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Zaha Hadid Architects Reveal Breathtaking Construction Photos of Beijing Skyscraper

Construction is moving forward with Zaha Hadid Architects‘ mixed-use Leeza Soho tower in Beijing. The firm recently released stunning black and white photographs of the work in progress, as they move toward the late-2018 completion date. The images show the construction of the atrium as the …

Burj Al Arab

What If Famous Filmmakers Made Instructional Cooking Videos?

A chef’s cooking style can be as unique as an artist’s hand. When thinking about filmmakers like Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino—two men who have distinct visual tastes—we know their approaches to making food would be very different from one another. Food artist and commercial director David Ma …

S'Mores

Designer Crafts Stunning Mars Poster By Carefully Rusting a Sheet of Metal

Designer Barry Abrams of PLY Press has taken his work to a new level with this beautiful piece of planetary wall art. Using real rust on metal, he's generated a striking image of Mars. And generously, he's even given step by step instructions on how to create your own version of the Red Planet …

Met

100-Million-Year-Old Flowers Discovered Perfectly Preserved in Amber

Myanmar is known for its abundance of amber fossils, everything from dinosaur tail feathers to a 100-million-year-old baby bird have recently been discovered, encased in the fossilized tree resin. And now, thanks to researchers from Oregon State University, we know much more about seven, …

Dinosaurs

Farmer Spends 7 Years Building Incredible Spiral Ramp to His Barn

This beautiful barn in Valldal, Norway is an incredible feat of amateur engineering featuring a stone ramp spiraling out from the hay loft. With the barn completed in 1885, one farmer spent the next seven years constructing the grassy ramp, which gained greater attention when the work was published …

Met

New Needle-Felted Food and Nature Pairs Are Here to Brighten Your Day

Ukraine-based designer and artist Hanna Dovhan is known for skillfully handcrafting adorable pairs of felted food. While her past creations were limited to edible creatures like smiling eggs and cheerful cherries, she has since expanded her collection of woolen works to include nature-inspired …

Met

Tree-Planting Drones Are Helping Replant Our Forests by Seeding 100,000 Plants a Day

If you thought drones were just for taking pictures, think again. A U.K. startup is hoping to kick start efforts against deforestation by leveraging drone technology. BioCarbon Engineering, whose CEO Lauren Fletcher spent 20 years as a NASA engineer, is pledging to plant 1 billion trees using …

Drones

Online Archive Lets You to Listen and Download 400,000+ Free Classical Musical Scores

Today, many cultural institutions have turned to free online resources in order to engage with the public and excite new audiences. Led by world-renowned museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as archives like the Library of Congress, this phenomenon typically offers reproductions of …

Orchestras

Yayoi Kusama Announces She’s Opening Her Own Museum in Tokyo

Celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is set to open her own museum in October 2017. The prolific artist, most well-known for her <i>Mirror Room</i> installations, recently announced without warning that the new Yayoi Kusama museum would open in Tokyo's Shinjuku neighborhood.<p>A website for the museum is …

Art

Amazing Fruit Carving Transforms Watermelon into a Shape-Shifting Lantern

Certain foods lend themselves well to becoming works of art. Watermelons, with their hard rinds, produce incredible edible sculptures that will make you rethink how you look at fruit. Recently, a watermelon carving out of China has blown us away with both its intricate detail and clever engineering.<p>…

Beverages

Artistic Dad Continues to Transform His Sons’ Drawings into Expert-Level Anime

Anime artist and doting dad Thomas Romain continues to create professional illustrations inspired by his young sons' doodles and drawings. Since we last checked in on this ongoing series of father/son art, Romain has created “The Father And Sons Design Workshop,” a creation hub and platform for …

Illustration

13,000 Strands of Yarn Cast a Shimmering Rainbow Inside the Mall of America

The mall hardly seems like the place to view incredible creative installations, but artist Eric Rieger, aka HOTTEA, proves us wrong with his stunning work of yarn art at the Mall of America (MOA). Called <i>Hot Lunch</i>, the impressive piece is composed of 13,000 individual strands of yarn in an array of …

Art

Hyperrealistic 3D “Paintings” of Elegantly Swimming Fish Created on Layers of Resin

For artists interested in working in three dimensions, sculpture may seem like the most fitting genre to explore. However, as creatives Riusuke Fukahori, Keng Lye have demonstrated, resin paintings have proven to be an alternative, avant-garde approach to traditional 3D art. And now, Chinese artist …

Sculpture

91 Vintage Book Covers Brought to Life with Mesmerizing Animations

Digital artist Henning M. Lederer brings vintage book cover design to life through his ambitious ongoing animation project. The endeavor transforms science-themed textbooks from the mid-20th century and sets them into mesmerizing motion. Their imagery is abstract—comprising mostly of bold colors, …

Graphics

IKEA Releases Instructions on How to Turn a Rug into a ‘Game of Thrones’ Cape

The HBO show <i>Game of Thrones</i>, with its beautiful shooting locations and epic battle scenes, must have a massive budget. But even mega-hits like this one have to pinch their pennies somehow. To do this, the show’s costume designer Michele Clapton heads to one of the best places for …

Game of Thrones

New MoviePass Lets You Watch Unlimited Movies in Theaters for Just $10 a Month

In the age of subscription services, it pays to wait for a movie to come out on demand. Some theaters charge upwards of $20 to view a single showing one time—when you could easily watch it again and again for a low monthly price. But now, there’s a compelling reason to return to the cinema, and …

Movies

Illustrator Perfectly Captures the Overlooked Joys of Living Alone

Known for her beautiful background paintings, Los Angeles-based artist Yaoyao Ma Van As boasts an impressive professional portfolio. In addition to her collection of commissioned work, the painter, illustrator, and “occasional animator” also creates charming personal pieces that explore the …

Illustration

Artist Carves Rubber Stamps to Illustrate the Infinite Beauty of the Natural World

For many years, art director and illustrator Viktoria Åström has worked extensively as a freelance animator, but as she proves, it never hurts to have a creative side hustle. Going from the digital screen to analog art, Åström has returned to her roots as someone who has always loved to draw and …

Illustration

Delicate Hand-Sewn Lace Figures are Harmoniously Fused to Real Pieces of Found Wood

Hungarian artist Ágnes Herczeg combines delicate lace art with the knotty branches of found wood to create scenes depicting the contemplative beauty of humanity. The intricate portraits showcase women as they recline, sleep, and gaze into an infinite abyss. Often, the wood is an anchor for their …

Art

5 Ideas for Creative Side Hustles You Can Start Today

It’s a given that many of us wish we made more money. Maybe you want pay off some pesky debt or boost your savings. If that’s the case, then a side hustle can help—a second job that brings in some income but has the flexibility to work around your full-time gig.<p>Why start a side hustle?<p>You might …

Creative

‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Go on a Quest to Match Scenes with Their Real-Life Filming Locations

For years, travel bloggers and entertainment enthusiasts Tiia Ohman and Satu Walden—the founders of Finnish website Fangirl Quest—have documented their visits to various filming locations across the globe. While the Finnish duo has explored and presented locations from a range of movies and …

Game of Thrones

12 of the World’s Most Scenic Train Trips

To many people, travel is all about reaching a destination. With this mindset, they may be tempted to hop on a plane or pack up the car, oblivious to the spectacular sights they'll miss as they zoom toward their target. Hoping to open jet-setters' eyes to alternative ways of traveling, <i>National</i> …

Trains

Trees with “Crown Shyness” Mysteriously Avoid Touching Each Other

If you look up toward certain types of towering trees—including eucalyptus, Sitka spruce, and Japanese larch—you may notice a unique phenomenon: the uppermost branches don't touch. Known as “crown shyness,” this natural occurrence results in rupture-like patterns in the forest canopy that seem to …

Nature

This Vacation Rentals Site Is Like Airbnb for People Who Love Architecture

Vacation planning offers a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Services like Airbnb help to foster these getaways by letting you live like a local in an area home. And sometimes, these accommodations are the best part of the trip. Building on this idea is PlansMatter, a …

Architecture

Photographer with Insomnia Spends Nights Wandering the Empty, Neon-Lit Streets

In <i>Ultraviolet Break of Day</i>, London-based photographer Marcus Wendt showcases the lonely luminescence and dreamlike atmosphere of streets at night. The striking series of nightscape photography is set in popular and densely populated Asian metropolises like Hong Kong and Seoul. Each mesmerizing …

Photography

Artist with Synesthesia Paints Music as Gorgeous Splashes of Color

This post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase, My Modern Met may earn an affiliate commission. Please read our disclosure for more info.<p>Missouri-based artist Melissa McCracken paints music. As a synesthete, the sounds that she hears every day—whether it's someone's name or a song on …

Artists

15 Most Famous Sculptures You Need to Know

Working in three dimensions, throughout history sculptors have worked to shape marble, bronze, wood, and other materials into incredible forms. And from our earliest times, sculpture has been an important way to understand culture and society, whether from portrait busts of great leaders or …

Ancient History

Watch Gorillas Play From This Rustic Forest Retreat off a Rwandan Volcano

Residing anywhere near a volcano might seem like a crazy proposition, but as the 103-acre Bistae Lodge in northern Rwanda shows, it’s not as scary as it sounds. Developed by eco-tourism group Wilderness Safaris, they’ve created six forest villas that are nestled into an eroded volcanic cone on the …

Central America

See the Most Beautiful Scenic Views on a Train Ride Across Canada for Only $397

If you've been searching for the perfect getaway to wrap up your summer, look no further than The Canadian, an affordable adventure offered by Via Rail Canada. Sprawled over nearly 3,000 miles between Toronto and Vancouver, the cross-country journey showcases Canada's most captivating sites.<p>With …

Trains

Husband and Wife Collaborate on Intricate Lace Tattoos That Delicately Drape Over the Skin

Tattoos are often a collaboration between client and artist as they both decide what the body art will look like and where it will be placed. Less often, imagery is the work of a husband and wife team—but such is the case of Italian tattoo artist Marco Manzo and his wife Francesca Boni. Their …

Tattoos