cakes are assembled with a buttercream filling, and carved into shape. Each cake is then covered in a crumb coat, this seals the surface ready for icing.

    Simple icing shapes are added at first then a full layer is placed on top. This icing is sculpted into shape and feet and ears are added.

    The cakes are airbrushed to add details and colour, this process takes hours. The final step is the eyes and fine details and then the cake is ready to eat. Every single part of the cake is edible.

    Cakes can be ordered from The Cake Illusionist from £250, and cake making classes are also available to book. 

    Produced by Charlie Floyd

    SEE ALSO: A London hotel makes cakes that are disguised as everyday objects — and they’re incredibly realistic

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    James Dean statue

    • Many statues of famous individuals turn out hilariously inaccurate.
    • Cristiano Ronaldo's bronze bust at an airport in Portugal was mercilessly mocked on social media for looking nothing like the soccer player.
    • Lucille Ball's statue in New York state has been nicknamed "Scary Lucy" because of her terrifying facial expression.

    While getting a statue made of someone seems like one of the most honorable ways to immortalize them, that's not always the case: many statues of famous individuals turn out looking nothing like them.

    These mishaps have occurred with restorations of classic art works as well as wax figures of celebrities, but there's nothing quite like a carved statue to highlight cringeworthy inaccuracies.

    Here are statues of famous people that turned out looking much worse than the person they represent.

    Oscar Wilde's statue looks like a swamp creature.

    Oscar Wilde's statue in London looks as if the mermaid from the Starbucks logo got sick and had to rise up out of the ocean to ask someone for help. It is a truly unfortunate portrayal of the otherwise handsome Irish poet and writer.



    Lucille Ball's statue looks like an "I Love Lucy" demon.

    When this statue of Lucille Ball showed up in her hometown of Celoron, New York, in 2009, fans were so outraged that they signed a petition to get it remade. Their efforts were a success, and the new Lucille Ball statue that now stands in the same area is much less terrifying.



    Cristiano Ronaldo's bust was mercilessly mocked on social media.

    This statue of Cristiano Ronaldo was unveiled in 2017, when Portugal renamed the Madeira International Airport the Madeira International Airport Cristiano Ronaldo. 

    After widespread criticism, the artist, Emanuel Santos, redid it... though still not to everyone's satisfaction.



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