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New Paper Hummingbirds by Cheong-ah Hwang

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Hummingbird, 2010

Korean paper artist Cheong-ah Hwang who is currently based in Columbus, Ohio creates delicate paper sculptures that blur the line between 2D and 3D art using dimensional illusion. The paper is cut and layered to give the final object depth and form, but remains essentially a flat piece. You can see more of her new work including other paper illustrations over on Flickr.

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The Last Thing You Would See If You Were Eaten by a Penguin

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While exploring Antarctica aboard the M/S Expedition, the folks over at G Adventures snapped this wild perspective of a Gentoo penguin attacking their GoPro camera. The photo was shared on the M/S Expedition Twitter account where they regularly document the sights of ongoing adventure cruises. Related: an eagle steals a GoPro camera.

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Ethereal Oil Paintings by Meghan Howland

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I’m really enjoying these oil paintings by Portland-based artist Meghan Howland, who often depicts people caught in swarms of birds, flowers or bunches of fabric. It’s never quite clear if the figure is in a safe or dangerous situation, an ambiguity that leaves each piece open for interpretation. Howland is represented by Bowerstock Gallery where you can see much more of her work. (via I Need a Guide)

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Birds on Bills by Paula Swisher

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It’s been almost two years since we first checked out the work of Pennsylvania artist and designer Paula Swisher and her series of birds drawn in books. Lately the artist has been drawing on her mail, often adapting the color (and subject!) to the context of the mail piece. See lots more here.

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New Feather Sculptures by Kate MccGwire

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Schema / Photo by JP Bland courtesy Kate MccGwire

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Schema, detail / Photo by JP Bland courtesy Kate MccGwire

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Sepal Speculum II / Photo by Ian Stuart courtesy Kate MccGwire

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Flail / Photo by JP Bland courtesy Kate MccGwire

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Flail, detail / Photo by JP Bland courtesy Kate MccGwire

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shroud-2Shroud, detail / Photo by JP Bland courtesy Kate MccGwire

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Coalesce / Photo by JP Bland courtesy Kate MccGwire

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Coalesce, detail / Photo by JP Bland courtesy Kate MccGwire

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Orchis / Photo by Tesa Angus courtesy Kate MccGwire

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Cusp / Photo by JP Bland courtesy Kate MccGwire

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British sculptor Kate MccGwire (previously) creates uncanny organic sculptures from layers of bird feathers. The objects she creates are so precisely assembled that they seem to form hybrid creatures with tentacles or limbs that twist and curve into unexpected forms.

MccGwire grew up on the Norfolk Broads, a network of rivers and lakes in eastern England where her connection with nature and fascination with birds was nurtured from an early age. Today the artist patiently collects pigeon and mallard feathers which are carefully washed and sorted in preparation for each new sculpture.

If you want to see her work first-hand this month you’re in luck, as she currently has pieces and installations in no less than four five ongoing exhibitions. You can stop by Le Royal Monceau in Paris through November 3rd, Gaasbeek Castle in Belgium, the Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2013 in South Korea, Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, and the Viewing Room exhibition at the Marylebone Church Crypt in London.

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Video Demonstrates a Chickens Ability to Stabilize Its Head

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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

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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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