21 posts tagged Glass
21 posts tagged Glass
Science is awesome and this captivating video taught us about some seriously awesome science with some of the most mesmerizing high-speed video footage we’ve ever seen:
“Destin from Smarter Every Day stopped by Orbix Hot Glass in Fort Payne, Alabama to explore a fascinating phenomenon called a Prince Rupert’s Drop. Apparently when molten hot glass is dropped in cold water it forms an object that’s almost completely impervious to brute force, even a sold hammer strike to the center of the teardrop-like shape won’t break the glass. Yet gently cut or even bump the tip of the drop and suddenly the entire thing shatters in an explosive chain reaction traveling at a speed of over 1 mile PER SECOND. Watch the video above to see the effect in 130,000 fps glory.”
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Evan’s magnificent windows feature some of our favourite characters from video games such as Metroid, Halo, and Mega Man, superheroes like Iron Man, My Little Pony characters, and even the occasional TARDIS. Head over to Evan’s Etsy shop, MartianGlassWorks, to see more.
These beautiful wave sculptures, one made of thin layers of precisely cut glass (entitled Maestrale) and the other wood (entitled La Vague), were created by Italian sculptor Mario Ceroli. Both awesome sculptures look like they’re about to crash against the floor and disappear, exactly as waves do.
Science + Art = Awesome
We’ve seen adorable plush microbes and we remember making models of microbes out of candy as school projects, but this is the first time we’ve ever seen the nasty little buggers exquisitely rendered in blown glass.
These beautiful hand-blown glass sculptures are the work of UK-based artist Luke Jerram, who has produced an entire series depicting microbes that cause different infectious diseases entitled Glass Microbiology. Here you see E. coli, HIV, Malaria, Swine Flu, and Enterovirus 71.
“Made to contemplate the global impact of each disease, the artworks were created as alternative representations of viruses to the artificially coloured imagery we receive through the media. In fact, viruses have no colour as they are smaller than the wavelength of light. By extracting the colour from the imagery and creating jewel like beautiful sculptures in glass, a complex tension has arisen between the artworks’ beauty and what they represent.”
Polish artist Marta Klonowska uses carefully broken shards of coloured glass to create beautiful translucent sculptures of animals, life-like in proportion and size.
“Almost all of her sculptures are based on animals found in baroque and romantic paintings by such artists as Peter Paul Rubens or Francisco de Goya next to which they are often displayed. Her work appeared most recently at European Glass Context 2012, and you can see many more images over on lorch + seidel contemporary.”
Spider webs are inherently awesome, but this takes them to a whole new level. New Jersey-based artist Emil Fiore, also known as Rocky, has perfected the art of collecting whole spider webs intact and preserving them behind glass.
Based in New Jersey, Fiore first learned about catching a web in a children’s craft book and, ever since, the idea has stuck. He has used all kinds of sprays and varnishes to master the preservation of each web in its entirety and his hard work has certainly paid off. Spray painted with silver paint and set behind glass, these striking, silky designs are unique and captivating representations of the wonders of nature.
To collect the webs, Fiore spends his days hunting for spiderwebs in Palisades Parks, New Jersey. From May through October, he catches an average of 20 webs a day, five days a week, which he estimates to be roughly 2,000 in total per year. On average, a spiderweb lasts for only a few hours. So when Fiore comes upon an intact web, it’s an exciting moment. He says, “When I find one, I’m exhilarated. The web shimmers and dances in the sunlight with the slightest breeze. The silk refracts light casting rainbows of color at me. It is a thing of beauty and I wax ecstatic, but the capture demands all my attention. I stop breathing to make the catch and time stops with me. Then the hunt continues.”
Visit Emil Fiore’s website to view more of his awesome spider webs and perhaps even snag one for yourself or an arachnophile friend. We might just do so too.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
This nightmarish, yet still quite enticing, bit of dessert is a Dexter cupcake.
Redditor Pommedauphine works for a bakery that was commissioned by Showtime to make cupcakes for the recent premiere of season 7 of Dexter. They’re red velvet cupcakes with shards of sugar glass embedded in the whipped vanilla icing, splattered with red simply syrup for blood. Yum!
[via Neatorama Halloween]
What would you do if you suddenly spotted a fox enthusiastically licking one of your windows? Would you have the presence of mind to grab a camera?
More importantly, why is this cute little fix licking this window? For the moisture? For the sheer enjoyment of it? Is this how Russian foxes ask humans for a snack?
At the :27 mark you can see what appears to be a second fox walking past in the background. We’re wondering if the windowlicker was put up to on a double-dog-dare.