Bee Keeping Artist Creates A Beeswax World Map

If there’s one person who knows how to mind his own beeswax, it’s Chinese artist Ren Ri. The beekeeper/artist “manipulates the movement of bees and the formation of honeycombs to create metaphysical and hybrid sculptures, which investigate the force of nature and consequences of human intervention (Press Release).” In his latest body of work, Yuansu I: The Origin of Geometry, Ri sculpts honeycombs into the shapes of the continents, using wire and a wooden frame. He created a world map as well as some individual countries. He has been working with bees as a beekeeper since 2006 and began using beeswax as an art medium in more recent years.

What Is The Most Common Job in Every US State?

NPR has just released a fascinating interactive map which reveals the most common job in each US state. While you might think clerks would be topping this list, the whole country seems to be dominated my one job – truck drivers. How could this be?

Rémi Noël Takes Batman to Texas, Creates “The Least Precise Map” of the Lone Star State

Quick! Who would you most like to go on a road trip with? Batman? Okay.

Small French publishing house Poetry Wanted has created “the least precise map of Texas in the history of Texas” as the beginning of their collection “This Is Not A Map“.

Two Superb, Hand-Drawn Maps of London

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When I visited Rome last summer I picked up a free, hand-drawn map of the city. To be honest I wasn’t expecting much, but when I started navigating using the small map, I was astounded at the detail it contained in each hand-drawn line. To be finding my way around the ancient city using only someone’s fine penmanship was like stepping back into the bygone era of hand-made cartography. Today we have Google Maps. It’s a tool which blows away any hand-created map as far as accuracy and search-ability, but something is certainly lost in the aesthetic beauty and ability to roll out a large city on the table before you. These fine maps of London from Wellingtons Travel, bring back the maps of old and do it with useful style.

Map of Earth Made Of 1238 Gemstones & 250,000+ Pieces of Stained Glass Lit By 6912 LEDs

1 Jewel of the Universe by Chris Chamberlain

Using a novel technique called ‘Grand Artimmosa’ that he created himself, English-Chinese artist Chris Chamberlain has created one of the most incredible artworks I have ever seen. The pictures and video below do not begin to do justice for what seeing it in person must be like and I wish I could hop a plane to London just to see Jewel of the Universe in all its glory. Chamberlain’s Chinese name, Jeurng Ying Fai, means “to illuminate England” and he is living up to this name through his art. The 260 carats of natural cut diamonds and nearly 1/3 of a million pieces of stained glass that make up Jewel of the Universe are illuminated from behind with 6,912 LED lights to represent the world from a “God-like perspective of looking down from space.”

Interactive: The Richest People in the World

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Have you ever wondered where the richest people in the world get their money? Have you ever been curious about what country holds the most of these ultra-rich? If so, Bloomberg has recently published an excellent interactive graphic highlighting a slew of facts about the 100 richest people in the world.

A Growing Ink Blot Map of World Population Density

Most of our world maps are created with geographic and legal boundaries dictating how they are drawn… it’s highly useful for getting around the block, but hardly tells the whole tale of what is going on. What really matters much of the time? It’s all about where the people are… and this map shows only that.

Locating a Winner: March Madness Mapped

Where is that team from? It’s a question I often ask myself during March Madness. Marquette… isn’t that in Michigan? Nope, Wisconsin. Where the heck is Xavier? Oh yeah, in Ohio. Chances are that university you’re a little fuzzy on is in basketball country.

Stopping Traffic: The Busiest NYC Subway Stops?

New York City, where half the population doesn’t own a car, is synonymous with Mass Transit. The MTA pegs subway and bus ridership at approximately seven million a day; and each year puts out a ridership report for subway and bus stations.

Tracking Energy Consumption For Each Building in NYC

Just how much does energy does that building across the way use? Unless a buildings lights are on all night, every night, it’s probably hard to see just how much it consumes. For the lucky residents of the Big Apple, however, a new and fascinating map has appeared on the web to help solve the mystery. From the Flat Iron building to individual buildings in Crown Heights, the map takes an astoundingly detailed look at each and every block in the five boroughs, giving it an energy consumption estimate. Not surprisingly, the gleaming Manhattan skyline easily tops the list as the biggest energy hog.