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Nunzio Paci’s Graphite and Oil Paintings Merge Nature and Anatomy

Nunzio Pacis Graphite and Oil Paintings Merge Nature and Anatomy plants nature animals anatomy

Nunzio Pacis Graphite and Oil Paintings Merge Nature and Anatomy plants nature animals anatomy

Nunzio Pacis Graphite and Oil Paintings Merge Nature and Anatomy plants nature animals anatomy

Nunzio Pacis Graphite and Oil Paintings Merge Nature and Anatomy plants nature animals anatomy

Nunzio Pacis Graphite and Oil Paintings Merge Nature and Anatomy plants nature animals anatomy

Nunzio Pacis Graphite and Oil Paintings Merge Nature and Anatomy plants nature animals anatomy

Nunzio Pacis Graphite and Oil Paintings Merge Nature and Anatomy plants nature animals anatomy

Nunzio Pacis Graphite and Oil Paintings Merge Nature and Anatomy plants nature animals anatomy

Nunzio Pacis Graphite and Oil Paintings Merge Nature and Anatomy plants nature animals anatomy

Italian artist Nunzio Paci works with pencil and oil paints to create strange amalgamations of plants and animals in what he describes as an intent to “explore the infinite possibilities of life, in search of a balance between reality and imagination.” Paci currently has a solo show including several of the pieces you see here at the Palazzo del Podestà in Bologna through October 12. (via Artchipel)

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A Swirling Willow Figure Rises from the Grounds of Shambellie House in Scotland

A Swirling Willow Figure Rises from the Grounds of Shambellie House in Scotland trees sculpture plants gardening

The Whirling Dervish was a willow sculpture by artist Trevor Leat that was installed in 2012 at Shambellie House, in New Abbey, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. Leat is known for his work with willow trees which he grows organically for use in furniture, baskets, and sculptures. Unfortunately, Shambellie House, which housed the National Museum of Costume, closed in 2013, so this piece may no longer be viewable. (via Colossal Submissions)

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Timelapse of Dormant ‘Rose of Jericho’ Plants Exploding to Life After Exposure to Water

Timelapse of Dormant Rose of Jericho Plants Exploding to Life After Exposure to Water video art timelapse science plants nature

Timelapse of Dormant Rose of Jericho Plants Exploding to Life After Exposure to Water video art timelapse science plants nature

Timelapse of Dormant Rose of Jericho Plants Exploding to Life After Exposure to Water video art timelapse science plants nature

The Rose of Jericho (Selaginella lepidophylla) is a species of desert moss that has the amazing ability to ‘resurrect’ itself after bouts of extreme dehydration lasting months or even years. After just a few hours of exposure to moisture the plants burst to life, uncurling from a tight ball of dry leaves to a green flower-like shape. Videographer Sean Steininger shot this timelapse of several plants as he exposed them to water. (via Cause, Science!)

Update: Apparently a few places sell these plants online.

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Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art

Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art space plants photography flowers

Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art space plants photography flowers

Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art space plants photography flowers

Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art space plants photography flowers

Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art space plants photography flowers

Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art space plants photography flowers

Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art space plants photography flowers

Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art space plants photography flowers

Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art space plants photography flowers

Last week Japanese botanic artist Makoto Azuma attempted to go where most artists only dream of going: to space. In a project titled Exbiotanica, last week Azuma and his crew traveled to Black Rock Desert outside Gerlach, Nevada. In the dead of night Azuma’s project began. The team launched two of Azuma’s artworks – a 50-year old pine suspended from a metal frame and an arrangement of flowers – into the stratosphere using a large helium balloon. The entire project was documented, revealing some surreal photographs of plants floating above planet earth. “The best thing about this project is that space is so foreign to most of us,” says John Powell of JP Aerospace. “So seeing a familiar object like a bouquet of flowers flying above Earth domesticates space, and the idea of traveling into it.” (syndicated from Spoon & Tamago)

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Eye Heart Spleen: Human Organs Made from Flowers and Plants by Camila Carlow

Eye Heart Spleen: Human Organs Made from Flowers and Plants by Camila Carlow plants flowers anatomy
Lungs

Eye Heart Spleen: Human Organs Made from Flowers and Plants by Camila Carlow plants flowers anatomy
Intestines

Eye Heart Spleen: Human Organs Made from Flowers and Plants by Camila Carlow plants flowers anatomy
Heart

Eye Heart Spleen: Human Organs Made from Flowers and Plants by Camila Carlow plants flowers anatomy
Eye

Eye Heart Spleen: Human Organs Made from Flowers and Plants by Camila Carlow plants flowers anatomy
Kidneys

This delicate series of sculpted plants is part of a project by artist Camila Carlow titled Eye Heart Spleen. The photographic project is comprised of 13 images representing human organs constructed from plants and flowers. From Carlow’s statement about the project:

The most fascinating and intricate of biological structures, yet we rarely pay heed to the organs inside our body. Regardless of whether we fill ourselves with toxins or nourishing food, whether we exercise or not—our organs sustain us, working away effortlessly and unnoticed.

In a similar way, plants flourishing in the urban environment are a testament to nature’s indifference to our goings on. They grow out of the sides of buildings, in brick walls and between the cracks in concrete, despite of the traffic and pollution.

Camila Carlow is a Guatemalan-born artist based in Bristol, England, and she works in a range of mediums from photography and painting as well as cinematography. Several of the Eye Heart Spleen photos are available as prints in her shop. (via Sweet Station)

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Man Spends 13 Years Transforming a Hedge into a Massive Dragon

Man Spends 13 Years Transforming a Hedge into a Massive Dragon sculpture plants gardening
Photo © Damien Mcfadden

Man Spends 13 Years Transforming a Hedge into a Massive Dragon sculpture plants gardening
Photo © Damien Mcfadden

Man Spends 13 Years Transforming a Hedge into a Massive Dragon sculpture plants gardening
Photo © Damien Mcfadden

Man Spends 13 Years Transforming a Hedge into a Massive Dragon sculpture plants gardening
Photo © Damien Mcfadden

Man Spends 13 Years Transforming a Hedge into a Massive Dragon sculpture plants gardening
Photo © Damien Mcfadden

Man Spends 13 Years Transforming a Hedge into a Massive Dragon sculpture plants gardening
Photo © Damien Mcfadden

Man Spends 13 Years Transforming a Hedge into a Massive Dragon sculpture plants gardening
Photo © Damien Mcfadden

Plant care comes in many forms. For some of us it’s enough to keep a few potted plants hanging on for dear life on a windowsill, while others indulge in the joy of pushing lawnmower around every few weeks, or maybe even keeping a garden. But John Brooker of Norfolk had a horticultural vision unlike the rest of us. For the past 13 years he’s hacked and trimmed and molded the 150ft-long (45.7m) hedge outside his Frizzleton Farm property into a massive dragon complete with flowing tail and wings. Photographer Damien McFadden (also on Facebook) recently stopped by to snap these fantastic photos of Brooker at work. All images courtesy the photographer. (via Neatorama, BBC)

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Unearth the Secrets of the Green Kingdom with the ‘Plants’ App from Tinybop

Unearth the Secrets of the Green Kingdom with the Plants App from Tinybop science plants kids education app

Unearth the Secrets of the Green Kingdom with the Plants App from Tinybop science plants kids education app

You might remember an awesome app mentioned here a few months ago from the creative team over at Tinybop called The Human Body. The educational app takes you deep inside the, erm, bowels of the human body using artwork from illustrator and designer Kelli Anderson. Less than a year later we get to see the latest addition to Tinybop’s Explorer’s Library series, Plants.

The educational title lets you explore two interactive dioramas (forest and desert) illustrated by Marie Caudry where you learn about the lifecycle of plants and how they interact with the rest of the world. Tundra and grassland biomes coming soon.

Tinybop also invited Anderson back in a partnership with Daniel Dunnam to create this paper stop motion short to promote Plants. Download the app here here. (via Colossal Swissmiss)

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