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This Artist Launched Plants Into the Stratosphere

Sunday 07.20.2014 , Posted by
1 Exobiotanica by Azuma Makoto

Flowers are one of the most beautiful gifts from nature, but they look even more beautiful contrasted with the deep abyss of space. Japanese artist Azuma Makoto along with John Powell, of JP Aerospace, and a 10-person crew team, launched a white pine bonsai in a light metal frame as well as a bouquet 30 flower species including peace lilies, hydrangeas, and orchids into the stratosphere. These floral installations were sent into space in the dead of night at 2am from the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, which hosts Burning Man. The called their mission Exobiotanica and with 6 Go Pro video cameras and still cameras donated by Fuji Film, the team was able to capture the beautiful sight. [Read more...]

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It’s Not Taxidermy! It’s Awesome Avian Paper Craft Art

Friday 07.18.2014 , Posted by
1 Diana Beltran Herrera Paper Sculpture

Colombian artist Diana Beltran Herrera transforms colored paper into realistic-looking life-sized birds. She creates the paper sculptures by hand based off of photographs that she has re-sized. With incredible attention to detail, her sculptures look exactly like taxidermy. She has created numerous species for Longwood Gardens, a botanical garden in Pennsylvania, several birds of Florida for The Cornell Fine Arts Museum, as well as exotic birds and state birds for the least populous states. [Read more...]

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Are They Real? Delicate Fairy Sculptures Made from Wire

Friday 07.18.2014 , Posted by
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UK sculptor Robin Wight is creating a magical world with wire. In dramatic lighting, his spirited fairies hold dandelions as they blow away and soar through the air. They look almost real – if you believe, that is. [Read more...]

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The Village in Japan Where There are More Dolls than People

Friday 07.18.2014 , Posted by
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On the island of Shikoku, Japan lies the village of Nagoru – a place where life-size dolls outnumber people. It used to be an active community, but over the years many Nagoru locals moved to Osaka or Tokyo for jobs, and the village shrank to just a few dozen people. One of the locals that left was Ayano Tsukimi, but after years away she came back to the quaint place. In memory of her friends and family that lived there before, she began to make dolls based on their lives. [Read more...]

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Splashes of Rainbow Become Unique Pictures: The Vibrant Works of Aramis Fraino

Thursday 07.17.2014 , Posted by
1 Aramis Fraino

In his signature rainbow style, Venezuelan artist and graphic designer Aramis Fraino creates vibrant digital pictures. Animals seem to pop off the page from a swirling sea of color. A huge fan of The Beatles, the non-animal pictures shown here are from Fraino’s series The Beatles Art Tribute. The series comes with perfect timing as Ringo Starr just celebrated his 74th birthday earlier this month (July 7, 2014). [Read more...]

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Faces Flow from Plumes of Ink in Water

Thursday 07.17.2014 , Posted by
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With the use of pigmented ink and paint spilling into water, South African artist Chris Slabber has created a pleasant series of images. Slabber captures the detailed liquid plumes as they emerge with high speed photography. Afterwards, he digitally manipulates them to blend in faces and figures. [Read more...]

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Neil Degrasse Tyson and 48 Other Emojis We Wish We Had

Thursday 07.17.2014 , Posted by
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Words don’t always do a conversation justice – especially when that convo is text based. You’re there texting your bestie and an overwhelming sense of glee sweeps over you. What to do? Say it with an emoji of course.

With the announcement of Unicode 7.0 and 250 new emojis in the works (what would we do without “Man in Business Suit Levitating”) Microsoft has imagined what the new update missed – adding 49 more emojis you seriously wish you had. [Read more...]

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The Ghost in the Machine: Famous Celebrities Made from Old Film and Tape

Thursday 07.17.2014 , Posted by
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Erika Simmons is revealing the Ghost in the Machine – that’s the apt title for her unusually creative artwork which uses the relics of the 20th century – namely film reels, music and VHS cassettes – to create portraits of the person the tape may have featured. She unwinds the magnetic tape inside and, carefully cutting and twirling it, arranges it into incredibly perfect portraits. [Read more...]

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A Picture Shows How Wasps Develop… You Don’t Want to Look at it Before Bed.

Wednesday 07.16.2014 , Posted by
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There’s not many things that strike fear into a grown man’s heart like the sight of a wasp. Those little buggers pack a sting and bite so painful it will change you for good. With that in mind, this picture is sure to haunt your dreams.

…then again, if you’re into science, this is fascinating! [Read more...]

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Original Concept Artwork for the Characters of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Wednesday 07.16.2014 , Posted by
0 Matt Reeves‘ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

If you’re one of the fans who contributed to the $73M opening weekend box office success of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, then you will love to see how it all started. The Aaron Sims Company which was responsible for the character design has released some of the concept artwork that they generated for the movie. Working closely with Weta digital on this sequel as well as the first film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, they created all of the characters from scratch. [Read more...]

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