Italian illustrator Andrea Minini is known for her elegant line work that resembles moiré, or large scale interference patterns. Her latest collection takes famous monuments of architecture from around the world, and turns them into modern works of art. Monuments include: Heydar Aliyev Centre, Falling Water, The Louvre, Millau Viaduct, The Sydney Opera House, and others. Click around to see these beautiful pieces in detail. Via Behance:
From the cold of space, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has quietly been snapping pictures of Mars for the last 12 years. Using a camera system called HiRise, it’s been mapping and taking detailed stills of the Mars surface. Now, a Finnish filmmaker named Jan Fröjdman has taken those stills and very painstakingly stitched them together into a beautiful video. The result is stunning, a serene yet unfamiliar flyover of magnificent landscapes that are as varied as they are beautiful. Mars, we’re coming for you. This takes us one step closer. We highly recommend you watch this fullscreen, with the resolution turned up to 2K. Via Gizmodo:
Turkish artist Hüseyin Sahin has a vivid imagination, judging by these digital collages he dreamed up. He shows a beautiful use of lighting and blending. It’s great to see this type of surrealist creativity, it often jars loose some unique ideas of our own. Via Colossal and Behance:
Sujit Kumar (the chicken boy), Fiji, 1978
Kept in a chicken coop by his family until the age of 8, Sujit Kumar clucked, pecked at food, and roosted like a bird
The stories behind the photographs aren’t pretty. They’re weird, terrifying, and often disturbing. But photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten does a great job creating beautifully lit scenes to pay homage to these strange stories. Like Sujit Jumar, trapped in a chicken coop for so long, he pecked like a chicken and ‘roosted’ at night. Descriptions and images via DesignBoom:
Lobo wolf girl, Mexico, 1845/1852
Seen in Mexico running on all fours with a pack of wolves, attacking a herd of goats
Prava (the bird boy), Russia, 2008
confined to a room containing dozens of his mother’s pet birds, Prava could not speak when found, only chirp
Kamala and Amala, India, 1920
aged 8 and 1 respectively, the pair were found living in a cave with wolves
running on all fours, the pair were physically deformed and had exceptional hearing, sight and sense of smell
The Big Bend probably won’t be built. At 3,690 feet long, the skyscraper would also be one of the tallest on the New York skyline. Architecture firm Oiio concepted this design, which almost looks like an eloganted, habitable St. Louis Arch. Regardless if it ends up breaking ground or not, it’s nice to see concepts that bend the mind just a bit. Via DesignBoom:
China has recently completed construction of the world’s biggest solar farm. Called Longyangxia Dam Solar Park, the operation generates 850 Megawatts of electricity, which for the uninitiated, is enormous. Containing over four million solar panels, the plant can generate enough power from the sun to run nearly a quarter of a million homes. The Guardian has a good look at the new solar park, part of China’s giant effort to clean up their electrical generation. As solar prices get cheaper, look for more of these giant installations to help take our planet out of the age of coal, oil and gas.
Giant solar installation as seen from satellites
When we say reflective, we mean the quiet, contemplative kind. Artist Jennifer Boland’s installations are part of Desert X, a sprawling art exhibit being held in the American Southwest.
In displaying the actual mountainous backdrop on these large digital billboards, Boland forces the casual driver to make a connection between the physical and the two dimensional. Indeed, the images are aligned in a way that from a certain angle, the billboards align perfectly to the mountains behind them. Desert X is happening February 25 – April 30. Via DesignBoom:
NOAA’s 2017 American Samoa Expedition has discovered some amazing deep sea creatures, many of whom defy explanation and description. Their finds underscore just how critical science is to our society. The Venus Flytrap sea anemone?! Or how about this incredible Armored Searobin. Our planet never ceases to amaze, and in 2017, it’s truly remarkable that we’re still discovering new and fascinating species. Via Gizmodo:
This is just Wow. As an Oregonian, I’m very proud of my state. It’s people and politics and nature all add up to something special. But I’ve never seen the Beaver state like this, and I bet you haven’t either. Made using infrared converted cameras, Sam Forencich has created a masterpiece of scenery and landscape. Beautifully shot using drones and time lapse, the scenery looks completely otherworldly thanks to the way infrared lights things up. Mount Hood comes alive with colors you’ve never seen. Crater Lake looks like an alien landscape from a science fiction movie. Edited with brilliantly choreographed sound design, this is a fullscreen, sound-on affair. Do yourself a favor and devote 5 minutes fully to this video, entitled Invisible Oregon. It’s amazing. Via LaughingSquid:
The Ollie chair is going to be a hit. How could it not? This Kickstarter chair turns from classy, wood slatted ergonomic shape to a beautifully flat slab with the pull of a string. Ingenious! Currently raising money on Kickstarter, the chair is designed and made by RockPaperRobot, a design firm in New York.
Ollie is weather resistant and available in a number of special edition painted versions.