New Miniature Dwellings Suspended Inside Test Tubes by Rosa de Jong 

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Artist Rosa de Jong continues to explore the spacious confines of glass test tubes by erecting impossibly small buildings, trees, and other inhabitable structures inside of them. For her series titled Micro Matter the Amsterdam-based artist uses traditional model-making materials and her own handcrafted structures that she suspends inside scientific instruments. You can see some of her latest sculptures on Behance, and she may eventually start selling some of her pieces online, so be sure to signup for an alert.

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Origami Bird Lights by Umut Yamac 

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The Perch Light by London-based architect and designer Umut Yamac sits perfectly at the intersection of form and function: the bird-shaped light is made to look like a folded origami creation that’s illuminated from the inside. Made from actual synthetic paper, the elegant light is counterbalanced and rocks back and forth at the slightest touch or disturbance in the air. Yamac originally designed the light in 2014 as a limited edition of 20, but recently created a new chandelier-style configuration called the Perch Light Family for Moori that launched at Salone del Mobile in Milan. (via Cool Thing of the Day)

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New Paintings of Birds Set Against Colorful Glitches by Frank Gonzales 

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“Cactus Wren and Nopalito” (2016), acrylic on panel, 12″ x 12″, all images via Frank Gonzales

Set behind abstract drips and multi-colored streaks are the realistic works of Frank Gonzales (previously), bright acrylic paintings that capture birds in moments of rest on top of tree branches, flowers, or prickly cacti. The additional marks bring colors that are often not found in nature, pairing them with birds that have subdued feathers shades like owls or larks.

Gonzales sources his visual information from reference books and images he finds on the internet, pulling them together to create compositions that might never occur in nature. “One image will spark another and the process takes shape from there,” says Gonzales on his website. “I find this way of working to be both exciting and uncertain. My various marks and color glitches mimic this uncertainty resulting in visual stillness and movement.”

You can see more of Gonzales’ mixed flora and fauna paintings, as well as take a look into work in progress, on his Instagram.

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“Azure-Winged Magpie & Totem” (2016), acrylic on panel, 16″ x 20″

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“Speciman” (2015), acrylic on panel, 20″ x 24″

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“Double Horned Larks” (2016), acrylic on panel, 12″ x 12″

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“Sacred Source” (2015), acrylic on panel, 8″ x 8″

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“Magpies and Mother in Law’s” (2015), acrylic on panel, 16″ x 20″

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“Buff Bellied Hummingbird and Hellebore” (2015), acrylic on panel, 12″ x 12″

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“Mirando al Futuro” (2015), acrylic on panel, 36″ x 36″

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A Century-Old Buenos Aires Theater Converted Into a 21,000-Square-Foot Bookstore 

Built in Buenos Aires as a performing arts theater in 1919, El Ateneo Grand Splendid's content has undergone several revisions, with its current purpose being a 21,000 square foot bookstore. Despite the switching of functions, the architecture has remained true to the early 20th century vision of Peró and Torres Armengol, the building still boasting ornate frescoed ceilings and detailed trimmings that line the ceiling, handrails, and walls.

The stage and balcony seating is also intact, the spaces now used as reading areas where guests can peruse the store’s many books in front of thick velvet curtains. These attributes were almost destroyed in 2000 when the building was slated for demolition, however before the historic theater could be taken away it was leased to Grupo Ilhsa who built out the bookstore. Now over 1,000,000 people walk through Al Ateneo Grand Splendid’s doors annually keeping the tiered theater very much alive. If you liked this, also check out the Waanders in de Broeren bookstore built inside a cathedral. (via Twisted Sifter)

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Image by Liam Quinn

Image by Liam Quinn

Image by Liam Quinn

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Rippled Portals of Color Created with Spray Paint by HOXXOH 

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Artist Douglas Hoekzema (aka Hoxxoh) creates murals of brightly colored mandala-like patterns using little more than strategically placed bursts of spray paint. By layering consecutive rings he turns flat walls into tunnels of color, several of which he completed recently at POW! WOW! D.C. You can see many more of his murals here. (via Tu Recepcja)

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