In a wooded area of Lincolnshire, it's not unusual for people to partake in what's dubbed a "drive through body part heist." The preposterously named activity involves a trip to Mannakin—a Midlands mannequin distributor frequented by a wide array of clientele like merchandisers, film crews, and Halloween devotees—where visitors spend 15 minutes scouring its meters-high pile of discarded forms for, none other than, body parts. These challenges to fill a car with as many pieces as possible are just one part of the company's business model, which involves saving the used fiberglass displays from landfills and returning them to…Read More
Back in 1995, Christian Moullec embarked on his first migration alongside a flock of lesser white-fronted geese that he intended to introduce to Sweden. He flew an adapted delta plane alongside the birds, which were threatened after being overhunted, and protect them on their journey. This initial mission quickly morphed into a now decades-long project of training avian populations to utilize more secure paths as they travel across Europe, ensuring that the already dwindled species would survive the trek and be able to reproduce. English YouTuber and educator Tom Scott (previously) joins Moullec on one of the flights above…Read More
The coastal town of Helensburgh is located in one of the wettest regions of Scotland, averaging more than 190 days and 63 inches of rainfall each year, and it's also the site of an architectural masterpiece by famed designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Built in 1904, "Hill House" is a modern construction with a focus on light and texture, and its facade is made of gray Portland cement rather than a more traditional and hardier substance like lime. While the material was innovative at the time, it hasn't endured the wet conditions of its surroundings and has started to deteriorate and…Read More
This year on Colossal, we published hundreds of articles across disciplines, and as we look back at those in the design world, we're finding that readers gravitated toward stories about the world's largest sheet of chainmail, geometric pastries, and tiny homes for bees. Be sure to take a look at 2022's top articles across art and craft, and check out our favorite books of the year. You can always take a trip back in time by diving into the Colossal archive. A Massive Chainmail Shelter Prevents a Renowned Scottish Mansion from Dissolving in the Rain English YouTuber and educator Tom Scott…Read More
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