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Entire Eucalyptus Tree Displayed at Gallery of Modern Art

This site-specific installation aptly named <i>Eucalyptus</i> is a real eucalyptus tree located at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia. Although it has been taken out of its natural environment and placed in man's, this tree still retains its inherent serenity. There are seats in the gallery …

Gorgeous Palette Knife Paintings of Flowers by Carmelo Blandino

Most of the time, fine artist Carmelo Blandino uses oil on canvas to create beautifully detailed paintings of flowers. His <i>Single Flower Series</i> explored the delicate beauty of individual flowers while his more recent flower series takes on a more messy approach. How and why did he completely switch …

Orange Octopus, More Creatures Found Deep in Antarctic Sea

Wildlife<p><b>A sea snail feeding off a dead octopus’ beak is among the 30 new species found during an expedition to Antarctica‘s Amundsen Sea (map), according to the first study to shed light on the sea’s</b> <b>bottom dwellers.</b><p>The newfound sea snail, or limpet, is from a group that specializes in feeding on …

All change: the tiny room that can be anything you want it to be

From a giant honeycomb to a land of Lego and the last supper with mice, Korean artist JeeYoung Lee creates mystical universes in the confines of her 3x6 metre studio – then captures them on camera. Her first European exhibition, Stage of Mind, is at Opiom Gallery in Opio, France from 7 February to …

Man Walks All Day to Create Massive Snow Patterns (Part 3)

English artist Simon Beck never ceases to amaze us with his large-scale murals of geometric patterns in snow. Each visually breathtaking piece, which Beck manually creates by walking through the snow and leaving behind his track prints, adds a surreal element to its natural landscape. Walking …

Guinness, brown sugar and chocolate cake

Rich chocolate cake with a hint of stout<p><i>Serves eight</i><p>225g (8oz) unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing<br>225g (8oz) soft dark-brown sugar<br>4 large eggs, beaten<br>275g (9¾oz) self-raising flour, sifted<br>4 tbsp cocoa powder<br>1 tsp baking-powder<br>125ml (4fl oz) Guinness<p><b>For the buttercream filling:</b><br>75g …

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Interview: Stunning Vertical Panoramas of Churches by Richard Silver

<b>Franciszkanska Church in Krakow</b><p><i>Vertical Churches</i> is a visually stunning series by photographer Richard Silver that presents a set of vertical panorama shots of churches. Each image spotlights the spectacular architecture of these spiritual places of worship using the photographer's unique …

Krakow

How to walk better: improve your posture - video

Walking is great for fitness – if you do it properly. <b>Joanna Hall</b>, creator of the Walkactive programme, heads to Bondi beach, Sydney for the second of three short films on how to get postural, fitness and cosmetic benefits from your walking. Here Joanna concentrates on posture – working to take the …

Male and female brains wired differently, scans reveal

Scientists have drawn on nearly 1,000 brain scans to confirm what many had surely concluded long ago: that stark differences exist in the wiring of male and female brains.<p>Maps of neural circuitry showed that on average women's brains were highly connected across the left and right hemispheres, in …

Amazingly Realistic Painting Of Morgan Freeman Created On The iPad Air

You can use your iPad for a lot more than just watching movies and browsing the web. You can play games and even be genuinely artistic. The tablet is …

New Digital Sculptures of Fragmented Figures by Adam Martinakis

Athens-based artist Adam Martinakis creates otherworldly digital sculptures of futuristic figures. Each three-dimensional rendering has a life of its own, presenting surreal depictions of the human form. One piece after the next, Martinakis manages to communicate a sense of emotional appeal through …

This Typography Visualizes What It’s Like To Be Dyslexic

A new book called I Wonder What It’s Like To Be Dyslexic illustrates a common learning disability through clever graphic design.<p>Since he was a child, British graphic designer Sam Barclay has struggled with dyslexia–-along with 10% to 15% of the population. To help combat the widespread …

Disappearing lives: the world's threatened tribes – in pictures

Photographer Jimmy Nelson spent nearly three years visiting 31 remote and unique tribes and cultures around the world, witnessing their rituals and capturing their traditional dresses, jewellery, weapons and symbols in a series of beautiful portraits. His book, Before They Pass Away, is published …

The Power Of Introverts, Animated

Susan Cain’s bestselling book Quiet: The Power of Introverts comes to life in a fun new animation by RSA Shorts and artist Molly Crabapple.<p>In a new animation by RSA Shorts, artist Molly Crabapple brings to life Susan Cain’s best-selling book, <i>Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop</i> …

Why Creativity Thrives In The Dark

Imaginative minds have long appreciated the power of dim lighting. New research confirms that when the lights switch off, something in the brain switches on.<p>Editor’s Note<p>01/01/14<p>Happy New Year! We’re saying good-bye to 2013 by revisiting some of our favorite stories of the year. Enjoy.<p>Great artists …

Soothing Paintings of a Swimmer Gliding Through the Water

Ontario-based artist Heather Horton paints soothing scenes filled with calming color palettes and rich textures. This series of <i>Swimming Portraits</i> features faceless females gliding through the water and creating ripples and bubbles all around.<p>Reflections of light and distortions give the illusion …

Swimming

25 Movies From The ’80s That Every Kid Should See

Many of your favorite movies from childhood aren't quite the same when you try to share them with the wired kids of 2013. These classics are the timeless exceptions that hold up nicely.

10 Amazing Wedding Photos: Capturing a Key Moment in People’s Lives

Wedding photography is the photography of activities relating to weddings. It encompasses photographs of the couple before marriage (for …

Ai Weiwei’s Forever Bicycles Installation Stuns Toronto

Last night in Toronto, Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei presented a new version of his incredible <i>Forever Bicycles</i> installation. As the centerpiece of this year's Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, the all-night contemporary art event that takes over city streets, 3,144 bicycles, the most Weiwei has used …

Acrylic Artworks by Brendan Monroe

Illustrated Portraits of Warping and Twisting.<p>Enjoy these new paintings by Brendan Monroe. The work of the Oakland, California based artist and …

Digital Art

Stunning Shots of the Most Gorgeous Sculpture at Burning Man

One of the most eye-catching artworks at this year's Burning Man festival was a 55-feet tall sculpture of a woman in a beautifully elegant pose. <i>Truth is Beaut</i>y is the second of three sculptures in a series called The Bliss Project by artist Marco Cochrane. Constructed of welded steel rods and balls …

Burning Man

Eiko Ojala’s paper cut nudes - The Fox Is Black

Eiko Ojala is an Estonian illustrator and designer who does some amazing work in paper. One of my favorites was this series of nudes he did which …

Waste Some Time With These 34 Great Photography Links

Join us as we check out this weeks list of epic photography links, curated by Toad Hollow Photography. This edition features a pair of tutorials, an …

Beautiful Rainbow Unexpectedly Built with Barbed Wire

Conceptual artist Ole Ukena creates clever installations that will make you think twice about what you see. Previously, we enjoyed his ironic unfinished message and his large-scale peace sign made out of toys. And more recently, we couldn't resist this colorful rainbow project, entitled <i>Protected</i> …

Beautifully Elegant Forms Convey the Nature of the Soul

Created by Hungary-based artist Zoltan Mihaly, these elegant photographs feature a harmonious relationship between human and animal. The series, entitled <i>Shapes of the Soul</i>, explores the nature of the soul and the forms it can embody. Whether a large beast or a soft, feminine figure, Mihaly suggests …

Top 10 most bizarre science questions that adults want answered

How can you survive a lightning strike? Can you be killed by a coin falling from a tall building?<p>These are the sort of science-based questions many …

A Chandelier that Projects Tree Shadows | Colossal

<p>This remarkable chandelier from Hilden & Diaz projects a 360° shadow of trees and roots onto the walls surrounding it. Titled Forms in Nature the …