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Earth Day 2017

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Mother Earth is our one and only habitable planet. It’s a precious, living gem in a cold and airless solar system. Those hoping to live on Mars might reconsider, when they realize they’d have to be in a bubble the entire time. Regardless, we’re treating our planet like it’s our own personal plaything, a carefree toy we can chew up and spit out. Just when the USA was on the brink of a positive turning point on climate, we took a giant step backwards, electing an orange-faced child with money for a brain, and a smoldering lump of coal for a heart. We mean it, he’s a terrible, terrible person to put in charge of anything, let alone the richest country on earth.

Earth Day 2017 marks a time when we should reflect on our natural world, and the vast riches it provides us with, for free. Economists put an estimate of $55 trillion dollars a year in value that the natural world bestows on us every single year.  So this Earth Day, give a little reflection and appreciation towards our brilliant earth, and all it provides for us. This beautiful illustration is by Brian Miller for REI.

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Illusions Star in this Pet Adoption Campaign

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Visual illusions are always fun, especially when they are for a good cause. The World For All Animal Care And Adoptions in Mumbai have a very clever set of posters that encourage people to adopt pets, using very carefully positioned photos of people. Look closely….. See the silhouettes? Artists Amol Jadhav and Pranav Bhide did a great job pulling off this classy and eye opening campaign. Via Petapixel:

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Incredible Underwater Waterfall in Mauritius

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The idea of an underwater waterfall is a bit mind bending, we know. And technically, what you’re seeing is sand and silt drifting down a huge underwater canyon, giving the illusion of water flowing freely under the ocean. The site is so gorgeous, the technicalities won’t be your on your mind. Mauritius is a tiny island nation 1,200 miles of Africa’s southeast coast.

Frederick C Millett  and Trip Advisor have some great photos of this beautiful island nation with it’s turquoise waters and that incredible chasm in the earth, which causes the waterfall illusion.  Time to book some flights… Via Places To See in Your Lifetime:

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Coachella’s Colorful Creatures

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Coachella has become a major destination, a music festival that is eclipsing all others. This year the festival has teamed up with artists Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan to create giant, colorful beasts that roam the grounds. The brightly painted monsters are gentle in demeanor, and have already been backdrop to countless selfies and concertgoer photos. In addition to the giant boxy beasts, Coachella’s art includes crazy house-like structures that involve psychedelic projection-mapping. Lots more to see on DesignBoom:

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Waves in the Sky

Asperitas clouds, where have you been all our lives? We certainly aren’t used to your rolling beauty, giving the illusion of waves in the sky. Take a look at this video shot in Lincoln, Nebraska, where the clouds undulate and roll in, in a true water mimic. Pretty beautiful. For more about clouds, we recommend this handy and well designed book, called The Cloud Collector’s Handbook.

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Alaskan Fjord, Infrared Edition

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Photographer Bradley G Munkowitz traveled to the Tracy Arm Fjord in Juneau Alaska to capture the beauty of the northern wild. He did so with special camera equipment that reveals these beautiful landscapes in new, experimental color palettes. We think infrared images can be astounding, bringing a familiar subject matter into entirely new light, literally. The results from his series are bold yet poised, wild yet beautifully composed. Waterfalls become rushing lava flows, forests become Suess-like wonderlands. Thanks to his creativity, Alaska’s wild frontier gets seen anew. Via Behance:

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Visual Mashup Music Video

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An exercise in video editing patience. And creativity. The latest music video from Cassius featuring Pharell and Cat Power is a visual feast of funny, sexy, strange and beautiful footage mashups. Utilizing split screen style with quick cuts and visual collages, the video contains hundreds of clips that should get your creativity flowing.


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Couriers of Shanghai

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In a clean and bright photographic series by Alain Delorme, he explores the bike couriers in Shanghai, and the extraordinary loads that many carry on their bicycles and carts. The huge payloads are comical in size and subject matter, but showcase a side of Shanghai that is increasingly rare these days, as China rapidly turns into a 21st century superpower.  Strangely beautiful work, via Fubiz:

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Star Fort at Bourtange

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Fort Bourtange is a remarkable star-shaped landmark built in 1593 in Groningen, Netherlands. Controlled by the Spaniards during the Eighty Years’ war, the fort became a village in 1851, and now serves as an historical museum. The star shape is surrounded by a series of canals and lakes that serve as moats.  It’s a fantastic reminder of the power of design and engineering that goes back over 400 years.

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Photo by Dennis Kopp

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Interactive and Immersive Dinner Table

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Projection mapping, the art and science of precise projected artwork, is coming into it’s own. Take the newly opened Sagaya restaurant in the Ginza neighborhood of Tokyo. It’s diners are greeted to a table that reacts to the plates set on it, so each course is a new and beautiful experience. Butterflies flit and fly around a plate of delicate vegetables. Leave your hand still on the tabletop, and a digital bird may land on it, just to take flight when you move it.  Created by art collective Teamlab, the restaurant looks delicious and an experience not to miss. Via DesignBoom:

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