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Crafts

Incredibly Lifelike Insects Crafted out of Bamboo by Noriyuki Saitoh

Incredibly Lifelike Insects Crafted out of Bamboo by Noriyuki Saitoh

October 7, 2017

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Laura Staugaitis

Capturing anatomical essences with uncanny skill, Japanese artist Noriyuki Saitoh constructs life-sized insects using bamboo. The natural material’s versatility lends a surprisingly wide range of colors and textures to each creature. And although the first impression is of insects that are ready to crawl or fly off the page, Saitoh engages a thoughtful process of paring down each bug to its essential forms that give the impression of life. More



Art Crafts

Aspen Trees Grow on Delicate Ceramic Vessels by Heesoo Lee

Aspen Trees Grow on Delicate Ceramic Vessels by Heesoo Lee

Sep.21.17

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Laura

Ceramic artist Heesoo Lee brings the textural depth of aspen forest canopies to her sculptural bowls and vases. Lee painstakingly places each and every leaf by hand, building unique, organic trees that seem to come to life with their shimmering, colorful leaves. While the vibrant glazes add a lifelike layer, the pieces are equally stunning in their unglazed form. More



Photography

Aerial Images of Vibrant Landscapes by Photographer Niaz Uddin

Aerial Images of Vibrant Landscapes by Photographer Niaz Uddin

Sep.19.17

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Kate

Niaz Uddin is a photographer, director, and filmmaker that explores a variety of natural landscapes from high above. His color-saturated photographs explore crowded beaches and remote tide pools, capturing each of the scenic environments from a bird’s eye view. One of my favorite images is the picture above, which provides a rare perspective of the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park. More



Art

Lisa Ericson Imagines Fantastical Ecosystems Carried on the Backs of Turtles

Lisa Ericson Imagines Fantastical Ecosystems Carried on the Backs of Turtles

Aug.28.17

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Laura

Portland, Oregon-based artist Lisa Ericson blends her hyperreallist painting style with a vivid imagination, resulting in fantastical combinations of plants and animals. Ericson tends to focus on one specific flora/fauna combination at a time, like hybrid mouserflies or coral fish. Her most recent series, Mobile Habitats, highlights turtles that support small ecosystems on their shells. More



Art Crafts

Biodiversity Reclamation Suits: Extinct Bird Costumes for Urban Pigeons Crocheted by Laurel Roth Hope

Biodiversity Reclamation Suits: Extinct Bird Costumes for Urban Pigeons Crocheted by Laurel Roth Hope

Aug.15.17

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Christopher

When first engaging with these crocheted bird suits by artist Laurel Roth Hope it’s not without a bit of whimsy and an immediately appreciation for her skill with yarn and needle. The colorful one-of-a-kind sweaters are each designed to fit a standard urban pigeon, complete with a hood retrofitted with eye and beak holes. While the project isn’t without a bit of humor, its warning is particularly dire: each suit represents an extinct bird species and highlights the futility of restoring lost biodiversity. More



Photography

Vibrant Mushroom Arrangements Photographed by Jill Bliss

Vibrant Mushroom Arrangements Photographed by Jill Bliss

Aug.4.17

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Christopher

Artist and educator Jill Bliss lives on a small island in the Salish Sea, an intricate network of coastal waterways that stretches from British Columbia to the Pacific Northwest. It’s here amongst a vast array of biodiversity that she creates artworks that span illustration, photography, and the temporary arrangement of local plants and mushrooms she refers to as Nature Medleys. More



Photography Science

A Photographer Captures the Unusual Way Sperm Whales Sleep

A Photographer Captures the Unusual Way Sperm Whales Sleep

Jul.4.17

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Kate

Photographer Franco Banfi and a team of scuba divers were following a pod of sperm whales when suddenly the large creatures became motionless and began to take a synchronized vertical rest. This strange sleeping position was first discovered only in 2008, when a team of biologists from the UK and Japan drifted into their own group of non-active sperm whales. After studying tagged whales the team learned this collective slumber occurs for approximately 7 percent of the animal’s life, in short increments of just 6-24 minutes. More



Photography Science

Alexander Semenov Photographs Astonishing Creatures from the Depths of the World’s Oceans

Alexander Semenov Photographs Astonishing Creatures from the Depths of the World’s Oceans

Jun.16.17

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Christopher

If you’re like me, the only possible reaction to these recent photographs by marine biologist Alexander Semenov is “What is that? What is that?! WHAT IS THAT!?” Semenov is the head of the diving at Moscow State University’s White Sea Biological Station where he brings nearly a decade of underwater photography experience to a wide variety of research and exploration projects. He focuses mostly on invertebrate animals found in the Arctic ocean: squishy, wiggly, translucent creatures from jellyfish to worms found deep underwater, most of which have never been documented with such detail and clarity. More



Art

Mimesis: New Anatomical Paintings Depicting Flora and Fauna by Nunzio Paci

Mimesis: New Anatomical Paintings Depicting Flora and Fauna by Nunzio Paci

Jun.5.17

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Kate

Bologna-based Italian artist Nunzio Paci (previously here and here) produces hauntingly detailed paintings that combine anatomical renderings with multi-colored blossoms and leaves. His latest series, Mimesis, is inspired by the idea of species evolving together over time, and the similarities shared by different organisms in order to better adapt to predators and climate. More



Art

Forests Cut into Vehicles and Street Signage by Dan Rawlings

Forests Cut into Vehicles and Street Signage by Dan Rawlings

Jun.5.17

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Christopher

Artist Dan Rawlings merges subject matter that would seem to be in direct contrast to its medium: trees cut into an old silo or ferns that sprout from rusty street signage. A collision of urban and rural. “I try to create images that remind people of the moments when everything seems possible and free,” says Rawlings, “times when climbing a tree, or sitting admiring the way its branches twist and curl means nothing, but means everything.” More



Art

A Human-Shaped Pool Reflects the Sky Over Tbilisi by Icy & Sot

A Human-Shaped Pool Reflects the Sky Over Tbilisi by Icy & Sot

Jun.4.17

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Christopher

Brooklyn-based artist duo Icy & Sot were recently in Tbilisi, Georgia where they installed this temporary piece titled “Nature’s Reflection” as part of Art-Villa Garikula. More