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Design

A 100-Seat Church Constructed From Living Trees in New Zealand by Barry Cox

July 8, 2015

Kate Sierzputowski

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Located in the same island country that the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed is a structure that, like the hill-secured homes of the hobbits, also seems to hide within its natural environment. The Tree Church is formed almost entirely from living trees with thick leaves covering its shady interior. The New Zealand-based church can seat a hundred people and was first planted by Barry Cox on his property near Cambridge beginning in 2011.

The original inspiration behind the structure was a means for Cox to “retreat from society.” However, after others caught word of his living church as it grew into completion over the last 4 years, he decided to open it and the surrounding gardens for public and private events. The Tree Church is now set within three acres of extensive shaded gardens, including a labyrinth walk based on the ancient city of Jericho from 460 BC.

An iron frame is at the core of the church, as Cox wanted the walls and roof of the natural building to be distinctly different, “just like masonry churches,” he said. Cut-leaf alder was chosen for the roof as it is flexible enough to be trained over the frame which will be removed when the branches become strong enough to support the church themselves. (via Faith is Torment, Inhabitat)

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Craft

Handmade Ceramic Animal Planters by Cumbuca Chic

July 2, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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If you’ve been on the hunt for the perfect ceramic capybara planter, look no further. Ceramicist Priscilla Ramos from São Paulo, Brazil, has a fantastic line of animal planters in the form of foxes, whales, anteaters, and yes, even the world’s largest rodent. She’s even working on a sloth! The handmade stoneware pieces are perfect for small succulents or cacti, and you can see more in her shop: Cumbuca Chic. (via NOTCOT)

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Amazing Science

Remarkable Footage of Plants That Explode to Disperse Their Seeds

June 12, 2015

Christopher Jobson

The Smithsonian Channel just shared this brief new clip of three plant species that use different methods of propulsion to spread their seeds. The filmmakers captured slow motion footage of violets, touch me nots, and poisonous squirting cucumbers (!) as they explode in some pretty incredible ways. (via Boing Boing, The Kid Should See This)

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Photography

Painstaking Arrangements of Colorful Objects and Food by Emily Blincoe

June 11, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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Tennessee-based photographer Emily Blincoe (previously) continues to create some of the most meticulously arranged collections of objects we’ve seen. From leaves and flowers to cereal and trash, the photographer is capable of making visually soothing layouts of almost any object. One of Blincoe’s latest projects is the Collection Collection featuring portraits of people laying down against their personal collections of things like rocks or figurines. You can follow her work on Instagram, and many of the images you see here are available as prints in her shop. (via Bored Panda)

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Art

Delicate Glass Sea Life Sculptures by Emily Williams

May 21, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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Glass Seaweed, 2014, Flameworked borosilicate glass, 20″ x 20″ x 20″

American artist Emily Williams draws inspiration from the sea and other aspects of organic life for the creation of her fragile glass sculptures that mimic seaweed, jellyfish, and coral. Each piece begins with a selection of perfectly straight borosilicate glass rods in various diameters which she carefully melts with a glass torch to form patterns similar to veins and branches.

As a child, Williams’ grandmother was a docent at the Smithsonian leading to many artistic and scientific discoveries at a very young age that would deeply influence her decision to pursue an artistic career. She went on to receive her MFA in sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis and a BFA in sculpture from V.C.U. in Richmond. She is currently working on an impressive glass coral piece shown in the video below (and discussed in this blog post), and you can see more views of her work both on Facebook and in her portfolio.

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Glass Seaweed, detail

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Glass Coral Skeleton, 2013, Flameworked borosilicate glass, 20″ x 22″ x 10″

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Coral Skeleton, detail

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Glass Nest, 2013, Flameworked borosilicate glass, 15″ x 20″ x 20″

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Glass Jellyfish, 2013, Flameworked borosilicate glass, 15″ x 14″ x 14″

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Glass Petal, 2013, Flameworked borosilicate glass, 15″ x 12″ x 4″

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Burst, 2013, Flameworked borosilicate glass, 12″ x 10″ x 10″

 

 



Art

Hyperrealistic Cactus Paintings that Bristle with Detail by Lee Kwang-ho

May 4, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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Cactus No.69, 2011, Oil on canvas, 162.1×130.3cm, courtesy Johyun Gallery

With deftly applied strokes of paint scarcely wider than a hair, Korean painter Lee Kwang-ho creates towering renderings of cacti that bristle with thorns and tangled branches. The colorful oil paintings can reach up to 8 feet tall, an imposing scale with ample room for tediously composed details that push each work into the realm of hyperrealism. You can explore more of Kwang-ho ‘s work on Artsy.

 

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Cactus No.51,2010,Oil on Canvas,194x200cm, courtesy Johyun Gallery

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Cactus No.59, oil on canvas, 259.1x170cm, 2011, courtesy Johyun Gallery

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Cactus No.73, oil on canvas 193.9×130.3cm 2011, courtesy Atelier Aki

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Cactus No.59, oil on canvas, 259.1x170cm, 2011, courtesy Johyun Gallery

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Cactus No.35, oil on canvas 162x130cm 2009, courtesy Atelier Aki

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Cactus No.35, detail

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“Touch” Exhibition at Joyhun Gallery, 2011

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“Touch” Exhibition at Joyhun Gallery, 2011