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STARPATH: An Electricity-Free Alternative to Streetlights

UK-based company Pro-Teq has developed a spray-on solution to create a trail of illuminating stars aptly known as <i>STARPATH</i>. The innovative product boasts an anti-slip and water-resistant surface, not to mention an energy-free alternative to streetlights, that is ideal for pedestrians at night. It is …

Wearable Tech

Mesmerizing Animals Emerge from Elaborate Swirls of Ink

This series by UK-based artist Si Scott, entitled <i>Resonate</i>, features black ink illustrations inspired by British wildlife and old anatomical drawings. Scott's signature style often features an explosion of expressive pen strokes bursting with energy, and these animal portraits are no …

100,000 Miniature Porcelain Skulls Explore Life and Death

In this thought-provoking exhibit, visitors were invited to walk along the surface of 100,000 miniature porcelain skulls. The project, entitled <i>What Will You Leave Behind?</i>, was created by artist Nino Sarabutra to explore the idea of death in contrast with our connections to a living, physical world. …

Adorable Japanese-Inspired Pop Art by Tom Lewis

Today we have fallen in love with the adorable Japanese-inspired art by Tom Lewis. His mixed media paintings are the result of combining both traditional tools, like pencil, acrylic paint, aerosol and marker pens, with modern digital software. Instantly recognizable, his style is the blend of …

Surreal Portraits of Elegant Women Inspired by Ballet

Fine art photographer Kylli Sparre, better known as Sparrek, uses photography as an outlet for creative expression. Her eye-catching shots depict stunningly surreal scenes that incorporate her background in ballet. Having trained for years as a ballet dancer, Sparrek found that it wasn't the right …

Thousands of Paper Sheets Layered Into Colorful Formations

Charles Clary creates mesmerizing paper sculptures that will whisk you off to another world! Each one of his hand-cut paper formations is a blend of geometric shapes with suggestions of strange land formations, sound waves, or cell structures. He says, “I have created a viral like environment that …

Street Artist Blasts Streaks of Color in Stunning Portrait

French street artist Hopare recently spent a weekend completing an eye-catching wall mural for the Cergy Soit Street Art Festival that features a spectacular medley of colors. Located in Cergy, a commune in the northwestern suburbs of Paris, the vibrant graffiti work offers a lively feast for the …

Surreal Digital Paintings Showcase an Amazing Dream World

Artist Artyom Chebokha, aka Rhads, dreams up all kinds of surreal moments in his spectacular digital creations. In each painting, he creates a swirling blur of land and sky, ships and animals, and even gondolas floating along the clouds. In the enchanting scenes filled with flying fish venturing …

12 Fantastic Photos of Fall Trees Exploding with Color

After all that hot weather, can you believe it's now fall? To celebrate the start of a new season, today we've rounded up 12 incredible photos of trees exploding with color. Otherwise known as autumn, it's the time of year when certain trees like the sugar maple or the baldcypress turn a …

Gorgeous Nightscapes Illuminated by Bright Stars and Galaxies

In this series, astronomy photographer Tommy Richardsen invites his viewers to sit back and enjoy these captivating night landscapes filled with the magical wonder of the universe. The images feature billions of twinkling stars overhead naturally mixing together with a variety of soothing colors …

21 Glorious Photos of Double Rainbows Around the World

<b>Toroweap, Grand Canyon, Arizona</b><p>For many photographers, taking a picture of the elusive double rainbow is a rare and unexpected treat. Not only do you have to be at the right place at the right time, you need to have your camera on hand so that you don't miss nature's colorful show. As photographer …

Vibrant Illustrations Celebrate the Magic of Everyday Life

Whether they're set in nature or in a dizzying urban environment, artist Pascal Campion‘s illustrations add a sense of joy to living life. The San-Francisco-based illustrator turns a walk at night in the rain into a spectacular experience vibrating with energy and a magical zest for life. It …

PainfuIly Drifting Away Into Another Realm

Artist Lente Scura takes us on an emotional journey through her visually striking digital compositions. Filled with dramatic anguish, each female appears to be struggling with a sad, lonely heart. As the human forms melt away into a confusing blur of reality and dreams, there is a haunting presence …

Art

Spectacular Lightning Show Over the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon inspires many people to photograph its grandiose scale and scenic landscape, but Sedona-based photographer Rolf Maeder has managed to capture a sight less seen–the Grand Canyon being hit by a spectacular thunderstorm. Being drawn to nature, Maeder originally moved to Sedona 13 …

Amazingly Detailed Portraits Created with Thousands of Dots

Artist Pablo Jurado Ruiz uses impressive Pointillism techniques to fill his black and white illustrated portraits with great detail and personality. Based in Spain, the artist focuses much of his time on portraying people with realistic style. He uses just black ink on paper to produce thousands of …

Gigantic Paper Sculptures Resemble Violent Storms and Gnarled Trees

Since 2005, Brooklyn-based artists Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen have collaborated on some massive works using paper as their main medium. They first came to our attention about a year ago, when we wrote about their gigantic paper trees that seemed to burst through a ceiling. In 2012, they …

Organic and Mechanical Hybrid Sculptures by Pierre Matter

French sculptor Pierre Matter's body of work thematically revolves around the surreal idea of featuring a combination of organic and mechanical materials in one entity. His sculptures reflect a robotic evolution of living beings and animals, transforming their likeness into multilayered cyborgs. …

Symmetrical Patterns Arranged Into Dazzling Floor Designs

Dutch artist Suzan Drummen creates intricate designs that spread across gallery floors in brilliant, circular displays. From a distance, the simple lines and colors can be viewed as organized symmetrical arrangements. Upon closer inspection, viewers will be pleasantly surprised by the tiny, chaotic …

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> …

Art

Shaping Fire Into Artistic Forms

Rob Prideaux has created a fantastic series entitled <i>Smoke & Fire</i>. The body of work originated after Prideaux was unable to find a suitable fire image for a project he was working on.<p>Each of his scenes features bright bursts of fire captured against a stark white background. The photos were taken in …

Photos

Vibrant Stained Glass Mosaics of Classic American Landscapes

Warsaw, Poland-born, Boulder, Colorado-based artist Kasia Polkowska recently embarked on a new stained glass mosaic series featuring America's most gorgeous landscapes. Her works highlight everything from the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains to the stunning foliage found during fall in Vermont.<p>One …

Spectacular Shortlist of the 2013 Astronomy Photographer of the Year

The 2013 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition has just recently released its shortlist, displaying a wonderful array of work from dedicated astrophotographers. The international contest, presented and run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with Sky at Night Magazine, …

Stunning Red Fox Illustrations Using Watercolors and Ink

With all of the fancy software available to artists and illustrators these days, it's wonderfully refreshing when you spot work that's made in more traditional ways. Saint Petersburg, Russia-based artist Alice Macarova recently completed a new project called Vulpes Vulpes, a triptych featuring …

Perfectly Glossy Hand-Drawn Water Glides Across Stones

This shiny rock bed is filled with more colors than you might normally see in nature. That's because the detailed images are actually colored pencil drawings by artist Ester Roi. Based in Southern California, Roi spends much of her time studying how rocks and flowers interact with water. To produce …

Submerged Dancers Capture the Essence of Weightlessness

Los Angeles-based photographer Mallory Morrison's <i>Water</i> series captures the delicate beauty of the submerged female form. Her underwater photography of these women in their elaborate attire is like a collection of stills from a dream. There's an incredibly surreal quality to her work that plays with …

Mesmerizing Sculptures Celebrate Art in Public Spaces

The Arts Initiative is a new collective that strives to redefine public spaces by filling those spaces with contemporary visual art. The group's first installation will soon be revealed in celebration of the opening of the Fashion Outlets of Chicago, an historic shopping center located just minutes …

Pixelated Sculpture of a Girl Installed at a Train Station

<i>Maya</i> is a pixelated sculptural installation of a little girl at Platform 1 at the Bristol Temple Meads train station by University of West of England's Senior Research Fellow Luke Jerram. The figure is modeled after the artist's own daughter by the same name. Using the camera and software in an …

Colorful Reinterpretations of Cloudy Scottish Landscapes

Inspired by his surrounding Scottish landscapes, Glasgow-based artist Scott Naismith interprets the skies, land, and sea before him as beautiful streaks of color. Using multi-sized brushes and various palette knives, the painter expresses his love for his native countryside with a multi-layered …

Spectacular Animal Portraits as Electrifying Bursts of Color

<i>Fractals</i> is a digital illustration series by Canadian artist minimoo64 that transforms ordinary portraits of animals into visually spectacular streaks of color. Using Fractalius, a Photoshop plugin, and her additional editing skills, she is able to manipulate each image and render an eye-catching …