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Artist duo STALLMAN clearly thought outside the box for their recent collection, "Canvas on Edge." Using paint and canvas as sculpture, they created a technique in which the canvas creates an elevated line drawing. Different colors appear as you view the work from various angles, which adds to the impressive effect.
See more of the duo's unique work at Contemporist »
A giant, illuminated tree hangs from the ceiling inside California's Kathryn Hall Vineyard. Designed by Donald Lipski and Jonquil LeMaster, the creation resembles a large grapevine — filled with 1,500 Swarovski crystal grapes. Called "Chilean Red", this grand light fixture's name is an anagram for "chandelier." Clever!
See more photos of this stunning piece at Bored Panda »
The only way to truly enjoy this large-scale, natural interpretation of Van Gogh's 1889 painting "Olive Trees" is to get on a plane. Created with native plants by Kansas landscape artist Stan Herd, the giant piece of art was commission in honor of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' 100th anniversary celebration.
Read more about this landscape art at Inhabitat »
Each year Dallas welcomes fall with Autumn at the Arboretum, a two-month festival marked by a village made out of over 75,000 pumpkins, gourds, and squash (yes, really). This year's display has an "Old Texas Town" theme — which includes this impressive giant Texas mosaic.
See more sneak peeks of the festival at the Arboretum's website »
Talva Design is the team behind this mural-style wallpaper (it's available in yellow, too, but we're always smitten with blue). The curvy flowers and leaves are mesmerizing, and act like a window to the great outdoors — even in your dining room.
See more details at Wall & Deco »
"With this, I sorta just picked up where I left off in the late '80s!" artist Adam Siegel told Rebecca Haithcoat of Instagram @music. Although he once had a career as a musician, he's now found his way back to airbrushing, one of his original passions. In fact, Siegel was among the first wave of New York-style graffiti artists to tag Los Angeles.
[link href="https://.com/adamseagull/" target="_blank" link_updater_label="external"]See more of his creations on Instagram »
Bloggers Kelly and Lauren had watercolor on the brain. Inspired by artists, the pair decided to give French macarons the rainbow splatter treatment. The result is an insanely pretty dessert created with colorful, edible food paint.
Get the recipe at A Side of Sweet »
One thing may stick out to you when traveling to Ann Arbor, Michigan — even though its super tiny. In what started as an art installation, dozens of these adorable "fairy doors" appear around the city thanks to an art installation. We're particularly fond of this red entry that comes complete with a matching diminutive version.
Read more about these magical, teeny doors at Dornob »
Photographer Sebastian Erras told his Instagram followers that he seems to "have this thing with Parisian floors." And after seeing his shots, we don't disagree. In his photo series, Erras captures the city of Paris from a unique downward perspective — by taking pictures of his feet on the most intriguing floors he spots.
See more of the detail he's captured on his website »
New York artist Sean Kenney has found a playful (and impressive!) way to reimagine animals, plants, and insects — with LEGOs. The exhibition, called Nature Connects features over 50 different sculptures, made out of 1.6 million tiny LEGO bricks. Now touring North America, the show is scheduled to run until 2019.
Find out when the exhibition might be near you here »
Aside from seating, herbs cover nearly every inch of the Segev Kitchen Garden, a new restaurant in Hod Hasharon, Israel. Designed by Studio Yaron Tal, the eatery essentially doubles as a greenhouse — and every herb that surrounds the space is used by the chef in the restaurant's food.
Read more about his innovative restaurant at Contemporist »
Butterflies are one of the few insects almost no one minds visiting their garden — which is pretty understandable, considering their vibrant wings and graceful demeanor. Photographer and biochemist Linden Glehdhill took his adoration one step further and discovered that their wings are even more breathtaking up close — using macro photography, he revealed that each one is made up of thousands of tiny mini wings and they look almost mesmerizing.
See more on this website »
The streets of Zundert — located in the Netherlands — were nearly unrecognizable these past two days (September 6 and 7), courtesy of the city's annual Corso Zundert festival. Although the theme changes, each year consists of floats that boast thousands of dahlia flowers — which makes perfect sense, considering that particular area of the Netherlands consists of 81 acres of 600,000 bulbs. For 2015, the floats were inspired by artist Vincent Van Gogh, who was born in Zundert himself.
Read more about this festival at Colossal »
Photographer Reuben Wu waited until the tourists cleared out — well after sunset — to capture the molten sulphur flowing inside East Java's Kalwah ljen volcano last month. The blue fire — referred to as the largest "blue flame" on earth — is the result of ignited sulphuric gas that burns up to 600 degrees Celsius (the equivalent of 1,112 degrees Fahrenheit).
Read more about this colorful phenomenon at Colossal »
An expansive cloud of balloons (100,000 of them, in fact) are now floating under the roof of the 19th-century Market Building in London's Covent Garden. The installation, which lasts until September 27, is courtesy of French artist Charles Pétillon and part of his ongoing, balloons-in-public-places Invasion series. "Their goal is to change the way in which we see the things we live alongside each day without really noticing them," Pétillon told Dezeen Magazine. He created this particular cloud form, called Heartbeat, to represent the Market Building as the beating heart of its local area.
It's taken 40 years, but the highest peak in North America is getting a new (old) name. Locals have always called the towering mountain "Denali," a local Athabascan term, but it gained the "Mount McKinley" moniker after a prospector nicknamed it in 1896 for then presidential candidate, William McKinley.U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell issued the original name-changing order, which President Obama also backed, to make sure all federal documents reflect the name. She said this move "recognizes the sacred status of Denali to many Alaska Natives." But whatever you call it, there's no denying the beautiful majesty of this natural wonder.
When it was first built in 1927, advertisements called the then movie palace — the Saenger Theatre of New Orleans — "an acre of seats in a garden of Florentine splendor." After Hurricane Katrina left the theatre completely destroyed in 2005, it took didn't take long for the restoration to begin. Eight years — and a lot of hard work — later, the building opened its doors. Today, the performing arts powerhouse is more detailed than ever before, including a blue domed "sky" for a ceiling.
Read more about the restoration here »
Half the reason these fairytale-looking sculptures are so fascinating is because they have no intention of lasting forever, as artist Spencer Byles cleverly intended. While exploring the forests in the region of Alpes-Maritimes in France, he created several of these whimsical designs with only natural materials and man-made objects, scattering them throughout three different pieces of land.
See more of these nature-inspired creations »
When Ashely — the adventurous baker behind these citrusy treats — had her first olive oil cake a few months back, she couldn't believe what she had been missing out on. She found the perfect combination her second time around, mi lemon infused oil and extra virgin olive oil, producing a moist cupcake. Once complete, she sprinkled the batch with colorful, edible flowers — the ultimate summer topping.
Get the recipe here »
Photographer Alexandra Soldatova took to her home country, Belarus, when trying to find inspiration for her series, 'It Must Be Beautiful'. For years, anonymous artists have painted over the bus stops there, adorning them in images familiar to the landscape they exist in. Alexandra notes that these captures work so well for the project because the bus stops are "rather outstanding and at the same time very common things."
Read more about these uplifting roadsides here »
Peter Bellerby had no intention of handcrafting a globe until he wanted to give one to his father as an 80th birthday gift — he just couldn't find one that really amazed him. After crafting this own and realizing his love for the trade, he formed a small team of globemakers, now called Bellerby & Co. It takes each new team member at least six months to learn the skills, becoming part of the last group of people in the world who still create globes by hand.
Read more about the company of globemakers here »
Discovered over a century ago in Spanish lakes, scientists recently analyzed what they claim to be the oldest flower fossil known to date. The striking aquatic plant is estimated to have lived over 130 million years ago — even when dinosaurs roamed the earth.
Read more about this flower's origin here »
The classic horse-and-carriage carousel will never go out of style — but this new ride in the The Battery in New York City is enough to make us forget about the traditional type for a while. Called the SeaGlass Carousel, the structure's seats are a school of giant fish — which look especially magical light up at night.
Read more about it here »
It's always a treat to spy a rainbow in the sky, but people visiting the Isle of Palms in South Carolina looked up to see an especially unique one over the weekend. The "fire rainbow" (captured here by Instagrammer sseaburd) gets its name from its shape — it looks much more like a dancing flame than an arch. Sunlight struck ice crystals in the clouds at exactly the right angle to create what some called an "angelic" image.
Read more at WYFF »
Agne Gintalaite has always been fascinated by the disappearing "Garage Towns" of Lithuania — literally large areas of weathered, colorful garages. When she stumbled upon about 500 or so on Prusu Street, she knew she had to capture the color and texture — but more importantly — the history behind them.
Read more about Agne's project, Beauty Remains, on her website »
Tucked deep inside a secret location in Washington, DC (you have to go hunting to find it) is a colorful installation called the Synth Series, a three-part creation brought to life by the artistic duo Toki. Tolu and Khai, who make up the team, crafted the neon yarn display to visually represent music, rhythm, and movement.
Read more about this vibrant project at Washington City Paper »
Arizona native Greg McCown once saw lightning strike as a rainbow arched above it on his routine commute to work. For seven years, he waited eagerly to actually catch it on camera — which was far from easy. The average person can't react fast enough to shoot lighting as it strikes, so McCown used a lightning trigger to make this amazing photograph possible.
Read more about McCown's successful snap at Bored Panda »
Until recently, it was forbidden for anyone to open the pages of the Manual of Calligraphy and Painting (Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu) . The book — created by Ten Bamboo Studio in 1633 — was simply too fragile. But it's the earliest example of "polychrome xylography" (a multicolored printing technique), and recently The University of Cambridge was able to digitize it, revealing its historic contents to the world for the first time.
Read more about these beautifully drawn images at Colossal »
There are exactly 33 paper flowers inside this bouquet — which is no match for its vase, made up of 690 origami pieces. Claudine McNeal creates these colorful floral arrangements, which often stand out (literally) in 3D. She uses card stock when crafting these centerpieces, for durability and a longer life span. At a faraway glance, you might actually mistake this vase for a real bouquet.
See her other floral origami in a variety of colors »