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Project PrintGREEN is a homemade 3D printer that creates forms that will grow grass.

Using “ink” made of seeds, soil, and water, the printed form starts to sprout. Though somewhat crude at the moment, the concept is novel, and the results are fun and hold a lot of potential. Via MyModernMet:

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Following up with yet another colorful yarn post, Artist Jay Mohler is taking the God’s Eye, or Ojos de Dios to a new level with his beautiful designs. Available on his Etsy page, these reasonably priced pieces of art are visually stunning, and would bring a wall alive. Via Colossal:

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Artist duo Toki has an installation in an abandoned D.C. building that uses vibrant yarn to create a mesmerizing 3D space. This piece, entitled Synth, is meant to evoke music in three dimensions. Very cool stuff. Via DesignBoom:
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A beautiful, circular bridge installed on the shores of Denmark, called the Infinite Bridge. Located near Aarhus, the installation was immediately embraced by the locals and beachgoers. Via UrDesign:
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Unlike traditional time-lapse, Canadian photographer Matt Malloy uses a method of ‘time stacking’, where he layers hundreds of images on each other, showing an interesting progression of time and light. Via DesignBoom:
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National Geographic has a great look at cactuses in bloom. These spiky plants don’t flower as often as others do, but their blooms are pretty remarkable.
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Freaky Flowers: Echinopsis Cacti in Bloom from EchinopsisFreak on Vimeo.

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Photographer Brad Wilson has a gorgeous collection of animal portraits in his book “Wild Life“. Prints can be purchased through Wilson’s site. Via LaughingSquid:

In the midst of our modern human civilization with all its technological complexities, animals still remain stark symbols of a simpler life and a wilderness lost. Perhaps these images can stand as a testament to this other fading world, and remind us, despite the pronounced feeling of isolation that too often characterizes our contemporary existence, that we are not alone, we are not separate – we are part of a beautifully rich and interconnected diversity of life.

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Steve Frykholm is Herman Miller’s VP of Creative Design, and a personal friend. He is famous for a myriad of designs for Herman Miller, but hugely for his Summer Picnic series, which permanently hang in the MOMA in New York.

Here’s a short look of the history behind the posters.

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Arachnocampa luminosa, known as glow worms, shine an amazingly dramatic light on the caves on New Zealand’s south island. Joseph Michael took these beautiful photos.  The BBC series Planet Earth had a piece about them as well. Via Colossal: 

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Nicolas Amiard has a series, inspired by the work of Thomas Dagg, showing ships from Star Wars crashed into scenery on Earth. Via DesignBoom:
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