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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Sponsor // Draw the Beauty of the Outdoors With 50% Off This Online Craftsy Class 


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!

Visit Craftsy now to get 50% off the online class, Illustrated Nature Journaling, and enjoy your video lessons risk-free with Craftsy’s full money-back guarantee. Offer expires November 9, 2015 at 11:59pm MT.

Classical Sculpture Action Figures Bring “David” and “Venus de Milo” to Life 


This season’s hottest new retro-kitsch action figures pre-date GI Joes and Power Rangers by nearly 500 years. If you’ve ever imagined what Michelangelo’s “David” would look like while locked in heated battle with Rodin’s “The Thinker,” or how “Venus de Milo” would use a brand new set of articulated arms, The Table Museum has your answer. These 6-inch limited edition action figures feature fully moveable arms, legs, and even eyeballs. Unfortunately the ordering window for several of the figures has already closed, but “David” is currently available for pre-order at around ¥4800 (~$40) and ships sometime in May of 2016. They even take PayPal. (via Boing Boing, Hyperallergic)




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Circular Framed Planters Add Living Art to Your Walls 

All images by Anne Liles Photography




A floral designer and gardner, Kim Fisher has moved the pleasures of garden creation indoors, producing vertical planters that decorate the wall rather than tabletop or window sill. These round, transparent planters surround the greenery inside with a simple aluminum frame, focusing attention on the air plants and succulents inside rather than a large or distracting pot.

Each planter is meant to be filled like a classic terrarium—rocks and moss creating the foundation of the minimalist arrangements rather than dirt. Each hangs at 22 inches in diameter and remains light and easy to hang. You can find Fisher’s designs on her Etsy, each planter shipped with two included air plants to give you a head start to your space’s new vertical terrarium. (via My Modern Met)

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New Hydrostone Sculptures by Daniel Arsham Isolate Human Gestures 


“Pyrite Hands in Prayer” 2015 (All images courtesy Galerie Perrotin)

We’re no stranger to Daniel Arsham‘s figural sculptures (previously here and here), works that use basic materials like broken glass or hydrostone to produce life-size human figures and technological objects like boom boxes, cameras, and video game controllers.

In his newer works Arsham focuses more intently on the human figure, creating full bodies and discrete gestures like hands folded in prayer, clasped together, or clutching a basketball. In each, the sculpture is seen in various states of decay, chunks missing from the work like it has been eaten away by some menacing force. Erosion is most apparent within the full body sculptures as entire knees, legs, and torsos are removed from the form. Like earlier work these sculptures keep a neutral palette—the pyrite, hydrostone, selenite, and obsidian used in their construction giving each a matte gray in order to focus on their crumbling form.

The New York-based artist is one half of Snarkitecture, a collaborative that is known for straddling the line between art and architecture. Arsham’s work has been exhibited at PS1 in New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, The New Museum in New York, and Carré d’Art de Nîmes in France among others. Arsham is represented by Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin in Paris, Hong Kong and New York, OHWOW in Los Angeles, Baro Galeria in Sao Paulo and Pippy Houldsworth in London. (via Exasperated Viewer on Air)


“Pyrite Hands in Prayer” 2015


“Pyrite Hands in Prayer” 2015


From the exhibition “Fictional Archeology” at Galerie Perrotin Hong Kong , 2015


“The Dying Gaul Revisited” 2015


“The Dying Gaul Revisited” 2015


From the exhibition “Fictional Archeology” at Galerie Perrotin Hong Kong , 2015


From the exhibition “Fictional Archeology” at Galerie Perrotin Hong Kong , 2015

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