Thursday, March 28, 2013

Can You Spot the LEGO Sculptures Hidden Within the Scenes?

"In Pieces" is a seemingly ordinary photo series that, in fact, incorporates LEGO objects that go unnoticed. Sculptor Nathan Sawaya and photographer Dean West joined forces for this creative multimedia project, each applying their area of expertise to produce a set of deceptive images that lead the viewer's gaze to wander in search of fabricated objects or subjects.

Nathan Sawaya explains:
"Aussie photographer Dean West and I banded together and dreamed up a series of large-scale images that combine his award-winning photography with my life-sized LEGO statuary. We spent two years traveling North America scouting for locations that would be visually ideal for the story we wanted to tell about culture, society and specifically identity. UMBRELLA (pictured above) is one of the seven images in the series. As with the other six representations in the collection (not pictured), UMBRELLA compels the viewer to deconstruct each tableau, thereby exposing elements of the scene construction, revealing the one-of-a-kind LEGO sculpture hidden within and identifying the cultural significance as well."

Monday, March 25, 2013

Pic of the day - Shanghai's Pedestrian Bridge

"The circular pedestrian bridge in Lujiazui, Pudong District of Shanghai blends an aesthetically pleasing design with environmental necessity. This design comes as part of China’s latest wave of environmentally-charged innovation, market-based adaptation and CO2 emission reduction, some of which has been rewarded by the World Wildlife Federation as some of the best efforts to combat climate change." 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Pic of the day - Turquoise Ice

"Lake Baikal, located in the southern part of eastern Siberia in Russia, is an incredible natural wonder of the world that one can only hope to visit at least once in their lifetime. It's not just the oldest freshwater lake on Earth, at 20 to 25 million years old, it's also one of the largest and deepest, holding an astounding one-fifth of the world's freshwater. In the winter, for about five months or from January to May, the lake freezes over but the water is so clear that, from the surface, you can see an astounding 130 feet below you. A photographic worthy natural phenomenon occurs around a very specific time of year, March. Wind, temperature differences, frost and sun in the ice crust cause cracks and ice hummocks to form. Transparent and shining in a turquoise color, these masses of broken ice look like shards of glass rising into the sky. They are caused by the slow and unequal pressure in the main body of the packed ice as well as by the unequal structure and temperature."
by my modern metropolis

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Happy Tree Day !!

via 500px
Dragon Tree... by Jeremy Cram, via 500px
"A small fir tree (which has become a bonsai) growing atop a dead log in the waters of Fairy Lake, British Columbia, Canada" via design stories
"A 1500 year old olive tree in Greece" via pinterest
"Jequitiba tree in a Cornfield, Brazil" via national geographic

Serengeti, Tanzania by Amnon Eichelberg via national geographic

"Driving throught a tree -  Chandelier Tree, Leggett, CA" via pinterest
"Tinted orange by the morning sun, a soaring dune is the backdrop for the hulks of camel thorn trees in Namib-Naukluft Park" via national geographic
Blue Pond, Hokkaido by Kent Shiraish via national geographic
"An Ancient Forest: Near the city of Morondava, on the West coast of Madagascar lies an ancient forest of Baobab trees. Walking amongst these giants is like nothing else on this planet" via Boston
"The grove of "candelabra" redwoods along the 957-acre piece of California coastline known as Shady Dell" via SFGate
Trees, Lithuania by Matas Juras via national geographic
"A tree-climbing scientist and his team have learned surprising new facts about giant sequoias by measuring them inch by inch" via national geographic
"Vibrant green leaves top cedar trees in a grove in Japan" via national geographic
"Almond trees blossom, Foz Coa, Portugal" via olhares
"Japan Erects Massive Sculpture of the Last Standing Tree from a Forest Destroyed by the 2011 Tsunami a decision was made to preserve the memory of the miracle pine tree" via colossal

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Pic of the day - The Beauty Of Japanese Wisteria

The best places to see wisteria ("fuji" - japanese) flowers in Japan is at Kawachi Fuji Gardens. This endless flower garden is located in the city of Kitakyushu in Japan. The park covers about 8.2 hectares and is known for various kinds of wisteria. Almost seems like a magical purple rain, so beautiful.

The flowers look dense yet ethereal, hanging down in their neat rows of color, imagine going to the Wisteria Tunnel to read a book or to have a picnic.

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