Artist Jeremy Kool created a series of animals rendered in fabric for Texstyle. Via Behance: Love that bearded dragon!
Yes, I think it’s fair to say that most of us find snakes a little scary. And it can be for good reason. On a trip to Botswana I took, my friends and I awoke to a ten foot python peering down at us from the rafters of the bathroom. It provoked the most intense ‘flight response’ I think I’ve ever experienced. However, snakes can also be gorgeous, as Mark Laita’s new coffee-table book, Serpentine shows. In his words: The rich symbolism and intense reactions that snakes evoke were the inspiration for this collection of images. Intense indeed. A stunning collection of beautiful creatures.
GIFs are commonplace today, and there’s a Dutch blogger with a great talent at piecing together miniature moments using the Graphic Interchange Format. Here’s a few of his nature GIFs.
An interesting and sad look at artificial zoo habitats, which attempt a realistic environment for visitors, but leave much to be desired for the animal in captivity.
Via FastCo Design:
Zoos are inherently bizarre. The sheer thrill of seeing strange and exotic beasts is often tempered by the reality of the strange and artificial environments they’re kept in, raising the question: Can they really be happy hanging out in those habitats? Photographer Daniel Kukla makes a point of visiting zoos as often as possible on his travels, documenting his findings in Captive Landscapes.
“I believe that zoos have the ability to function as incredible research and educational institutions, but more often than not, the animals are put on as a spectacle and the educational aspect seems to be lacking. I always leave feeling a mix of awe and depression from these places,” he tells Co.Design. His series spans these “theatrical environments” in 12 locales across America and Europe, most of which he shot through a window or door from the same vantage point viewers would get when they visit.
Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the images are the floor-to-ceiling scenic murals that adorn the walls, depicting everything from rocky coasts to lush tropics in an unexpectedly consistent style. And there’s one thing that’s conspicuously, surprisingly absent from the majority of these pictures: life. “Sometimes I planned my visit when the animals would be out of the enclosure, or as a new exhibit was being installed,” he says. “Generally, the enclosures are kept closed with minimal outside contact to ensure that the animals are not exposed to any form of human disease or foreign microbes.” The collection is a far cry from the crystal-clear perspectives Kukla captured in his Edge Effect series from southern California’s Joshua Tree; side by side, they show the disparity between man-made and Mother-Nature-made refuges in sharp relief.
Via the New York Times, A fascinating look at skulls and skeletons of some unique creatures from around the world.
It’s amazing how some of these skulls are so indicative of the creatures that wear them, while others present a new look at the animal from the inside. Nature is incredibly diverse, that’s for sure.
‘no stopping rat sign’ is re-imagined in GIF form by ABVH
Serbian artist ABVH has conceived a series of animated GIFs reinterpreting famous artworks by Banksy.
The creations transform six well-known pieces – ‘kissing coppers’, ‘no stopping rat sign’, ‘man walking keith haring dog’, ‘pink floyd: the wall’,
‘parking’ and the ‘banksy rat mural’ painted on canal st. and west broadway – by the prominent street artist come to life through the machinations of GIF art.
The work animates the original stencils through anticipated movements, such as the rat frantically running the stop sign or the Keith Haring dog barking fiercely,
each one enlivening Banksy’s esteemed legacies.
‘man walking keith haring dog’
‘pink floyd: the wall’
Dogs are called Man’s Best Friend for a reason, and that loyalty, personality and charm turn them into just as much of a family member as anyone. So it’s with sadness that our family dog, Jack, is to be put to rest today. I helped pick Jack out of a litter of adorable husky/collie pups back in 1997, and though a bit on the timid side, Jack quickly became best friends to our patriarch/alpha dog, Scout. The collie in him was noble and sophisticated. The husky in him made him howl and ‘talk’ on command. And his love of running often got him into trouble. But I’ve never known a more gentle animal, just a pure soul. You could literally hold a piece of bacon in front of his mouth, and with the utmost concern, Jack would gently accept the present. He led a very long life of 15 years, filled with daily walks, runs, reluctant swimming and endless lazing in the shade.
We love you, Jack. Goodbye, my buddy.