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Surreal Photos of the Tatio Geyser Field in Chile by Owen Perry

Surreal Photos of the Tatio Geyser Field in Chile by Owen Perry landscapes geysers Chile

Surreal Photos of the Tatio Geyser Field in Chile by Owen Perry landscapes geysers Chile

Surreal Photos of the Tatio Geyser Field in Chile by Owen Perry landscapes geysers Chile

Surreal Photos of the Tatio Geyser Field in Chile by Owen Perry landscapes geysers Chile

Surreal Photos of the Tatio Geyser Field in Chile by Owen Perry landscapes geysers Chile

Surreal Photos of the Tatio Geyser Field in Chile by Owen Perry landscapes geysers Chile

Surreal Photos of the Tatio Geyser Field in Chile by Owen Perry landscapes geysers Chile

Surreal Photos of the Tatio Geyser Field in Chile by Owen Perry landscapes geysers Chile

Surreal Photos of the Tatio Geyser Field in Chile by Owen Perry landscapes geysers Chile

Surreal Photos of the Tatio Geyser Field in Chile by Owen Perry landscapes geysers Chile

Located within the Andes Mountains of northern Chile, El Tatio is the largest geyser field in the southern hemisphere and the third largest in the world. The field has over 80 active geysers and attracts tens of thousands of tourists each year who flock to see the incredible mineral formations and to bathe in hot geyser water. British Columbia-based interactive web designer and visual artist Owen Perry recently visited El Tatio and returned with these spectacular shots. Perry has a beautiful collection of travel and landscape photography you can explore over on Circa 1983. (via Colossal Submissions)

320° Licht: A Repurposed 112-Meter High Gas Tank Converted into a Cathedral of Light

320° Licht: A Repurposed 112 Meter High Gas Tank Converted into a Cathedral of Light projection light installation
Thomas Wolf © 2014

320° Licht: A Repurposed 112 Meter High Gas Tank Converted into a Cathedral of Light projection light installation
Thomas Wolf © 2014

320° Licht: A Repurposed 112 Meter High Gas Tank Converted into a Cathedral of Light projection light installation
Gasometer Oberhausen / Wolfgang Volz / Urbanscreen

320° Licht: A Repurposed 112 Meter High Gas Tank Converted into a Cathedral of Light projection light installation
Thomas Wolf © 2014

320° Licht: A Repurposed 112 Meter High Gas Tank Converted into a Cathedral of Light projection light installation
Thomas Wolf © 2014

320° Licht: A Repurposed 112 Meter High Gas Tank Converted into a Cathedral of Light projection light installation
Thomas Machoczek © 2014

German creative studio Urbanscreen have just unveiled ‘320 Licht,’ a massive light projection inside the cathedral-like interior of the 20,000 square meter Gasometer Oberhausen in Germany (the same space that housed Christo’s Big Air Package last year). Urbanscreen utilized both the ceiling and 320 degrees of the interior space of this former gas tank to project a 22-minute loop of digital animation with 21 high-powered Epson projectors.

“This experience is based on the vastness of the Gasometer,” sound designer Jonas Wiese told the Creator’s Project. “We tried to work with that expression to make the space bigger and smaller, to deform it and to change its surface over and over while not exaggerating and overwriting the original effect of the room.” He continues, “the age of the screen is coming to an end, digital interfaces will dissolve and merge into the social space [...] we poetically contribute to this through art.”

320 Licht is part of the exhibition The Appearance of Beauty and will be on view through December 30th, 2014. Watch the included video above from the Creator’s Project to learn more about how it all came together.

Pyro Board: An Audio Visualizer Created from an Array of 2,500 Flames

Pyro Board: An Audio Visualizer Created from an Array of 2,500 Flames sound science fire

So here’s a thing to never try at home. Derek Muller from the very fine science video blog Veritasium visits with a team of “phsyics and chemistry demonstrators” who built this ridiculous sound board that demonstrates the effect of sound waves traveling through flammable gas. The first half deals mostly with how it works, around 3:38 it turns into pure music and fire.

Tomcat Brothers: The Illustrated Adventures of Two Space Age Boys and Their Graffiti Cat

Tomcat Brothers: The Illustrated Adventures of Two Space Age Boys and Their Graffiti Cat street art illustration digital cats

Tomcat Brothers: The Illustrated Adventures of Two Space Age Boys and Their Graffiti Cat street art illustration digital cats

Tomcat Brothers: The Illustrated Adventures of Two Space Age Boys and Their Graffiti Cat street art illustration digital cats

Tomcat Brothers: The Illustrated Adventures of Two Space Age Boys and Their Graffiti Cat street art illustration digital cats

Tomcat Brothers: The Illustrated Adventures of Two Space Age Boys and Their Graffiti Cat street art illustration digital cats

Tomcat Brothers: The Illustrated Adventures of Two Space Age Boys and Their Graffiti Cat street art illustration digital cats

Tomcat Brothers: The Illustrated Adventures of Two Space Age Boys and Their Graffiti Cat street art illustration digital cats

Tomcat Brothers: The Illustrated Adventures of Two Space Age Boys and Their Graffiti Cat street art illustration digital cats

Tomcat Brothers: The Illustrated Adventures of Two Space Age Boys and Their Graffiti Cat street art illustration digital cats

Tomcat Brothers: The Illustrated Adventures of Two Space Age Boys and Their Graffiti Cat street art illustration digital cats

Digital painter and concept artist Piotr Jabłoński creates brutally detailed paintings for videogames and comic books which often veer into the realm of horror, but in his spare time dabbles in somewhat tamer sketches and other random ideas that he shares with fans on Facebook. A few months ago he stumbled onto the idea of two small brothers in futuristic space helmets who explore the world with a feline pal, a giant cat mural that follows them everywhere, provided there’s a wall. The response online has been incredible, with fans demanding an art book or even an entire comic book series. While nothing is concrete yet you can see more on Behance, and a few of the panels are available now as prints.

Underworld: The Intrepid Cave Photography of Robbie Shone

Underworld: The Intrepid Cave Photography of Robbie Shone travel China caves adventure
China Caves 2012 / Hong Meigui Expedition to explore giant caves in Wulong County.

Underworld: The Intrepid Cave Photography of Robbie Shone travel China caves adventure
China Caves 2012 / Hong Meigui Expedition to explore giant caves in Wulong County.

Underworld: The Intrepid Cave Photography of Robbie Shone travel China caves adventure
The giant caves of Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia.

Underworld: The Intrepid Cave Photography of Robbie Shone travel China caves adventure
Exploring The Gouffre Berger (cave) in the Vercors region of France. At just over 1000m deep, The Gouffre Berger is recognised as one of the best sport trips in the world.

Underworld: The Intrepid Cave Photography of Robbie Shone travel China caves adventure
A cave explorer climbing out of a Maelstrom on the fixed rope in Boxhead Pot, Yorkshire Dales.

Underworld: The Intrepid Cave Photography of Robbie Shone travel China caves adventure
The giant caves of Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia

Underworld: The Intrepid Cave Photography of Robbie Shone travel China caves adventure
China Caves 2012 / Hong Meigui Expedition to explore giant caves in Wulong County.

Underworld: The Intrepid Cave Photography of Robbie Shone travel China caves adventure

Robbie Shone is a British adventure, cave and travel photographer based out of Austria. His adventures have led him to the remotest areas of China, Papua New Guinea, Borneo, the Alps and Crete where he has photographed the deepest, largest, and longest cave systems ever discovered. These feats involve dangling on a thin rope 650 ft. (200m) above the floor in the world’s deepest natural shaft, exploring the far ends of a 117 mile long cave system, and spending nearly four days continuously underground on shoots.

Collected here are some of his most jaw-dropping shots, many from a 2012 excursion into cave systems in Wulong County, China. You can explore more of his cave photography over on his website. All imagery courtesy the photographer. (via This Isn’t Happiness)

Sixteen-Year-Old Artist Wins National Art Competition with Masterful Hyper-Realistic Pencil Portrait

Sixteen Year Old Artist Wins National Art Competition with Masterful Hyper Realistic Pencil Portrait portraits illustration drawing

For the past four years, 16-year-old artist Shania McDonagh has participated in the Texaco Children’s Art Competition, an art contest for children in Ireland held every year since 1955. Just looking at the astounding portrait above, it may come as no surprise that McDonagh has won the top prize for her age category every year since she was 12, and today snagged the top prize for the 2014 competition with this hyperrealistic drawing of a man titled Coleman.

The judging panel chairman, Declan McGonagle, director of the National College of Art & Design, remarked that the girl’s work could position her “as one of the most talented artists of her generation, and one whose skill could see her become one of Ireland’s foremost portrait artists of the future.” We would be inclined to agree.

For her talent McDonagh snagged a $2,075 (€1,500) award which she will receive next month. You can read more and catch a video over at The Irish Times. (via PICDIT)

Update: The original photo was taken by James Fennell, depicting fisherman and seaweed harvester Coleman Coyne.

The Fine Art of Spinning Things

The Fine Art of Spinning Things performance juggling

From the thick of a Brazilian forest to the bustling streets of Taiwan, not to mention a lazy spot in the French countryside, here are three videos of extremely talented people spinning objects with their hands. The first is juggler Gustavo Ollitta who is manipulaing sets of striped blades (called buugengs and triple buugengs) that create a dizzying illusion that appears to warp space and time. The next is a recent video from performer Lindzee Poi who demonstrates something called an amelymeloptical illusion (which, Google as I might, I am unable to define exactly what that means, but apparently it’s this, and it’s amazing). Lastly, two young men from Taiwan take the mindless habit of spinning a pen on your hand to an entirely new level. (via The Kid Should See This, DDN Japan, Devour)

Update: An “amelymeloptical illusion” is a play on words. Blending the title of the movie Amélie (the video uses music by Yann Tiersen from the 2001 film) with the French word la méli-mélo which roughly translates to the “mish mash” or “hodgepodge”. Thanks Brigitte and Kevin.

Impermanent Animal Murals Drawn with Chalk and Oil Pastel by Philippe Baudelocque

Impermanent Animal Murals Drawn with Chalk and Oil Pastel by Philippe Baudelocque street art pastel murals drawings chalk

Impermanent Animal Murals Drawn with Chalk and Oil Pastel by Philippe Baudelocque street art pastel murals drawings chalk

Impermanent Animal Murals Drawn with Chalk and Oil Pastel by Philippe Baudelocque street art pastel murals drawings chalk

Impermanent Animal Murals Drawn with Chalk and Oil Pastel by Philippe Baudelocque street art pastel murals drawings chalk

Impermanent Animal Murals Drawn with Chalk and Oil Pastel by Philippe Baudelocque street art pastel murals drawings chalk

Impermanent Animal Murals Drawn with Chalk and Oil Pastel by Philippe Baudelocque street art pastel murals drawings chalk

Impermanent Animal Murals Drawn with Chalk and Oil Pastel by Philippe Baudelocque street art pastel murals drawings chalk

Impermanent Animal Murals Drawn with Chalk and Oil Pastel by Philippe Baudelocque street art pastel murals drawings chalk

Impermanent Animal Murals Drawn with Chalk and Oil Pastel by Philippe Baudelocque street art pastel murals drawings chalk

Impermanent Animal Murals Drawn with Chalk and Oil Pastel by Philippe Baudelocque street art pastel murals drawings chalk

French artist Philippe Baudelocque is known for his street murals of animals created with impermenant mediums like chalk or white oil pastels. Each animal is created with a mosaic of delicate line work in the form of organic and geometric patterns that merge to form each piece. Baudelocque most recently participated in the ongoing BergeStreet art event along the banks of the Seine in Paris where he drew the rhinocerous pieces above. You can see much more over on his website. (via Arrested Motion)

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