26 posts tagged Beautiful
26 posts tagged Beautiful
A few months ago we featured some amazingly unconventional prosthetic limbs created by London-based designer Sophie de Oliveira Barata for The Alternative Limb Project. The project is dedicated to designing prostheses that reflect the interests and unique personalities of the wearers.
These amazing egg lamps are the work of Vietnamese artist Ben Tre, who uses his skilled hands and a tiny dental drill to carve impressively detailed scenes on the eggshells. Once the carving stage is completed, the finished eggs are then lit from the inside using small LEDs.
From the Department of Awesome Natural Phenomena comes this incredible photograph taken in New Zealand by Witta Priester. This isn’t just a cool cloudscape photo, it’s a photo of a cloud formation that might be entirely new:
NASA’s APOD explains:
"Whereas most low cloud decks are flat bottomed, asperatus clouds appear to have significant vertical structure underneath. Speculation therefore holds that asperatus clouds might be related to lenticular clouds that form near mountains, or mammatus clouds associated with thunderstorms, or perhaps a foehn wind — a type of dry downward wind that flows off mountains. Such a wind called the Canterbury arch streams toward the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. The above image, taken above Hanmer Springs in Canterbury, New Zealand, in 2005, shows great detail partly because sunlight illuminates the undulating clouds from the side."
It’s been a while since we last checked in with the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders. These beautiful creatures are called Sea Butterflies, which are small pelagic swimming sea snails. These particular Sea Butterflies were photographed by Russian biologist and photographer Alexander Semenov (previously featured here).
Sea Butterflies float and swim freely in the water, and are carried along with the currents. This has led to a number of adaptations in their bodies. The shell and the gill have disappeared in several families. Their foot has taken the form of two wing-like lobes, or parapodia, which propel this little animal through the sea by slow flapping movements. They are rather difficult to observe, since the shell (when present) is mostly colorless, very fragile and usually less than 1 cm in length.
[via Design Taxi]
Inspired by watching a caterpillar munching away on a leaf, Spanish artist Lorenzo Duran Manuel Silva painstakingly transforms dried leaves into delicate works of art.
"By studying various techniques by the Japanese and Germans, as well working at his craft, Silva is able to make his creations stand out."
Lorenzo carefully cuts away sections of the leaves, creating enchanting scenes, silhouettes, intricate geometric patterns, or even negative images.
Visit Design Taxi to view more examples of Lorenzo’s awesome leaves.
Requiring over 30,000 folded components, the artist relied on help from school children and people living in nearby “leisure centers” to help complete all of the pieces in time for installation. Hundreds of additional volunteers were on-hand to help cover a stairwell leading to Montée St-Maurice which was completed on May 31st.
London-based designer Sophie de Oliveira Barata creates some of the most jaw-droppingly awesome prosthetics we’ve ever seen.
Sophie comes from an art background, with a first class honours degree at London Arts University where she studied Special Effects prosthetics for film and T.V. She then went on to work for 8 years, as a sculptor making realistic looking, bespoke prosthetics for amputees at one of the leading prosthetic providers. She worked in all areas sculpting fingers, toes, partial feet , partial hands, bespoke liners and leg and arm covers for amputees. In her spare time she made more experimental art work in this medium, before setting up her own studio.
Known as The Alternative Limb Project, Sophie works as a specialist consultant with other prosthetists and produces both artificial limbs that look completely realistic as well as limbs created using imaginative ideas provided by the clients themselves. “She can interpret your ideas and create a unique design that will reflect your interests and personality.”
As you can see here, Sophie’s work is truly astonishing. As well as being completely functional prostheses, these amazing limbs are also unique works of art.
Each of her designs offer a sense of individuality, allowing the customer to express their personality through their synthetic appendages. The artist says, “Having an alternative limb is about claiming control and saying ‘I’m an individual and this reflects who I am.’”
Visit The Alternative Limb Project website to learn more about Sophie’s awesome work and check out more of her creations.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
These awesome images of the Earth’s Sun were recently captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. They reveal the occurrence of a beautiful solar prominence - an incredibly large and bright loop of red hot plasma created as a solar flare erupted.
A burst of solar material leaps off the left side of the sun in what’s known as a prominence eruption. This image combines three images from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured on May 3, 2013, at 1:45 pm EDT, just as an M5.7 class solar flare from the same region was subsiding. The images include light from the 131-, 171- and 304-angstrom wavelengths. Credit: NASA/SDO/AIA
According to experts, this is “another sign the sun is ‘waking up’ as it approaches its 11 year solar maximum, which is due later this year.”
It’s Natural Wonders Day on Geyser of Awesome!
Russian DeviantARTist tauart uses makeup, body paint, and bottomless wells of creativity to transform beautiful women into awesome alien creatures.
"The otherworldly makeup and body paint applied by the crafty artist transforms everything from hair and skin color to skin shape and texture. These unrecognizable femme fatales are no longer from this earth, but vixen visitors mesmerizing the population with their intriguingly colorful veneer."
Visit tauart’s DeviantART gallery to view more of his amazing work.
A Hungarian artist who goes by the name Babukatorium spent three months creating this awesomely intricate piece of guerilla knitting aka yarnbombing. The colouful crocheted piece is composed of 247 round spiderwebs in 13 colours. It took the artist three days to affix her beautiful creation to this tree, which is located somewhere in Veszprém, Hungary.
Babukatorium was inspired to create the piece after watching a performance of Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream:
She said: ‘I’m obsessed with spiderwebs and rainbows and so when I saw this tree after the performance I thought it would be perfect for yarnbombing.
'I used a lot of yarn and attached it with rainbow ribbons. At the end I was exhausted and surprised because I didn't think I would be able to complete it. I was also surprised because people love it, and come to visit the tree just to see the work.'