Miniature DIY Paper Skeleton Kits by Tinysaur 

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The folks over at Brooklyn-based Tinysaurs build DIY paper model kits of the world’s smallest dinosaurs and other skeletons, both real and fictional. Each tiny kit stands about 2 inches tall when finished and takes about 20-30 minutes to assemble with a pair of tweezers. Kits are available as a standalone paper model, or as a deluxe kit with included borosilicate glass display dome. See more in their Etsy shop. (via So Super Awesome)

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Istanbul Inception: Warped Turkish Cityscapes by Aydin Büyüktas 

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Turkish photographer and digital artist Aydın Büyüktaş turns the streets of Istanbul upside down in these warped cityscapes that appear to curve infinitely upward and outward toward the skies. While it’s tempting to draw parallels with stunning visuals from the 2010 movie Inception, the artist says his true inspiration is taken from the 1884 satirical novella Flatland that depicts a two-dimensional world occupied by geometric figures. In this series, also titled Flatland, Büyüktaş photographed canals, bazaars, skate parks, and bridges with the aid of a drone and then digitally stitched them together as dramatically inverted spaces without a visible horizon. You can see more of his gravity-defying work on Instagram. All images courtesy the artist. (via Designboom)

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Sketches in the Air: Delicate Figures Drawn in the Air with Welded Steel Rods by Gavin Worth 

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“Flora 1” – Steel rods and ebonized wood, 72cm x 72cm x 20cm

Artist Gavin Worth (previously) works with repurposed steel rods and wire welded into two dimensional sculptures appear as illustrated line drawings. Some of the artworks are meant to be viewed against the dramatic backdrop of the sky, or can be amplified through projected light and shadow. Other pieces, like his 2012 sculpture Thirst, have a kinetic component and can be rotated to reveal opposing images.

Worth recently lived in Egypt for three years and has since relocated to Switzerland. He opens a new exhibition of work at Barbara Frigerio Contemporary Art in Milan starting later this month.

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“Flora 1” – Steel rods and ebonized wood, 72cm x 72cm x 20cm

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“Flora 2” – Steel rods and ebonized wood, 59cm x 65cm x 20cm

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“Flora 3” – Steel rods and ebonized wood, 56cm x 69cm x 20cm

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“Flora 4” – Steel rods and ebonized wood, 40cm x 69cm x 20cm

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“Flora 5” – Steel rods and ebonized wood, 45cm x 66cm x 20cm

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“Flora 6” – Steel rods and ebonized wood, 82cm x 148cm x 20cm

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“Sophia” – Steel rods, 182cm x 485cm

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“Thirst” – Repurposed steel rods, 48″x92″x92″

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“The Egyptian Sibyl” – Steel rods, 20 feet by 17 feet

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Air Bonsai: Levitating Magnetic Bonsai Trees by Hoshinchu 

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Despite the visual beauty and life-giving nature of plants, there’s always been one main problem with our vegetative friends: plants can’t fly. A small company called Hoshinchu based out of Kyushu, Japan, recently set out to fix the problem that evolution forgot by inventing the Air Bonsai, a system for magnetically levitating small bonsai trees several inches above a small electrified pedestal. The system allows you to create your own miniature Avatar-like worlds with tiny trees or shrubs planted in balls of moss, but is also powerful enough to suspend special ceramic dishes of fragments of lava rock.

Air Bonsai is currently funding like crazy on Kickstarter and is availble in a number of configurations starting with a base DIY kit for $200 that requires you to use your own plants up to more elaborate designs that may only ship in Japan. (via Spoon & Tamago)

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You Can Now Explore the World’s Largest Train Set Using Google Street View 

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If you’re ever in Hamburg, Germany, be sure to join the million annual visitors who stop by Miniatur Wunderland, the largest continuous train set in the world. The huge train set fills several large rooms and contains over 8 miles of tracks that move 900 trains through themed dioramas of cities and other locations around the world like Scandinavia, Hamburg, Bavaria, and Switzerland. If you can’t make it Hamburg, here’s the next best thing: Google just photographed the entire thing and shared it on Google Street View so you can explore it from the perspective of a teeny tiny person.

Google recorded 9 areas of the Miniatur Wunderland system from multiple angles, and you can drop in just like on Google Maps and explore everything at a 360° angle. Watch the video below to get a better sense of how this whole thing is setup. (via Visual News)

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