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The Japanese city of Nara is renown for its deer. Thanks to their legendary history, they’re regarded as heavenly animals, messengers of the gods according to Shinto belief, and guardians of both the city and Japan itself. A population of over 1000 remarkably tame Sika Deer reside in Nara Park, where they roam freely and visitors may feed them special biscuits, and every summer they do something strange and awesome. They leave the park and swarm the streets, lounging together on the sidewalks and sometimes right in the road, looking like they haven’t got a care in the world and the middle of the road is the perfect place to be.

YouTube user Blue Bells 9999 shot video of this marvelous phenomenon in 2013 and describes it as a regular occurrence in late July:

"…with the deer strolling out of the park to “enjoy the coolness of the street.” Given that the concrete sidewalk and asphalt road surface would ordinarily retain heat during the summertime, we’re guessing that the surrounding cityscape and topography creates either a cooling wind tunnel or an inviting patch of shade.

Although it might seem like an alarming event, Nara residents seem very used to the presence of the deer. It’s been happening for so long now that the city posts warning signs to drivers about deer crossing the road. No one honks at them or suddenly swerves to avoid them. We’d be so amazed by the sight of them that people would be honking at us for blocking traffic ourselves.

[via RocketNews24]

Vancouver-based art student Fiona Tang creates large-scale trompe l’oeil drawings of animals that appear to burst forth from the paper upon which they were so expressively rendered. She uses a variety of materials to create these awesome optical illusions, including charcoal, acrylic paint, conté and chalk pastels.

We love the photos in which Tang poses with her pieces, emphasizing the effectiveness of her illusions. A large stag, with birds perched on his antlers, looks so solid that we’re still waiting to see steamy breath leave his nostrils. An enormous salt water crocodile raises its head from the rippling grey water in order to receive a gentle pat on the snout. A ferocious shark and powerful humpback whale emerge from opposite walls for an underwater face-off.

Follow Fiona Tang here on Tumblr to check out more of her eye-popping artwork.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

India-born, Denver, CO-based artists Deepti Nair and Harikrishnan Panicker, known collectively as Hari & Deepti, create beautiful, finely-detailed shadow box dioramas using painstakingly cut paper and LED strips.

"They start by cutting out layers of stiff watercolor paper, which go from the foreground to the back, ensuring that each layer is visible and that it builds on the layer before it. Then, the diorama is placed into a shadow box and illuminated from behind with small flexible LED strips, which give them their storybook glow and illuminate Hari & Deepti’s painstaking craftwork."

Inspired by Balinese shadow puppets, the duo create fantastic scenes which hearken back to adventure-filled folk and fairy tales.

Head over to Bored Panda to check out more of Hari & Deepti’s marvelous paper creations.

[via My Modern Metropolis and Bored Panda]

Do you remember what crayons smell like? Think of that familiar smell when you look at these photos. Nashville, Tennesse-based artist Herb Williams (previously featured here) uses humble crayons - sometimes by melting them and sometimes by chopping up and arranging them - to create vibrant sculptures, such as the pieces seen here. They’re part of Call of the Wild, one of Williams’ most recent exhibitions.

"Williams is one of the only independent buyers in the world who maintains an account with Crayola because of the sheer amount of crayons he needs for his work (hundreds or thousands for every sculpture). In his artist statement, he explains that he uses crayons not only because of their colorful potential and their saturated smell, but also because of their nostalgic quality in evoking memories of childhood."

Visit mashKULTURE to view additional photos of Williams’ beautifully surreal Call of the Wild installation.

[via My Modern Metropolis and mashKULTURE]

Today the Department of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship presents a cornucopia of interspecies camaraderie courtesy of the Rocky Ridge Refuge in Midway, Arkansas (previously featured here). Refuge founder and lone operator Janice Wolf rescues and cares for a variety of creatures, big and small, common and exotic.

"Up to 60 animals call the refuge home at any given time, although a few of those are long-term residents. These include Cheesecake the capybara, Crouton the African Sulcata tortoise, Barcode the zebra, Butterbean the bull terrier and Bazinga the miniature horse."

These overwhelmingly heartwarming photos demonstrate that all of these different animals, warm and cold-blooded alike, don’t just get along well with each other, they appear to care for each other too. Now please excuse us while we go find a furry friend to hug.

Click here to learn more about Rocky Ridge Refuge.

[via Neatorama and Bored Panda]

If Cerberus, the three-headed dog, guards the entrance to Hades, what do you suppose a three-headed deer is the guardian of? This awesome image of three fallow deer bucks, standing in a perfect row and looking backward at the same moment, was captured in the forests of Lithuania by photographer Renatas Jakaitis. But we prefer to think this photo was taken on the outskirts of the Forbidden Forest.
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If Cerberus, the three-headed dog, guards the entrance to Hades, what do you suppose a three-headed deer is the guardian of? This awesome image of three fallow deer bucks, standing in a perfect row and looking backward at the same moment, was captured in the forests of Lithuania by photographer Renatas Jakaitis. But we prefer to think this photo was taken on the outskirts of the Forbidden Forest.

[via Twisted Sifter]

Eben Cavanagh Rautenbach, artistically known as LeRoc, is a South African born artist living in Scotland who practices the art of pyrography or pyrogravure. The term means “writing with fire”the artform consists of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks resulting from the controlled application of a heated object. In LeRoc’s case, that heated object is a soldering iron, which he uses on pieces of wood to create detailed and impressively lifelike illustrations.

"I started out with a lighter and a nail held firmly in place with a pair of pliers! My aunt later gave me an old soldering iron and that was me hooked. I have no formal education and my style is definately influenced by a mixture of my graffiti background and surroundings."

Visit LeRoc’s website to view more examples of his beautiful pyrographic artwork.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

Nara Park in Nara, Japan is famous for its Sika deer, which were designated National Treasures shortly after WWII. There they are also known as “bowing deer” for the way they bow their heads before being feed special Shika-senbei or “deer-cookies”, which are available for purchase by visitors to the park.

But it turns out that these deer are more than just polite. They’re also conscientious pedestrians. A tourist visiting Nara Park took these awesome photos which show a deer patiently waiting at a crosswalk on one side of a road. The deer stood there until the traffic signal turned green, and then carefully made its way across the street.

Click here to view more photos of this lovely street-savvy pedestrian.

Photos via Kaigai no Omira.

[via Neatorama]

These awesome living sculptures, each made of different plants, are part of the Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal, an international “mosaiculture” competition held in Montréal, Canada.

According to their website, mosaiculture “is a refined horticultural art that involves creating and mounting living artworks made primarily from plants with colourful foliage (generally annuals, and occasionally perennials).”

This year’s competition and exhibition is taking place at the Montréal Botanical Garden. It began on June 22nd and runs through September 29th, 2013. The event features 22,000 different plant species and cultivars on display in 10 greenhouses and 30 themed gardens. It looks like something one might encounter in Wonderland.

Photos by Guy Boily courtesy of MIM.

Head over to Colossal to view more.

It’s lots of fun to simply take things apart, but Oakland-based artist Jeremy Mayer takes things apart and then transforms them into entirely new things. That’s not just fun, that’s awesome. Jeremy disassembles old typewriters and reassembles their parts to create full-scale, anatomically correct sculptures of humans and animals. Jeremy uses a process known as “cold assembly”, which means no soldering, welding, or glueing is done to attach the various typewriter parts to each other.

Visit Jeremy Mayer’s website to check out more of his awesome sculptures.

[via Design Taxi]