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A wall-sized masterpiece for an insect, these miniature paintings are painstakingly detailed and lovely, showing a great amount of patience. South African painter Lorraine Loots‘ series Postcards for Ants is a once-a-day collection of small moments, lovingly painted the size of a coin. Via Colossal:

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

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As a cyclist and someone in the market for a helmet, I find this exceedingly cool. But I’m okay with looking a bit like a space-age soldier. And that’s somewhat the aesthetic of Philippe Starck’s new collaboration project with Giro. Called the S+arckbike helmet, it features an aluminum and cork design, a very unconventional shape, and a visor, which could be great, if you’ve ever gotten a bug in the mouth while riding. Designed to be recycled at the end of its life, the helmet also strays from the hundreds of ugly plastic brain-protectors, which is A-okay with me. Prices not announced yet. Via FastCo Design:
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Mind boggling displays of flowers creating parade floats.

2014 Corso Zundert Flower Sculpture Parade
photo by Erwin Martens

The 2014 Corso Zundert, held in Zundert in the Netherlands. The parade’s 20 sculptures are created in a yearlong process by volunteer teams of Zundert residents. Teams were required to use Dahlias only to decorate these sculptural floats. Via LaughingSquid:

2014 Corso Zundert Flower Sculpture Parade
photo by Werner Pellis

2014 Corso Zundert Flower Sculpture Parade
photo by Erwin Martens

2014 Corso Zundert Flower Sculpture Parade
photo by Malou Evers

2014 Corso Zundert Flower Sculpture Parade
photo by Malou Evers

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FR-EE & foster + partners to design a new airport for mexico city

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Sir Norman Foster is certainly one of the rockstars of the architecture world, and the new design for Mexico City’s International Airport does nothing to stop that reputation. Designed as one of the largest airports in the world, as well as the greenest, it’s beautiful flowing form is set to be completed by 2018. Via DesignBoom:

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An enormous circular garden greets people as they arrive. In fact, the circle form is unique in airport design, and will dramatically simplify the often hodgepodge approach of existing airports.

‘Its design provides the most flexible enclosure possible to accommodate internal change and an increase in capacity. Mexico has really seized the initiative in investing in its national airport, understanding its social and economic importance and planning for the future. There will be nothing else like it in the world.’ – Lord Norman Foster.

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Designed to be extremely easy to navigate, the airport doesn’t have shuttles or other complicated transportation within it.

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Built by Mexican engineers and contractors, the airport will indeed be one of the biggest in the world, made of lightweight steel and glass.

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Norman Foster and Fernando Romero.

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A clever and new way of measuring time, using the oldest method there is, natural decay.

Via DeZeen: Japanese design collective Bril has filled a circular cedar frame with leaves that gradually fade from green to brown over the course of a year to create an annual clock without using hands or numbers

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Have you ever seen a thousand-mile-long-shadow? Thanks to these great shots from the International Space Station, now you have. Taken from space, it’s breathtaking to see these long shadows cast by the complex and ever-changing skies over our beautiful blue planet. Via Colossal:
Clouds Cast Thousand Mile Shadows into Space When Viewed Aboard the International Space Station space shadows ISS Earth clouds

Clouds Cast Thousand Mile Shadows into Space When Viewed Aboard the International Space Station space shadows ISS Earth clouds

Clouds Cast Thousand Mile Shadows into Space When Viewed Aboard the International Space Station space shadows ISS Earth clouds

Clouds Cast Thousand Mile Shadows into Space When Viewed Aboard the International Space Station space shadows ISS Earth clouds

Clouds Cast Thousand Mile Shadows into Space When Viewed Aboard the International Space Station space shadows ISS Earth clouds

Clouds Cast Thousand Mile Shadows into Space When Viewed Aboard the International Space Station space shadows ISS Earth clouds

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Christopher Moloney’s FILMography is an ongoing art project that matches scenes from movies with their real-life, present-day locations. Moloney prints out a black-and-white still from a film, and holds up the print to snap a picture of it perfectly aligned with the actual landmark from the film. Via MyModernMet:

Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Annie Hall, 1977

You’ve Got Mail (1998)

And While We Were Here (2012)

The Avengers (2012)

The Dark Knight (2008)

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

Maid in Manhattan (2002)

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Black Swan (2010)

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