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Science

Terrifying ‘Orchid Mantis’ is Camouflaged to Look Exactly Like a Pink Orchid Flower

December 26, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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In an unparalleled feat of natural selection the Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) from Southeast Asia has evolved to look almost exactly like an orchid flower in order to lure unsuspecting prey. If looking like a plant isn’t impressive enough the clever insect also changes color from pink to brown according to its environment. (via Boing Boing)

 

 



Art Photography

High Speed Flower Explosions by Martin Klimas

September 9, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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The life of a flower usually ends in slow, inglorious decay as petals wilt and succombs to the cycle of life, but these flowers shot by German photographer Martin Klimas go out with a bang. You might recognize Klimas’ work from his wildly popular series of shattered ceramic figures photographed at high speed as they hit the ground. For his exploding flower photographs the artist first soaked them in liquid nitrogen to ensure the petals were brittle as eggshells and then blasted them from behind with an air gun resulting in dazzling bursts of color.

You can see more from this series over at Feature Shoot, and Klimas also opens a show called Sonic at Foley Gallery in New York starting September 18, 2013. If you liked this be sure to check out the work of Jon Shireman. (via My Modern Met)

 

 



Art

Giant Sculptural Floats Covered in Flowers from Corso Zundert 2013

September 3, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Bubblegum by Gerard van Erk, Jack Nouws and Brian Boot / Photo © Omroep Brabant

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It Wasn’t Me by Erik van Elsacker, Aart-Jan Borrias and René Jochems / Photo © Omroep Brabant

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Crazy Gold by Steven van Erck and Stefan van Steen / Photo © Niels Braspenning

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Vennus of Milos by Robin Schijfs, Jesse Verheijen and Ton van Beek / Photo © Niels Braspenning

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Spring Chicken by Kees Oomen / Photo © Niels Braspenning

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Tricked by Jos van Aert and Erwin Braspenning / Photo © Niels Braspenning

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Monsters by Sander van Hooydonk, Fedde van Erk and Gijs Leijdekkers / Photo © Niels Braspenning

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Gordel by Roy Verdaesdonck and Niek van den Broek / Photo © Omroep Brabant

It’s the biggest time of year for the small town of Zundert in the Netherlands. Twenty gigantic floats were paraded through the city as part of Corso Zundert (previously), an annual flower parade that sees teams of designers and artisans compete to build the most original sculpture covered almost completely with dahlia flowers.

Several floats appearing in Corso Zundert this year contained moving parts, including the winner, Crazy Gold, that had some 53 moving components. You can see a ranking of this years competitors over on Croso Zundert, videos on YouTube, and many more photos courtesy Omroep Brabant.

 

 



Art

A Historic Staircase in Caltagirone, Sicily Used as a Backdrop for Light and Flower Festivals

August 12, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Built in 1608, the Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte is a 142-step staircase in Caltagirone, Sicily made from thousands of ceramic tiles, one design per step, as a fitting tribute to a city known for its design and production of ceramics and terra-cotta sculptures. For centuries the stairs have been used as a backdrop for various festivals for which images of patron saints and other local themes are illustrated using thousands of flowers or candles. You can learn more about the La Scala Flower Festival over on My Modern Met, or the light festival called the Scala Illuminata. Photos by Andrea Annaloro. (via My Modern Met)

 

 



Art

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi

July 19, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Peacock made of butterfly pea flowers, bottlebrush leaves, coconut leaf sticks, allamandas/trumpet flowers

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Rooster made of gerberas and leaves

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Parrot made from butterfly peas and gerberas

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Kingfisher made of gerberas, butterfly peas and purple shamrocks

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Hornbill made of chrysanthemums, germeras and purple shamrocks

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Flamingos made from pink gerberas and twigs

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Northern cardinal made of red gerberas and deep purple chrysanthemums with dill

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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)

 

 



Art Design

A Japanese Ad Agency Reinvents Advertising for Funeral Services

May 13, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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In the terrifying wake of 2011 the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, funerals become a commonplace ordeal as the nation dealt with unprecedented loss. Like most cultures, Japanese funerals are somber affairs punctuated with black and white with any deviation considered taboo or inappropriate. Reflecting on the enormity of recent events, funeral home Nishinihon Tenrei approached Tokyo-based ad agency I&S BBDO to create an ad for a trade show that would buck the trend of muted colors so prevalent in the industry. The agency responded with this unprecedented figure of a skeleton made with pressed flowers that overtly celebrates the cycle of life by introducing color and elements of nature that are often avoided in such services. The image was considered so successful it went on to win a design merit award from the 2013 One Club Awards. (via spoon & tamago)

 

 



Art Photography

Double Exposure Portraits by Sara K Byrne

April 16, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Portland-based photographer Sarah K. Byrne recently wrote and filmed a detailed tutorial on how to make multiple exposure photographs using a Cannon 5D Mark III camera and accompanied the article with some great examples of her own work. You can see more of her photography over on Tumblr, and if you liked this you can see many more examples of multiple exposure photography right here. (via fstoppers)