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Surreal Photographs with Real Animals

Thursday 04.03.2014 , Posted by
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In a world filled with Photoshop, these pictures are real. Moscow-based photographer Katerina Plotnikova (covered previously) has been creating a surreal world filled with wild animals and beautiful women. The result looks like a fairy tale come to life. [Read more...]

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These Are Clearly “SilverWareBack” Gorillas (and Other Animal Sculptures Created with Flatware)

Sunday 03.09.2014 , Posted by
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Unless a delicious piece of crème brûlée is sitting on your fork, you might not be thinking about art when it comes to flatware. Gary Hovey is different. Since 2004 he’s been using forks, knives and spoons as the medium for his nature-based artwork. From the ruffled fur of a bear made from the tines of a fork, to the ears of an elephant made from fanned knife handles, each of his sculptures are made completely from eating utensils. [Read more...]

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Stark White Animal Sculptures Contrast With Nature

Wednesday 02.26.2014 , Posted by
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In a stark white blend of digital and analogue, Ben Foster creates computer-like, faceted sculptures that live not on the screen, but in the physical world. From a howling dog, to a graceful horse and a seal, Foster welds his animal themed works from flat plates of metal, smoothing their seams and painting them bright white to reflect the changing gradations of daylight on each surface. [Read more...]

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Modern Technology Captures Baby Animals in the Womb

Friday 01.31.2014 , Posted by
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It’s not often we get to peer into the world inside the womb, and none of us remember what it was like, but producer Peter Chinn is helping us understand a little bit more about what goes on before birth. His images, produced for a National Geographic documentary called In the Womb: Extreme Animals used real-time 4-D ultrasound images and computer models to create an astoundingly lifelike vision of animal gestation that is beautiful and even a little unnerving. [Read more...]

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Bird Flights Mapped into Time-lapse Sky Performances

Monday 01.27.2014 , Posted by
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I constantly feel like birds are mocking the human race. They have the ability to do what we have been striving for since the beginning of civilization and they make it so effortless that it’s insulting – spacial freedom. Am I the only one addicted to my remote control helicopter? I mean, all I do is go up and down and back and forth… but the spacial liberation is intoxicating! In these mesmerizing videos by artist Dennis Hlynsky you see that birds in flight contain much more information than meets the eye. The time-lapse video performances show birds creating beautiful patterns as they roam the open air and even display some seemingly intentional creativity. [Read more...]

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Minimalist Illustrations of the Animals That Have Traveled to Space

Friday 01.10.2014 , Posted by
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Thirteen years before a human ever traveled to outer space, on June 11, 1948, a heroic rhesus monkey named Albert made the journey, paving the way for future astronauts. Sadly Albert died of suffocation during the flight, but he was the first of many test monkeys. Before Albert only fruit flies had been sent to space, but he was the predecessor to monkeys Albert II through Albert VI, Gordo, Able, Sam, Miss Sam, Ham, and Enos among several other animals. Based in Budapest, Hungary, designer Norbert Mayer gives an illustrated history lesson on our animal friend space travelers in the images below. [Read more...]

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Cruelty Free Animal Dissections with Adorably Knitted Anatomy

Sunday 01.05.2014 , Posted by
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Remember the days of high school biology with that year end milestone of dissecting a frog? These days most schools offer the cruelty free option of doing a digital dissection, but why not turn this momentous occasion into something cute and cuddly? That’s exactly what knitting enthusiast Emily Stoneking has done. Her Etsy line, which she calls aKNITomy, began with the dissected frog and has expanded to the other common dissections- earthworm, fetal pig, and lab rat, but also offers some items most of us (barring the CIA) will never get the chance to dissect- an alien autopsy, a bisected human head, and the Easter Bunny (filled with Easter eggs and plastic grass of course). Stoneking says, “I love the idea of making something that is so icky out of something so cuddly and cozy.” [Read more...]

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Bird Taxidermy Imagines Bizarre New Species’

Thursday 01.02.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve watched the BBC’s Planet Earth, then you know about the many bizarre species’ in the bird-of-paradise family. Their wildly flamboyant plumage has set them apart in the animal world, as has their equally bizarre and elaborate mating rituals. Perhaps that’s why these fantastic taxidermy sculptures by Karley Feaver are so familiar and yet fascinating. In her series Becoming Otherwise, she has created a diverse series of imaginary avian life, playing on themes of domesticity and imagining new paths of evolution. [Read more...]

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The Pointer Brothers: 2 Very Handsome Dogs Spreading Christmas Cheer

Sunday 12.22.2013 , Posted by
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They might not have any Grammy Awards like The Pointer Sisters, but the Pointer Brothers are so excited for Christmas. Don’t be fooled by their nonchalant appearance, they just take modeling very seriously. Also known as Gus and Travis, the two German Shorthaired Pointers have quite a following on their @ifitwags Instagram account at almost 50,000. The canine models, who kicked off the pet lovers’ popular #peanutbutterseries hashtag, live with owner, photographer Steph McCombie in Vancouver, Canada, which has been the perfect setting for their holiday photo shoots. [Read more...]

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Meet Darcy, The Flying Hedgehog of Instagram

Wednesday 12.18.2013 , Posted by
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Cats are so last week. At least that’s a sentiment most internet users will consider the first time they come across Darcy the flying hedgehog. Three years ago Darcy’s owner, Shota Tsukamoto of Tokyo Japan, popped the adorable quilled creature on Instagram and ever since the fans have been rolling in. Who wouldn’t be amused by the fantastic things Darcy gets up to? Riding flamingos, exploring fuzzy shoes and generally lounging around are all on the days list of activities… but Darcy does them all with endearing style. [Read more...]

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