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Newspapers X-Acto Knifed Into Gorgeous Lace Patterns

Newspapers X-Acto Knifed Into Gorgeous Lace Patterns | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Canadian artist Myriam Dion transforms everyday newspapers into gorgeously patterned hand-cut pages. She uses an X-Acto knife to carve into the paper, produci…
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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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Surreal Dream Worlds Come Alive in Imaginative Photo Series

Surreal Dream Worlds Come Alive in Imaginative Photo Series | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Michigan-based conceptual photographer Logan Zillmer creates visual dreams through his inventive photography. In each composition, the artist's imagination comes alive through layers of colors, textures, and filters that produce unique effects through digital manipulation.
Nothing is what it seems in the collection of surreal photography, where the world becomes a playground of unexpected surprises. People, places, objects, and events come together in such strange combinations that it feels as though a dream has emerged right before your eyes.
The lighting, various elements, and creative concepts behind each photograph are extremely powerful and Zillmer's skills at blending images together into one final product are amazing. Viewers will be impressed by the side range of narratives that he creates with such an inventive imagination. The artist says, "Photography has always been second nature to me, both because I’ve done it since I was 15 and because it is just how my mind works.”…
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Breathtaking Photos of Travels into the Wilderness Inspire Wanderlust

Breathtaking Photos of Travels into the Wilderness Inspire Wanderlust | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
French photographer Jonathan Moyal's spectacular shots of his travels awaken a strong sense of wanderlust. Armed with just his camera, some friends, and a car, Moyal hits the road to venture deep into the wilderness. Thanks to the photographer's faithful documentation of his explorations, viewers can imagine being right there with him, seeing amazing sights while getting a fresh perspective on the world.
Moyal's images take us on a journey through stunning landscapes filled with extraordinary natural beauty. The Paris-based creative, who has recently embarked on a road trip through Canada, captures dramatic shots of towering mountains ranges, half-frozen lakes, winding roads, and star-studded night skies. In many of the images, a tiny figure can be seen surveying the incredible scenery, providing a point of reference for the grand scale of these awe-inspiring sights.
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Stunningly Realistic Portraits Created with Thousands of Tiny Holes

Stunningly Realistic Portraits Created with Thousands of Tiny Holes | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Norwegian artist Anne-Karin Furunes crafts images that fool the eye. At first glance, her monochromatic portraits look like photographs, but are definitely not. They’re actually painted canvases that are punctuated by thousands of tiny, hand-punched holes. Light plays an important role in her pieces, and the entire work can change its appearance based on the surrounding luminance.
The perforation creates moody images that have an air of mystery about them, and they give the feeling that they could exist in both the past and present times. On one hand, the darkened edges and diffused faces gives the portraits an aged look; subjects seem to resemble young women from the Victorian era. The style and placement of the holes, however, has a more contemporary feel of the digital pixelation that we often see. Furunes has used this duality to form intriguing works that are simply stunning to view.
The artist has been developing this special perforation technique since the early 1990’s when she…
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Spectacular Landscape Photos Capture the Magnificent Beauty of Iceland at Night

Spectacular Landscape Photos Capture the Magnificent Beauty of Iceland at Night | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
On a trip to Iceland, Spain-based photographer David Martin Castan worked primarily between dusk and dawn to capture breathtaking shots of the natural landscape bathed in spectacular colors. Iceland, which is home to roaring waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, magnificent volcanoes, and stunning ice caves, truly comes alive in Castan's gorgeous, nighttime scenes.
Ethereal colors light up the photographer's images, adding a sense of otherworldly beauty to the dramatic landscape. The eerie, green glow of an aurora borealis; the striking blue hues of an ice cave; the rosy, violet reflection of dawn on chunks of ice; golden rays from the setting sun illuminating an empty shore—Castan's photos perfectly capture the unearthly beauty of Iceland, inspiring a serious case of wanderlust in anyone who has not yet had the chance to witness the awe-inspiring wonders of the Land of Fire and Ice.
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Customizable Tee-Pee Inspired Structure Can Double as a Raft

Customizable Tee-Pee Inspired Structure Can Double as a Raft | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Inspired by the elements that make up a teepee, designer Antony Gibbon created a multi-purpose structure that can be used as a retreat, an office, or even a hotel. He calls it The Nook, and this rustic cabin uses ancient building techniques in the development of its form. The louvered walls are paired with double-slatted glass doors and windows to create a natural, minimalist, and tranquil space.
The Nook’s construction features slatted wooden panels that are attached to the main frame. They are angled and layered to protect you from the outside elements, and all of the wood that’s used is native to its particular location. Additionally, reinforced angled glass fortifies the structure, and its transparent roof allows for rain and leaves to run off of it. These openings also provide ample natural light in the interior, and the high ceilings make The Nook feel large and airy.
The space can accommodate more than a few people and is customizable depending on your needs. An extra floor…
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Stunningly Atmospheric Portraits Explore Light and Shadows

Stunningly Atmospheric Portraits Explore Light and Shadows | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Though a nutritionist by profession, Italian photographer Alessio Albi has a passion for expressing himself through incredibly atmospheric portraits. The Perugia resident captures stunning images of young women lost in the depths of their thoughts, whether they're surrounded by breathtaking natural landscapes outside or curled up in the shadowy depths of their homes.
Although Albi is not afraid to experiment with different settings, styles, and subjects, one element all of his photos have in common is the use of natural light. Rather than rely on bright studio lighting or the harsh glare of a flash unit, Albi lets natural light and shadows play off his models, resulting in beautifully moody images filled with softly subdued tones.
"I love natural light because it creates amazing shapes and volumes that I can’t obtain with artificial light," Albi says in an interview with Andrew S. Gibson. "I could spend an entire day waiting for that precise ray of light coming through my window and…
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Mesmerizing High-Speed Photos Capture People Barreling out of a Water Slide

Mesmerizing High-Speed Photos Capture People Barreling out of a Water Slide | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Going to the water park is a classic summer activity that’s perfect for a hot day. It’s hard to beat the water slide, which propels the rider down a track at rapid speeds and then dunks them in a clear, refreshing pool. But what does someone look like right before they hit the water? Iowa-based photographer Krista Long took her camera to the park and set it to capture the high-speed action. The results, a series appropriately called I Love Summer, are mesmerizing.
We see the same composition throughout her photos - a bright blue tube with an equally vibrant liquid below it. Each image features a rider who is about to make a giant splash. They are suspended in mid-air by sheets of water with the knowledge that they’ll hit the pool at any second. The participants, both young and older, look delighted and terrified with anticipation. Long perfectly reflects the feelings of barreling down the slide and in an instance conveys the essence of summer fun.
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Creative Designer Crafts Resume on a Chocolate Bar Wrapper

Creative Designer Crafts Resume on a Chocolate Bar Wrapper | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
At first glance, this might look like a regular Hershey’s chocolate bar. But, upon closer inspection, we see that it’s not your ordinary candy. It’s actually a “Hirschy” bar and cleverly-designed resume by Matthew Hirsch. The front of the package is a play on both his and the food’s name, while the back lists his qualifications in place of the nutrition facts and ingredients.
Hirsch created this ingenious packaging in hopes of striking up a dialogue and giving potential employers an idea of his skill set. He’s used the “daily value percentage” to rank his abilities, wisely giving himself a 101% for motivation. Hirsch has also provided us with his educational background, contact information, and more; he’s made it all fit on the small wrapper without it feeling cluttered. The best part of the design might be the customizable “Thank you,” which changes based on who’s receiving the candy bar. What a way to make an impression!
Matthew Hirsch website and Behance page via [Laughing Squid]
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Beautiful Clock Design Tells Time Through Ballerina Poses

Beautiful Clock Design Tells Time Through Ballerina Poses | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Many of us rely on digital clocks on computers or cell phones to determine the time of day but, with this gorgeous creation, German designer Meike Harde transforms that process into a more beautiful and meaningful experience. Time Is Dancing is a simple, round clock with a single ballerina on the front. The upper body and two legs are separate pieces that move and bend depending on the hour. As time ticks by, the minimalist design displays minutes and hours through the elegant movements of the dancer.
The ballerina is made out of acrylic glass while a wooden base hides the inner workings of the machine. The white background allows for the slightly transparent body to be easily visible while still maintaining a touch of delicacy. As the ballerina bends and twists depending on the hour, viewers will begin to appreciate the complexity of movements from such a seemingly simple concept.
When speaking about the design, Harde says, "Its metaphorical design tries to introduce poetry into an…
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Mobile Wooden Shelter Can Be Placed Anywhere Within Nature

Mobile Wooden Shelter Can Be Placed Anywhere Within Nature | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
You might already be familiar with the term “glamping,” or glamorous camping that provides you with the conveniences of home while you’re in the wilderness. The Soul Box by the studio Allergutendinge does just this with their mobile, wooden shelter. You can immerse yourself in idyllic views of nature and sleep under a sturdy roof at the same time.
Soul Box is a minimalist, two-storey building that features a kitchen and bed on the lower floor with a viewing platform on the upper one. The bed is set at a mid-height and meant as both a place to sleep and a step towards the top. Once upstairs, the roof opens to let sunlight and a nice breeze in, allowing for peaceful contemplation. Likewise, the front of the structure also folds down to create a small patio.
Allergutendinge’s inspiration for Soul Box came from “the dream of Arcadia,” which is the idea of an imaginary, pleasant paradise where you live in harmony with nature. Of course, we must eventually return to our everyday lives, and…
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Immersive Kaleidoscope Tunnel Built Inside a Shipping Container

Immersive Kaleidoscope Tunnel Built Inside a Shipping Container | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Tasked with the challenge of creating an environment inside an international shipping container for the 2013 Kobe Biennale, Japanese designers Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki created Wink Space, a mind-bendingly trippy tunnel similar to a giant kaleidoscope. The immersive installation was constructed with mirrors that formed a multi-faceted, reflective surface inside the shipping container, creating a breathtaking, psychedelic environment that could change completely as a person walked through it.
To create this prism-like, modular installation, the duo folded one giant mirror sheet like origami, then connected the 1,100 triangular panels with zippers. "We wanted to create the world’s first zipper architecture," Shirane says. "In other words, this polyhedron is completely connected by zippers. And in order to facilitate even more radical change some of the surfaces open and close like windows."
Wink Space went on to win an award at the Kobe Biennale, as well as a CS Design Award…
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Vibrant Paintings of Minimalist Scenes Throughout Los Angeles

Vibrant Paintings of Minimalist Scenes Throughout Los Angeles | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Inspired by the light and colors of Los Angeles, artist Bradley Hankey used a combination of influences from photography and painting to develop these minimalist scenes. To produce each unique painting, a collection entitled #instalite #losangeles, Hankey first photographed around L.A. and then used digital filters to alter the light and to generate a vintage feel. The final, digitally manipulated image was then the foundation for his large, oil on wood panel paintings.
Hankey says, "I find this process rewarding—transforming a snapshot, something that took seconds to record and post online, into a painting, an older and more traditional medium that is much more involved."
In his work, the artist captured striking contrasts between telephone poles, palm trees, and buildings silhouetted against vibrantly colored skies. Rich gradients are complimented by the dark geometric shapes and textures of the individual objects. The broad blocks of color and forms are filled with a mysterious…
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Playful Miniature Sculptures Inspire Imaginative Narratives

Playful Miniature Sculptures Inspire Imaginative Narratives | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Artist Kendal Murray builds miniature mixed-media sculptures that take viewers on a playful and imaginative journey. Using tiny toy figures and objects, Murray builds small worlds filled with creative memories, daydreams, and fantasies. The artist says, "The idea of creating these miniature works came from dream states and how we are able to play with our own identity, to play with different roles we take on in our dream state. So the miniature works serve as a metaphor for intuitive thoughts."
To construct the sculptures, Murray dips the figures into glue and then uses tweezers to delicately and precisely place them into the scenes—all of the which are set on unexpected objects like inside of a glass tea pot, on top of a small purse, or on one side of a compact mirror. By using such a specific base for each arrangement, Murray defines the boundaries of her story and invites viewers to peer in closely to get a better look. Each work is just a snapshot, but exactly what the story is…
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Dynamic Photos Capture the Fluid Grace of Dancers

Dynamic Photos Capture the Fluid Grace of Dancers | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Dancers leap in the air, maintain perfect form, and contort their bodies gracefully in these stunning images by Minnesota-based photographer Erik Saulitis. Photographed against a plain, white background, the silhouetted figures stand out in elegant contrast as they strike dynamic poses or run through difficult routines, allowing Saulitis to capture the image at just the right moment.
The dancers' fluid movements appear effortless, despite the physical challenges of executing complicated pirouettes, arabesques, or standing on tip-toe. Whether the subjects flow with rippling cloth, soar through the air with sprays of water, or rely solely on their own bodies to capture the perfect photo, each spectacular shot expresses their joy and passion for the art of dance.
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Elegantly Designed Digital Clock Uses E-Ink to Tell Time

Elegantly Designed Digital Clock Uses E-Ink to Tell Time | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
The ClockONE by Twelve24 is named so for good reason - its features all relate to the number one in some way. This elegantly-designed clock is a meter wide and uses a single button battery that lasts an entire year with simple “one touch” controls. It’s razor-thin at only 4 millimeters thick and is comprised of four large numbers that are reminiscent of a digital wrist watch.
ClockONE takes advantage of electronic ink (E-Ink) technology, making it the first wall clock to do so. You’re probably already familiar with E-Ink - it’s what’s used in Kindle Paper displays. This gives the object a wide viewing angle and greater contrast that’s easier to read from far away.
It’s simple to have ClockONE anywhere in your home. A magnetic wall-mounting system supports it and allows for easy adjustability; all you need to do is tilt the clock in place. No level or extra tools are needed for installation. The product, while large, is not heavy and weighs only 1.5 kilograms (3.3 pounds). ClockONE’s…
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Thousands of Torn Paper Pieces Recreate Classic Paintings from the 19th Century

Thousands of Torn Paper Pieces Recreate Classic Paintings from the 19th Century | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Printed matter like news magazines, advertising campaigns, and comic books are just some of the raw materials used in Vik Muniz’s meticulously-crafted collages. The artist, who lives and works in both Rio de Janeiro and New York, takes irregularly-sized strips of paper and assembles the hundreds (if not thousands) of individual parts into one cohesive image.
Muniz depicts classic paintings from the 19th century by artists like Manet, Degas, and Van Gogh. The recomposed collages look painterly, and the torn pieces give the impression that they’re large, overlapping brush strokes. From far away you can tell what an image is of - a woman at a bar, ballerinas stretching, a starry landscape - but it’s up close that you’re able to marvel at all of the individual elements contained in the composition. We see fragments of faces, two letters of a headline, small animals, and much more within these incredible works.
Above: Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh
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Dynamic Photos of the Ocean During Powerful Storms

Dynamic Photos of the Ocean During Powerful Storms | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
This collection of dramatic seascapes captures the striking power of nature as it collides with the fine art of photography. Created by Montauk, NY-based photographer Dalton Portella, the images are filled with a painterly quality that depicts the powerful force of the ocean during stormy weather. Dark, ominous clouds and streaks of lightning fill the sky while layers of texture blend sea and atmosphere together into one vibrantly colored palette.
As each storm rolls in, the ocean moves with violent force to create waves that curl up and crash down again in an instant. Portella captures those exciting moments with a single snap of his shutter, and viewers will almost feel the mist of the ocean water spraying up throughout the air. Portella explains, "With my art, I capture essence; the essence of places I've been, emotions I've felt, and the subjects I paint and photograph. I portray the broad range of the human experience."
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Beautiful Photos Depict Quiet Moments Throughout New York

Beautiful Photos Depict Quiet Moments Throughout New York | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
No matter where you look, the streets of New York City are almost always filled with hundreds and thousands of people. But, in the 1960's, American photographer Duane Michals found the rare and quiet moments along back alleys, inside offices and shops, and riding in a subway car, where not a single person was in sight. The series, titled Empty New York, was inspired by the work of Eugene Atget, a brilliant photographer who led the way for documentary photography in Paris.
To create his series, Michals walked along the urban streets during very early Sunday morning hours when most of the city was still asleep. The absence of people in the photographs is as powerful as an image jammed packed with a crowd. Through his camera lens, Michals found the peaceful calm of the city and produced interesting narratives that redefine New York for viewers.
Michals once said, "I became so enchanted by the intimacy of the rooms and streets and people [Atget] photographed that I found myself looking at…
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Vloasis's curator insight, July 24, 1:47 PM

A window on a piece of the past.

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Boatload of 99 Animals Sail Down River in Shanghai to Illustrate Environmental Crisis

Boatload of 99 Animals Sail Down River in Shanghai to Illustrate Environmental Crisis | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
New York-based, Chinese-born artist Cai Guo-Qiang is back with The Ninth Wave, his newest installation and solo exhibition in Shanghai. Reminiscent of his work last year, which consisted of 99 life-sized fake animals gathered around a watering hole, The Ninth Wave features a weathered fishing boat from Cai’s hometown of Quanzhou carrying 99 fabricated animals onboard. Artificial pandas, tigers, camels, and other beasts cling to the worn ship, appearing weary and seasick. The work, inspired by Ivan Aivazovsky’s 1850 painting of the same name, evokes the Biblical tale of Noah’s Ark in a grimmer light.
The fishing boat set sail on July 17, navigating along the Bund on the Huangpu River before ultimately landing at Shanghai’s Power Station of Art, where it will become an indoor installation as a part of the artist’s major exhibition from August 8 to October 26. Cai’s work highlights Earth’s current environmental and ecological crisis, as evidenced by high levels of smog in the air, as…
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Stunning Photos Capture the Otherworldly Beauty of Antarctica's Icebergs

Stunning Photos Capture the Otherworldly Beauty of Antarctica's Icebergs | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Tokyo-based nature and wildlife photographer Martin Bailey captures the otherworldly beauty of Antarctica in this captivating photo series. While the frozen continent is home to many seals and penguins, Bailey chose to photograph the sweeping landscape without any signs of life, instead focusing on the harsh and ethereal beauty of 1,000-year-old icebergs and glaciers.
With a gorgeous palette of pure white, icy blue, pale aqua, and deep cobalt, Bailey's stunning photos draw parallels between manmade civilizations and the isolated, natural allure of Antarctica. Towering, monolithic ice formations evoke the imagery of architectural forms like grand palaces, impenetrable fortresses, and even great pyramids. Resplendent in snow and ice, the frozen tundra's spellbinding beauty looks like something from a dream or another world.
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Circular Treadmill for Cats Gives Them Hamster Wheel-Like Exercise

Circular Treadmill for Cats Gives Them Hamster Wheel-Like Exercise | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
We have wheels for hamsters, so why not cats, too? The new product One Fast Cat has created just that. It’s a circular treadmill designed to help cats exercise and keep them entertained while indoors. A bored cat can be a destructive one, and this device provides constant access to something that’s both entertaining and beneficial to them. According to its inventors, field testing has shown that the wheel enhances the physical well-being of the feline and facilitates a relaxed demeanor.
One Fast Cat has a 48-inch diameter with a 10-inch wide running tread that provides plenty of space for a cat’s footing. Additionally, the surface is made from a closed cell EVA foam to prevent any claws from catching and allows them to run naturally. It’s lightweight with a sturdy stand that can easily move around your home and cleaned by wiping it down with a wet towel.
If you’re interested in owning this ingenious cat toy, the product is currently funding on Kickstarter.

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Mount Fuji Surrounded in Glorious Colors by Hidenobu Suzuki

Mount Fuji Surrounded in Glorious Colors by Hidenobu Suzuki | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
As part of National Geographic's Your Shot photo community, Japanese photographer Hidenobu Suzuki submitted the image above he calls Sleeping Giant. Taken after a heavy rainstorm, the photo shows Mount Fuji looming over Fujinomiya, a city located in the Shizuoka Prefecture of Japan. Impressed by the beautiful colors he writes, "When I took the photos in a breathless silence, I had a strong feeling that the Earth was alive and had a soul."
Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776 meters (12,389 feet) tall. It's famous for its exceptionally symmetrical cone shape. An active volcano, the mountain last erupted about 300 years ago. About sixty miles southwest of Tokyo, it can be seen from that city on a clear day. Mount Fuji is a well-known symbol of Japan and has been featured on My Modern Met several times including most recently here.
The photo above appeared in National Geographic's Your Shot assignment called Embrace the Untamed. Out of 18,000 submitted, it was chosen as…
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Japanese Bonsai Tree and Flowers Launched into Space in Incredible Journey

Japanese Bonsai Tree and Flowers Launched into Space in Incredible Journey | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Japanese artist Azuma Makoto has worked with bonsai trees in the past, but his newest botanical art project is out of this world—literally. On July 15, Makoto and his crew ventured to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to launch two objects into space: "Shiki 1," a 50-year-old white pine bonsai suspended from a metal frame, and an untitled arrangement of orchids, hydrangeas, lilies, irises, and other flowers.
To accomplish the mission, called Exobiotanica, Makoto collaborated with JP Aerospace, a volunteer-based organization that constructs and sends vessels into orbit. Working from the middle of the night until dawn, the team secured the plants to lightweight devices hanging from helium balloons. After attaching tracking devices, still cameras, and GoPro video cameras to record the unique space flight, the bonsai and the floral arrangement were launched into the stratosphere, soaring to the amazing heights of 91,800 ft (27.98 km) and 87,000 ft (26.51 km), respectively. Although the vessels…
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Reuben Soh's curator insight, July 22, 8:24 AM

Is there complex organic life waiting for us outside the habitable confines of earth’s atmosphere? There is now, even if it was only for a fleeting moment or two. Artist Azuma Makoto retorts the age old somewhat philosophical question of life outside earth with poetry in motion. Whoever said that art and science were two mutually exclusive fields of interest?  

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Striking Ceramic Sculptures of Human-Animal Hybrids Explore Relationship Between People and Nature

Striking Ceramic Sculptures of Human-Animal Hybrids Explore Relationship Between People and Nature | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
California-based artist Crystal Morey explores the relationship between humans and nature with her intriguing ceramic sculptures of people encased in animals. Using delicate and emotive gesture, rich texture, and subdued tones, Morey carefully molds the figurative sculptures from clay, creating pieces that are both striking and thought-provoking.
With meditative poses and expressions, the hybrid figures contemplate the unknown future of the Earth and the impact of humans on the natural world. Many of the animals that Morey chooses—such as polar bears and blackbuck antelopes—are likely to become endangered soon, adding greater significance to her themes around environmental protection.
"Today every action has a reaction we can see: in climate change, de-forestation, ocean acidity, and the hunting of animals. All of these actions are causing havoc and leading us to an unsustainable environment," she says. "I try to show the stresses in our cohabitation through making sculptures of…
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Architects Enlist Friends to Help Build Secluded Studio in the Forest

Architects Enlist Friends to Help Build Secluded Studio in the Forest | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
While a lot of designers and architects might choose to have their practices centered in a bustling metropolis, UK-based architecture practice Invisible Studio took a different approach. They designed and built a timber structure in a forested area near Bath in England. Friends and neighbors were enlisted to help with the entire construction and utilized untreated and unseasoned logs that were sourced from the surrounding woodlands.
The gorgeous, secluded studio is nearly 600 square feet of office space that's elevated above an outdoor workshop area. To access the the upper level, there's a wood plank bridge that extends from the ground of an adjacent slope. Three exterior sides are wrapped in horizontally-banded wood boards that contrast a dark-colored base. The remaining side is enclosed with polycarbonate wall panels that let in generous amounts of natural light.
Invisible Studio's building was a learning process for its construction team, as none of the workers had any previous…
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