In a futuristic design envisioned by the South Korea-based Heerim Architects team, a giant orb seems to float just above the ocean in Santa Monica, reflecting the swooping span of the sky through the translucent glass of its top hemisphere, while the sharp sheen of the metallic lower half mirrors the movements of the waves. From the…

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Mosques are traditionally known for their splendidly elaborate architecture, with elegant halls, courtyards, and niches providing precious space for congregation and prayer. Illustrator Mariam Abbas honors the magnificence of the sacred structures in her miniature drawings, which convey the intricate domes…

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This original Boeing 747 dates back to 1985, but it’s been given new life in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, where it landed for Burning Man just several days ago. The annual experiential art festival often plays host to innovative mobile exhibitions, but this converted aircraft represents the largest art car in its history, inviting attendees on board for a series of…

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At first glance, Hester Cox's wedding dress looks like an abstraction of lines and squiggles creating an artful map of color. But look closer, and you'll find yourself staring at a dress made of a real map. This particular silk dress is not just any map, though—it's an "escape and evade route" map from…

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With the right tools and techniques, ceramics can look like more than just clay. Artist Brett Kern demonstrates its seemingly shape-shifting properties with his clay dinosaurs that faithfully resemble soft, inflatable toys. To create this illusion, Kern forms creases and folds in all the places you’d expect for an air-filled…

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Nail polish is no longer limited to fingers and toes. Chan Clayrene of Artclaytion uses nail polishes, matte and sparkly alike, as the ink for her glamorous illustrations of haute couture gowns. Her designs are inspired by luxury labels, such as Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, and Ralph & Russo, as well as by her own…

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Last Wednesday was freshman Melanie Salazar's first day at Palo Alto College. It also happened to be her grandfather Rene Neira's first day back at school, too. At 82 years old, the determined grandpa is taking the last class he needs to receive his associate's degree in economics. Conveniently, he's achieving…

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