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Holy psychedelic rocks, Batman! These awesome stones aren’t stone at all. They’re made of a substance called Fordite, also known as Detroit or Motor Agate. All of those beautiful layers are old automobile paint, countless layers of it, that accumulated in car factories over the years back when they cars were spray-painted by hand and excess paint dripped onto the metal tracks and skids that transported cars through the paint shop during the painting process. Thanks to the high heat that was used to bake the paint onto the cars, the layers hardened enough to be cut and polished into these beautiful industrial gems.

"Not much is known about how the pieces left the old factories, but it is assumed that ‘some crafty workers with an eye for beauty realized that this unique byproduct was worth salvaging. It was super-cured, patterned-like psychedelic agate, and could be cut and polished with relative ease!’"

Today this captivating material is shaped and polished into rings, necklaces, earrings, and of course beautiful stones like you see here. Because the painting process that created this substance no longer exists, Fordite is considered to be increasingly rare. But there’s still enough around to get some for yourself if you like. Check out the Fordite website to learn more.

Visit My Modern Metropolis for additional photos.

Don’t worry, that sheep isn’t lost, she’s just enjoying the view. This Awesome Natural Wonder is a boulder called the Kjeragbolten. Located in the Kjerag mountain in Rogaland, Norway, the Kjeragbolten is a 5-cubic-meter glacial deposit wedged in the mountain’s crevasse.

Found in a popular hiking area, the boulder is a spine-tingling tourist destination that’s accessible without any climbing equipment. However, because it’s suspended above a 984-meter deep abyss, we suggest that acrophobia sufferers give it a miss.

In addition to attracting both humans and livestock fond of standing (and sometimes dancing) on the rock and taking in the breathtaking scenery, it’s also a popular BASE jumping location.

1st photo by 7ty9, 2nd photo by Deeds, 3rd photo by Tijs Vrolix.

[via io9 and Atlas Obscura]

When we first saw these awesome colour pencil drawings by California-based artist Ester Roi, we were convinced they must be similar to some of the work by artist Keng Lye, and actually be part sculpture. But we were mistaken. These drawings really are completely flat:

Ester Roi works colored pencils to create drawings of imagined riverbeds that exhibit a superb understanding of the interaction between light, color and water. Roi uses a special drawing device called the Icarus Drawing Board that allows her to effectively create warm and cool “zones” underneath a wax-based medium. According to her website “the warm zone is used for mixing pigments, blending, burnishing and reworking. The cool zone is used for line drawing, layering, detailing and finishing touches.”

Esther’s drawings are so extraordinarily colourful that they remind of us of the rainbow bubble gum rocks we enjoyed when we were little.

Visit Ester Roi’s Facebook pageto view more of her amazing artwork.

[via Colossal]

Artist Johannes Stötter is a fine-art-bodypainter from South Tyrol, Italy who uses his artistry to blend his subjects into their surroundings so well that they all but disappear. His models appear to take on both the colours and textures of their surroundings and sometimes even transform into other creatures or objects, including fruit and vegetables, trees, rocks, and even wildlife.

For example, the photo at the top of this post appears to feature a colourful frog. Look closely and you’ll see that the frog is composed of five different people carefully painted and positioned so that together they become one beautiful amphibian. Click here to watch a video about how it was done.

Head over to My Modern Metropolis to view more examples of Johannes Stötter’s artwork.

[via My Modern Metropolis and Whudat]

Let’s pay a visit to the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders where we’ll learn about a place called Brimham Moor in North Yorkshire, England. It’s home to a number of balancing rock formations “caused by the Millstone Grit being eroded by water, glaciation and wind,” over the course of many millenia.

The astonishing stone formation seen in these photos is called Idol Rock, a 15-foot-high, 200-ton monolith that balances perfectly atop a tiny pyramidal base.

"…the giant rock formation has been performing its amazing balancing act for as long as anyone can remember, defying the laws of physics and leaving the visitors of Brimham Moor scratching their heads in awe. Also known as The Druids Idol or The Druid’s Writing Desk, this unique attraction sits on a tiny lump of rock only one foot in circumference. Photos of it have been circulating on the internet for years, with many claiming it is just the result of Photoshop manipulation, but the Idol of Brimham is very real, an example of Mother Nature’s artistic talent."

Visit the Brimham Rocks website to learn more about this amazing place.

Photos by Oliver C. Wright, binleeee, and Soda Head respectively.

[via Oddity Central]

Want to see more unbelievable balancing acts? Click here.

Michael Grab is a land artist who “creates astonishing towers and orbs of balanced rocks using little more than patience and an astonishing sense of balance. Grab says the art of stone balancing has been practiced by various cultures around the world for centuries and that he personally finds the process of balancing to be therapeutic and meditative.” 

Over the past few years of practicing rock balance, simple curiosity has evolved into therapeutic ritual, ultimately nurturing meditative presence, mental well-being, and artistry of design. Alongside the art, setting rocks into balance has also become a way of showing appreciation, offering thanksgiving, and inducing meditation. Through manipulation of gravitational threads, the ancient stones become a poetic dance of form and energy, birth and death, perfection and imperfection.

Head over to Colossal to view more of Michael’s awesome artwork and then visit his portfolio to see some more. You’ll also find videos of him working over on YouTube.

[via Colossal]

From the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders comes this impressive geological formation - an enormous rock perfectly balanced atop a smooth mound. Located deep inside the forests of Finland, the balancing rock is called Kummakivi:

"There is still no scientific explanation for how the rock, whose given name translates as ‘strange rock’ in Finnish, has wound up in such a perplexing position."

However it happened, it’s a pretty awesome sight. But we don’t recommend standing under it for too long.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

Hirotoshi Itoh (previously featured here) is a Japanese stonemason-turned-artist who uses stones found in a river near his home to create whimsical sculptures that give the stones seemingly impossible features like clasps or zippers. He already sculpts the stones to convincingly transform them into objects that look like they’re made of soft, flexible paper or fabric instead of cold, hard stone. Pretty awesome.

[via Design You Trust]

Reminiscent of the work of Russian street artist Nomerz (previously featured here), Brazilian street artist Andre Muniz Gonzaga also gives life to rocks, walls and other inanimate urban surfaces by painting wonderful faces on them. Andre’s sites are carefully selected and often found in run down or poverty-stricken urban areas. We can’t help but wonder if he spots the faces lurking beneath the interesting textures and contours of his chosen surfaces and simply brings them out using his artistic skills. (We also suspect that those walls and rocks might have a tendency to blink or wink as soon as you’ve passed by.)

[via Hi-Fructose]