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Rainscapes: Hyperrealistic Rainy Windshield Drawings by Elizabeth Patterson. West Duval Street, Lake City, 2013 / Color pencil and solvent on strathmore bristol vellum. © Elizabeth Patterson, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts. West Duval Street, Lake City, 2013 (detail) © Elizabeth Patterson, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts. Black Lake Road, Odessa, 2013 / Color pencil and solvent on Strathmore bristol vellum. © Elizabeth Patterson, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts. Black Lake Road, Odessa, 2013 (detail) © Elizabeth Patterson, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts.

Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, 2013 / Color pencil and solvent on strathmore bristol vellum. © Elizabeth Patterson, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts. Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, 2013 (detail) © Elizabeth Patterson, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts. Bay Bridge, San Francisco, 2013 / Color pencil and solvent on strathmore bristol vellum. © Elizabeth Patterson, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts.

Miniature Crocheted Animals by Su Ami. EmailEmail Su Ami, a family run business from Vietnam, creates beautiful and cute crocheted animals, some of which measure only 1/4 of an inch! The little manufacture consists of 5 crocheters and is named after the nick name of the youngest member of the family, whose love for movie characters and various animals gave the idea for the business.

The tiny creations are incredibly detailed, with whales actually spitting water out of their backs and macro-sized penguins wearing differently colored scarves. Wonder what the creation process looks like! Website: etsy. Incredible New Tree Sculptures at the Palace of Versailles. The Palace of Versailles, a royal château known for its overabundance of luxury, is now accented with a scattered set of sculptures by Italian artist Giuseppe Penone that celebrate the beauty of nature.

Penone's large-scale sculptural installations, which are all composed of natural materials (primarily wood and stone), are set up like markers in the Park of the vast estate while lending their own intriguing take on the shapes and interactions within nature. Like his past work, Penone's latest additions, some of which are created specifically for Versailles, present a new and uncommon silhouette of trees. The sculptor takes something that we're all familiar with and is associated with "nature" and transforms it enough to both retain its natural element and display something that has been altered by man. The artist says, “What interests me is when the work of man starts to become nature.” Photo credit: TadzioChâteau de Versailles website via [let's build a home, domus] 10 Cutting-Edge Artists of the 21st Century. This post is brought to you by Jaguar. Experience F-TYPE. When you think of the word cutting-edge what comes to mind?

How about innovative, boundary-pushing, and risk-taking? The dictionary defines cutting-edge as "the leading position in any field" or at the "forefront. " Today, we take a look at 10 artists who are all of these qualities and more. These inspiring individuals can take everyday materials, like a book or a bicycle chain, and spin it on its head. 1. Though there are many skilled artists who work with light and shadows, such as British artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster or Dutch artist Diet Wiegman, Japanese artist Kumi Yamashita is the only one whose complete artwork is comprised of both the material she uses and the immaterial she creates. 2. Like Brian Dettmer, Guy Laramee has a fascination with books. 3. As far as contemporary land artists go, there seems to be one who stands out from all the rest. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Which of these artists do you love the most? Surreal Long Exposure Photos of Glowing Fireflies in Japan. EmailEmail Japanese photographer Yume Cyan takes you to dream-like places with his long exposure photographs of glowing fireflies. Yume has been taking these surreal shots in the forests of Nagoya City, Japan, keeping the shutter of his Canon 5D Mark III open for about 30 seconds. The f/2.8 aperture made the closer fireflies blur into glowing circles. The final composite shots look like illustrations of Japanese fairy-tales about the forest spirits. Website: 500px, facebook. Portion Control: New Photos of Tiny People Living in a World of Food by Christopher Boffoli.

Rock Candy Icefall Carmel Apple Accident Caramel Salt Harvesters Cheesecake Daredevil Cherry Pitters Cookie Bear Ambush Redrum Fine art photographer Christopher Boffoli (previously) just released a new body of work as a continuation of his Big Appetites series where he imagines tiny people living in a world of giant food. Spectacular Fabergé Fractals by Tom Beddard. Scotland-based laser physicist-turned-artist and web developer Tom Beddard, aka subBlue, has produced a number of intriguing geometric forms he refers to as Fabergé Fractals.

Like an ornate Fabergé egg, Beddard's creations boast brilliant and intricate design patterns. The English artist uses a formulaic method to create his digitally rendered three-dimensional models. Beddard explains: "The 3D fractals are generated by iterative formulas whereby the output of one iteration forms the input for the next. The formulas effectively fold, scale, rotate or flip space. They are truly fractal in the fact that more and more detail can be revealed the closer to the surface you travel. "The fascinating aspect is where combinations of parameters can combine to create structural 'resonances' of extraordinary detail and beauty—sometimes naturally organic and other times perfectly geometric. SubBlue website via [Fubiz, Justin Ruckman] Chandeliers Made Out of Recycled Bike Parts. Artists Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock created 6 gorgeous chandeliers by recycling old bike parts, and used them to turn an underpass in San Antonio, Texas, into a public art space.

Each of the Ballroom Luminoso chandeliers have a custom LED light installed, that create gorgeous and surreal shadow patterns all around. Joe and Blessing also included special medallions in each of the chandeliers that reflect “on the community’s agricultural history, strong Hispanic heritage, and burgeoning environmental movement“. Beautiful, isn’t it?

Read more. Adventurous Photographer Captures Thrilling Thunderstorms. These intense weather scenes seem to be taken right out of an apocalyptic movie. It's not everyday that we get to witness such dark skies and giant, swirling clouds looming in the distance. In his collection, entitled Sky, Clouds, and the World Above , photographer and storm chaser Sean R. Heavey captures these wondrous moments for all to experience. Having been raised in the city, Heavey used to only drive through small towns on his way to someplace else. But, he says, a two month trip turned out to be "an adventure he never expected. " To capture these visually exciting photographs, Heavey digitally tracks the storm and then ventures out to find the severe weather. Sean R. Surreal Black & White Photography by Chema Madoz.

Email Email Spanish photographer Chema Madoz offers a real treat for lovers of minimalism and optical illusions: his black and white photos are down to portraying a single object with an unexpected twist, or a creative combination of a couple of items. Avoiding unnecessary details in his pictures, Madoz works around the idea that things are not what they might seem ta first.

Having had his first exhibition back in 1983, Madoz is a highly prolific and internationally acknowledged artist with a number of published albums . That’s the kind of style you’d never confuse with anyone else’s! Website: chemamadoz.com. Put Down the iPhone and Pickup an ONDU Wooden Pinhole Camera. Through his brand ONDU , woodworker Elvis Halilović has been making lensless pinhole cameras for over seven years along with a wide variety of ceramic and structural objects, including kits for geodesic domes . This week the Slovenian designer unveiled a beautifully designed series of pinhole cameras made from wood and held together in part by strong magnets. Forget your camera phone, filters, and “likes,” these tough little lensless film cameras are old school and completely manual, relying on direct exposure of light to film. The cameras come in six different dimensions and film sizes, from the more common Leica 135 format to a 4″ x 5″ film holder camera, and looking at the examples above they really do seem capable of making some beautiful photos.

You can learn more over on Kickstarter . (via THEmag ) Identical Twin Portraits by Martin Schoeller. Proj. Thelermont Hupton - zdjęcie. Tippi of Africa: Girl Who Grew Up With Wild Animals. Email Email Tippi Degre had the kind of childhood that sounds more like an episode from the Mowgli than a real story: born in Africa to French wildlife photographer parents, the little girl spent her days playing with such animals as a five-ton elephant, a cheetah, lion cubs and many others. “I don’t have friends here. Because I never see children. So the animals are my friends,” she once said. Her parents, Sylvie Robert and Alain Degre, documented Tippi’s childhood in a book called Tippi of Africa . You can tell that the little girl felt completely at home while in the African wild!

Website: tippi.org , Book: Tippi of Africa. Lighted Line Drawings: WIREFLOW by Arik Levy for Vibia. Designer Arik Levy takes lighting to a whole new level with his latest for Vibia called WIREFLOW. Composed of thin rods and wires, the geometrical sculptures appear to be almost like two dimensional line drawings. Take a step to the left or right and you see that some are even three dimensional forms suspended in the air holding LED lights. The visual character of a line is so simple, yet when forming them together into these geometric configurations, the outcome is so stunning. Real Dandelions Surround LED Lights in Unique Chandeliers.

Studio Drift is a company that brings together nature and technology in unique and unexpected ways. Their works encourage people to notice the little things we often take for granted or just happen to forget about. Fragile Future is a series of specially commissioned chandeliers that are made up of bronze, LED lights and actual dandelions. Real dandelion heads are arranged within a bronze structure that resembles a circuit board. This gives off the illusion that these delicate dandelions are magically floating. The designers behind this concept are Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta. The team has created a module system that consists of a visible circuit with three dandelion lights. "Think of the transience of a dandelion - one blow and it has gone," states Gordijm. Fragile Future has won numerous awards including "Light of the Future" from the German Design Council in 2008 and the first "Artprize" in 2006. Studio Drift website. 'Harm Less' Weapons Made From Organic Objects by Sonia Rentsch.

Powerful Portraits of People Crying. 7 minutes If a stranger sat silently across from you and stared straight into your eyes, what kind of emotions would you feel? Or, better yet, how long would it take before you broke down and cried? In 2010, at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, world-renowned performance artist Marina Abramovic put on The Artist is Present, or what's been called, "a milestone in the field of performance art. " She sat silent and still, "like a mountain," and stared into the eyes of anyone who was brave enough to engage with her. Visitors took a seat across from the artist and sat there as long as they could (or wanted to).

The Yugoslavia-born artist sat in the museum's atrium for a total of 716 hours and 30 minutes, or 7 1/2 hours for three months straight, and came face to face with more than 1,500 people, some of whom waited in line for hours for this bizarre experience. A Tumblr blog brings the most heartbreaking photos all together in once place. 164 minutes 45 minutes 29 minutes 28 minutes 26 minutes. Light Sculpture Produces Forest of Wild Tree Shadows. Created Equal: A Study of Social and Cultural Clashes by Mark Laita. Watercolor Cityscape Drawings by Elena Romanova.

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