California’s Worst Drought in History: The Breakdown

The last three years have left California facing a historic drought. This month, California Governor Jerry Brown issued an unprecedented mandate: Californians must reduce water use by 25%—or the state may face dire consequences. What factors are contributing to this drought?

In This Village is a Model Village. And Inside That is a Smaller Model Village. And Inside That is…

In the tiny English village of Bourton-on-the-Water is a tiny model of Bourton-on-the-Water… and guess what’s inside that model?

You’ve seen the Droste effect many times. It’s where a picture appears within itself, and then again inside the picture of itself, growing ever smaller into infinity (or at least that’s how it seems).

Glass Sculptures Look Like Splashing Waves Frozen in Motion

Living near the seaside town of Santa Cruz, California, glass artists Marsha Blaker and Paul DeSomma are in touch with the beauty of crashing surf. The two frequently collaborate on projects which echo the forms of the marine environment and its many textures, including these absolutely stunning wave sculptures. They look just like water frozen in motion.

Photographer Builds A Set On the Streets of Brooklyn Which Is The Perfect Spot for a Romantic Proposal

Known for his Set in the Street project which involved placing indoor room sets around the sidewalks of New York City for interesting public interaction, Justin Bettman knows how to bring surprising randomness to the daily grind. This time his skills were sought out for something a little more romantic. Jose Luis, a man in love, saw Bettman’s project in New York Magazine and a light bulb went off that this was what he needed to propose to his girlfriend. So he sent a hopeful email to Bettman to see what he could do. Bettman tells Petapixel, “Of course I was going to build a set for this guy to propose on.”

Intricately Detailed, Hand Made Paper Birds Look Shockingly Realistic

Inspired by the natural world, London-based artist Zack Mclaughlin shows his child like wonder and attention to detail by reproducing the intricately detailed things he spots. His latest series is a collection of hand made birds that are cut from wood and paper and painted with acrylic paints. The birds look so realistic and beautiful that it’s hard to believe that they won’t fly away.

Scott Blake Makes Incredible Flipbooks (Some with Just a Hole Punch)

Remix artist Scott Blake has been creating some seriously fantastic flipbooks, and some are made with only a hole punch. The tiny dots move in surprising harmony, following geometric arcs as they seem to move about the page.

Other flipbooks feature famous events (like OJ Simpson running from the law) or everyday scenes like burning matches.

3D Printed Fun House Lenses Make Life A Little Funnier

Using a new rapid prototyping process, artist duo Robb Godshaw and Max Hawkins have found a way to 3D print lenses with funhouse effects. Their lenses can turn your face into all eyes or give you 3 mouths or even shrink your head to tiny proportions. They are publicly debuting their first body of work, called Smaller & Upside Down, on Market Street in San Francisco from April 9-11, 2015 for the Market Street Prototyping Festival, where they will also demonstrate how it was done.

Who is Most Likely to Die of Alcohol Poisoning? Middle-Aged People

For many people, the term binge drinking conjures up visions of wild frat parties filled with poor youthful decisions. But if you look at what age group is most at risk from alcohol poisoning, the majority of deaths are actually happening to middle aged people between 45 and 54 – a staggering 34% of total alcohol poisoning deaths.

This Artist is Giving Plastic Bottles a New Life as Plant Sculptures

Using discarded plastic PET bottles, Czech artist Veronika Richterová creates fantastic translucent plant sculptures. Whether its an entire shelf of cactus’ or lillypads floating in a pond, each is a whimsical take on the natural world – one that protects it from being over-run with waste products.

A Hilarious Creative Project Turns Food Into the Faces of Famous Icons in Fashion

Using duct tape and walnuts, Donald “Drawbertson” Robertson, has created quite an interesting 40 page illustrated book. Working as a creative director for Estée Lauder, Robertson knows a thing or two about fashion. He chose 20 stars in the fashion sphere, drew them an interesting face on a nut and made them duct tape bodies, clothes, and accessories. He calls the collection Fashion is Nuts. The creations were photographed by Henry Leutwyle and the result is bizarre, yet awesome.