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Hollow Golden Tree Trunk Radiates Shimmering Light

Spazio di Luce (Space of Light) is a stunning tree sculpture produced by Giuseppe Penone. The Italian artist came upon a fallen tree in the mountains and was…
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The Marche is one of the 20 Regions of Italy. The Italian name Le Marche is the plural of marca, and literally means "the Marches", originally referring to the medieval March of Ancona and nearby marches of Camerino and Fermo.
The Marche are located in the Central area of the country, bordering Emilia-Romagna and the republic of San Marino to the north, Tuscany to the north-west, Umbria to the west, Abruzzo and Lazio to the south and the Adriatic Sea to the east. Except for river valleys and the often very narrow coastal strip, the land is hilly. In the nineteenth century, a railway from Bologna to Brindisi linked the Marche along the coastline of the entire territory. Inland, the mountainous nature of the region, even today, allows little travel north and south, except by rough roads over the passes.

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Photographer Transforms His Dog into Different Animals and Characters Every Christmas

Photographer Transforms His Dog into Different Animals and Characters Every Christmas | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
For the past 20 years, British photographer Peter Thorpe has upheld the festive tradition of dressing up his dog as different animals and characters for holiday-themed photo shoots. Instead of using Photoshop, Thorpe builds elaborate sets and props, assembles creative costumes, and uses treats to coax his dog into posing for a few pictures, which are then turned into delightful cards that he sends to family, friends, and clients. Over the years, he has transformed Paddy, and now Raggle, into a mouse, a turkey, one of the Wise Men's camels, Ebenezer Scrooge, and many more seasonally appropriate creatures.
"2 dogs, 3 children and now over 20 Christmas's later, making these cards has become something of a family tradition and a lovely record to treasure," Thorpe says. "The fun for me, has been choosing to continue to create these traditionally rather than with Photoshop, by making my own sets + props and using a fair bit of food bribery!"
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2014’s Biggest Moments Highlighted in Detailed Illustration

2014’s Biggest Moments Highlighted in Detailed Illustration | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
To commemorate 2014, both good and bad, Beutler Ink created an amazingly-detailed graphic highlighting some of the most newsworthy things of this year. The Washington, DC-based digital content agency gave a nod to Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel movie poster and cross sectioned it with celebrities, news headlines, and even emojis.
This creative illustration features a lot of entertainment, like Ellen’s star-studded Oscar selfie and Kim Kardashian’s infamous, Internet-breaking Paper magazine cover. But, it doesn’t shy away from 2014’s more serious events. Beutler covers the Ebola outbreak and protests for Michael Brown and Eric Garner, too.
The brimming cartoon-style image is a great way to reflect on the year. With so many headlines, tweets, videos, and more, it seems incredible that these things all happened in 365 days. Check out Beutler Ink’s blog for a full list of everything included in this illustration.
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Floating Greenhouse Powered by Solar, Wind and Tidal Energy

Floating Greenhouse Powered by Solar, Wind and Tidal Energy | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
A recently completed floating greenhouse named Jellyfish Barge provides clever green space and a magical riverside glow. The barge’s octagonal structure is comprised of a network of floating barrels and wooden and plastic spokes. Small potted plants are held secure when slid into holes in the spokes. This innovative greenhouse does not rely on traditional farming resources such as fields of soil and environmentally taxing freshwater irrigation systems. It is powered by only solar, wind and tidal energy.
The project, commissioned by Italian design firm Studiomobile, took about five months to finish. Aside from its beautiful design that includes a built-in deck around the perimeter, the greenhouse was created with urban growth and dwindling land resources in mind. Its raft-like nature gives city dwellers inventive space to cultivate crops and contribute positively to the community’s health.







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Boulder-Shaped Cabin Perfectly Camouflages in Swiss Alps

Boulder-Shaped Cabin Perfectly Camouflages in Swiss Alps | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Nestled within a rock fall field on the Swiss alps sits Antoine, a cabin that resembles a large boulder. It was designed by the studio Bureau A, and the cozy interior space features some of the basics: a bed, fold-out table, stool, fireplace, and windows. But, just looking at the outside, you’d never know to go in because it’s perfectly camouflaged among the surrounding environment.
The inconspicuous nature of Antonie was inspired by the long-standing Swiss tradition of hidden bunkers and military infrastructure. In addition, it’s a tribute to the alpine experience as well as the words of French philosopher Paul Virilio. His 1975 writings spoke of bunker archaeology and the principles of camouflage. These themes fascinate Bureau A, and they’ve translated them into a mysterious concrete building whose well-crafted exterior doubles as a work of art.


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Intricately Stitched Tablecloth Delicately Formed with Seeds

Intricately Stitched Tablecloth Delicately Formed with Seeds | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Rena Detrixhe collected thousands of seeds in Lawrence, Kansas, and she stitched the unlikely art materials into an amazingly delicate tablecloth with a lace-like pattern. In her project titled Heirloom, the seeds form gentle star, flower and pinwheel patterns. As the sheer fabric cascades down from the tabletop, the seed design seems to hover in the air.
The artist describes herself as a “hunter and gatherer of materials.” She says she views nature as fine art, drawing inspiration from natural elements and creating projects that deflect attention back to the earth and humans’ relationship with it.
Detrixhe’s motivation behind this particular project stems from a desire to dialogue about the intersection of art and the environment. “The table and cloth were created to exist as a stage or platform,” the artist says on her website. “As part of its exhibition, individuals were invited to participate in a round-table discussion including environmentalists, ecologists, biologists, artists,…
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Photographer Captures Grand Canyon Filling with Clouds

Photographer Captures Grand Canyon Filling with Clouds | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Photographer Harun Mehmedinovic captured a rare weather phenomenon this year when the Grand Canyon was filled with a stunning sea of clouds. Though it happened last year, as well, a total cloud inversion is still difficult to witness as it's only suppose to happen a few times in a decade.
"Given how rare the event is, it's very hard to exactly gauge when the inversion will happen, otherwise there would have been hundreds of photographers there that day," Harun told us. "I work with BBC Earth, and for a while I've been wanting to team up with NatGeo's John Burcham for a shoot, and we just happened to pick the day the inversion happened by chance. I suppose you can call it luck, but one makes their own luck. Our goal was to shoot a timelapse at the canyon, and we got very unique and fascinating footage of the clouds rolling in like ocean waves. With a few more trips we plan to take next year, we should end up with a unique look at the Grand Canyon over several seasons."
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New Energy Efficient, Sand Dune-Shaped Building by Zaha Hadid

New Energy Efficient, Sand Dune-Shaped Building by Zaha Hadid | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
World-renowned architect Zaha Hadid has just unveiled plans for a futuristic, sand dune-shaped building. The white, gently sloping edifice will serve as the new headquarters for Bee'ah, a United Arab Emirates-based environmental firm. Along with company offices, the two main dunes will house public event spaces, including an auditorium and a gallery, to further the company's environmental education initiative. At the merging point of these two banks is a serene shielded courtyard where employees can relax and take in magnificent sweeping views of the surrounding desert.
Boasting over 75,000 square feet of space, the LEED Platinum Certified facility is powered entirely by renewable energy and kept to minimal energy requirements through an efficient interior layout, conceived with the help of London's Atelier Ten design group. The outside walls, fluidly contoured to appears as though they were shaped by the region's prevailing wind patterns, are reinforced with a special sun-reflecting…
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Intricate Shadow Silhouettes Carved from Knife Blades by Li Hongbo

Intricate Shadow Silhouettes Carved from Knife Blades by Li Hongbo | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Beijing-based artist Li Hongbo recently unveiled Shadow of Knives, an incredible series of carved silhouette sculptures exhibited in his solo show at Contemporary by Angela Li in Hong Kong. Intricate, precisely cut animals, humans, and skeletons rise from knives like shadows, leaving behind corresponding negative spaces in the blades. With the delicate appearance of the silhouettes belying the cold, hard metal from which they were carved, the sculptures contrast paper-thin fragility with razor-sharp toughness.
Those living in China and other Asian countries will instantly recognize the rectangular blade of the ubiquitous Chinese chopping knife, which is used for everything from mincing and slicing to crushing bulbs of garlic and carrying ingredients to the wok. The knife speaks to the significance of food in Chinese culture, as friends and family gather around the dining table for hours to talk and eat. Li also points out that the Chinese are known for "eating almost everything that…
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Geometric Designs Reflect on Plain Teacups in Delightful Illusion

Geometric Designs Reflect on Plain Teacups in Delightful Illusion | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
These handmade porcelain teacup and saucer sets may look like matched pairs, but it’s all a delightful illusion. When together, the cup appears to mirror a distorted version of the plate’s colorful geometric design. When separated, the colors scatter, and it’s evident that the cup has no pattern of its own. Its shiny, reflective surface allows it to pick up the plate’s pattern vibrantly.
The cup’s reflective, nearly metallic sheen is derived from a coating of the chemical element palladium. Each set is crafted from regional-specialty Hamasi porcelain and carefully hand-painted by craftsmen in Japan. The artists safeguard against blemishes on the cups to guarantee smooth, even surfaces that provide the dazzling reflections.





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Intricate Paper Animals Crafted with Elaborate Origami Techniques

Intricate Paper Animals Crafted with Elaborate Origami Techniques | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Polish artist Piotr Sokolowski’s elaborate origami creations use intricate tucks and folds to bring three-dimensional paper animals to life. To make the creatures, the artist uses the practice of modular origami — folding paper and creating multiple components, then joining the components into one larger creation without adhesive such as glue or string. Some of the animals display impressive plumage and adorable facial expressions while others, such as a coiled cobra, are more menacing.
The lavish creases and intricate weaving seem to defy the conservative ethics of origami, which usually dictate using the fewest folds possible to achieve a simple, understated elegance. Sokolowski’s technique, then, is daring but not without achieving the intended “wow” factor.








 Piotr Sokolowski’s website via [Design Faves, Deviant Art]
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Infinitely Faceted Sculptures Formed with Plate Glass Sheets

Infinitely Faceted Sculptures Formed with Plate Glass Sheets | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Kyoto-based artist Niyoko Ikuta, one of the most prominent figures in contemporary Japanese glass art, produces evocative and enchantingly elaborate sculptures out of plate glass. In her Free Essence series, Ikuta uses her radiant sculptures as a way to play with the light as it bounces and bends through a myriad of crystalline facets, with different lighting and viewing angles multiplying these delightful optical intricacies even further. After sketching a work's design, she cuts sheets of simple window glass into thin panes and adheres them in delicate shapes and layers using a completely transparent glue, leaving us with these breathtakingly fluid forms. 



Niyoko Ikuta at YUFUKU Gallery via [Art Ruby], [Dark Silence in Suburbia]
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Santa and Children Swap Faces in Hilarious Photo Series

Santa and Children Swap Faces in Hilarious Photo Series | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
As Christmas draws nearer, our hearts are filled with joy at the thought of caroling, gingerbread cookies, gently falling snow, and the age-old tradition of children posing with Santa Claus for an endearing photo. Imgur user grumpypunkcat, however, puts a hilarious twist on that holiday ritual with Santa Face Swap, a collection of photos in which old Saint Nick's jolly face is swapped with that of the young child sitting on his lap.
The results are both amusing and slightly disturbing. Santa is transformed into a wide-eyed, bearded baby who often looks like he's on the verge of tears. Perched on his lap is a tiny, terrifying figure with spectacles and a wrinkled face that's aged 60 years. Nothing says "happy holidays" like a good ol' face swap!
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Meet Marty Mouse, an Adorable Rodent with a Big Personality

Meet Marty Mouse, an Adorable Rodent with a Big Personality | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Who says that cats and dogs get to have all the fun? Meet Martin “Marty” Mouse, an adorable rodent whose big personality means a lot of adventures. Don't let the name fool you, though. He's actually a dumbo rat! Mouse is just part of his name. According to his owner, MM (Marty’s Mom), he has many interests, including a band called Marty and the Corms and dispensing advice under his Ask Dr. Marty column. 
Sadly, this charming, photogenic creature passed away on November 20 of this year. Thanks to social media, however, his spirit lives on through Facebook and Instagram. “He’s found an Internet connection in Heaben so he can still talk to us,” MM writes. Which is a good thing - it means we can continue to share our joy in his rodent-sized shopping cart, miniature chef’s hat, and love of a good donut.
Marty Mouse website, Facebook page, and Instagram via [Pleated Jeans]
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Ghostly 3D Ship Projected onto Vertical Sheets of Water

Ghostly 3D Ship Projected onto Vertical Sheets of Water | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Appearing at the Amsterdam Light Festival this year is a mysterious illusion by the Romanian architecture collective visualSKIN. Titled Ghost Ship, it’s a 3D projection of a 17th century boat set against a backdrop of water. Two intersecting images project onto vertical and perpendicular planes of liquid that together, render an eerie artwork that’s viewable from many vantage points.
To craft their incredible piece, visualSKIN used four water pumps mounted onto a pontoon, floated out, and positioned in the dock. The pumps create screens of water that rise about 30 feet in the air and cross at 90 degrees. It’s illuminated thanks to two old-fashioned stage lights at the side of the dock. Ghost Ship isn’t immune to the natural elements, and this only adds to the allure of the piece. Windy conditions cause it to blow and wave, making it look like a true apparition.
If you find yourself in Amsterdam, there's still time view visualSKIN's handiwork. Ghost Ship is up until January 18, 2015.…
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Fascinating Photos of Yakutsk and Oymyakon, the Coldest Village in the World

Fascinating Photos of Yakutsk and Oymyakon, the Coldest Village in the World | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Deep in the Siberian tundra, the village of Oymyakon is widely considered to be the coldest inhabited place on Earth with an average winter temperature of −50 °C (−58 °F). New Zealand-based photographer Amos Chapple embarked on a two-day journey from Yakutsk, the coldest major city in the world, to the village in order to document what it's like living in an area so frigid that people risk frostbite after only a few minutes outside.
Chapple's photos of Oymyakon and Yakutsk reveal some surprising things about life in the unforgivably cold region. In Oymyakon, villagers rely on a diet of primarily meat, since crops and fresh produce cannot survive the brutal temperatures. The frozen ground makes it difficult to maintain indoor plumbing, so most toilets are outhouses. Cars must be kept running while outside, or else stored in heated garages. Very few people linger outside, instead rushing inside for warmth and light, so the landscape outdoors often appears lonely and desolate.
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Vintage Ladies Display Charm and Style in Retro Paintings

Vintage Ladies Display Charm and Style in Retro Paintings | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Slava Fokk’s retro paintings depict feminine characters in a stylized world of bygone eras. The artist defines his female figures by painting exaggerated cheekbones, dramatic eyes, angular chins and arching eyebrows. Drawing from a vintage palette, the Moscow-based artist forms an environment for his characters from flat color blocks contrasted with pops of texture and depth. This offsetting element often takes the form of richly detailed flowers, leaves or lace. Repetitive, vintage wallpaper-like patterns also make frequent appearances.
Although most of Fokk’s work was created between 2012 and 2014, his style recalls art deco-style advertisements, which came in vogue after World War I. As seen in his work, the artist favors avant-garde and surrealist techniques, paying attention to elements of design and juxtaposition.
 







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Dazzling Installations at the 2014 Festival of Lights in Lyon

Dazzling Installations at the 2014 Festival of Lights in Lyon | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
From December 5-8 earlier this month, the city of Lyon in France was illuminated by dazzling light displays for the 2014 Fête des Lumières (Festival of Lights). Continuing the annual tradition that dates back over a century, 4 million visitors flocked to Lyon to marvel at the luminous outdoor art gallery spread all over the city.
With over 70 stunning, site-specific installations this year, there was plenty to see, including an impressive projection-mapping installation on the facade of the Cathedral Saint-Jean, a cosmic journey formed by thousands of illuminated globes, and giant glowing puppets that interacted with the festival attendees. To see more of the specially commissioned light installations, be sure to check out the festival's website.
Above: Laniakea by Simon Milleret-Godet, Jérôme Donna Photo by G.J. Plisson

Color or Not by Yves Moreaux
Photo by Frédéric Guignard-Perret


Terre aux lumières
Photo by Muriel Chaulet


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8 Most Breathtaking Weddings Held Around the World

8 Most Breathtaking Weddings Held Around the World | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Over the course of six years, we've seen some truly breathtaking photos of people being married all around the world. Whether they were standing amongst African wildlife or using nature's fury as their backdrop, these couples decided to exchange their vows in a time and place they'd never forget. The result? Each couple now has a set of stunning wedding pictures that are unique and all their own. Forget Photoshop, these are the real deal.


8. Tornado in Saskatchewan, Canada When bad weather was predicted for their wedding weekend, this adventurous couple and their wedding photographer didn't let that get them down. The Canadian couple and photographer Colleen Niska took advantage of the situation and sought out the dramatic skies before the rain started pouring down. Little did they know they would remember their special day in a much more unique way than ever expected! "We just happened to be at the right place at the right time in good old Saskatchewan, Canada,” Niska said. The…
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Manchester's Gorgeous Color-Changing Infinity Lights

Manchester's Gorgeous Color-Changing Infinity Lights | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
This new 10-meteres-square installation by Squidsoup asks visitors to walk through it, becoming one with the art. Made exclusively for Quays Culture and The University of Salford, Aeolian Light is made up of thousands of points of light floating and changing in color in response to both the wind and human movement. Located at Salford Quays, in Manchester, England, a city known for its notoriously windy weather, both children and adults get to be transported into a pixelated virtual world where the wind can enhance their experience.
As Quays Culture states, "As you walk through the artwork, the wind will be visualized as light in the space around you. When the wind blows hard the space feels chaotic and turbulent – with many lights flickering and forming. On quieter evenings, the experience is calm and gentle. Human responsive as well as wind responsive, by walking and playing amongst the lights you will leave trails of luminescence behind you as you move through the space."
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Ingenious 3D-Printed Paws Allow a Disabled Dog to Run Free

Ingenious 3D-Printed Paws Allow a Disabled Dog to Run Free | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
The advent of 3D printing has made miracles happen, as Derby the dog can certainly attest to. He was born with a congenital disease that caused a malformation in his front paws which shaped them more like flippers than feet. Sadly, this meant that Derby couldn’t run with other dogs or even get around the house normally. He needed something that would aid his movements.
Luckily for Derby, a compassionate animal lover named Tara Anderson volunteered to foster him through the New Hampshire-based rescue Peace and Paws. She was intent on using her knowledge of 3D printing to help the canine move like any other dog. And as an employee of the company 3D Systems, she was familiar with what the technology was capable of. Anderson enlisted the help of Derrick Campana who’s an dog orthotist expert at Animal Ortho Care in Virginia.
The team came up with a design that uses cups to hold Derby’s front legs to give them the support that they need. They were first manually carved as plaster casts and…
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Sydney Receives a Sea of Flowers Following Siege of Lindt Café

Sydney Receives a Sea of Flowers Following Siege of Lindt Café | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
In Sydney, floral tributes came pouring in at the corner of Castlereagh Street and Martin Place in honor to those who tragically lost their lives in this week's deadly siege at Lindt café. On December 15 to 16, 2014, a lone gunman, Man Haron Monis, held hostage nine customers and eight employees of a Lindt chocolate café located at Martin Place in Sydney, Australia. After a 16-hour standoff, police officers stormed the café upon hearing gunshots from inside. At least one hostage was shot by Monis, who himself was shot dead after police entered in response. Two hostages died, while three hostages and a police officer were injured during the police raid.
The City of Sydney's Facebook page posted this photo showing a sea of flowers and cards left for those who sadly lost their lives. The description of the photo was simply, "Sydney you have a big heart."
City of Sydney Facebook Photos by @John__Donegan
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Beautiful Macro Photos of Snowflakes as Free Wallpapers

Beautiful Macro Photos of Snowflakes as Free Wallpapers | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Like many photographers who dabble in macro photography, Alexey Kljatov was interested in seeing a world unseen by the naked eye. At first, he captured flowers and ladybugs not thinking about photographing something else. Then, one day, he saw on the Internet two macro shots of snowflakes and was amazed by their crystal-like beauty. "The Internet was filled with tons of excellent macro photos of various insects, but these photos was unique, I had never seen something like this," he tells us.
"After that day, I waited for winter like never before. Finally, it came and I started to shoot snowflakes with the standard macro mode of my camera. In the beginning I made many mistakes, shot in poor light and handheld, and at first my snowflake shots were terrible. But I was happy, because I could now see snowflakes' shapes and patterns, which are almost unseen without a good magnifying glass.
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Venice Travel Guides: What You Need to Expect » Venice World

Venice Travel Guides: What You Need to Expect » Venice World | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Venice provides beautiful scenery and romantic city atmosphere. Read more for Venice Travel Guides.
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Beautifully-Animated Infographics Designed by Eleanor Lutz

Eleanor Lutz is a designer whose knowledge of molecular biology and love of science is translated into beautifully-designed infographics. Her colorful and educational images contain interesting bits of information about how the human body works and birds fly, but with a novel twist - they’re animated GIFs.
Lutz’s addition of movement makes these images more engaging, and we get a better sense of how things actually work. In her newest design titled How to Build a Human, she demonstrates how a baby is formed via a spiraling chart that travels from conception to birth. We’re able follow along and see just how these changes develop over the course of 40 weeks. It’s a fantastic aspect that you’d lose with a static image.
Considering how detailed these animations are, it’s no surprise that they require a lot of work. Lutz writes that How to Build a Human was her most complicated piece to date, and it was made using 44 animations that are nine frames each. That’s 396 sketches total!
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Top 12 Most Amazing Sculptures in 2014

Top 12 Most Amazing Sculptures in 2014 | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Let's look back on the year and check out some of the most amazing sculptures in 2014. Who "wow-ed" us with their ingenuity? What sculptures made us do a double-take? Today, we present to you twelve sculptures that stood out because of the materials the artists used, the way the sculptures simulated movement or because of their sheer size. So, without further ado, check out these stunningly carved sculptures we wish we could have come up with ourselves!

12. Beautiful Skulls Carved and Painted on Mother of Pearl Shells by Gregory Halili
New Jersey-based artist Gregory Halili creates stunning bas-relief skulls delicately hand-carved and painted on mother of pearl shells. Inspired by the lush vegetation and tropical wildlife of the Philippines, where he was born and raised, Halili fuses the human form with the natural world in these lovely, intricate works of art. See more, here.

11. Nature-Inspired Crayon Sculptures by Herb Williams
Nashville, Tennesse-based artist Herb Williams'…
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