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A Sculptural Cloud of Plastic Bottles Illustrates One Hour of Trash in NYC

A Sculptural Cloud of Plastic Bottles Illustrates One Hour of Trash in NYC trash sculpture plastic New York multiples installation clouds

All photos by Chuck Choi courtesy Studio KCA

A Sculptural Cloud of Plastic Bottles Illustrates One Hour of Trash in NYC trash sculpture plastic New York multiples installation clouds

A Sculptural Cloud of Plastic Bottles Illustrates One Hour of Trash in NYC trash sculpture plastic New York multiples installation clouds

A Sculptural Cloud of Plastic Bottles Illustrates One Hour of Trash in NYC trash sculpture plastic New York multiples installation clouds

A Sculptural Cloud of Plastic Bottles Illustrates One Hour of Trash in NYC trash sculpture plastic New York multiples installation clouds

A Sculptural Cloud of Plastic Bottles Illustrates One Hour of Trash in NYC trash sculpture plastic New York multiples installation clouds

If you visited Governor’s Island in New York last summer you most certainly saw the billowing, cloud-like structure that sits in the middle of the lawn. And if you’re anything like my kids you probably dashed up to it to see exactly what thing was. But it’s not until you get up close that you realize it’s made from many, many plastic bottles stringed together. “53,780 used plastic bottles,” says designer Jason Klimoski, “the number thrown away in NYC in just 1 hour.” Klimoski and his team at STUDIO KCA collected the bottles – a combination of milk jugs and water bottles – and lashed them together to create “Head in the Clouds,” a pavilion people can walk into, sit inside, and contemplate just how much plastic is thrown away every day.

The structure, however, was temporary and the team is now looking for its next home. If you’re interested in having this in your back yard get in touch with the designers.

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The Cloud: An Interactive Thunderstorm in Your House

The Cloud: An Interactive Thunderstorm in Your House rain lightning lighting clouds

The Cloud: An Interactive Thunderstorm in Your House rain lightning lighting clouds

The Cloud: An Interactive Thunderstorm in Your House rain lightning lighting clouds

Multidisciplinary designer Richard Clarkson experiments with products, lights, and furniture in time split between his New York and New Zealand studios. One of his most elegant creations is Cloud, an interactive light shaped like a cumulus cloud that simulates a thunderstorm both in light and sound based on external input from either a remote control or motion sensors. From Clarkson’s website:

The Cloud is an interactive lamp and speaker system, designed to mimic a thundercloud in both appearance and entertainment. Using motion sensors the cloud detects a user’s presence and creates a unique lightning and thunder show dictated by their movement. The system features a powerful speaker system from which the user can stream music via any Bluetooth compatible device. Using color-changing lights the cloud is able to adapt to the desired lighting color and brightness. The cloud also has alternative modes such as a nightlight and music reactive mode.

Watch the video above to see how it works, and see the different variations in his online store. (via Really Sh*t!)

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Incredible Supercell Thunderstorm Time-lapse Over Kansas by Stephen Locke

Incredible Supercell Thunderstorm Time lapse Over Kansas by Stephen Locke weather Kansas clouds

Incredible Supercell Thunderstorm Time lapse Over Kansas by Stephen Locke weather Kansas clouds

Incredible Supercell Thunderstorm Time lapse Over Kansas by Stephen Locke weather Kansas clouds

Over the past few days there have been several time-lapse videos circulating around the web of a supercell storm forming over the skies in Wyoming. While that video is incredible, this footage by photographer Stephen Locke, captured near Climax, Kansas on May 10th of this year, is even more astounding. A massive vortex of clouds, rain, lightning, and a clearly visible sunset to boot. (via Vimeo)

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A Breathtaking Aerial View of the Chicago Skyline as Reflected on Lake Michigan

A Breathtaking Aerial View of the Chicago Skyline as Reflected on Lake Michigan sunset clouds cityscapes Chicago

While on approach to Chicago O’Hare International Airport last week after a business trip, amateur photographer Mark Hersch glanced out his window at the setting sun and decided to pull out his iPhone to take a photo. Right then the plane banked for a 180-degree left turn over Lake Michigan for a final westward approach when an unexpected play of light occurred: the entire skyline of Chicago was suddenly projected in shadow from underneath the cover of clouds. It’s safe to say this is textbook definition of a once-in-a-lifetime shot. Photo courtesy Mark Hersch. (via Twisted Sifter)

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A Waterfall of Clouds on the Canary Islands

A Waterfall of Clouds on the Canary Islands mountains landscapes clouds Canary Islands
Photo courtesy Dominic Dähncke

While shooting on the Canary Islands late last year, photographer Dominic Dähncke snapped this jaw-dropping shot of clouds flowing over a mountain range on La Palma Island. The photographer shares via 1X:

This photograph was taken in the mountains of “Cumbre Nueva”, in the part west of La Palma, one of the most beautiful island of the Canary Islands, in Spain. To capture cloud’s movement I have set my camera speed to 70 seconds, using a ND filter to minimize the entry of light in camera sensor.

You can see more of Dähncke’s landscape photography over on Flickr.

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Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Just a cursory glance at a few storm photos by Mike Hollingshead and it’s clear this guy has probably seen it all, and probably put his life at risk to do so. The intrepid storm chaser has been enduring foul weather since the late 90s, clocking some 20,000 miles a year in his car as he stalks thunderstorms and other extreme weather occurrences waiting to capture the perfect shot. Hollingshead shares his story with Jakob Schiller over at Raw File, and you can see hundreds of his photos, many available for purchase as prints, over on his website. All images courtesy the artist. (via Raw File)

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Immersive Foam Clouds Tower Over Visitors to the 2013 Aichi Triennale

Immersive Foam Clouds Tower Over Visitors to the 2013 Aichi Triennale installation clouds bubbles
Foam, 2013. Mixed media. Photo by Nobutada Omote, courtesy SANDWICH.

Immersive Foam Clouds Tower Over Visitors to the 2013 Aichi Triennale installation clouds bubbles
Foam, 2013. Mixed media. Photo by Nobutada Omote, courtesy SANDWICH.

Immersive Foam Clouds Tower Over Visitors to the 2013 Aichi Triennale installation clouds bubbles
Foam, 2013. Mixed media. Photo by Nobutada Omote, courtesy SANDWICH.

Immersive Foam Clouds Tower Over Visitors to the 2013 Aichi Triennale installation clouds bubbles
Foam, 2013. Mixed media. Photo by Nobutada Omote, courtesy SANDWICH.

Immersive Foam Clouds Tower Over Visitors to the 2013 Aichi Triennale installation clouds bubbles
Foam, 2013. Mixed media. Photo by Nobutada Omote, courtesy SANDWICH.

Immersive Foam Clouds Tower Over Visitors to the 2013 Aichi Triennale installation clouds bubbles
Foam, 2013. Mixed media. Photo by Nobutada Omote, courtesy SANDWICH.

Immersive Foam Clouds Tower Over Visitors to the 2013 Aichi Triennale installation clouds bubbles
Foam, 2013. Mixed media. Photo by Nobutada Omote, courtesy SANDWICH.

Created by artist Kohei Nawa (previously here and here) for the 2013 Aichi Triennale, Foam is an immsersive cloud-like installation made from huge plumes of amorphous bubbles, meant to mimic a bleak primordial landscape. Nawa is known for his explorations of cellular forms as seen in his extensive series of PixCell sculptures where animal forms are covered in glass beads, and Foam seems to be a natural extension of this. All images courtesy SANDWICH and the 2013 Aichi Triennale.

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