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Artist Rachel Sussman Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World before They Vanish

Artist Rachel Sussman Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World before They Vanish science plants nature history
La Llareta (up to 3,000 years old; Atacama Desert, Chile)

Artist Rachel Sussman Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World before They Vanish science plants nature history
Spruce Gran Picea #0909 – 11A07 (9,550 years old; Fulufjället, Sweden)

Artist Rachel Sussman Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World before They Vanish science plants nature history
Welwitschia Mirabilis #0707-22411 (2,000 years old; Namib-Naukluft Desert, Namibia)

Artist Rachel Sussman Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World before They Vanish science plants nature history
Antarctic Moss #0212-7B33 (5,500 years old; Elephant Island, Antarctica)

Artist Rachel Sussman Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World before They Vanish science plants nature history
Jōmon Sugi, Japanese Cedar #0704-002 (2,180-7,000 years old; Yakushima, Japan

Artist Rachel Sussman Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World before They Vanish science plants nature history
Underground Forest #0707-10333 (13,000 years old; Pretoria South Africa) DECEASED

Artist Rachel Sussman Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World before They Vanish science plants nature history

Since 2004, Brooklyn-based contemporary artist Rachel Sussman has researched, collaborated with biologists, and braved some of the world’s harshest climates from Antarctica to the Mojave Desert in order to photograph the oldest continuously living organisms on Earth. This includes plants like Pando, the “Trembling Giant,” a colony of aspens in Utah with a massive underground root system estimated to be around 80,000 years old. Or the dense Llareta plants in South America that grow 1.5 centimeters anually and live over 3,000 years. This is the realm of life where time is measured in millennia, and where despite such astonishing longevity, ecosystems are now threatened due to climate change and human encroachment.

Sussman’s photographs have now been gathered together for the first time in The Oldest Living Things in the World, a new book published by the University of Chicago Press. Sitting at the intersection of art, science, and travelogue, the book details her adventures in tracking down each subject and relays the valuable scientific work done by scientists to understand them. It includes 124 photographs, 30 essays, infographics and forewords by Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Carl Zimmer.

You can learn more about Sussman’s project in her 2010 TED Talk. (via Hyperallergic)

Update: Rachel Sussman was just named a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow.

DIY House Plant Cupcakes

DIY House Plant Cupcakes plants food DIY cooking cake cacti

DIY House Plant Cupcakes plants food DIY cooking cake cacti

DIY House Plant Cupcakes plants food DIY cooking cake cacti

Apropos of I’m on a diet and am also a masochist, Brooklyn-based baker Alana Jones-Mann has a sweet DIY article on how to make cupakes that look like common miniature cacti. It turns out all you need is mass quantities of tasty, tasty frosting (because why does anyone eat a cupcake anyway), green food coloring, and an unreasonable amount of baking talent. If you liked this, you might also like cakes that look like planets. (via Neatorama, Blazenfluff)

The Incredible Underwater Art of Competitive Aquascaping

The Incredible Underwater Art of Competitive Aquascaping plants fish aquariums Forest Scent, Pavel Bautin. Russia. 2010 IAPLC Grand Prize Winner

The Incredible Underwater Art of Competitive Aquascaping plants fish aquariums
Pale Wind, Takayuki Fukada. Japan. 2013 IAPLC Gold Prize

The Incredible Underwater Art of Competitive Aquascaping plants fish aquariums
Whisper of the pines, Serkan Çetinkol. Turkey. 2013 IAPLC Top 27

The Incredible Underwater Art of Competitive Aquascaping plants fish aquariums
Verve!, Chow Wai Sun. Hong Kong. 2011 IAPLC Bronze Prize

The Incredible Underwater Art of Competitive Aquascaping plants fish aquariums
Way to heaven, Dmitriy Parshin. Russia.

The Incredible Underwater Art of Competitive Aquascaping plants fish aquariums
Wild West, Stjepan Erdeljić. Croatia.

The Incredible Underwater Art of Competitive Aquascaping plants fish aquariums
Georgi Chaushev, Bulgaria. 2012 IAPLC Top 100.

The Incredible Underwater Art of Competitive Aquascaping plants fish aquariums
Francisco Wu, Spain. 2012 IAPLC Top 100.

The Incredible Underwater Art of Competitive Aquascaping plants fish aquariums
Long Tran Hoang, Vietnam. 2012 IAPLC Third Place.

The Incredible Underwater Art of Competitive Aquascaping plants fish aquariums
Pilgrimage, Shintaro Matsui. Japan. 2013 IAPLC Fifth Place.

No, these aren’t exactly your childhood goldfish bowls. The world of competitive aquarium design, or aquascaping, is just as difficult, expensive, and cutthroat as any other sport but requires expertise in many different fields to guarantee success. Aquarium designers possess large amounts of expertise in biology, design, photography, and excel in the art of patience, as individual aquascapes can take months if not years to fully mature into a completed landscape.

The world’s largest nature aquarium and aquatic plants layout competition is the International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest (IAPLC) which annually ranks hundreds of competitors from around the world with Asian and Eastern European countries generally dominating the top slots. While it’s somewhat difficult to track down galleries of winners from every year, above are some amazing entries from the last few years. To see more, oh so much more, check out: IAPLC Grand Prize Works, IAPLC 2011 Top 27, IAPLC 2013 Top 6, IAPLC 2012 Top 200 (or here), and the first Eastern European Planted Aquarium Design Contest.

Vintage Textiles Transformed Into Flora and Fauna by Self-Taught Artist Mr. Finch

Vintage Textiles Transformed Into Flora and Fauna by Self Taught Artist Mr. Finch textiles sculpture plants animals

Vintage Textiles Transformed Into Flora and Fauna by Self Taught Artist Mr. Finch textiles sculpture plants animals

Vintage Textiles Transformed Into Flora and Fauna by Self Taught Artist Mr. Finch textiles sculpture plants animals

Vintage Textiles Transformed Into Flora and Fauna by Self Taught Artist Mr. Finch textiles sculpture plants animals

Vintage Textiles Transformed Into Flora and Fauna by Self Taught Artist Mr. Finch textiles sculpture plants animals

Vintage Textiles Transformed Into Flora and Fauna by Self Taught Artist Mr. Finch textiles sculpture plants animals

Vintage Textiles Transformed Into Flora and Fauna by Self Taught Artist Mr. Finch textiles sculpture plants animals

Vintage Textiles Transformed Into Flora and Fauna by Self Taught Artist Mr. Finch textiles sculpture plants animals

The self-taught artist Mr. Finch is part hunter, part gatherer and fully genius. Obsessed with the rolling hills and mossy woods near his home in Yorkshire, Finch goes gathering for inspiration. “Flowers, insects and birds really fascinate me with their amazing life cycles and extraordinary nests and behaviour,” says the artist. He then goes hunting for vintage textiles—velvet curtains from an old hotel, a threadbare wedding dress or a vintage apron—and transforms them into all sorts of beasts and toadstools. The aged feel creates a sense of authenticity, or mystery; as if each piece has an incredible story to tell.

Mr. Finch works alone so all his work is limited. You can see all his creations and keep up with him on Facebook. (thnx, Kirsty!)

Fashion in Leaves by Tang Chiew Ling

Fashion in Leaves by Tang Chiew Ling plants leaves fashion

Fashion in Leaves by Tang Chiew Ling plants leaves fashion

Fashion in Leaves by Tang Chiew Ling plants leaves fashion

Fashion in Leaves by Tang Chiew Ling plants leaves fashion

Fashion in Leaves by Tang Chiew Ling plants leaves fashion

Fashion in Leaves by Tang Chiew Ling plants leaves fashion

Fashion in Leaves by Tang Chiew Ling plants leaves fashion

Fashion in Leaves is ongoing personal project by Malaysian illustrator and artist Tang Chiew Ling that explores various forms of leaves and flowers as if they were fashion sketches. Ling previously merged flora with illustration in another series of images called Object Art, and if you liked this, also checkout Drawing with Leaves. (via The Jackass Gardener)

Graft Tableware: Biodegradable Utensils that Look Like Vegetables

Graft Tableware: Biodegradable Utensils that Look Like Vegetables  vegetables plants fruit food dining biodegradable

Graft Tableware: Biodegradable Utensils that Look Like Vegetables  vegetables plants fruit food dining biodegradable

Graft Tableware: Biodegradable Utensils that Look Like Vegetables  vegetables plants fruit food dining biodegradable

Graft Tableware: Biodegradable Utensils that Look Like Vegetables  vegetables plants fruit food dining biodegradable

For her diploma project at the École cantonale d’art de Lausanne in Switzerland, product designer Qiyun Deng created a beautiful set of utensils and and serving bowls made from bioplastic PLA, a material most often derived from vegetable fats, oils, or starches. Titled Graft, the delicately crafted design of each piece serves as a reminder of the biodegradable materials used to create them: a celery stem becomes a handle for a fork, a stalk of fennel becomes a knife, a slender carrot a spoon.

While Graft is just a concept at this point, I imagine these could sell extraordinarily well given the right price. But could you actually bring yourself to toss such a beautifully designed object in the compost bin? Learn more over on Deng’s website. (via THEmag)

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi plants multiples flowers birds
Peacock made of butterfly pea flowers, bottlebrush leaves, coconut leaf sticks, allamandas/trumpet flowers

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi plants multiples flowers birds

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi plants multiples flowers birds
Rooster made of gerberas and leaves

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi plants multiples flowers birds
Parrot made from butterfly peas and gerberas

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi plants multiples flowers birds
Kingfisher made of gerberas, butterfly peas and purple shamrocks

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi plants multiples flowers birds
Hornbill made of chrysanthemums, germeras and purple shamrocks

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi plants multiples flowers birds
Flamingos made from pink gerberas and twigs

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi plants multiples flowers birds
Flamingo made from pink gerberas and twigs

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi plants multiples flowers birds
Northern cardinal made of red gerberas and deep purple chrysanthemums with dill

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi plants multiples flowers birds

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)

Monumental Plant Sculptures at the 2013 Mosaicultures Internationales de Montréal

Monumental Plant Sculptures at the 2013 Mosaicultures Internationales de Montréal plants gardening

Monumental Plant Sculptures at the 2013 Mosaicultures Internationales de Montréal plants gardening

Monumental Plant Sculptures at the 2013 Mosaicultures Internationales de Montréal plants gardening

Monumental Plant Sculptures at the 2013 Mosaicultures Internationales de Montréal plants gardening

Monumental Plant Sculptures at the 2013 Mosaicultures Internationales de Montréal plants gardening

Monumental Plant Sculptures at the 2013 Mosaicultures Internationales de Montréal plants gardening

Monumental Plant Sculptures at the 2013 Mosaicultures Internationales de Montréal plants gardening

Monumental Plant Sculptures at the 2013 Mosaicultures Internationales de Montréal plants gardening

Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal is an international mosaiculture competition held in Montréal, Canada. According to their website, mosaiculture “is a refined horticultural art that involves creating and mounting living artworks made primarily from plants with colourful foliage (generally annuals, and occasionally perennials).” The 2013 competition and exhibition opened June 22 and runs through September 29 at the Montréal Botanical Garden and features some 22,000 plant species and cultivars distributed throughout 10 exhibition greenhouses and 30 themed gardens.

You can see hundreds more photos over on Flickr, however all photos here are copyright Guy Boily courtesy MIM. If you liked this, also check out the Bloemencorso parade in Zundert, Netherlands.

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