New Surrealist Sculptures by Ellen Jewett Effortlessly Combine Animals With Their Fantastical Surroundings 


Ellen Jewett (previously) effortlessly blends animals with elements from their environments, creating ceramic pieces that often balance unexpected species together in a singular piece. Each work is highly detailed—flowers, leaves, and vines wrapping themselves around animals from coyotes to chameleons.

By focusing on negative spaces within the animals’ bodies, Jewett strips away the weight of her objects, a quality that is usually inextricably linked to the medium of sculpture. She constructs her ceramic pieces using an additive technique, beginning with the innermost parts of the sculptures and layering outward. As periphery components of the animals’ surroundings are added to the piece, a narrative begins to form. These additional pieces Jewett describes as being beautiful, grotesque, or fantastical and add to the object’s exploration of domestication, death, growth, visibility, and wildness.

Jewett’s materials are just as important as her process—only using clay, paints, finishes, and glazes that are free from toxic properties. In addition to being toxic free, she also attempts to source locally and naturally whenever possible. You can keep updated on the Canadian artist’s new work on her Facebook page, and several new pieces are currently available.











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Slowly Rising: A Mesmerizing New Music Video by Hideki Inaba 

Directed and animated by Hideki Inaba, this dense and intensely beautiful music video was created for the track Slowly Rising, off the album Full Circle by BEATSOFREEN. The 3-minute animation features an unceasing barrage of seemingly infinite creatures, hybrids of flora and fauna, that swarm and multiply in space like schools of fish or flowers in a field. (via prosthetic knowledge)

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Interactive Flowers Bloom to Provide Shade and Light to Pedestrians in Urban Jerusalem 


Image via Dor Kedmi

Installed to beautify the space of Vallero Square in Jerusalem, these four interactive flowers bloom and close in a fluid response to the pedestrians that pass underneath their red, over-sized petals. Designed by HQ Architects, the public sculptures are 30-feet tall and dwarf those who choose to walk beneath and around their gargantuan motion-activated blooms.

Depending on the season or time of day, the flowers provide light or shade—a welcomed resource to passengers exiting the nearby tram. When no one is around, the flowers gradually wilt by deflating and effectively ‘closing’ their petals to the city around them.

You can see more public projects by HQ Architects on their Facebook page here. (via contemporist)


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Origami Enthusiast Designs a New Paper Crane Daily for 365 Days 


At the beginning of 2015, origami enthusiast Cristian Marianciuc challenged himself to create a new origami crane daily for 365 days. Marianciuc says each piece is influenced by the day he’s having, a sort of visual record of the moment set against the folded backdrop of a paper bird. The whimsical cranes are generally more decorative rather than exploring folding techniques, but it doesn’t make them any less fun to look at. To see more, he posts everyday on Instagram. (via Geyser of Awesome)









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Alexander Semenov Continues to Photograph the Earth’s Most Fragile Marine Wildlife Near the Arctic Circle 

Eutonina indicans / © Alexander Semenov

For the last several years, marine photographer Alexander Semenov (previously) has lead the divers team at Moscow State University’s White Sea Biological Station located just south of the Artic Circle. Semenov directs scientific dives in extremely cold and harsh conditions to document sea creatures seldom seen anywhere else on Earth. From giant jellyfish to the tiniest of unknown sea worms, the photographer captures almost all of the creatures you see here out in the wild, without the convenience of a laboratory or studio.

It’s estimated that nearly 80% of all aquatic life in the world’s oceans has yet to be studied or even discovered. In response to this potentially vast world of unknown lifeforms, coupled with Semenov’s unceasing interest in marine biology, an ambitious trek across the world’s oceans has been planned for 2016. The Aquatilis Expedition is a proposed journey that will take a team of divers, scientists, and videographers to locations around the globe for the purposes of identifying new species, an odyssey on par with the advertures of Jacques Cousteau.

Many of Semenov’s best photos are available as prints, and he shares regular updates on both Facebook and Flickr.

Cyanea rainbow / © Alexander Semenov

Syllidae from the Sea of Okhotsk / © Alexander Semenov

Cestum veneris, Italy / © Alexander Semenov

Beroe cucumis / © Alexander Semenov

Cyanea nude / © Alexander Semenov

Clione limacina / © Alexander Semenov

Sarsia tubulosa attacked by Cyanea capillata / © Alexander Semenov

Swimming file clam, Australia / © Alexander Semenov

Aglantha digitale / © Alexander Semenov

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A Dire Evolutionary Timeline by ‘Blu’ on the Streets of Italy 


Artist Blu (previously) recently finished work on this staggering mural in Italy depicting a timeline of natural history from the tiniest single-cell creatures at the bottom, through the evolution of dinosaurs and mammals, up to the age of humans. The rainbow-hued evolutionary path eventually crumbles under its own weight, devoid of color, with images of industry and war. You can see a few more views on StreetArtNews.




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Nature can be intimidating, but drawing it doesn’t have to be! Join professional artist and instructor Gay Kraeger, for her online Craftsy class, Illustrated Nature Journaling. Receive 50% off Gay’s video lessons — a special, one-week offer for Colossal readers — and learn to capture the beauty of the outdoors with fun pen and watercolor techniques.

With lifetime access to these video lessons, illustrating natural scenes will start to feel like a relaxing stroll through the woods. Gay will start by sharing her tips for sketching quickly and confidently. Then, bring your surroundings to life as you learn how to depict landscape elements with ease, and create vivid scenes on location with watercolor and pen. You’ll also find out how to recreate natural textures, illustrate birds in flight, draw eye-catching waterscapes and more!

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