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Photograph of Multicolored “Cloud” Galaxy by Amateur Photographers Combines 1,060 Hours of Exposure

May 4, 2019

Andrew LaSane

A group of French amateur astrophotographers called Ciel Austral ("Southern Sky") have shared a 240-megapixel image of the Large Magellan Cloud (LMC). Constructed using 4,000 images, the seamless collage required over 1,060 hours of exposures. Together, the images form a massive digital poster with colorful explosions and pockets of cosmic dust that resemble watercolors dripped and blown across an inky black surface. The individual photos that make up the 14,400-pixel-wide image were captured between July 2017 and February 2019 using a 160mm refracting telescope at an observatory in Chile that is owned by the photographers. The colors in the image…

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Art Craft Photography

Colossal’s Favorite Books of 2021

December 8, 2021

Colossal

Before we (eagerly) say goodbye to 2021, we're taking a look back at the year, starting with the books we covered on Colossal. Throughout the past 12 months, we published dozens of articles centered on new artist monographs and tomes surveying broader topics that range from art and design to science and history. We've gathered our top 10 below, although you can browse nearly every title we mentioned on the site on Bookshop.   Nature’s Palette: A Color Reference System from the Natural World Nature’s Palette: A Color Reference System from the Natural World pairs 110 color swatches from the…

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Art History Photography

An Immense New Book Surveys the Work of More Than 300 African Artists

October 15, 2021

Grace Ebert

One of the most expansive volumes of its kind, African Artists: From 1882 to Now compiles a broad sampling of works from more than 300 modern and contemporary artists born or living on the continent. Within its 350-plus pages, the massive text spans a range of mediums and aesthetics, from Mary Sibande's sprawling postcolonial installations and Wangechi Mutu's fantastical watercolor collages to the cotton-embroidered photographs by Joana Choumali. The forthcoming…

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Art

Ceramic Head Sculptures by En Iwamura Explore Philosophies of Movement and Space

December 29, 2019

Andrew LaSane

Japanese artist En Iwamura creates large ceramic sculptures of heads with minimalist facial features. Holes and slits reference eyes and mouths on the oddly-shaped forms, while uniform grooves traverse the clay surfaces in complex patterns. With site-responsive installations, the artist introduces viewers to the Japanese philosophy of Ma⁠—the relationship between viewers, objects, and negative space⁠—and gives them the opportunity to experience it first-hand. Born in Kyoto to artist parents, Iwamura studied at Kanazawa College of Craft and Art where he earned MFA and BFA in Crafts/Ceramics. In 2013, he traveled to…

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Photography Science

Overview: A New Book of High-Def Satellite Images Capturing How People Have Changed the Earth

October 28, 2016

Christopher Jobson

In December of 2013, an Instagram account called Daily Overview began to catalog a wide spectrum of satellite images…

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Art

Artist Loris Cecchini Turns Gallery Walls into Vibrating Pools of Liquid

July 26, 2016

Christopher Jobson

In his ongoing series of relief sculptures titled "Wallwave Vibrations," artist Loris Cecchini appears to liquify the walls of art galleries by turning them into pools of undulating waves caused by sound. Each piece is first digitally produced and then fabricated with polyester resin before being seamlessly applied to a flat surface. He remarks about the pieces: In my most recent sculptures, the 'Wallwave Vibrations' series, one loses the element of the object proper. The concern for alteration is concerned more particularly with the physical manifestation of the vibrations, expressed each…

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