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Video Demonstrates a Chickens Ability to Stabilize Its Head

Video Demonstrates a Chickens Ability to Stabilize Its Head humor chickens birds advertising

Yes, it’s an ad, but it’s a darn good one. This fun video from Mercedes-Benz demonstrates a chickens (as well as many other birds) ability to keep its head almost perfectly positioned in the same place despite moving its body from side to side. Destin over at SmarterEveryDay discussed the phenomenon back in 2008 and I’ve included it above for reference. Y’know, for science.

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What it Looks Like to Soar Through a French Mountain Range on the Back of an Eagle

What it Looks Like to Soar Through a French Mountain Range on the Back of an Eagle France birds

In this short clip filmed earlier this week using a GoPro camera strapped to the back of an eagle, we see what it might be like to soar through a mountain range near Chamonix, France. (via Kottke)

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Wild Animals Stalk the Streets of a Small Town in Finland at Night

Wild Animals Stalk the Streets of a Small Town in Finland at Night night Finland birds animals

Wild Animals Stalk the Streets of a Small Town in Finland at Night night Finland birds animals

Wild Animals Stalk the Streets of a Small Town in Finland at Night night Finland birds animals

Wild Animals Stalk the Streets of a Small Town in Finland at Night night Finland birds animals

Wild Animals Stalk the Streets of a Small Town in Finland at Night night Finland birds animals

One night while walking the streets of Porvoo, Finland with a camera in hand, photographer Mikko Lagerstedt (previously) captured the silhouette of a large cat off in the distance lit feintly from behind by a street lamp. Struck by the image, he conceived of a new series called Night Animals, where all kinds of wildlife would prowl the streets of this small Finnish town at night. As much as I want to tell you he raided the local zoo to liberate an ostrich, the images are all composites of two photos, an animal and backdrop, both shot by Lagerstedt. If you liked this also check out Shauna Richardson’s Crochetdermy.

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Bird Flipbook Machines by Juan Fontanive

Bird Flipbook Machines by Juan Fontanive kinetic sculpture flipbook birds

Bird Flipbook Machines by Juan Fontanive kinetic sculpture flipbook birds

Bird Flipbook Machines by Juan Fontanive kinetic sculpture flipbook birds

Since graduating from the Royal College of Art, artist Juan Fontanive has been exploring moving images and kinetic sculptures. My favorite of his lastest works are these three flipbook machines using drawings, acrylic paintings, and collages of birds. Two of the original machines above, Ornithology and Colibri are currently available through the New Museum.

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Second Skins: Fashionably Dressed Animals Photographed by Miguel Vallinas

Second Skins: Fashionably Dressed Animals Photographed by Miguel Vallinas portraits fashion clothing birds anthropomorphic animals

Second Skins: Fashionably Dressed Animals Photographed by Miguel Vallinas portraits fashion clothing birds anthropomorphic animals

Second Skins: Fashionably Dressed Animals Photographed by Miguel Vallinas portraits fashion clothing birds anthropomorphic animals

Second Skins: Fashionably Dressed Animals Photographed by Miguel Vallinas portraits fashion clothing birds anthropomorphic animals

Second Skins: Fashionably Dressed Animals Photographed by Miguel Vallinas portraits fashion clothing birds anthropomorphic animals

Second Skins: Fashionably Dressed Animals Photographed by Miguel Vallinas portraits fashion clothing birds anthropomorphic animals

Second Skins: Fashionably Dressed Animals Photographed by Miguel Vallinas portraits fashion clothing birds anthropomorphic animals

Second Skins: Fashionably Dressed Animals Photographed by Miguel Vallinas portraits fashion clothing birds anthropomorphic animals

Second Skins: Fashionably Dressed Animals Photographed by Miguel Vallinas portraits fashion clothing birds anthropomorphic animals

Second Skins: Fashionably Dressed Animals Photographed by Miguel Vallinas portraits fashion clothing birds anthropomorphic animals

When first encountering this body of photographs Madrid-based advertising and industrial photographer Miguel Vallinas it’s easy to view it as a familiar “animals dressed as people” project. But as you look closer you realize it’s quite a bit more than that. Aside from the solid retouching, lighting and overall execution, Vallinas took this anthropomorphic project a bit further and imagined what the fully-realized wardrobe of each animal might look like if it were wearing human clothes.

Titled Segundas Pieles (Second Skins), the ongoing series includes some 50+ animals whose personalities seem to be perfectly amplified by their pitch-perfect attire, making the portaits just a bit more human than animal. I’m pretty sure the hipster bird in the cardigan works at a coffee shop by my house. The work is a sister project to another series called simply Pieles where the photographer portrays himself in a wide range of professions. (via lustik)

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New Paper Birds from Diana Beltran Herrera

New Paper Birds from Diana Beltran Herrera sculpture paper birds

New Paper Birds from Diana Beltran Herrera sculpture paper birds

New Paper Birds from Diana Beltran Herrera sculpture paper birds

New Paper Birds from Diana Beltran Herrera sculpture paper birds

New Paper Birds from Diana Beltran Herrera sculpture paper birds

New Paper Birds from Diana Beltran Herrera sculpture paper birds

New Paper Birds from Diana Beltran Herrera sculpture paper birds

It’s been over a year since we last checked in with paper artist Diana Beltran Herrera (previously here and here) whose skill in crafting the fine details of birds using paper has continued to evolve. Herrera’s work has begun appearing in several galleries and exhibitions around the world including Beers.Lambert Contemporary earlier this year and at the Art and Soul of Paper earlier this spring. She’s currently working on a collection of eight sculptures that will be on view at The Cornell Fine Arts Museum in Florida starting September 17th. See more on Flickr.

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Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi plants multiples flowers birds
Peacock made of butterfly pea flowers, bottlebrush leaves, coconut leaf sticks, allamandas/trumpet flowers

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi plants multiples flowers birds

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi plants multiples flowers birds
Rooster made of gerberas and leaves

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi plants multiples flowers birds
Parrot made from butterfly peas and gerberas

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi plants multiples flowers birds
Kingfisher made of gerberas, butterfly peas and purple shamrocks

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi plants multiples flowers birds
Hornbill made of chrysanthemums, germeras and purple shamrocks

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi plants multiples flowers birds
Flamingos made from pink gerberas and twigs

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi plants multiples flowers birds
Flamingo made from pink gerberas and twigs

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi plants multiples flowers birds
Northern cardinal made of red gerberas and deep purple chrysanthemums with dill

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi plants multiples flowers birds

Known for her numerous art projects where images are created using numerous objects, artist Red Hong Yi has begun a new series of birds made with flower petals and leaves. You might remember the project from earlier this spring where she played with her food. Many more birds are forthcoming and you can follow along via Instagram. (via designboom)

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