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Liter of Light: Bringing Sustainable Light to Developing Communities

Thursday 09.25.2014 , Posted by
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Back in 2011, we covered the organization Liter of Light and their mission to bring sustainable light to the Philippines by using plastic bottles. Now, three years later, it is amazing to see what has been accomplished and where the organization is going next.

While originally launched with a grant from the MyShelter foundation, the main proponent behind the movement has been social entrepreneur Illac Diaz. His approach is simple: instead of importing solar products to bring light, he develops the lights locally so that repairs and replacements become simple. [Read more...]

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A Growing Trend in China: Real Fruit Shaped Like Buddhas and Cubes

Wednesday 09.24.2014 , Posted by
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There’s a new craze in China folks and it’s invading markets and homes everywhere. It’s called “fruit mould” and involves shaping real fruit into mini Buddhas, hearts and squares. While the fruit is still young, the growers encase it into a custom plastic mould and let the fruit continue to grow. Then after a little time, the fruit is ready to come out of its shell to the world. [Read more...]

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Umbrellas for Miles: Aerial Views of a Colorful Italian Beach Town

Monday 09.15.2014 , Posted by
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German photographer Bernhard Lang went on a pleasant holiday to the seaside resort town of Adria, Italy – a place that is absolutely covered with umbrellas. Located between the coastlines of Ravenna and Rimini on the Adriatic coast, each hotel has its own umbrella design, creating a sea of color that extends for miles. This inspired a photographic project for Lang, who decided that on his next trip he would arrange a plane and shoot the scene from the air. That happened last month, and the photos are fantastic. It almost seems like a beachside Candy Land of sorts. [Read more...]

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Nike’s Conceptual Plane Designed for Professional Athletes

Friday 09.12.2014 , Posted by
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Design firm Teague and Nike have partnered to create a digital concept for a jet intended to transport professional athletes from city to city. Typically, pro sports teams and their coaches fly on planes with normal seating arrangements and listen to music for the duration of the flight – but, what if instead the plane offered rooms for massage and training, a film room to watch playbacks, and a lounge to simply chill? Welcome aboard that luxurious vision from Teague and Nike. [Read more...]

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Stunningly Intricate Illustrations Of Animals And People Made Of Hundreds Of Wires

Wednesday 08.13.2014 , Posted by
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Charis Tsevis has done it again with a wonderful ‘wired’ series to symbolize the relationship between the network and the human body and spirit. Fascinated by the wired world we all live in, Tsevis created large scale illustrations of people, animals and brains, and if you look closely, they’re composed entirely of individual wires. [Read more...]

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Serene Desolation: Hyper-Realistic Paintings of Small Town America

Tuesday 08.12.2014 , Posted by
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Sometimes the most simple of scenes can make the most poignant of paintings. Artistic interpretations of small town America have documented the journey of the country through the years, recording societal changes in the familiar landscape as it transitioned into the modern era. Artist Rod Penner continues this tradition by painting small towns in the great state of Texas. It’s part photojournalism, part photorealism. [Read more...]

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Dive In! Photos of Swimming Pools From Around the World

Monday 08.04.2014 , Posted by
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Dutch photojournalist Marieke van der Velden has been taking photos of swimming pools in each country she has traveled to since 2009. Her work for NGOs has taken her to Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and beyond. Much of her organization-based work can be draining and emotional due to the subject matter she is photographing. Visiting swimming pools can give her a bit of refuge. ‘They have a quiet, positive atmosphere. They give me a rest from the reportages‘ she tells the Guardian. [Read more...]

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A Creative Collaboration Between an Artist and Honeybees

Sunday 08.03.2014 , Posted by
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Canadian artist Aganetha Dyck is fascinated by the delicate relationship between nature and humans. In a series titled Honeybee Alterations, Dyck took porcelain figurines and with the use of apiary feeder boards and hive blankets, collaborated with the local bee population in creating art. [Read more...]

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Army Eats: What Does Your Country Feed Their Soldiers?

Thursday 07.31.2014 , Posted by
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Around the world there are millions of soldiers, and all of them need to eat. Some are currently in a conflict, others are in training and some are just waiting. When in the field, the standard meal is an MRE, or “Meal, Ready-to-Eat.” Typically, these ready made meals come with a small instant heat pack to warm the contents of the foods provided. [Read more...]

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Bizarre Yugoslavian Monuments From a Bygone Era

Wednesday 07.30.2014 , Posted by
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There was a period in the 1960s and 70s when large sculptures were created all over the Republic of Yugoslavia to commemorate the battles of WWII. Now, with the fall of the U.S.S.R and the breakup of Yugoslavia, the monuments have lost some significance and seem from another planet. [Read more...]

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