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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.
[via Twisted Sifter]

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]

It’s time for another awesome visit to the Department of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship. Back in April 2011 a Canada goose decided to nest in an urn at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, NY. Canada geese are monogamous animals who usually mate for life, but somehow this goose had lost her gander. Fortunately she wasn’t without protection.

A young male whitetail deer appeared and took up the role of guardian. Canada goose eggs incubate for an average of 24-28 days and the young buck remained close by the entire time. Whenever anyone tried to approach the goose, the deer rose to stand between them and the nesting bird. He also chased off an aggressive group of crows, who are known to predate on baby birds, the day before the eggs began to hatch. It wasn’t until the goslings hatched that the deer gradually began to wander from his self-appointed post.

Photos by Doug Benz and Craig Cygan respectively.

[via The New York Times Lens Blog and the Mother Nature Network]

As people with an abiding interest in awesome animal masks, we were fascinated to learn about a man who has been wearing a latex deer mask every single day for the last 5 years.

Luo Dan is a 32-year-old painter and designer from Chonqing, China. He’s been wearing his deer mask since 2009 because he says it helps him find inner peace and “release the deer within.” Luo Dan wears the mask while working and in his spare time.

“The deer is a tame animal,” he explained. “Wearing its mask, I could find a long-missing inner peace. When I wear the mask, I feel I am a deer from within.” The fake animal head has also influenced his art, taking a center role in most of his works. Dan doesn’t know exactly how long he’ll keep wearing the deer head, but considering the therapeutic powers he attributes to the mask it’s unlikely he will be taking it off anytime soon.

[via Oddity Central]