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Home Sweet Tome: A House Cut Into A Book

Monday 10.07.2013 , Posted by

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Danish artist Olafur Eliasson reminds us to never judge a book by its cover. Better known for his public installations and sculptural work, Eliasson’s book Your House brings architectural scale to a microscopic level. Out of 454 pristine pages, Eliasson laser-cuts the negative space of his Copenhagen home, each sheet serving as a paper-thin cross section that gives shape to tiny doors, stairways, and window frames. [Read more...]

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Photo Series of Lost Astronauts Discovering Earth

Wednesday 09.25.2013 , Posted by

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A collaborative photo series of lost astronauts bizarrely navigating earth emerged organically last week in Calgary, Alberta. An organization called Beakerhead had the suit flown in for a week-long event series, and photographers Neil Zeller and Kelly Hofer capitalized on the opportunity to take some stunning photos.  [Read more...]

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The Stunning Astrophotography of Michael Shaimblum

Tuesday 07.30.2013 , Posted by

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Depending on where you live and how much light pollution there is, seeing stars at night is not always possible. Even when they are out, it’s hard to get that cosmos feel like you’re hurling through the universe at 2.7 million miles per hour, but Michael Shainblum has captured it beautifully. Using long exposure photography, Shainblum creates stunning images of the incredible night sky. A student at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, he has developed amazing skills in time lapse and long exposure and even offers tutorials on his process. [Read more...]

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How Would Planets Look if They Replaced the Moon?

Friday 06.28.2013 , Posted by

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It’s easy to forget that the moon is a real place. We look up at the familiar orb in our sky and see it as a flat, lighted disk with dark grey patches (and a face if we use our imagination). Perhaps it’s the fact that the moon is so small in our sky that we have to wait for a “super moon” to even get excited about it orbiting our planet. Now let’s use our imagination a little: what if the planets of our solar system were in place of the moon? It would be hard to forget Jupiter floating that close – it’s around 11 times the size of Earth! [Read more...]

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ARKYD: The First Publicly Accessible Space Telescope!

Thursday 06.13.2013 , Posted by

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If you’re like those of us at Visual News, you find yourself looking at the sky most nights (or you might even have glow-in-the-dark stars on your ceiling)… so when it comes to this amazing Kickstarter project, we’re floored. ARKYD [ahrk-kid] is slated to be the first publicly accessible space telescope controlled by you. Through pledges and community involvement the project founder Planetary Resources is planning to put the equivalent of tens of millions of dollars into the hands of students, scientists and a new generation of explorers. Think about it, ideas we haven’t even conceived of can now be tested at anywhere from free to cheap prices, opening up a world of possibilities previously unreachable by the vast intellect of society. [Read more...]

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Star Trek: Into Darkness- Movie Poster Remix

Tuesday 05.21.2013 , Posted by

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After the great results of their World War Z movie poster competition earlier this year, Blurppy challenged artists once again, this time with a Star Trek: Into Darkness theme. Another great success was had as artists stepped up to the challenge and let their creative juices flow. If these designs were available to producers, it’s hard to say which poster we would be seeing on movie theater walls. [Read more...]

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Film Photography of Galaxies Through a Telescope

Tuesday 05.14.2013 , Posted by

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Since 2007, LA-based photographer Siri Kaur has been driving 480 miles to the Kitt Peak National Observatory four or five times per year to capture the sky on her film camera. 7,000 feet above the ground, the observatory boasts telescopes the size of houses and Kaur takes long exposure photographs of the view from these super telescopes. Sometimes she returns with no good pictures, but those times are all made worth it when she gets shots like the ones shown below. She alters the color and depth of the star formations in the darkroom with chemicals, producing new images that look just like some of the “real” pictures of distant galaxies taken by NASA’s Hubble Telescope. [Read more...]

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Stunningly Designed Stellar Maps of Our Night Sky

Sunday 05.12.2013 , Posted by

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For anyone who wants to see their place in the universe, there is hardly a better way to get perspective than taking a look at the stars. With head lofted towards the sky we see a multitude of worlds so distant that the light originated eons before our birth. These star maps from Stellavie Design Manufaktur are perhaps the most lovely we’ve seen, providing us with both attractive detailing and meaningful content… the perfect inspiration for becoming more familiar with our night sky. [Read more...]

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They’re Watching You: Grey Alien Portraits Come Alive

Tuesday 05.07.2013 , Posted by

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Are we alone in this universe? It’s highly unlikely and over 50% of the people who report alien encounters describe these same oval-headed, big-eyed, child-size greys. Coincidence or psychological tricks, it’s fun to imagine what aliens look like. Serbian illustrator and graphic designer Vladimir Stankovic took his hypotheses a step further by animating life into the eyes of his series of portraits of The Greys. As cute as they are, I’m not sure how I would feel if I woke up with one standing over me. [Read more...]

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Collages from Our Wildly Beautiful Universe

Tuesday 03.05.2013 , Posted by

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Welcome to a strange world where the ordinary laws of physics hold no ground and the imagination is free to conjure fascinating scenes of wondrous beauty. Galaxies seem to hide in ribbons of unknown wavelengths, doors open in familiar terrestrial objects, and Newtonian gravity is non-existent. Such is the impression I get while viewing the fantastic collages of Bryan Olson, an artist from North Carolina who dissects vintage paper-based imagery and reassembles it into the mysteriously foreign yet familiar worlds you see here. [Read more...]

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