Science Friday has a great video featuring mathematician and reluctant sculptor John Edmark. His fascination with spirals, and math-based sculptures, has made him somewhat of a legend. Utilizing the Golden Angle and the Golden Ratio, Edmark creates amazing pieces that seem to defy physics with the way they move, open, and spiral infinitely. But the designs are based on math, and nature has been building like this for millions of years. His work is available for purchase through 3D printing company Shapeways. Definitely worth a watch.
In these remarkable and mesmerizing photos by Andre Ermolaev, we see raw nature flowing and ebbing and drifting and snaking its way across the landscape. Iceland is the world’s science experiment, in terms of geological behavior and fluidity. Captured in a beautiful sense of purity, the aerial images paint a scene of movement but also of calm, of everything existing organically, the way it wants to. The forms and shapes that nature creates are amazing.Via FastCo Design:
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:
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.
Photo by Dennis Kopp
Picasso is one of our very favorites, and we were thrilled to see an artist who has magically brought some of his paintings to life using carefully rendered mimic. The famous painting Monument to the Spaniard has been turned into postmodern brilliance by Omar Aqil. The effect is a contemporization of Picasso’s famous style, something we think Picasso himself would thoroughly enjoy. Via Colossal:
Thomas Heatherwick’s studio had a fantastic plan for a pedestrian garden bridge over the River Thames in London. For years, it was going through approvals and funding complications, but seemed destined to be built. Indeed, over £45 million has already been spent on the preparation for the project. Recently, however, the city of London has balked at the idea of a non-vehicle bridge being built at a cost of £200 million. It’s a shame, since the design is stunning, and it would be a beautifully green contrast to London’s recent skyscraper binge. The idea was simple: to connect north and south London with a garden. Now that it’s future is in jeopardy, what might replace it? Let’s hope for something good. Via Dezeen:
The Congo. A tough place, indeed. In 2005 I briefly stepped foot across the border of Rwanda into this lush, dense, jungle land that is the heart of Africa. I was there doing humanitarian work, and it was exhilarating and tragic and real. I met strong Africans who told me stories of the violence and genocide that rocked Rwanda in the 90s, and the troubles that plague the Congo to this day. Though a peace accord was signed in 2003, fighting continues in Congo, and an estimated five and a half million people have been killed in the warring there. Human atrocities of a truly shocking order have occurred in this troubled land. A country of 71 million people, it is by most accounts the most corrupt large country in the world, and one of the poorest. But in a sick irony, the Democratic Republic of Congo is widely considered to be the richest country in the world regarding natural resources; its untapped deposits of raw minerals are estimated to be worth in excess of US$ 24 trillion.
Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen started their company 92 years ago, and it’s grown into one of the most respected (and expensive) names in sound. The company makes high-end audio devices and speakers, with incredible design that sets it apart from everyone else. The BeoSound Shape is definitely pushing that envelope, with it’s modular, wall-mounted speakers that group together to form a literal wall of sound. The wireless speakers come in a huge array of colors, and look good even with the sound turned off. Design Milk has a deeper look at these sweet little hexagons.