Ice Mask

Ice Mask portraits ice history black and white Antarctica

The Australasian Antarctic Expedition team explored Antarctica from 1911 through 1914, studying geology, meteorology, and mapping unknown lands. Here, a photograph by Frank Hurley shows the team meteorologist C.T. Madigan with an incredibly thick ice mask after a day of weathering the elements. Here’s another more extreme example. The photo is from the National Library of Australia Commons which recently made several hundred historical images available online.

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Vortograph by Simon Gardiner

Vortograph by Simon Gardiner vortograph urban process cityscapes

The vortograph is an abstract form of photography that creates kaleidoscopic repetitions by photographing objects through a triangular arrangement of three mirrors. The process dates back to the work of Alvin Langdon Coburn who is credited for inventing the method in 1917. Photographer Simon Gardiner decided to give it a try and created this stunning, Inception-esque urban vortex. More like this, please. See also the music video for Eskmo’s We Got More. (via dark silence in suburbia)

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Metalmorphosis Mirror Fountain by David Černý

Metalmorphosis Mirror Fountain by David Černý water sculpture mirrors fountain

Metalmorphosis Mirror Fountain by David Černý water sculpture mirrors fountain

Metalmorphosis Mirror Fountain by David Černý water sculpture mirrors fountain

Metalmorphosis is a mirrored water fountain by Czech sculptor David Černý that was constructed at the Whitehall Technology Park in Charlotte, NC. The 14-ton sculpture is made from massive stainless steel layers that rotate 360 degrees and occasionally align to create a massive head. It even has it’s own live webcam. See many more images here.

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Light Paintings by Brian Matthew Hart

Light Paintings by Brian Matthew Hart people long exposure light painting illustration drawing

Light Paintings by Brian Matthew Hart people long exposure light painting illustration drawing

Light Paintings by Brian Matthew Hart people long exposure light painting illustration drawing

Three wonderful new light paintings by Brian Matthew Hart. Seen on Wooster.

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Figurative Sculptures Made From Tightly Welded Chains by Young-Deok Seo

Figurative Sculptures Made From Tightly Welded Chains by Young Deok Seo sculpture chains bicycles anatomy

Figurative Sculptures Made From Tightly Welded Chains by Young Deok Seo sculpture chains bicycles anatomy

Figurative Sculptures Made From Tightly Welded Chains by Young Deok Seo sculpture chains bicycles anatomy

Figurative Sculptures Made From Tightly Welded Chains by Young Deok Seo sculpture chains bicycles anatomy

Figurative Sculptures Made From Tightly Welded Chains by Young Deok Seo sculpture chains bicycles anatomy

Figurative Sculptures Made From Tightly Welded Chains by Young Deok Seo sculpture chains bicycles anatomy

Figurative Sculptures Made From Tightly Welded Chains by Young Deok Seo sculpture chains bicycles anatomy

Figurative Sculptures Made From Tightly Welded Chains by Young Deok Seo sculpture chains bicycles anatomy

Korean artist Yeong-Deok Seo creates imposing figurative sculptures using tightly knit configurations of welded bicycle chains and industrial steel chains. While impressive in their intricacy and the apparent skill required to create them, the artwork’s titles such as Infection – Anguish, Infection – Ego, and Addict, suggest the rippled surface created by the materials is not an arbitrary decision. These are figures of individuals in dispair, pockmarked with disease, the chains acting as a metaphor for the human condition. See much more of Seo’s work spanning the past several years here.

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Star in a Jar

Star in a Jar sculpture lighting electronics

Spotted this clever electric lightbulb in a jar by artist Matt Johnson whose current exhibition at Blum and Poe in Los Angeles runs through October 22.

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Magnetic Typography

Magnetic Typography typography magnets

Magnetic Typography typography magnets

Magnetic Typography typography magnets

Magnetic Typography typography magnets

UK designer Dominic Le-Hair made this slick magnetized poster by cutting rubber magnets into letters with an x-acto knife and sandwiching them between sheets of paper before dusting it with iron fillings. See more of the project here.

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