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No-Frizz Flora and Fauna: Gorgeous Nature-Inspired Headdresses by Takaya

Wednesday 01.21.2015 , Posted by
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The models below are most certainly having a good hair day—with a little help from Japanese floral artist Takaya. Using fresh-cut blooms, berries, leaves, and even stuffed birds, Takaya crafts monumental wearable sculptures that are sure to turn heads. [Read more…]

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Delicate, Lace-Like Table Cloth Made With Thousands of Seeds

Monday 12.22.2014 , Posted by
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When looking at this intricate piece by Kansas-based artist Rena Detrixhe from afar you would think it’s a lovely example of vintage embroidery. But upon taking a closer look, you can see that the lacy design is not made from thread, but rather thousands of seeds. For this piece, which she calls Heirloom, Detrixhe gathered the seeds in Lawrence, Kansas, then spent countless hours meticulously stitching them into stunning patterns. [Read more…]

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The “Mothership Space Net Penthouse”: A Base Jumping Hammock 400 Feet in the Air

Monday 12.22.2014 , Posted by
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It’s a thrill-seekers dream come true. Combining the relaxation of a hammock with the sports of highline walking and base jumping, this intrepid crew spent their Thanksgiving holiday jumping through the hole in the middle of the “Mothership Space Net Penthouse.” That’s the grand name behind their creation, slung 400 feet above the Moab desert floor in Utah. [Read more…]

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Erik Solheim Took 3888 Pictures of His Yard to Capture The Four Seasons in One Image

Monday 12.01.2014 , Posted by
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Eirik Solheim spent an entire year capturing the changing seasons from one window of his house in Oslo, Norway. The artist, hacker and all-around interesting fellow was using an old SLR set to capture one image every 30 minutes for the whole year (this was back in 2010). When the year was over he selected 3,888 images from the 16000 total (to match the 3888×2592 pixel resolution of his camera). Then he used a custom script to take the first line of pixels from the first image, the second line from the second image, and so on. In the resulting picture, we see January on the left and December on the right. The whole year arrayed in one-pixel-wide slices. Fantastic. [Read more…]

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Nuala O’Donovan Sculpts Nature’s Fractals In Porcelain By Hand

Tuesday 11.18.2014 , Posted by
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Inspired by coral, pinecones, and flowers, Nuala O’Donovan is fascinated with irregular/fractal patterns in nature. The Irish artist has found a way to mimic the fractal phenomena that create some of the most gorgeous sights in the natural world. She creates a pattern of which each element is individually made and slowly builds a form, that can take weeks or months. The final porcelain piece is so intricately beautiful and fascinating that it’s hard to believe it was made by human hands. [Read more…]

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A Human Catapult Launches Base Jumpers, Angry Birds Style

Wednesday 11.12.2014 , Posted by
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After news leaked around the web, the Flying Frenchies have released a quick teaser of their recent high flying antics. This time around they’ve built a human-sized catapult on the top of towering cliffs. Instead of “Angry Birds,” this should be called “Crazy Humans.”

A full-length film created with 30 people over 3 months will be coming soon… and they promise a catapult wasn’t the only thing they took up the cliffs. [Read more…]

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A Meditation on Balance: New Stone Work from Michael Grab

Thursday 10.30.2014 , Posted by
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It takes a love of nature, a lot of patience, and very steady hands to create work like Michael Grab’s balanced stones. The Boulder Colorado-based artist (covered previously) spends long meditative hours in the woods, finding stones large and small, and placing them at seemingly impossible rest atop their pointed end. Captured in exceptional photographs, his work contains that rare and poetic balance between stillness and motion. [Read more…]

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Enchanting Photo Shoot In The World’s Largest Salt Flat Requires No Photoshop Magic

Sunday 09.14.2014 , Posted by
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The largest salt flat in the world, measuring over 4,000 square miles across, is the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. The evaporated prehistoric lakes have left a sparkly snow-like layer behind and the entire area looks like a scene from a fantasy movie. Dutch photographer Scarlett Hooft Graaflan, with the help of performance artist Gastón Ugalde found the flats to be the perfect setting for an artistic photo shoot. They work every day objects into each scene to give the land an even more enchanting appearance. [Read more…]

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Hiking Russian Captures Spectacular Morning Views from His Tent

Tuesday 09.02.2014 , Posted by
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Most mornings, people get to stare at a blank ceiling… but for photographer Oleg Grigoryev, the views are looking pretty spectacular. His series, Morning Views from the Tent, was created on repeated trips into the high regions of Tajikistan’s Fann Mountains, documenting the stunning scenes that greeted him each day as he looked out of his tent door. [Read more…]

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Ark-like Whales Carry Worlds on Their Backs

Sunday 08.31.2014 , Posted by
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Tiny worlds grow from the back of gigantic whales in Beijing-based artist Ruilin Wang’s imaginative series Dreams-Ark. The large scale ceramic works play with our sense of scale while inspiring questions about their meaning and the nature of dreams. [Read more…]

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