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Massive Stick Sculptures Resemble Castles, Nests and Coccoons

Massive Stick Sculptures Resemble Castles, Nests and Coccoons | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Using nothing more than locally gathered twigs and saplings, artist Patrick Dougherty creates monumental stick sculptures that resemble everything from huge p…
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FM.Marche.Itani Si Che BELLISSIMA✪Le ❙t e Amo<3

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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Elaborately Detailed and Colorful Sculptural Paintings by Terry Hays

Elaborately Detailed and Colorful Sculptural Paintings by Terry Hays | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Texas-based artist Terry Hays cuts, assembles, and paints sculptural works of art filled with ornate details, intricate patterns, and bold splashes of color. The resulting pieces, made of acrylic paint on wood or sintra PVC, are incredibly unique works that portray otherworldly scenes through eccentric, dizzyingly dense imagery. Fire, rivers, and the landscape are transformed into highly stylized elements dotted with demons, tiny human figures, and other living creatures in these striking, imaginative, three-dimensional paintings.
Hays' work is influenced by the cultures and traditional artwork of Australia, Indonesia, New Guinea, China, and Japan, as well as the aesthetics of street art and full-body tattoos. He explains, "Starting with fragments of images from these various sources I began to cut up, enlarge and tape together various bits and pieces of imagery in an attempt to create a language of my own derived from all of these sources. Taped together to form a skin it was…
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Louis XIV-Inspired Floating Chandelier Made of 91 Porcelain Candles

Louis XIV-Inspired Floating Chandelier Made of 91 Porcelain Candles | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
The French design firm Beau et Bien has produced this eerily captivating floating chandelier. The piece, known as Wersailles, features 91 porcelain candles hanging down as far as 10 feet from the top anchor point. With the help of a round mirror mounted directly overhead, the candles give off a hauntingly soft light from from their diffused LED bulbs. Beau et Bien designed the piece to embody an aesthetic that seamlessly combines traditional French luxury decor, influenced by Louis XIV, and contemporary minimalist simplicity. Along with this keen eye for elegance and style, the team also strives to create lighting with low environmental impact. The result is a truly entrancing and radiant centerpiece.
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4 Fantastic Moments of Animals Acting in Unexpected Ways

Animals can really surprise us sometimes! Whether it’s acting like humans, showing compassion, or fantastically dodging fake gunfire, these creatures are doing the unexpected. It’s endearing, hilarious, and even educational. And, luckily for us, these moments were caught on video so we can enjoy them over and over again.



Sometimes we all need a little help. This sweet video was captured at a zoo in Taipei, Taiwan, and it shows a compassionate tortoise helping out another in distress. When one tortoise was facing upright and couldn't move, his companion came by to flip him back over! You can even hear a crowd cheering him on.




AkXpro Productions used a drone when filming this large group of humpback whales in Alaska. If you’re unsure of what they’re doing, it’s called “bubble feeding.” This means that the mammals move in a circular formation and breath out bubbles as they simultaneously rise to the surface. The bubbles miraculously form a wall that fish can’t penetrate. It…
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Fantastical Creatures Adorned with Ornate Sculptural Details

Fantastical Creatures Adorned with Ornate Sculptural Details | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Together, Ukrainian artists Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev craft fantastical porcelain creatures with vividly-decorated surface designs. The charming figures are small in stature - ranging from one and a half inches to about 15 inches - and are adorned with ornate sculptural details as well as intricately-painted stories and patterns. Fish, owls, rabbits, and hybrid critters make an appearance in the duo’s impressive repertoire.
Considering the creativity and the amount of skill needed to produce these characters, you might be surprised to learn that Stasenko and Leontyev aren’t trained ceramicists. They are graphic artists and painters, but choose to use clay because it’s relatively easy work with. Stasenko mostly focuses on the painting while Leontyev concentrates on the overall form and concept. Their successful collaboration creates a single artistic voice for these beautifully unusual and endearing figurines.
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Top 12 Most Mind-Bending llusions in 2014

Top 12 Most Mind-Bending llusions in 2014 | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Over the past few years we've seen some truly mind-bending illusions (2012, 2011). It's now that time of year again when we look back and show you the best ones of 2014. What distorted our senses and changed our perception of reality? This year, we saw a lot of street art works that pushed creative boundaries like Strok's figures walking on walls and Aakash Nihalani's piercing neon shapes. We also got to enjoy a woman painted perfectly as a parrot and a simple placemat that warped our minds. We had so many great illusions in 2014, we had to expand our list from 10 to 12. Enjoy, everyone!





12. Strok's Shadows of Figures Walking on School Walls
Using his signature technique of multi-layered stencils, Norwegian-based street artist Anders Gjennestad, also known as Strøk, creates photorealistic images that fool the eye. They distort perspective using strong shadows and gives the illusion that people are walking up walls. See more, here.





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Exquisite Historical Portraits Produced on Old Paintbrush Handles

Exquisite Historical Portraits Produced on Old Paintbrush Handles | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
San Francisco-based artist Rebecca Szeto whittles down the everyday paintbrush to transform it into an incredibly-detailed portrait. The ongoing series, titled Paintbrush Portraits, features a variety of the well-loved tools that are splattered in different pigments with their bristles in less than pristine condition. At the tip of each handle, however, is Szeto’s exquisite handiwork. She roughly defines the shape of the head and then paints beautiful, expressive faces on the wood.
Paintbrush Portraits features women that you might recognize. The artist intends for her series to refer to the history of painting, you’ll notice that Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer makes an appearance (above). Szeto also plays with the notion of reforming beauty and value as she converts conventional, discardable paintbrushes into works of art. The sloping handles now become the figures' forms while their worn-out bristles are the playful edges of dresses.
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Collectors' Anthology Showcases Ornate, Centuries-Old Mechanisms

Collectors' Anthology Showcases Ornate, Centuries-Old Mechanisms | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Photographer Roberto Bigano strikingly showcases the ornate designs of antique mechanisms and tools in a trio of books from publisher Cesati & Cesati. Published with both avid collectors and amateur admirers in mind, LOCKS - A Collection of Masterpieces, DOORKNOCKERS - A Collection of Iron Sculptures, and TOOLS - Beyond Hands Towards Beauty are the products of rigorous study released over the span of seven years starting in 2007. Cesati & Cesati specializes in research and publications relating to metal artifacts, and the images filling the pages of these volumes come from museums and private collections all over the world.
The exhibited pieces of iron, copper, brass, bronze, and silver date back as far as the 15th century and span hundreds of years of immaculate craftsmanship. Commissioned by nobility, the pieces are crafted to sumptuously merge form and function, and are often filigreed with images specific to particular occasions or house insignia. These books offer an incredibly…
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20-Year-Old Photographer's Dreamy Conceptual Portraits

20-Year-Old Photographer's Dreamy Conceptual Portraits | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
20-year-old, self-taught photographer Shelby Robinson weaves stunning tales of nature, magic, and wonder in her beautiful conceptual images. Taking advantage of the abundant woods, fields, and rivers near her home in the state of Georgia, Robinson captures self-portraits that seem to draw on fairytales, fantasy stories, and legends of old. Saturated with fluid strokes, subdued tones, and deliberate pops of color, the young photographer's images have a distinctly painterly style that evokes dreamy romanticism.
"I love exploring the artistic side of photography. In my images I strive to tell a story through pose or atmosphere so that a viewer may become engaged or feel a part of that image," says Robinson. "I enjoy making dreamy images or pictures that appear to resemble paintings. The foundation of my style consists of a fantasy aura or theme that strongly reflects my personal thoughts, stories, or feelings."
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Beautiful images.,reminiscent  of the Rephaelites... check out this really talented photography

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Thrill Seekers Suspend a Giant Hammock 400 Feet Above the Desert Floor

Thrill Seekers Suspend a Giant Hammock 400 Feet Above the Desert Floor | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
During the recently-passed Thanksgiving holiday, a group of BASE jumpers, highliners, and friendly volunteers constructed a large pentagon-shaped hammock and suspended it 400 feet above the Moab desert in Utah. They called it the Mothership Space Net Penthouse, and it majestically hung over the red-rock floor for one unforgettable day.
This incredible hammock had something for everyone. Highliners attempted to walk across all five different legs of the net that varied in lengths up to 262 feet long. BASE jumpers leapt from the human-sized hole in the middle, and paragliders flew by while dropping wingsuit pilots from high above. Talk about daredevils!
The Mothership was the brainchild of Andy Lewis, and it took more than 50 people over a three day period to install it. “This was without a doubt one of the most unique Thanksgiving gatherings we’ve had out here in the Moab desert,” photographer Brian Mosbaugh writes on the Slackline Media website. No one was injured while performing…
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New in My Modern Shop: Jeff Friesen's Banksy LEGOs

New in My Modern Shop: Jeff Friesen's Banksy LEGOs | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Photographer Jeff Friesen made us laugh with his LEGO creations of Banksy's greatest hits. The elusive street artist was paid homage to by Friesen who turned Banksy's best images like balloon girl into wonderful, standalone LEGO art. As Friesen once said, "There is something compelling about gritty street scenes rendered in clean, modernist LEGO bricks."
We're pleased to announce that all of the images featured in this post, and more, are now available as prints and canvases through our art store, My Modern Shop. And, from now till Christmas day, you can enjoy 20% off all prints at My Modern Shop by using promo code HOLIDAY2014.

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Photographer with Muscular Dystrophy Finds Purpose Through Photographing Her Pomeranian

Photographer with Muscular Dystrophy Finds Purpose Through Photographing Her Pomeranian | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it

Though we didn't know it at the time, photographer Robin Yu was suffering through a rare form of muscular dystrophy as she shot photos of her pomeranian, Flint. A little over a year ago, we featured the adorable dog, describing him as the "happy-go-lucky" pomeranian. With the sweetest disposition, he posed in a number of cute ways that just had all of us smiling. But what was going on behind the scenes? Robin lets us in on what was happening inside her world.
"I loved being outdoors as a child, but starting when I was about 8-years-old, I started falling behind my classmates in sports. It was also during this time that I suffered from really bad leg cramps at night and missed a month of school because I was extremely fatigued. Tests came back negative and the doctors could not find anything wrong with me. Doctors wrongly came to the conclusion that I was depressed. It wasn’t until I was 16-years-old and came down with the flu that I started experiencing major muscle weakness and was…

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Cicret Bracelet Turns Your Arm into a Touchscreen Device

Cicret Bracelet Turns Your Arm into a Touchscreen Device | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
A Paris-based design company is taking wearable tech one step further with the Cicret Bracelet, a concept for a wristband that projects the screen of a smartphone directly onto the user's arm. Marketed as "Like a tablet...but on your skin," the bracelet emits the interface of a remotely connected mobile device onto the forearm or inner wrist. Using familiar gestures such as swiping, tapping, and pinching, users can do everything from replying to emails in the bathtub to answering calls while their phones are on the other side of the room.
The makers explain how the technology will work: "The pico projector projects the interface on your arm. When you put your finger on the interface, you stop one of the 8 long range proximity sensor[s]. The sensors sends the information back to the processor which is in your Cicret Bracelet." If fully realized, the product will be available in two sizes (16gb and 32gb) and ten colors.
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Spectacular Photos Capture Earth’s Majestic Beauty

Spectacular Photos Capture Earth’s Majestic Beauty | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
French photographer Alban Henderyckx captures the majestic beauty of the world. His awe-inspiring landscape images show a variety of crystal clear and colorful terrains on this great Earth. They highlight intricate rock formations, multifaceted blocks of ice, and bright-blue lagoons in scenes that seems like they’re never ending.
There’s an incredible sense of tranquility in Henderyckx’s photos, and it’s as if he has frozen moments in time. Water stands still, the sun is suspended in the sky, and fog rises but it doesn’t move. This visual splendor reminds you of just how spectacular the world is, and it’s this sentiment that Henderyckx wants to communicate in his work. “When the horizon is open to me, I have a deep sense of freedom,” he writes. We can see how his photographs are a perfect way to remember this feeling even when he’s not on an adventure!
Alban Henderyckx Website and 500px page via [Illusion]
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Abandoned Hubcaps Transform into Amazing Animal Sculptures

Abandoned Hubcaps Transform into Amazing Animal Sculptures | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
For over twelve years now, Brighton, UK-based artist Ptolemy Elrington has been morphing discarded hubcaps into amazing animal sculptures. While most of us see hubcaps as just replaceable car accessories, Elrington sees them as art, taking these scraps of metal and forming them into everything from a fish and birds, to a shark and dragons. "'I like to work with reclaimed materials to show that what is one person's junk is another man's treasure," he told The Daily Mail. Hubcaps that have emblems of them, of their long lost cars, such as BMW, Mercedes, Ford and Volvo often find new life in his work. (Check out the birds' eyes.)
His greatest challenge is to work with scale. As he tells us, "If you go too small you lose the materials' identity and if you go too big it looks remarkable like a pile of hubcaps. I’ve made a few large scale hubcap sculptures and I’ve struggled a bit with that."
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Interactive Map of Earth's Vegatation Rendered Through NASA Satellite

Interactive Map of Earth's Vegatation Rendered Through NASA Satellite | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
The NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has just released a vivid, high-resolution interactive map charting Earth's plant life. Utilizing a year's worth of data, which amounts to over 100 terabytes, collected from NASA's Suomi NPP Satellite, the rendering offers an extraordinarily detailed look at where the planet's highest (and lowest) concentrations of vegetation can be found. From a view of the whole planet, you can see wide swaths of green forests and sandy expanses of desert, while zooming in reveals the fine, vein-like channels of rivers and patches of plant-sparse urban areas.
The satellite, which makes 14 complete orbits per day, gauges the amount of plant matter on the planet's surface by using infrared, microwave, and radiometric sounding instruments to measure how much plant-specific energy is reflected back into space. Along with providing this richly green marvel for casual viewers, the data in this graphic can be used to help anticipate climate change…
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Enchanting Photography

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It brings us great pleasure to announce that we've now added ten new prints to My Modern Shop by 21-year-old photographer Elizabeth Gadd. The brilliant young photographer shoots people interacting with nature. The last time we featured her work she was taking all of us on a journey through the jaw-dropping landscapes of Iceland.
In an exclusive interview we conducted with her in 2013, she described how she found ultimately found her style. "At first, it was animals I photographed all the time (along with a few landscapes). Around 2009-2010, I made friends on Flickr with a lot of photographers who inspired me to start taking creative self-portraits. Over the year, my photographer eye developed and simultaneously my love for nature deepened. I soon realized how impactful the surrounding scenery could be in my creative self-portraiture, so by the end of 2010 I was mixing landscapes and people together."
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Wild Animals Wear Colorful Plaid Patterns in Delightful Painting Series

Wild Animals Wear Colorful Plaid Patterns in Delightful Painting Series | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
In Sean Landers' North American Mammals series, wild animals take on colorful plaid patterns, lending a debonair twist to the natural world. The paintings depict animals alone in their habitats against rather drab backgrounds, and the plain surroundings allow details such as soft halos of fur to stand out. The Scottish tartan patterns contour to the animals’ bodies and movement, creating a distinct sense of shape and motion.
Although simple and charming on first impression, Landers’ work is also supported by a deep undercurrent of philosophy. He likes to present animals as symbols, and sometimes he even puts plays on words into his paintings. For instance, “Landers’s tartan patterns contain a visual metonymic phrase of ‘to coat,’” says the artist’s press release. “The phrase can be used as to ‘apply a coat of paint’ as much as it refers to the natural fur of an animal. Thus, through the hand of the artist, each animal receives a freshly painted coat of fur.”
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Stunning 1,000-Piece CMYK Color Gamut Jigsaw Puzzle

Stunning 1,000-Piece CMYK Color Gamut Jigsaw Puzzle | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Fans of jigsaw puzzles are in for a new challenge. 1000 Colours is a visually stunning jigsaw puzzle that consists of 1,000 different pieces, with each individual tile being a different color. The goal is to arrange the pieces exactly in relation to every other color, eventually assembling a large CMYK color gamut.
"The idea came from enjoying the subtle differences in the blue of a sky in a particularly brutal jigsaw puzzle," says artist Clemens Habicht, who created the puzzle in co-production with Lamington Drive Editions. "I found that without the presence of image detail to help locate a piece I was relying only on an intuitive sense of colour, and this was much more satisfying to do than the areas with image details."
"What is strange is that unlike ordinary puzzles where you are in effect redrawing a specific picture from a reference you have a sense of where every piece belongs compared to every other piece. There is a real logic in the doing that is weirdly soothing,…
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Handmade Book Features Mesmerizing Illustrations of Striking Eyes

Handmade Book Features Mesmerizing Illustrations of Striking Eyes | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Visual artist Artem Ogurtsov creates dazzlingly enigmatic books out of paper made and cut entirely by hand. Using watercolor, acrylic, and gold leaf, Ogurtsov adorns these books with florid, mesmerizing illustrations of the human eye, along with delicate abstract and geometric patterns. The title of the work, Sententia, is a Latin term for a short moral aphorism or proverb, and Latin words describing different dispositions or traits that often accompany the many emotive, entrancing eyes throughout the tome. This combination of the imposing, ancient script with rich illustrations creates a powerful and captivating aura about this incredible piece.







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Cityscape Daydreams Come to Life Through Captivating Composite Photos

Cityscape Daydreams Come to Life Through Captivating Composite Photos | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Andrea Costantini’s photo manipulations depict daydream thought bubbles by blending head shots with images of architecture and cityscapes. The Washington D.C.-based illustrator captures human subjects displaying thoughtful expressions as photos of picturesque streets and buildings hover over or extend out of their heads. The series, titled Where Is My Mind, seems to capture the essence of daydreaming about faraway places with promising potential, or dwelling on the deluge of daily responsibilities in a bustling metropolis.
As far as artistic inspiration for the series, Costantini says he’s interested in the “atmosphere that certain environments can create, and also the emotions it can provoke.” He is also passionate about creating moods and a sense of place using light, shadow and texture. “It can make ordinary and dull places look like something from out of this world,” he says.
 






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Animated DIY Card Cleverly Mimics Computer Loading Screen

Animated DIY Card Cleverly Mimics Computer Loading Screen | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Instructables contributor goldlego, also known as Calvin Nutter, produced a clever greeting card that mimics the aesthetics of an old computer loading screen. Better yet, it’s animated, and as you pull the card from the envelope, the bars appear to “load.” Nutter created a detailed, step-by-step guide on the Instructables website so you too can make your own version of this customizable item.
The card measures around six and a half inches wide and a little over three and a half inches high. This project requires scissors, an X-ACTO knife, a printer, two sheets of paper, and tape for construction. Nutter also includes a downloadable template that has easy-to-edit text for a personalized message.
With some careful cutting and heartfelt words, you’ll create a unique take on a standard greeting card. Plus, anyone who used a computer in the late 90’s and early 2000’s will appreciate this “vintage” look!
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Disney Animators Study Their Reflections in Mirrors to Draw Classic Characters' Facial Expressions

Disney Animators Study Their Reflections in Mirrors to Draw Classic Characters' Facial Expressions | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
For decades, professional animators have relied on mirrors and their own facial expressions to be able to produce the dynamic, expressive characters that audiences know and love. Using themselves as models, the artists leer, grin, and grimace at their own reflections so that they can recreate the right nuances of each look on paper.
In this charming set of photos, legendary animators from the 1940s to the 1960s can be seen making hilarious faces at themselves as they sketch beloved characters like Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck, and Fred Flintstone. Working in famed studios like Walt Disney Productions, Warner Bros, and Hanna-Barbera Productions, these artists brought to life many of the creations that defined the golden age of American animation, from Tom and Jerry to Lady and the Tramp.
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Artist Sketches Candid Scenes While Traveling Around the World

Artist Sketches Candid Scenes While Traveling Around the World | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Cherngzhi Lian, a Singapore-based artist and frequent traveler, sketches on every flight, bus ride and train trip. His journeys result in Moleskine notebooks filled with mostly black-and-white ink drawings that radiate atmosphere and attitude.
Lian’s work typically focuses on commuters and cityscapes. His sketches often capture people candidly doing all sorts of things, unaware that they're being watched. The artist says he travels as a way to cope with stress and gain a fresh perspective. “I travel to distance myself from the anxieties of my own familiar landscape,” he says. “New surroundings and cultures allow me to lose myself and to be immersed with the moment.”
In this recent photo series, Lian places the sketchbooks alongside his unsuspecting subjects, allowing viewers to compare the artist’s perception of a scene with its live counterpart.







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Delightful Animation Turns Everyday Objects into a Giant Sandwich

Delightful Animation Turns Everyday Objects into a Giant Sandwich | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Director and stop-motion animator PES recently released a delightfully imaginative short film that puts a creative spin on everyday objects. Titled Submarine Sandwich, the animation transports us to an old deli that, instead of meat, features items like footballs, soccerballs, and boxing gloves in its display case. The butcher slices them thin and by doing so reveals other objects like embroidered patches, playing cards, and ViewMaster reels. Bicycle reflectors and googley eyes are also included, along with a myriad of other fun things that you wouldn’t expect. Together, they make an epic sandwich!
PES’ fantastical piece was inspired by the classic delis in 1920s-era New York City, and it’s where the submarine sandwich was born. He spent three years thinking about and preparing for the animation before taking to Kickstarter to help with funding.
Submarine Sandwich is the third short animation in PES’ cooking trilogy. You might be familiar with Western Spaghetti and Fresh Guacamole,…
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Hikers Record Themselves Walking on Ice as Clear as Glass in Slovakian Mountains

Hikers Record Themselves Walking on Ice as Clear as Glass in Slovakian Mountains | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Two hikers recently stumbled upon an amazing phenomenon while exploring the High Tatras Mountains in Slovakia—a frozen lake with a surface as clear as glass. In a viral video shared by Tomas Nunuk, one of the hikers, he and his friend find themselves walking on ice so transparent that the rocks at the bottom of the lake are clearly visible, making for a surreal, dizzying experience.
According to one Reddit user, the formation of such strikingly clear ice has to do with the rate of freezing: "If the water is cooled too quickly it doesn't have enough time to reject any impurities as it crystallizes—those impurities are then held within the crystal lattice and distort the crystal lattice. Thus, if there are impurities such as trapped gases, organic material and other minerals or dissolved salts (an inhomogeneous mixture) the ice will appear optically translucent, or even opaque. However, if the water cools and freezes over a longer duration of time, it has time to reject these impurities…
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