This mysterious face, emerging from a hillside with illuminated crystalline eyes and a waterfall spilling from its mouth, is the exterior of the Swarovski crystal theme park and flagship store. Located in the Austrian village of Wattens, Swarovski World was designed by multimedia artist André Heller and built in 1995. 

"The site features 14 underground chambers of wonder dedicated to the versatile artistic interpretation of the material crystal. The result is a universe of discoveries and a simply unique experience that is a must see for your next Austrian vacation."

Inside Swarovski World you’ll find astonishing attractions like the Crystal Dome, the Mechanical Theater, and the Crystaloscope: the world’s biggest kaleidoscope.

It sounds like we need to plan a field trip to Wattens. 

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Far away in an isolated Russian village called Kamarchaga, located in the Siberian Taiga, lives a creative and dedicated pensioner named Olga Kostina who has meticulously decorated the exterior of her home with 30,000 plastic bottle caps.

Olga collected the bottle caps over the course of many years and only began to hammer them into place once she felt she had accumulated enough. Clearly this is a person with tremendous patience. The bottle caps have been carefully arranged into colourful, detailed mosaics depicting traditional macrame motifs and local woodland creatures. Each bottle cap has been hammered into place by Olga herself. It comes as no surprise to learn that her awesome home has since become something of a local landmark.

Photos by Ilya Naymushin

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