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.

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Dive In! Photos of Swimming Pools From Around the World

Dutch photojournalist Marieke van der Velden has been taking photos of swimming pools in each country she has traveled to since 2009. Her work for NGOs has taken her to Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and beyond. Much of her organization-based work can be draining and emotional due to the subject matter she is photographing. Visiting swimming pools can give her a bit of refuge. ‘They have a quiet, positive atmosphere. They give me a rest from the reportages‘ she tells the Guardian.

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Around the World: National & Continental Maps Created From Common Foods Arranged Perfectly

One of the things people love most about travel is experiencing the foods from other countries. Henry Hargreaves, an artist in New Zealand, worked with Caitlin Levin, a stylist in NY, to combine these passions in a series that will make cartographers, travelers, foodies, and typography geeks swoon. Choosing a food type appropriate for each country, they cleverly arranged the varieties in distinct ways to separate different regions. For example, they chose corn to represent the USA, but each state featured a different form of corn, meticulously arranged. They used citrus fruits for South America, bananas and plantains for Africa, shrimp for Australia, noodles for China, bread and cheese for France, spices for India, tomatoes for Italy, seaweed for Japan, kiwis for New Zealand, and biscuits for the U.K. Then graphic designer Sarit Melmed created stunning typography to give each map a classy finishing touch.

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Skateboard Travel Photography by Jonathan Mehring

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Once skateboarder Jonanthan Mehring was bit by the travel bug, he challenged himself to find “the gnarliest, most culturally different places” to skate. His passion for skateboarding and travel combined with his amazing camera skills have allowed him to make a career out of his talents. He has been to over 30 countries with his friends, scouting the most unique locations to skate, often garnering quite an audience. Mehring’s photos have been published in Rolling Stone, Spin, Skateboarder, Thrasher, Monster Children, Slap and Kingpin and shown in galleries all over the world. Below is his fascinating interview with Andrew Norton for The Photographer Series, which “tells the stories behind some of skateboardings most epic images and the dudes who made them.”

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World Famous Landmarks Made to Look Miniature

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When it comes to this world, there are people who see it as vast and locations as distant, and there are some who see it as miniscule. In relation to the solar system and galaxies beyond, our planet is indeed tiny in comparison… and the humans that inhabit it are even smaller. New York based photographer Richard Silver decided that he wanted to capture that reality of being small through his photography. Packing his bags and camera gear, he ventured all over the world to create “miniature shots” from some of the most famous man made structures in the world.

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Visual Bits #432 > The Funny, The Beautiful, & The Odd

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Toy Stories: Children’s Favorite Toys Around the World

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If there’s one unifying thing about children around the world it’s this: they love to play. Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti’s latest project “Toy Stories,” captures this aspect of our young people’s lives through their prized possessions, artfully arranged around them in the places where they live. It’s an intimate and revealing look at the worlds diverse cultures as experienced by kids.

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Europe in Letters: Locational Typography

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As a freelance user interface designer, a contributor to Getty images and an ambassador of the Behance network, artist Gokhun Guneyhan has got his hands full. Hailing from the city of Istanbul in Turkey, Guneyhan has traveled around most of Europe while acquiring images of his journeys. After sifting through many of his photos from previous trips, he selected a few to use for his typography series.

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Swedes Love Their Milk… and China is Allergic

This just in: swedes love their milk… big time. This map made a splash on Reddit recently when it was pointed out that there is some serious love for the white beverage in the northern european country, as well as its neighbor Finland, the Netherlands, Greece and Switzerland. Ranking low on this map: China.

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Soil to Sky: Feeding the World Sustainably

There are currently 1 billion people in the world who are hungry… there’s also another billion people who over eat unhealthy foods. Today, food production around the world is mostly done through industrial agriculture, and by judging the world’s current situation with obesity issues, worldwide food shortages, and the destruction of soil, it may not be the best process in use. We need to be able to feed our world without destroying it, and finding a more sustainable approach to accomplishing that is becoming increasingly more important. 

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