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Nestled between hills in the eastern Sahara desert bordering the Red Sea in El Gouna, Egypt is an awesome piece of land art entitled Desert Breath. Between 1995 and 1997 this site-specific installation was created by the D.A.ST. Arteam, comprised of installation artist Danae Stratou, industrial designer and architect Alexandra Stratou, and architect Stella Constantindies.

8,000 square meters of sand were displaced to create large positive and negative conical volumes which form two interlocking spirals that expand from a water-filled center across an area of 100,000 square meters.

17 years since it was created, Desert Breath still exists, “becoming through its slow disintegration, an instrument to measure the passage of time.”

Click here to view more photos of and information about this beautiful project.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

German nature photographer Michael Poliza created a beautiful series of photos of naturally-occurring heart shapes that he spotted while flying over portions of Africa, Mexico and Australia. It’s as though the Earth itself were saying “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

The top photo was taken in Namibia where Poliza found a perfectly heart-shaped arid expanse of land lined with trees. The heart shaped lake was found north of Playa del Carmen in Mexico. He found the swirled desert heart in the Sossusvlei sand dunes of Namibia. The brilliant purple heart was found while flying over the Magado Crater in Kenya. Poliza took the bottom two photos in Australia. The left photo shows a heart-shaped formation captured by Poliza in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National park, near Mount Olga, in the Northern Territory of Petermann, Australia. The green heart on the right was found off the coast of Van Dieman Gulf in the Northern Territory at Point Stuart, Australia.

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Today the Department of Awesome Anamorphic Artwork checks in on New York-based artist Aakash Nihalani (previously featured here), who continues to transform public spaces with his playful geometric tape installations.

"For however briefly, I am trying to offer people a chance to step into a different New York than they are used to seeing, and in turn, momentarily escape from routine schedules and lives. We all need the opportunity to see the city more playfully, as a world dominated by the interplay of very basic color and shape. I try to create a new space within the existing space of our everyday world for people to enter freely , and unexpectedly ‘disconnect’ from their reality."

Visit Colossal to view more of Aakash Nihalani’s latest pieces of isometric artwork.

These beautiful geometric objects are 3D-printed sugar sculptures and they’re some of the prettiest pieces of candy we’ve ever seen. They were made by 3D Systems and The Sugar Lab. The latter is a micro-design firm created by Liz and Kyle von Hasseln, a husband and wife team dedicated to the awesome craft of creating bespoke, 3D-printed edible confections.

‘The overlap of technology, food and art is so rich, and the potential for customization and innovation is limitless,’ said Liz von Hasseln, cofounder of The Sugar Lab. Existing commercial applications for printable sugar include complex sculptural cakes for weddings and special events that are made possible only with 3D printing, and customizable confections for bake shops and restaurants. continued von Hasseln, ‘We see our technology quickly evolving into a variety of flavors and foods, powered by real food printers for professionals and consumers alike and we could not think of a more qualified partner than 3D systems to help make that a reality.’

3D Systems and The Sugar Lab introduced two food printing appliances at CES 2014, the ChefJet and the ChefJet Pro:

The ChefJet will deliver single-color prints; while the more advanced ChefJet Pro will dispatch full color prints. Both can produce either sugar or milk chocolate confections, in different flavors that include cherry, mint and sour apple, and will be available to the market later this year.

Click here to watch a demo of the ChefJet™ at CES 2014

[via designboom]

Italian photographer Alberto Seveso (previously featured here) recently created an awesome new series of photos entitled Dropping. For this series Alberto dropped vivid shades of acrylic paint into water and used high-speed photography to capture the shapes created the moment the paint splashed above the water’s surface.

Head over to Colossal to view more of this beautiful series.

Visit Alberto Seveso’s website and Behance page to view many more images from his numerous projects.

[via Colossal and Twisted Sifter]

With the weather getting colder (that is, for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere) it’s high time we shared more images from the Department of Awesome Snowflake Photography. These amazing photos were taken by Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov, who adapted his camera in order to achieve remarkably close-up focus on individual snowflakes after they’ve fall on the ground. He illuminates his shots with a flashlight and the background texture is dark wool fabric.

Alexy’s images reveal the unique geometric shapes of each snowflake with such astonishing clarity that it’s easy to forget just how tiny they really are. Visit Alexey Kljatov’s Flickr stream to view many more of his remarkable snowflake photos.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

German photographer Markus Reugels finds great meaning in a single drop of water. He uses dye and high-speed photography to capture awesome images of water droplets splashing onto a reflective surface. In order to achieve such beautiful results, Markus developed a painstaking process that requires him to control the shape of the water drop, its reflection, the background, and the lighting.

"Water is the element of life, everyone needs it to live and see it every day. But if anyone has seen the most beautiful forms that can take water? Let me show you pictures that are all made ​​with water and color. With the high-speed photography, it is possible to freeze these millisecond, in such forms exist, in order to present them in unique images."

Visit Markus Reugels’ website to view many more examples of his artwork.

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For a spellbinding series of photos entitled Géométrie de l’impossible (Impossible Geometry), 21-year-old French photographer Fanette Guilloud created site-specific anamorphic paintings in locations in Toulouse, Bordeaux and the French Alps near Lyon. Bold 3D geometric shapes appear to emerge from dilapidated walls and hang in mid-air.

"Guilloud employed a method of anamorphic projection similar to the work of Felice Varini [previously featured here] to create the illusion of a painting superimposed on an image, when in fact there is no digital trickery whatsoever. The image is actually painted on numerous surfaces at varying depths and only appears like what you see here from a particular vantage point.”

Visit Colossal to view more examples of Fanette Guilloud’s awesome anamorphic artwork.

We love this playful photo of a tape installation created by New York-based artist Aakash Nihalani at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York. The artist has turned an unassuming grey space into the illusion of a real-life video game. Awesome!
Visit Aakash Nihalani’s website to view more of his wonderful tape-based artwork.
[via Unurth]

We love this playful photo of a tape installation created by New York-based artist Aakash Nihalani at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York. The artist has turned an unassuming grey space into the illusion of a real-life video game. Awesome!

Visit Aakash Nihalani’s website to view more of his wonderful tape-based artwork.

[via Unurth]