Remarkable Macro Photograph of a Hummingbird by Chris Morgan

Remarkable Macro Photograph of a Hummingbird by Chris Morgan macro birds

Remarkable Macro Photograph of a Hummingbird by Chris Morgan macro birds

Photographer Chris Morgan snapped these great macro shots of hummingbirds in 2011 at Bosque De Paz, a 3,000 acre privately-owned biological reserve in the middle of Costa Rica. The top photo is a Green-Crowned Brilliant, a bird that only grows to a length of 13cm and is not known for its ability to sit for portraits. You can see more of Morgan’s bird photos here. (via Lost at E Minor)

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Geometric Beehive Sculptures by Ren Ri

Geometric Beehive Sculptures by Ren Ri wax sculpture geometric bees

Geometric Beehive Sculptures by Ren Ri wax sculpture geometric bees

Geometric Beehive Sculptures by Ren Ri wax sculpture geometric bees

Geometric Beehive Sculptures by Ren Ri wax sculpture geometric bees

Artist and beekeeper Ren Ri employs bees in the construction of these amazing encapsulated sculptures. The artist first builds transparent polyhedrons and cubes with an inner framework of wooden dowels, at the center of which he places the queen. After introducing the rest of the hive, he then rotates the sculpture every seventh day based on the roll of a die, an act that he says references the biblical concept of creation. Not only does the dice roll create an element of randomness, but it also changes the effect of gravity, causing the bees to build in different directions resulting in more evenly dispersed forms.

While we’ve seen several artists using honeycomb as a medium such as Aganetha Dyck and Tomáš Libertiny, Ri seems to put slightly more emphasis on the beehive itself as being the primary form on display. You can see a few more photos over on his website. (via iGnant, Huffington Post)

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Cartoony Mural Depicts Man Obsessing over Facebook Likes

Cartoony Mural Depicts Man Obsessing over Facebook Likes street art social media murals humor Facebook

There’s plenty of social commentary in this new mural titled ‘Like a Vision‘ from Mister Thoms (previously). The piece appeared somewhere in Ferentino, Italy last week and depicts a man obsessed with the feedback from Facebook likes, rendered in Mister Thoms’ signature illustrative style. Please revel in the irony of liking anything to do with this. (via StreetArtNews, Laughing Squid)

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Motion Silhouette: An Interactive Shadow Picture Book

Motion Silhouette: An Interactive Shadow Picture Book silhouettes shadows kids books

Motion Silhouette: An Interactive Shadow Picture Book silhouettes shadows kids books

Motion Silhouette: An Interactive Shadow Picture Book silhouettes shadows kids books

Motion Silhouette: An Interactive Shadow Picture Book silhouettes shadows kids books

Motion Silhouette: An Interactive Shadow Picture Book silhouettes shadows kids books

Motion Silhouette: An Interactive Shadow Picture Book silhouettes shadows kids books

Motion Silhouette: An Interactive Shadow Picture Book silhouettes shadows kids books

Motion Silhouette: An Interactive Shadow Picture Book silhouettes shadows kids books

Motion Silhouette is an interactive Japanese children’s book by Megumi Kajiwara and Tathuhiko Nijima that includes pop-up silhouettes in-between pages. As a light source is directed toward either side, a different moving image is projected on the page to help tell the story. Fun! Motion Silhouette is a sequel to an earlier book by the duo titled, simply, Silhouette. The books are made to order by hand (for about $60), and you can inquire through their website. (via KYOT∆®)

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X-Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick

X Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick x rays toys

X Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick x rays toys

X Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick x rays toys

X Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick x rays toys

X Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick x rays toys

X Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick x rays toys

X Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick x rays toys

Photographer Brendan Fitzpatrick whose floral x-rays we first featured back in 2012, just released three new collections of x-ray photos including toys, creatures, and a new set of flowers, as part of his Invisible Light series. The photos are created with the help of a standard x-ray machine, but are artificially colored to help distinguish different materials. Prints of almost all of the images are available through Behance.

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Graphite Portraits of People Inconvenienced by Objects and Thoughts by Stefan Zsaitsits

Graphite Portraits of People Inconvenienced by Objects and Thoughts by Stefan Zsaitsits portraits illustration drawing

Graphite Portraits of People Inconvenienced by Objects and Thoughts by Stefan Zsaitsits portraits illustration drawing

Graphite Portraits of People Inconvenienced by Objects and Thoughts by Stefan Zsaitsits portraits illustration drawing

Graphite Portraits of People Inconvenienced by Objects and Thoughts by Stefan Zsaitsits portraits illustration drawing

Graphite Portraits of People Inconvenienced by Objects and Thoughts by Stefan Zsaitsits portraits illustration drawing

Graphite Portraits of People Inconvenienced by Objects and Thoughts by Stefan Zsaitsits portraits illustration drawing

Graphite Portraits of People Inconvenienced by Objects and Thoughts by Stefan Zsaitsits portraits illustration drawing

Graphite Portraits of People Inconvenienced by Objects and Thoughts by Stefan Zsaitsits portraits illustration drawing

The heads atop each of these surreal graphite portraits seem to act as a canvas in and of themselves, as entire scenes and landscapes spill forth from each oversized face. Drawn by Austrian artist Stefan Zsaitsits (previously), each piece seems to depict an individual who is literally or figuratively encumbered by animals, objects, or metaphorical thoughts. The works here are just sampling of new pieces created for a show at Galerie Lang Wien in Vienna and for Art Austria 2014. You can see all of his recent pieces over on Behance, and many of his collected drawings are available in his book, Headsongs.

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