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Artist duo 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.
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!
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 , the giant piece of art was commission in honor of the ' 100th anniversary celebration.
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.
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.
"With this, I sorta just picked up where I left off in the late '80s!" artist Adam Siegel of Instagram . 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.
Bloggers and 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.
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.
Photographer Sebastian Erras told his 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.
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.
Aside from seating, herbs cover nearly every inch of the Segev Kitchen Garden, a new restaurant in Hod Hasharon, Israel. Designed by , the eatery essentially doubles as a greenhouse — and every herb that surrounds the space is used by the chef in the restaurant's food.
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.
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 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.
Photographer 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 — is the result of ignited sulphuric gas that burns up to 600 degrees Celsius (the equivalent of 1,112 degrees Fahrenheit).
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 . "Their goal is to change the way in which we see the things we live alongside each day without really noticing them," Pétillon . 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 . 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.
Half the reason these fairytale-looking sculptures are so fascinating is because they have , 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.
When — 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.
Photographer took to her home country, Belarus, when trying to find inspiration for her series, . 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."
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 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.
Discovered over a century ago in Spanish lakes, scientists 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.
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 , the structure's seats are a school of giant fish — which look especially magical light up at night.
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 ) 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 "" image.
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 5, she knew she had to capture the color and texture — but more importantly — the history behind them.
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. and , who make up the team, crafted the neon yarn display to visually represent music, rhythm, and movement.
Arizona native 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 to make this amazing photograph possible.
Until recently, it was forbidden for anyone to open the pages of the . 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 , revealing its historic contents to the world for the first time.
There are exactly 33 paper flowers inside this bouquet — which is no match for its vase, made up of 690 origami pieces. 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.
Sometimes you just have to leave everything you've ever known to chase a dream. Artist did just that, leaving her nine to five job to pursue her passion, paper quilling — which is making a comeback since its popularity during the Renaissance.
In Bangkok, from sunset to midnight every Thursday through Sunday, you can find what locals know as the Rod Fai Market. This open-air bazaar sells an array of vintage collectibles, but its lines of colorful, lit-up tents are truly the greatest delight.
High school student Katie Brooks is certainly thinking ahead. She sells colorful, nature-inspired pieces in her online shop , with hopes that the cash will help her pursue a career in the art world. Although her get first pick, this particular conch shell is reserved for her mom.
Designer Julia Rothman incorporated a drawing of her own pup into this new wallpaper pattern — but ensured the full brood was diverse, so that many people could spot their favorite dog in the bunch. The only thing more captivating than all that cuteness is the cause it supports: 100% of the proceeds from sales of the paper will go two animal rescues in San Francisco and Minneapolis.
creates extraordinary origami pieces of out books, which she notes are great for home décor or wedding centerpieces. If you want to take a stab at repurposing the same way, break out a tired phonebook and follow her patterns, which she .
To , the sky is certainly not the limit — literally. As a photographer, he's drawn to textural landscapes, and he captures aerial shots by paragliding high above his subjects. Brockett shot this earthen sculpture named "Sultan the Pit Pony", which is to the real life Sultan, a beloved horse that worked in the mines nearby. The massive 200-meter piece can be found in Penallta Park in South Wales, and was created by Welsh artist Mick Petts.
This sculpture is made up of half a million knots and weighs approximately one ton. Artist created "As If It Were Already Here" to imitate the history of its location over Boston's Rose Kennedy Greenway — the colored banding eludes to the six traffic lanes that once crowded the neighborhood. We must say, this is a much prettier alternative. If you want to catch a glimpse at this surreal view, it's on display until October.
Astrophotographer David Lane beautifully captured the Milky Way galaxy over Yellowstone National Park. His photos the sky above, and he encourages his fans to really open their eyes to look at what is all around us. It's good advice, but we're also glad that we have Lane's photos to make us stop in our tracks.
In 1987, author first described the "overview effect" as the sensation astronauts have when peering down upon the Earth. This inspired a group of collaborators to create a project called , for which they take snaps from a bird's eye view to highlight human impact on the world and change the way we see our planet. For instance, this landscape shows the evaporation ponds at the in Moab, Utah, USA.
After stumbling upon a handful of envelopes that belonged to her great-grandfather, photographer was inspired to create what she's now named the . Matching the tones and colors of both the paper and flowers, she tucks a bundle of blooms inside and snaps a picture. If only you could really send florals in the mail in such a charming way.
When we asked photographer Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji for this favorite part of this photo, he replied, "Everything."
Ganji captured the inside of the in Shiraz, Iran after patiently waiting for the exact right moment. "Even five minutes could create a completely different outcome, because the light is moving so fast, " he says. He chose winter to take the photo, since the sun would be moving near the horizon level, and you can see even more light peering through the stained glass.
The incomparable island of Santorini in Greece is home to quite an interesting hotel — the . Visitors enjoy a cliffside view, but might be quite tempted to stay indoors. There is literally a cave pool tucked inside the building — complete with dozens of mesmerizing, twinkly lights.
Street artist spent the past two years figuring out how to reach as many people as possible through art. In June, he invited ten artists to decorate his hometown in Mechelen, Belgium with their paintings, sketches, drawing and installations. The town center's historic buildings are now covered with their creations for all to see.
The owners of create these cards using computer-aided drafting technology. Once the image is designed, they laser cut the pieces and assemble them together by hand. Bonus: They make laughing at work meetings a priority (love that!), so you know each card really comes from a caring place.
Not to be outdone by Pluto, Earth showed off her beauty this week, too. Taken from one million miles away, the DSCOVR satellite captured the entire sunlit side of the planet, which has been impossible to get on camera since Apollo 17 astronauts captured the iconic photograph in 1972.
— a professional sculptor — doesn't play with sand like a little kid. Instead, he sees sandcastle-making as a high-caliber challenge. He recently decorated the shoreline of a Hawaiian beach with his perfectly chiseled creations. Their precise measurements and gravity-defying shapes make it hard to believe they're just sand and water.
Miami Beach is nothing if not colorful — right down to its lifeguard stations. This 10th Street one, snapped by photographer/adventurer Matthew Karsten, is one of 25 playful sights lining the shoreline, vying with beautiful ocean vistas and the city's vibrant Art Deco homes for tourists' attention.
Beauty is often hidden in strange places, and in Ukraine that includes this train route. — a railroad track owned by just one private train — is a popular spot for lovers to make a wish, but there's a catch: Their wish will only come true if they are sincerely in love.
We hope Pluto was ready for its close-up. After nine years of traveling through the galaxy, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft finally got close enough to the dwarf planet for a detailed look. Here, you see a clear view of Pluto's "heart," a bright swath that measures 1,000 miles across — and is undeniably breathtaking.
Artist has chosen a unique blank canvas for her colorful work — pristine white plates. She's dubbed herself the "Crazy Plate Lady," and her pieces fill the dining room at he The Ritz-Carlton in Toronto, where she serves as the resident artist. Her landscapes, like this Chicago scene, are striking, but her might make you do double take over dinner.
New York-based painted a scene of upside-down swans, swimmers, and rowers on a building in Marijampolė, Lithuania. When it reflects onto the river below, you see everything right-side up. A few eagle eyes have noticed that this photo might be enhanced to show the effect (here's what it looks like ), but the idea is still genius.
The largest, most enchanting bamboo maze this world has ever seen can now be found in Italy — Fontanellato, Italy, to be exact. , designer behind has a modest hope for its visitors: to "lose oneself and find oneself again."
Danish architecture firm graced the festival in Aarhus, Denmark with this oddly mystifying bridge. Sixty meters in diameter, it sits just above the surface of the water — talk about the ultimate panoramic view!
has a self-professed love for finding and making beautiful things. She used slices of agate and copper to DIY this stunning wall sconce — and is certainly not a newbie at creating her own .
Steve Vanhulle refers to himself as a "maniac of the upholstery," and he truly offers he technique a whole new meaning. His creations, like this electric sofa, are breathtaking. The pops of color, plus a graffiti design, produce a unique spin on the old piece.
Yes, bees can sting. But this innovative "" — made from hand-cut natural reeds and branches — reminds us how important it is to keep them around our garden. Jennifer Gilbert Asher created it with the super pollinators in mind, essential to all of our beautiful flowers.
Tag along with traveler/attorney Matthew Cohen as he photographs the majestic sights of the Pacific Northwest. , and, of course, will inspire you to get out your hiking boots.
After receiving a watercolor paint set from her aunt at the age of 7, New York City-based artist was hooked for life. Today, she shares her work on Instagram, and we particularly enjoy the ethereal series she calls "shadow dancers." Her latest swan-inspired pieces will make you yearn for a night at the ballet.
Blogger Kelly Mindell recently got away to the Amalfi Coast, and she's sharing her heavenly snaps of the Italian shoreline. If the rows of orange umbrellas don't make you swoon, the bougainvillea certainly will.
Summertime extends your living space into the outdoors, and offers an opportunity to take risks with your decor. This hot pink rug is a choice that rewards. The juxtaposition against this yard's natural elements is pleasingly electric.
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throws pottery on a wheel (and ), but his ceramics aren't even big enough to be bud vases. His creations are mere inches tall, and while we're not sure his technique is easily replicated, he welcomes you to try; Almeda teaches a pottery class at the
Graphic designer has an eye for architecture — and his art is highly influenced by it. Nasibov's Instagram is filled with photos from his travels, edited through a technicolor lens. appears to be an electric-hued tessellation of a in Whitehead, Ireland.
Though the South African native might look like something out of a Dr. Seuss book, this very real flower is having a moment in the design world. Don't be surprised if you spot this summer.
On Tuesday June 24, 2015, Red Sox fans were treated to light show when Mother Nature pulled out . Though the home team didn't walk away with a win, locals still ended the evening on an inspiring note.
Designer Amber Lewis celebrated the arrival of these technicolor Peruvian pillows to her shop by piling them high for an impromptu photoshoot.
Londoners woke up on June 22, 2015 to a technicolor carpet laid out for their morning commute. The mastermind behind the stunt was Gemma Cariney of , which aims to "spark joy in everyday city life." Looks like she succeeded; the bright hues were a happy surprise on an otherwise dreary Monday.
Painter Lulie Wallace charmed us big time with her new series of acrylic orchids and her oh-so-true mantra: "The less perfect the subject, the more beautiful the finished product." Scoop up one of her pieces on before they're gone.
French macarons have already won the prize for "most adorable treat." But this blogger proves that there's always room for improvement by turning them into an edible bouquet.
On Governor's Island in New York City, multicolored umbrellas join together to create a fascinating trash-to-treasure pavilion. Izaskun Chinchilla Architects won the chance to bring the structure to life, thanks to the competition, which aims to create intriguing gathering spaces (read: amazing modern art) on the island each summer.
Artist is traveling the world, recreating postcard-worthy places (like the ruins of Rome) with embroidery.
Blogger visited Hawaii and found the glassy green sea at the end of her rainbow. We think that's better than a pot of gold.
Hidden in a (seriously) is a very kaleidoscopic wedding chapel. The bold design and glass windows aren't the only remarkable feature: There's also a moat.
The bright scenes from 's travels to Capri will trigger wanderlust. Don't say we didn't warn you.