Eerie sculptures hang in the forest, like swarms of discarded objects come to life. Their bright synthetic colors contrast with their dark, mostly natural backgrounds, lending them an etherial specter which is at once cheerful and unnerving. Artist Thomas Jackson creates the beautiful works for his ongoing series Emergent Behavior using everyday household items; from plastic plates and cups, to Post-It Notes and even cheese puffs. [Read more...]
In the far lands of Norway roam reindeer. The last of their wild kind in a natural environment, these arctic deer live in dovrefjell-sunndalsfjella national park. Since Santa Claus doesn’t always welcome visitors to the North Pole to see his reindeer (they need their rest and solitude for their big day you know), the Norwegians decided to create a stunningly designed abode for passing humans where they can observe the undomesticated creatures as they romp to the rhythm of nature. [Read more...]
These little mice might be the most endearing little creatures out there. Known as the Eurasian Harvest Mouse, they are the smallest european rodent – only about half the size of a normal house mouse – and live in fields of tall grasses and cereal crops like oats and wheat. Their long tails are prehensile, giving them the ability to wrap around their playground-like living space and climb high into the air. They build circular nests and raise their young, unlike other mice, regurgitating food into their mouths much like birds. French photographers Jean-Louis Klein & Marie-Luce Hubert spent a year and a half with the cute little creatures, capturing the intricacies of their community in an astoundingly intimate way.
A murmuration of starlings may seem random, but one artist has found the geometric order to this phenomenon of nature in her work. About six months ago a video flooded the internet of two women out on a canoe while a murmuration of starlings danced above their heads. After the video went viral, murmurations have been a hot topic online and even in art. Catherine Ulitsky, an artist living in western Massachusetts, captured the unique flock patterns of the starling murmurations on camera and gave order to the seemingly random group by painting connections between the birds. In each photograph, Ulitsky uses vibrant colors and straight lines to create beautiful geometric patterns in one of natures great phenomena. “Carefully observing natural phenomena reminds me constantly of the limitless complexity and wonder of the world we inhabit,” said Ulitsky of her work. [Read more...]
It’s strange to write this on the internet, the forefront of all things technological and modern… but some people are deciding to leave it all behind. For various reasons — from seeing the effects of modern society on the natural world, to the way people are increasingly connected to electronic devices, or the way the rat race of consumerism envelops the fabric of our communities — a number of people are choosing to live a more ‘down to earth’ existence, getting them in touch with the land in older, now forgotten ways. [Read more...]
Flow is an art project that was commissioned by the Cultural Olympiad Commission for the upcoming London 2012 Summer Olympics. The wooden house is basically a floating musical instrument. Its tones are created in a number of ways — the strength of the tides, the saltiness of the water and how murky it is. [Read more...]
At a glance, it would appear that these incredibly realistic animal portraits were painted using rich hues of sepia paint, but in actuality they were etched into the wooden canvas with fire. This technique, known as pyrography, involves scorching a natural surface (maple wood in this case) using a heated tip or wire. [Read more...]
Singapore based artist and graphic designer Budi Satria Kwan makes heavy use of negative space in his very catchy works. His designs are colorful, pop with enthusiasm and though they lean toward aesthetic minimalism, they create quite an impact with their carefully chosen details. See a load more of this established artists work at budikwan.com [Read more...]