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Repurposed ‘BaskeTREE’ Sculptures by Amy Santoferraro

Tuesday 11.26.2013 , Posted by

Repurposed ‘BaskeTREE’ Sculptures by Amy Santoferraro

Amy Santoferraro looks at a cheaply produced kitsch object and thinks, “Wow, that would make really great art.” After experiencing this sculpture I began to realize that I am being blinded to the true visual beauty of kitsch. Somehow, that same type of cheap plastic makes it’s way into my life and I end up resenting it, first, because its doesn’t look nice next to my iPod, and second, because I am going to have to put it in a landfill and feel bad about it. The color of that old easter basket is actually kind of nice… and the texture of that dish-sponge is incredible… and that fly-swatter! Amy Santoferraro removes the immediate functional connotations from everyday objects and reinvents them as playful landscape compositions in a series she calls ‘BaskeTREE.’ [Read more...]


Harvard Scientist Grows Microscopic Flowers

Thursday 05.23.2013 , Posted by

Microscopic crystal flowers Wim I Noorduin 2

Inside a tiny beaker of water Harvard scientist Wim L. Noorduin has managed to coax chemicals into beautiful and delicate microscopic flowers. On a micron scale he and his colleagues have produced arrangements of crystals that resemble natural forms from roses to broad leaves… and the kicker? They self-assembled! That’s right, these aren’t just pretty pictures from an electron microscope, but a new look at how structures form chemically in nature. [Read more...]


We Love Friday!- Spring is Sprung!

Friday 04.19.2013 , Posted by


Robin Williams has said that “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” It’s a time when flowers are starting to bloom, the days are getting longer, and you actually want to be outside! After trudging through crazy winters my whole life, growing up with lake effect snow in Cleveland, then sloshing through the grey puddles in NYC for 5 years, I was always delighted at every sign of Spring. I didn’t think I would experience that in California, but I was wrong. Though the Winters here are much milder, I am so happy that Spring is finally here and I love seeing the blossoming trees and chirping birds everywhere! [Read more...]


Hidden Patterns: How a Bee Sees the World of Flowers

Monday 04.08.2013 , Posted by


Humans are interesting creatures. We look at the world with some of the most advanced eyes and minds, but often fail to realize that others see the world differently than we do. While this idea is often put forward when talking about the way other people experience the world, in this case I’m literally talking about vision, and insects in particular.

In the vast electromagnetic spectrum of wavelengths (extending from below the long wavelengths used for radio, to the short wavelengths of gamma radiation) we humans see only a miniscule fraction that we call visible light. This small sliver, spanning the distance between violet and red is the way we perceive the world around us with our eyes. However bees and other insects have a different view of the world. Their whole range of light is shifted further towards the violet end of the spectrum and further from the red. This means that, while they can’t perceive red, they see colors we simply cannot see – what we call ultra-violet. This also means is that bees see a world literally hidden before our eyes. [Read more...]


You’ve Never Seen a Flower Parade Like This Before!

Wednesday 11.14.2012 , Posted by

I’ve got to admit that I don’t usually rank flower parades that far up my list of cool things… but this example from the Netherlands completely blew me away. Bloemencorso, the annual parade of flowers, takes place in Zundert and features some of the most creative and modern examples of the floral sculpting form you’re likely to see. Find out more about the parade (which happens again September 1st and 2nd, 2013) at [Read more...]


Beautiful Flowers In Shattering Vases

Thursday 11.01.2012 , Posted by

What’s cooler than getting a vase of flowers? Shooting the vase with a steel ball and using an expensive camera to capture it right at the moment of impact. German Photographer Martin Klimas does just that and the result is a gorgeous contrast between the motionless serenity of the flowers and the total chaos of the exploding vase. [Read more...]


Visual Bits #252> Hang On: Intense Art Installations

Wednesday 08.15.2012 , Posted by

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We Love Friday! Flowers – Picked Just for You

Friday 02.24.2012 , Posted by

Happy Friday everyone! Welcome to our third installment of We Love Friday! This week our theme was flowers. We asked our team to take some Instagram shots of flowers and chose the best ones to share with our lovely readers! We also found some wonderful flowers shots from Instagram users @joykudesu and @tuen_w.

Our theme for next Friday is “fire-hydrants”, so if you find a perfect hydrant photo-op, capture it on Instagram and tag @visualnews. We will feature the best ones next Friday.
Enjoy your weekend and thanks for reading! [Read more...]


Exploded Flowers: The Radial Symmetry of Nature

Wednesday 02.22.2012 , Posted by

What happens when you take one of the most beautiful things in the world, flowers, and break them down into their many parts? The answer, as Singapore based artist Fong Qi Wei found, was that they retain their beauty, while revealing a radial symmetry and structure often overlooked. By taking fresh flowers and carefully disassembling them onto a white photography table, Qi Wei collapses their delicate forms and lays bare the secrets of these decorations custom made by mother nature. [Read more...]



Monday 01.02.2012 , Posted by

Frantic Gallery of Tokyo, in its quest to introduce the cutting edge works of Japanese artists to the world, displayed Macoto Murayama’s unique “cyborganic” style of art with their recent exhibit “Inorganic Flora”. Analyzing various flowers, Murayama used sketches and pictures of their parts, altering them digitally with software such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator to create extraordinary pictures depicting the inorganic nature of the flower. [Read more...]

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