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archiemcphee:

These stunning carnivorous plants and orchids require neither water, sunlight or insects in order to thrive. Instead they just new a gentle going over with feather duster every once in a while. That’s because they’re weren’t grown, they were created by Seattle-based master glassblower Jason Gamrath. Jason’s incredibly realistic glass flowers gigantic in size because he wants to help people appreciate all the wonderful little details found on specimens in the plant kingdom:

“The purpose of creating this series on a macro scale is to bring to light the beauty that exists within the micro scale of nature,” he explains. “Small plants, although minuscule in comparison to our human-sized way of existing, are overwhelmingly perplexing when held inches away from one’s face.”

Visit Jason Gamrath’s website to check out more of his fantastic glass flora.

[via Neatorama and boredpanda]

archiemcphee:

The city of Sydney, Australia is currently hosting its awesome annual exhibition of light and music. Entitled Vivid Sydney, the show runs through June 9th, is free for the public and consists of dozens of stunning light sculptures and otherworldly light projections throughout the downtown area and in Sydney Harbour.

Head over to the Vivid Sydney website or their Facebook page for additional images and information.

[via Colossal]

"millions of flower petals erupt from a volcano, covering an entire village" - (via sunnyskyz, with photos by nick meek)

(via throughaglassblindly)

archiemcphee:

Look closely, there’s a lot more to these vibrant murals than spray paint. Portuguese street artist Bordalo II uses urban detritus found on the very streets where he paints to create beautiful mixed media murals and installations. Discarded appliances and scrap metal become a vivid scarlet macaw that appears ready to fly from its wall. Elsewhere the trash in a dumpster is reborn as giant pink flowers growing up out of the bin.

Visit Bordalo II’s website and Instagram account to check out more of his work.

[via Scene360]

halfnasty:

the beauty of nature: a rainbow of blooming flowers (timelapse)

(via tuiteyfruityundead)

smithsonianmag:

What Happens When You Freeze Flowers and Shoot Them With a Gun?

By Joseph Stromberg

Photos © Martin Klimas


German photographer Martin Klimas has a thing for explosions. Previously, he’s made art by photographing shattered fragile ceramic figures as they hit the ground and firing projectiles at onions, pumpkins and ears of corn.

Now, he’s brought this explosive approach to a new medium: flower blossoms in full bloom, frozen by liquid nitrogen.

“I was inspired by the blossoms themselves,” he says of his new project, “Exploding Flowers,” which he worked on for nearly a year and publicly debuted about a month ago. “There are so many different forms and species on the planet. I was interested in the blossom’s architecture, and I tried to make that visible by breaking the blossom into as many pieces as possible.”

To achieve this, he sought out flowers with particularly complex internal structures and froze them to -200° Celsius in liquid nitrogen. Once they were frozen, he had to be careful. “They’re as fragile as raw eggs,” he says. “You can destroy them by sneezing.”

After the flowers were frozen, he brought them to his set and placed the stem in a vice to hold the blossom in front of a white background. He used a normal air gun rigged with a device that let him remotely pull the trigger, and took a series of shots right at the moment of impact.

Read more about Martin Klimas’ unique photography and see more photos at Smithsonian.com.

archiemcphee:

Every year, on the first Sunday in September, something awesome takes place in the small town of Zundert in the Netherlands. It’s the Corso Zundert or Zundert Flower Parade (previously featured here), the annual parade of spectacularly large and elaborate floats made of beautiful dahlias.

The parade first took place in 1936, which makes it the oldest flower parade in Europe. These days, depending on the weather, at least 50,000 people attend. This year twenty different floats were created by designers and artisans representing each district of the city and competing with each other for the most original design.

"Several floats appearing in Corso Zundert this year contained moving parts, including the winner, Crazy Gold [4th photo], that had some 53 moving components. You can see a ranking of this years competitors over on Croso Zundert, videos on YouTube, and many more photos courtesy Omroep Brabant.”

Visit Colossal and My Modern Metropolis to view many more photos of the amazing floats in the 2013 Zundert Flower Parade.

archiemcphee:

One of the sweetest parts of summer is the availability of fresh watermelon. Many of us are content to simply chow down the succulent fruit. These photos show the work of two different people who turn watermelons into works of edible art (presumably while eating them too).

German DeviantARTist ShadowOfAdriana (first three photos) uses a knife to transform watermelons into beautiful floral sculptures.

Meanwhile in China, Qian Wei Cheng, a 21-year-old student of Automotive Engineering at Tsinghua University, uses a spoon to create the decidedly more gruesome watermelon art seen in the last four photos. Qian’s edible artwork quickly gained popularity online in China where his internet fans have taken to calling him “Watermelon Man”. Mmm… watermelon brains.

[via Neatorama and Oddity Central]

archiemcphee:

Seattle-based artist Dan Corson created this awesome interactive, solar-powered art installation entitled Sonic Bloom. It was commissioned by the Pacific Science Center along with support from Seattle City Light’s Green Up Program. The installation is situated outside the Pacific Science Center, which is on the grounds of Seattle Center, the city’s park, arts, and entertainment center originally constructed for the 1962 World’s Fair.

Sonic Bloom consists of five giant, colourful, solar-powered flowers which absorb the sun’s energy during the day and are illuminated by it at night via patterned LED lighting.

"Sensors located in each flower are triggered by people’s movement, as the 40’ high by 20’ wide super-sized flowers set off a chorus of interactive harmonic tones. Each flower has its own distinctive set of notes, simulating a singing chorus. Engaging the public it is possible to compose and conduct music together, or just by walking through to randomly set off a harmonic sequence. the interactive choral sound component works both day and night providing a dynamic and ever-changing sonic landscape."

The top of each flower has also been mounted with 46 locally-made photovoltaic cells that collect solar energy which is then fed back into the city’s electrical grid. “This sustainable feature completely offsets the energy-efficient LED lighting and speaker electrical consumption for the project.”

[via designboom]

natgeofound:

A field turns from orange to green as harvesters pick marigold flowers in Los Mochis, Mexico, 1967.Photograph by W.E. Garrett, National Geographic

natgeofound:

A man feeds donkey sulla flowers and foliage from its own load near Gangi, Sicily, Italy, January 1955.Photograph by Luis Marden, National Geographic

nakioutsuno:

Can’t have a slumber party without Pinkie Pie!

(via sensuousdreamweaver)