Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, made of Icing, gingerbread, cotton candy, candy wrappers, licorice, sugar.
Some striking photographs of modern museums, right? Not quite. They’re actually immaculate gingerbread houses, designed and built by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves. Photographed to look like they’re out in the real world, these edible museums are a treat for the eyes. Via Colossal:
The Louvre, Paris, I.M.Pei. Gingerbread, hard candy, licorice.
Maxxi – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, Rome, Zaha Hadid. Gingerbread, hard candy, lollipop sticks.
Museo Soumaya, Mexico City, Fernando Romero. Candy balls, gingerbread, sour rolls, taffy.
Tate Modern, London, Herzog & de Meuron. Gingerbread, hard candy, cotton candy, bubble gum.
Valeriya Kutsan is a Russian make-up artist who has taken the craft to a whole new dimension. Rarely do I literally have my jaw drop when perusing images on the internet. This was one of those times. Unbelievably cool and intricate and creative, these works (and their models) will forever change the way I look at the potential of painting a face. Via FastCo Design:
Artist-engineer Thomas Heatherwick’s “Garden Bridge” is a masterpiece of design, and something that takes the idea of the High-Line, and pushes it further. Via Gizmodo:
A heavily forested pathway stretching across the Thames, Heatherwick’s bridge would be the second pedestrian-only bridge constructed in London in less than two decades, succeeding Norman Foster’s initially infamous—but now enormously popular—Millennium Bridge, built back in 2000.
Yuka is being shown in a cabinet with a temperature of 14 Fahrenheit (-10 Celsius) in order to prevent decomposition.
On public display in Yokohama, Japan, Yuka is the best preserved mammoth in the history of paleontology, at a ripe old age of 39,000 years. Found three years ago, she’s so well preserved that tissue, hair/fur, and even the brain is intact.
Yuka was found three years ago in the Siberian permafrost and was between six to eleven years old when she died. The mammoth takes her name from the Yukaghir coastline; Yuka is also a common girl’s name in Japan, paving the way for countless cute cuddly toys.
Lead researcher Semyon Grigoriev explained to The Siberian Times in May that Yuka stayed in such good condition because she remained frozen for a long, unbroken period of time.
“We suppose that the mammoth fell into water or got bogged down in a swamp, could not free herself and died. Due to this fact the lower part of the body, including the lower jaw and tongue tissue, was preserved very well. The upper torso and two legs, which were in the soil, were gnawed by prehistoric and modern predators and almost did not survive.”
Although the carcass was frozen for millennia, the team was even able to extract flowing blood from Yuka — the first time scientists have managed to do so. “Our suspicion is that mammoth blood contains a kind of natural anti-freeze,” says Grigoriev.
Yuka had a broken leg when discovered, suggesting she had been attacked by predators. Parts of her body such as her feet have been remarkably well preserved.
Yuka’s skull had been removed, and was discovered separately from the body. It appears that human hunters cut open the carcass.
A close-up view of Yuka’s dissected skull.
The skin surrounding the tail remains in almost perfect condition.
Preserved mammoth hair retains its reddish coloration.
South Korean scientists have signed a deal giving them rights to attempt to clone the mammoth; Hwang Woo-suk, who produced the world’s first cloned dog in 2005 before being convicted of lying about breakthroughs in human stem cell research, has taken delivery of tissue samples that may contain intact cells.
However, serious doubt remains over whether it is possible to find or construct a complete, viable mammoth genome from such old material. “Every time a new well-preserved mammoth is found,” said Professor Adrian Lister of London’s Natural History Museum to The Guardian, “people also repeat the claim that we will soon be able to clone them, and I very much doubt that we will.”
Martin Usborne has a powerful collection of dog portraits entitled Nice to Meet You. The animals are either abandoned or aggressive or both, but they show a side of dogs that aren’t all happy and drooly, which is refreshing. Via the artist:
Each image in this series is a portrait of a dog photographed through a material or substance: a wet pane of glass, faint smoke, dense material, bleeding light. Nearly all of the dogs are abandoned, untrained, often aggressive. One is a wolf. (Every dog was carefully handled and protected in the process).canines are used here to reflect that unspoken, instinctive side of our nature. In my own experience it is dogs – along with some other animals – that have the ability to communicate certain feelings most directly even though they have no words.
Wiredhas a peak at several airport designs and design concepts. Aside from showcasing some of the most futuristic architecture anywhere on the planet, these next-generation airports will work harder and smarter than those that came before.
Renzo Piano’s newest skyscraper is set to open to the public in February, and it is already leaving an indelible mark on London. The beautifully named “Shard” is just that. A massive shard of glass, protruding from along the river, glistening with potential.
Formally named ‘The London Bridge Tower’, but now commonly referred to as ‘the Shard’ by Italian architect renzo piano has been complete since
the summer of 2012 and officially opens to the public on february 1, 2013. Currently considered the tallest building in western europe,
the needle-point structure stands 309.6 meters above the new london bridge quarter in the south bank district and is home to a number
of programs including office space, restaurants, 5-star shangri-la hotel and residences. Situated at the top on floors 68, 69 and 72 are platforms,
with the one on the uppermost level standing at twice the height of any other viewing deck in london offering panoramic lookouts
of 64 km (40 miles). Here, at the highest public level, 244m above ground – accessed by elevators travelling approximately 6 meters per second -
one will experience the structural pieces of the glass that form the top of ‘the shard’ and disappear into the sky. A centerpiece to the 2 million
square meter development, the 72-storey mixed-use tower was inaugurated with a nighttime light show, which combined 12 lasers and 30 searchlights
to celebrate the skyline’s newest addition.
We’ve featured photographic recreations of old master paintings before, but usually they’ve focused on simple portraits rather than elaborate scenes. London-based photographer Maisie Broadhead went with the latter when doing her recent project “Taking the Chair.” Working with her mother Caroline, Broadhead selected seven fine art paintings that prominently feature a chair. The duo then tried to accurately recreate the details of the scene for photographs.
Here’s the painting that the above photograph was based on. It’s William Hogarth’s Marriage à-la-mode: 2. The Tête à Tête, which can be found at the National Gallery in London:
The description of the project on Broadhead’s website reads:
A joint project between Mother and daughter. ‘Taking the Chair’ is Caroline and Maisie Broadhead’s first major artistic collaboration. The collection includes Seven paintings by masters such as Vermeer, Velasquez and Magritte, in which a chair (usually empty) has a powerful presence. The chair is the point at which Caroline and Maisie’s work meets, showing seven of Maisie’s photographs, which feature seven of Caroline’s chairs, with image and object displayed alongside each other.