Earlier this month YouTube user questpact sent his DJI Phantom quad-copter and GoPro Hero 3 over the top of Niagara Falls to capture this pretty spectacular footage. Although the falls are not particularly high, they have the the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world with a peak flow of nearly six million cubic feet per minute. The video was shot as an entry to the DJI Phantom Video Contest, the results of which will be announced at the end of this month. Read more over on PetaPixel.
When dropping a ceramic plate or cup we’ve all braced for the familiar sound of impact as the object explodes into a multitude of sharp fragments on the kitchen floor. Artist Livia Marin imagines a wholly different demise for ceramic bowls, cups and tea pots in this series of work titled Nomad Patterns.
Inexplicably, each piece seems to melt onto a surface while strangely retaining its original printed pattern. The designs are actually a Willow Pattern motif, a pastiche of Chinese landscape decoration created by an English man in the 1790s “as if” it were Chinese. She adds via email that the objects “appear as staged somehow indeterminately between something that is about to collapse or has just been restored; between things that have been invested with the attention of care but also have the appearance of a ruin.” The 32 objects were on view at Eagle Gallery in London in 2012.
Designers David Okum and Javier Palomares joined together earlier this year to form a little design studio called Okum Made. The duo are releasing a number of functional home objects made of wood and other materials including this new series of clocks called O’Clock. There are currently four different designs including American Walnut, Hard White Maple, Douglas Fir and Cork and you can pick them up over in their shop.
Currently under development at the Ishikawa Oku Lab at the University of Tokyo, the Dynamic Target Tracking Camera System can track a fast moving object while keeping it perfectly centered in the middle of a screen. The device consists of two mirrors for pan and tilt, and a group of lenses that move at extremely high speeds to track and film objects at a rate of one image every 1/1000th of a second. Not only can the camera film them but it can also dynamically project images onto them as demonstrated in the video. Slow motion playback in sports will never be the same. (via booooooom)
Photographer Jakob Wagner shoots wonderful wide-angle aerial photographs in addition to commercial work for Audi, Wired, and Jim Beam. My two favorite collections of work are his Sea of Clouds series shot in 2010 above the Mediterranean Sea while on a flight from Cape Town to Düsseldorf, and his similar Caribbean Sea series shot in 2012. See all of these much larger (as well as many more) over on his website. (via my modern met)
Korean artist U-Ram Choe lives and works in Seoul where he creates highly ornate kinetic sculptures that mimic forms and motions found in nature. Choe uses various metals, motors, gears, and custom CPU boards to control the precise motions of each sculpture that are at times perfectly synchronized and other times completely random. With names like “Unicus – cavum ad initium” and “Arbor Deus Pennatus” it’s clear the artist treats each new work like a brand new species.
The artworks are so complex each “organism” is shipped with a manual to show collectors and galleries how to maintain and fix various components. Choe tells the Creator’s Project in one of the videos above how some of the works in his studio live a complete lifecycle where they are at first born and put on display, but after time begin to degrade as certain parts stop working. Eventually he raids old artworks for parts and uses them to build new ones.
Watch the videos above to see a good sampling of his work both old and new, and he has a huge archive of videos for nearly 50 artworks over on Vimeo.
This is a great high speed capture by photographer Arvin Rahimzadeh who snapped a photo of this spinning, water-soaked tennis ball that exemplifies the geometry behind a goldenLogaritmical spiral. Neat!