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This Solemn Forest Chapel in Japan Imitates Two Hands Clasped in Prayer

Located in a forest just beyond a nondenominational cemetery sits the Sayama Forest Chapel, a three-year-old building designed by Hiroshi Nakamura & …

Japan

A Skeleton of Found Roots and Tree Limbs Heralds the Beginning of Fall in Italy

In this 2012 installation, street artist Never2501 assembled a variety of found vegetation to form an eerie skeleton at the base of some steps in the …

Italy

A “Quick Perspective” on the Scale of the Manmade and Natural Marvels That Surround Us

If the Willis Tower (1,729 ft) was placed into Russia’s Mir Mine, the tip would only stick out 7 feet past ground level. (All images via Kevin …

World Trade Center

Embrace Your Creativity Anywhere With SVA

It’s now easier than ever to connect with innovative educational content and global communities. SVA’s fall 2016 online courses include:— Principles …

Design

New Kinetic Sand Drawing Tables by Bruce Shapiro

Bruce Shapiro (previously) has transformed the tools that create sculpture into the sculpture itself, using CNC machines to produce tables that trace …

Art

Elaborate Bronze Memorial Dedicated to Staten Island Ferry Octopus Attack Tricks Tourists

Monuments and vaguely descriptive plaques are commonplace around cities and heavily trafficked tourist areas, giving just enough insight into an …

Octopuses

New Animalistic Trash Sculptures by Bordalo II Spring Up Around the Globe

Instead of contemplating a series of sketches or attempting to envision how an artwork will come together, Portuguese artist Bordalo II (previously …

Art

Photographer Nicky Bay Documents Mirror Spiders Adjusting their Silver Plates to Appear More Reflective

All photos © Nicky Bay.For the last several years Singapore-based photographer Nicky Bay (previously here and here) has been documenting the life of …

A Contemporary Art Center in Prague Builds 138-Foot Rooftop Airship as a Home for Public Events

(AP Photo/Petr David Josek) All images licensed for use on Colossal.An enormous object resembling a zeppelin has just been built atop the Dox Center …

Art

Unusual Geometric Cake Designs by Dinara Kasko

When looking at a case of pastries in a bakery it’s usually possible to intuit what something might taste like because of its familiar shape or …

Food

A Colorful Organic Blob Overtakes a 100-Year-Old Building Facade in Lodz

<i>Hyperbolic</i>, 2016. Wire armature, rip-stop water proof and UV protective nylon, cable ties.Artist Crystal Wagner just unveiled her latest …

Fungi and Floral Sculptures Produced From Recycled Paper by Kate Kato

All images via Kate KatoInfluenced by a childhood fascination with botanical illustrations and collecting bits of natural ephemera, artist Kate Kato …

Stencil Art That Blends Graffiti and Decay by Martin Whatson

All images via Martin WhatsonNorwegian born artist Martin Whatson produces stencil art that lashes out at the mundane, interrupting grayscale scenes …

Cosmic Hand-Painted Animal Gloves by Artist Bunnie Reiss

Artist Bunnie Reiss enjoys transforming the old into new, and has spent her life as a collector of weathered objects with rich stories. Reiss’s …

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Depict the world around you in fascinating detail using a relaxed, methodical approach. With artist and instructor Steven Reddy as your guide, …

Design

Ominous Storms Photographed in Black and White by Mitch Dobrowner

Regan, North Dakota, 2011Photographer Mitch Dobrowner travels the U.S. and sets up his camera in front of apocalyptic storms that rise above rural …

Densely Textured Sculptures Produced From Thousands of Porcelain Spines by Artist Zemer Peled

Using thousands of handcrafted porcelain shards, Israeli born artist Zemer Peled (previously here and here) produces large-scale sculptures that are …

Misshapen Glass Vases by Studio E.O Appear to Melt Atop Angular Stone Platforms

All photos by Gustav Almestål for Studio E.OIndefinite Vases is a recent project by multidisciplinary design practice Studio E.O based in Stockholm. …

Art

A Caiman Covered in Butterflies Photographed by Mark Cowan

Photograph by Mark CowanWhile traveling through the Amazon to study reptile and amphibian diversity with the Herpetology Division at the University …

Butterflies

150th Anniversary Edition of “Alice in Wonderland” Features Rare 1969 Salvador Dalí Illustrations

Advice From a CaterpillarWhile glancing at Salvador Dalí’s paintings one might get the sense that they’ve tripped down their mind’s own rabbit hole, …

Uncertain Journey: A Flotilla of Wireframe Boats Overflow With a Dense Canopy of Red Yarn

Chiharu Shiota, Uncertain Journey, 2016, Installation view, Courtesy the artist and Blain|Southern, All photos by Christian Glaeser.For her latest …

Geometric Watercolors by Artist Jacob Van Loon

Recent Colorado transplant Jacob van Loon creates geometric watercolors that seem to visually reference abstract architectural renderings. The colors …

Design

Walls and Canvases Rich with Narrative by Artist Duo Herakut

German street art duo Hera and Akut of Herakut have been traveling the world since 2004, filling canvases and walls with their collaborative form of …

A Herd of Cats Fill Advertising Placements at a London Tube Stop for Two Weeks

The Citizens Advertising Takeover Service replaced 68 adverts in Clapham Common tube station with pictures of cats. Organisers say they hope the …