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9 Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Worthy of a Road Trip

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth. Everyone from designers to Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation president & CEO, Stuart …

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Extraordinary Photographies of Dancers by Shinichi Maruyama

Born in 1968 in Nagano, Japan, the artist Shinichi Maruyama set out to settle on the other side of the Pacific Ocean in 2003. He has just reinvented …

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Mysteriously Surreal Paintings of Faceless Women Overpowered by Nature and Wildlife

Amy Judd's mysterious paintings epitomize the enchanting aspects of femininity. She creates images rich with a soft sensitivity, and though each piece is able to stand alone–in terms of quality and uniqueness–all effortlessly inspire a similar sense of wonder. Drawing inspiration from the …

What These Artists Do with Ballpoint Pens Is Unreal

Artists Kai & Sunny turn straight lines into straight-up hypnotic artworks.<p><i>Whirlwind of Time (section), Kai & Sunny. Image courtesy of the artists</i><p>The ballpoint pen may be a humble tool for creating art (although it has earned its place in MoMA's permanent collection) but that doesn't mean to say …

Dancer becomes a 3D-printed lattice in music video for The Chemical Brothers

<b>Music:</b> a dancer gradually becomes a 3D-printed version of herself in Dom&Nic's music video for UK electronic act The Chemical Brothers' track Wide …

Historic Frank Lloyd Wright Design Going Up for Auction in L.A.

The Los Angeles metro is rife with beautiful homes, but an auction next month for a particular manse is generating big buzz.<p>Perched on a hillside in the tony burb of Brentwood is the George D. Sturges Residence, a Usonian design orchestrated by <b>Frank Lloyd Wright</b>. Built in 1939, the two-bedroom, …

All-Encompassing Bookshelf Allows Readers to Be Surrounded by Their Favorite Books

French designer Gilles Belley defines a room inside of a room with his recent project titled <i>Area</i>. The structure features a rounded, semi-enclosed space that's lined with vertical blades that double as bookshelves. With this design, you decide on how little or how much privacy you'd like–objects can …

50 Stunning Instagrams from #NationalDanceDay

Ballerina badasses, right this way.<p>Yesterday was #NationalDanceDay, and the dancers that seems to have taken over Instagram lately celebrated by sharing photos of their most impressive arabesques, attitudes, pliés and grand jetés. Get inspired by the incredible grace and athleticism of the best …

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New Awe-Inspiring Sand Castles by Calvin Seibert

When summer is in full swing and it's perfect beach weather, artist Calvin Seibert allows his true talents to shine as an incredible sand sculptor. We've shared many of Seibert's creations over the years, and he's never disappointed us. The gifted artist continues to impress us with his expert …

Photographer Highlights the Incredible Variety of Windows Around the World

Windows are a vital part of any building – they help activate a space and bring it to life. Portuguese photographer Andr Vicente Goncalves pays tribute to this architectural element in his ongoing series called <i>Windows of the World</i>. In it, he documents a variety of colorful exteriors, sills, …

Diamond Nights: Africa’s Oldest Trees Photographed Against Starry Night Skies by Beth Moon | Colossal

<p>In this new series of striking images, San Francisco-based photographer Beth Moon (previously) captures some of the world’s oldest living trees …

Artist Sean Yoro Paints Meticulous Seaside Murals While Balancing on His Paddle Board | Colossal

<p>Riding atop a paddle board, artist Sean Yoro (aka Hula), paints murals while floating on the waves, placing his works just above sea level. The …

If Only Your Commute Looked Like THIS

"Dancers are storytellers. They're trained to capture passion with their bodies," New York City-based photographer Jordan Matter writes in the …

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18 Libraries Every Book Lover Should Visit In Their Lifetime

If you love books, libraries are some of the most spectacular buildings in the world.<p>To celebrate these monumentally important buildings, we've complied a list of the most magnificent libraries on the planet.<p>From a library hidden in the forests of Beijing to one in Egypt that was designed like a …

A New York Artist Turned Her 170-Year-Old Farmhouse Into A Rainbow Playground

If you happen to be walking through the woods in High Falls, New York and stumble upon a sizable, candy-colored house, don't fret. You are not hallucinating, nor have you walked into a terrifying, Hansel and Gretel-like situation. You've found artist Kat O'Sullivan's abode, a 19th century farmhouse …

Famous Novels Turned into Beautifully Intricate Works of Book Art

Tokyo-based artist and designer Tomoko Takeda turns literary masterpieces into stunning works of visual art in her series <i>ものがたりの断片</i> (<i>monogatari no danpen</i>, trans. “story fragments”). With a brilliant eye for form and structure, Takeda cuts and carves away at the pages of books to form intricate, …

Dynamic Paintings Feature the Energy of Fencers in Motion

Brooklyn-based Canadian visual artist Aaron Li-Hill creates dynamic images by blurring the lines between illustration, sculpture, graffiti, graphic design, painting, and drawing. The results are works filled with an animated power that emanates from each piece.<p>In just one week, on November 8, 2014, …

21-Year-Old Photographer’s Conceptual Portraits Explore Worlds of Fantasy

Ventura County, California-based photographer Christopher J. Rivera explores extraordinary worlds of fantasy in his spectacular conceptual photography. Although only 21 years old, Rivera has developed a mature sense of storytelling in his work, often crafting a larger narrative and writing a few …

Micro fungi of Australia - in pictures

Photographer Stephen Axford forages for fungi in the forests of New South Wales in Australia. He doesn't harvest them, he captures their beauty on camera

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Fantastic Fungi: The Startling Visual Diversity of Mushrooms Photographed by Steve Axford | Colossal

<p>To think any one of these lifeforms exists in our galaxy, let alone on our planet, simply boggles the mind. Photographer Steve Axford lives and …

271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book | Colossal

<p>In 1692 an artist known only as “A. Boogert” sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolors. Not only would he begin the book with a bit …

Spectacular Splashes Create Colorful Liquid Creatures

It would be quite shocking to come across these giant creatures emerging from the surface of a lake. In reality, though, it wouldn't be possible considering Milwaukee-based photographer Jack Long captures the beautiful liquid formations at extremely high speeds.<p>With technical acuity, Long documents …

Admittedly Creepy Exoskeleton Adds Music To Your Every Movement

It sounds cruel to say, but traditional dancers are little more than highly trained marionettes. Even after countless hours of training, of bending their body to sheer will, it’s ultimately the directors, choreographers, and musicians who dictate their movements and shape the vision of the …

These Dali-Esque GIFs Will Make Your Brain Hurt In All The Right Ways

If Salvador Dali had had access to today’s animation software, he might have made GIFs like the ones Chilean photographer Jon Jacobsen makes. In these surrealist animated self-portraits, Jacobsen’s body swirls and drips as if seen through a melting kaleidoscope.<p>“As a child I dreamt of becoming an …

Olympic Museum – review

The collection of the Olympic Museum in Lausanne is reputed to include some 10,000 items. Sportswear being what it is, however, some pieces do tend to stick in the mind more than others. Wandering its refurbished circular galleries on a freezing cold morning last week (the museum, founded in 1993, …