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Anamorphic paintings by Felice Varini

Felice Varini is a Swiss artist known for his geometric perspective-localized paintings in rooms and other spaces, using projector-stencil techniques.

Felice paints on architectural and urban spaces, such as buildings, walls streets. The paintings are characterized by one vantage point from which the viewer can see the complete painting (usually a simple geometric shape such as circle, square, line), while from other view points the viewer will see ‘broken’ fragmented shapes. Varini argues that the work exists as a whole - with its complete shape as well as the fragments. “My concern,” he says “is what happens outside the vantage point of view.”

He was born in 1952 in Locarno, Switzerland and lives in Paris.(source)

Artist Annabel de Vetten made this dissected cake for her shop Conjurer’s Kitchen which specializes in unusual confectionaries.


A GIF of last night’s storm in Chicago from my patio.


A GIF of last night’s storm in Chicago from my patio.

These are some of the incredible images chosen for the shortlist of this year’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest. The winners will be announced Sept. 18.


Custom made leaves and flowers made with your photographs for framing, putting in a vase or to wear as a brooch or necklace.

By Miranda van Dijk in Oud Beierland, The Netherlands.

Photographer Henning Rogge captures how nature is healing from the scars left behind by the bombs of World War II.

About the project:

Henning Rogge’s photographs of landscapes at first appear as quiet, pastoral scenes of the German forest and countryside. Titled with their locations, they read as serene portraits of specific places whose import is unclear. As the viewer learns more information, however, the works’ meaning grows more complex. These are sites where World War II bombing has left its mark, once-decimated areas that now blend into their surroundings.

Rogge began photographing such craters after randomly encountering one in the forest. “I was amazed by its size and clear, circular shape,” he says. “After doing some research, I found out that many similar-looking holes still exist all over the country.” The artist scours the German landscape to find them, often consulting aerial photographs and relying on complex mapping techniques.

Little evidence exists of the violence that created such craters. They are often filled with water, like makeshift ponds, and overgrown with trees. Rogge’s photographs point to this disconnect—the way violent histories can later appear as placid landscapes. “The craters are special to me because they don’t come across as dramatic like other sites connected to war,” he says. “They are more abstract. This sense of disconnection reflects my own position toward this period of German history, which is almost unimaginable to me.”


Gualterus Arsenius, Astrolabe, 1570. Brass, Flemish work. Medici Collections. Museo Galileo

ASTRONITO by Juan Manuel Yañez

Head In The Clouds by STUDIO KCA was an installation on Governor’s Island in 2013 that illustrated the amount of trash generated by NYC in just one hour.

STUDIO KCA on their project:

Made from 53,780 recycled bottles - the amount, thrown away in NYC in 1 hour - it is a space where visitors can enter into and contemplate the light and color filtering through the “cloud’ from the inside, out. A series of “pillows” made from one gallon jugs form the exterior, while 16 and 24 ounce bottles line the interior. Sand, water, and a curved aluminum frame provide structural integrity and create a small seating/dreaming area for 50 people at the base. We collected used bottles from organizations, businesses, schools, and individuals throughout New York City and beyond, then repurposed the bottles to construct the pavilion. More than 200 volunteers from the arts, architectural, and community at large helped us build and assemble the pavilion.

Images from Gondwana: Images of an Ancient Land, a book by photographer Diane Tuft.

About the book:

After receiving a grant from the National Science Foundation in 2012, art photographer Diane Tuft traveled to Antarctica to study and document the effects of ultraviolet and infrared radiation on the landscape. Gondwana: Images of an Ancient Land chronicles the extraordinary results of that expedition, with over 50 stunning images that capture Antarctica’s raw, untouched splendor with colors, textures, and compositions that verge on the surreal. Named for the megacontinent that once contained what is now Antarctica, Gondwana presents a living reflection of hundreds of millions of years of Earth’s history, a mythical land as it has never been imagined before.


Artist Zimoun Creates a Storm of Styrofoam in a Swiss Museum 

36 ventilators, 4.7m³ packing chips

Motors, metal, styrofoam, nylon, wood, controlling system. Dimensions: variable.Installation view: Art Museum Lugano, Switzerland, 2014

via Zimoun. GIFs via Colossal and Design Boom

The Lotus Building in Wujin, China by Studio 505 is as smart as it is beautiful.

Studio 505 on the energy efficiency of their design:

The project has been designed to minimize energy usage- with over 2500 geothermal piles driven through the base of the artificial lake, The entire lake water mass and ground beneath is utilized to pre-cool (summer) and pre-warm (winter) the air conditioning systems for both the lotus and the two storey building beneath the lake. The project is also mixed mode and naturally ventilated and utilizes evaporative cooling from the lake surface to drive a thermal chimney within the main flower pod.

Walter Hugo & Zoniel installed a jellyfish tank in an abandoned building in Liverpool.