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A Maldives Beach Awash in Bioluminescent Phytoplankton Looks Like an Ocean of Stars 

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While vacationing on the Maldives Islands, Taiwanese photographer Will Ho stumbled onto an incredible stretch of beach covered in millions of bioluminescent phytoplankton. These tiny organisms glow similarly to fireflies and tend to emit light when stressed, such as when waves crash or when they are otherwise agitated. While the phenomenon and its chemical mechanisms have been known for some time, biologists have only recently began to understand the reasons behind it. You can see a few more of Ho’s photographs over on Flickr.

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A Reflective Palace of Rainbows by Kimsooja 

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Created in 2006 by multidisciplinary artist Kimsooja, To Breathe – A Mirror Woman was an elaborate installation at the Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro, in Madrid. Originally built in the late 1880s to house a collection of flora and fauna from the Philippines, Kimsooja transformed the Palacio de Cristal into a multisensory sound and light experience. A special translucent diffraction film was used to cover the windows to create an array of naturally occurring rainbows which were in turn reflected by a mirrored surface that covered the entire floor. Additionally, an audio recording of the artist breathing was played throughout the space to further enhance the experience. The installation was on view through the end of the summer and you can read much more about it here.

Kimsooja most recently wrapped the Korean Pavilion with a similar film treatment at the 2013 Venice Art Biennale. (via My Amp Goes to 11)

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Ephemeral Rays: Hundreds of Suspended Light Bulbs in a UK Dockyard 

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Installed earlier this summer at the Chatham Historic Dockyard, Ephemeral Rays is a new work by artist Charlotte Smith. The piece consists of several hundred lights on filaments that fill a large window of a galvanizing shop. Of the work she shares:

Originally installed at Chatham Historic Dockyard, Ephemeral Rays depicted the volume of a fleeting ray of light beaming through a window of the Galvanising Shop. Reinstalled at Turner Contemporary the work evolved into a new form; drawing on the stunning expanse of sea and sky, the infinite horizon line was the focal point of the composition.

You can see much more over on her website. (via My Modern Met, Lustik)

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Fluorescent Light Installations by Yochai Matos 

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Flame (Gate), 2009

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Flame (Gate), 2009

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Flame (Gate), 2009

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Aurora, 2012

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Aurora, 2012

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Sunset, 2008

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The Striped Unicorn, 2010

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The Striped Unicorn, 2010

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You Are a Saint, 2011

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You Are a Saint, 2011

Multidisciplinary artist Yochai Matos lives and works in Tel Aviv where he creates a wide variety of indoor and outdoor artworks that span the gamut from street art to collage, photography, painting, and especially his brilliant fluorescent light bulb installations seen here. A graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, the artist has also worked on large-scale public interventions like his You’ve Got Mail project where 24,000 stickers were placed on mailboxes around Tel Aviv, or his ongoing People With Wings which can be seen in Port Jaffa. You can see much more over on his website.

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Puzzle Facade: Ars Electronica’s Media Building Turned into a Giant Interactive Rubik’s Cube 

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For his thesis project in “Interface Culture” at the University of Arts and Industrial Design Linz, designer Javier Lloret converted the entire facade of the Ars Electronica building in Linz, Austria into an interactive Rubik’s Cube called Puzzle Facade. Lloret created a handheld device the mimics the function of the ubiquitous puzzle toy which then wirelessly communicates with a computer that controls the network of lights installed on the building. From his website:

In Puzzle Facade the player interacts with the specially designed interface-cube. The interface-cube holds electronic components inside that allow for it keep track of its orientation and the rotations of each side of the cube. This data is sent over Bluetooth to a computer that runs the Puzzle Facade designed software. This software changes the lights and color of the large-scale Ars Electronica’s media facade in correlation to the handheld interface-cube.

Due to the nature of this building and its surroundings, the player is only able to see two sides at the same time. This factor increases the difficulty of solving the puzzle, but as the player is able to rotate and flip the interface-cube, it is not a blocking factor.

Although Lloret was the primary designer for the project he relied on a huge team of people to realize the idea. You can learn much more here. (via Vimeo)

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An Aerial Kinetic Sculpture with 256 Helium Balloons Embedded with LEDs 

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Cyclique was an aerial light and sound installation created by audiovisual artist Nohista and Collectif Coin for Nuit Blanche 2013 (previously). The array of 256 large white balloons was embedded with LEDs that blinked in sequence with various audio tracks and was further enhanced by the impact of wind which altered the layout and motion of the piece.

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