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Rome-based nature and wildlife photographer Simone Sbaraglia ventured to The Netherlands to document the billions of magnificent tulips for which the country is known. He rented a plane to take him high above the fields in order to transform the flowers into magically captivating abstractions filled with vibrant colors and patterns. From such a high aerial view, the dynamic streaks look more like bold strokes of paint across a canvas rather than what they really are—rows and rows of delicate little tulips.

By eliminating any human presence within the photos, Sbaraglia created breathtaking landscapes that remind viewers of the beauty of nature. "I am especially drawn to the geometry and colors, so I loved the harmony of the tulip fields from an aerial view," explained…

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Instead of using the typical watercolors to create his paintings, Baghdad-based artist Othman Toma uses all kinds of delicious, melting treats as his medium. While the chocolate ice cream bars and colorful popsicles begin to melt, Toma scoops up the liquid with his brushes and begins to paint.

The clever collection of work includes lions and tigers bursting from splatters, and minimalist portraits peeking out from the page. Toma is able to obtain an incredibly wide array of saturated colors without requiring very many materials. He simply has to go to the freezer! When photographing the piece, he includes the uneaten ice cream and his brushes as a part of the composition. In doing so, he offers his viewers a small glimpse into his process of transforming the food into beautiful artwork.

Creating artwork with a unique medium requires a lot of planning and forethought,…

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Dutch designer Robert Kolenik has turned the innocuous kitchen island into a source of oceanic wonder. Combining the furniture’s typical function with an aquarium, you can now prepare dinner while admiring swimming fish below. Kolenik calls his creation Ocean Kitchen, and it’s a great way to add a unique ambiance to any dining area.

The large aquarium is topped with an L-shaped slab of Corian that effortlessly lifts up at the press of a button, giving you access to the top of the tank. And while the piece may look minimal, the Ocean Kitchen comes complete with hidden storage that helps keep your space organized. Each aquarium is limited edition and customized based on where it’s installed. For fans of tropical fish, this could be the perfect addition to your home.

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As football season approaches, it’s becoming time for a fan-favorite activity - fantasy football. Maybe you’re playing it just for fun, but for Henry Stern and his friends, getting last in their league means a punishment. Stern, last season’s loser, had to put together a calendar of himself recreating famous moments in pop culture. The results are embarrassingly hilarious!

Each month features Stern’s face Photoshopped onto the body of a celebrity or fictitious character. Some scenes are older, like January’s recreation of George Costanza from Seinfeld, or September’s “Marilyn Monroe” skirt flutter. But he also pays homage to more recent events, like Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” music video for March. The valuable lesson here is that if you play in a fantasy football league, make sure you know all of the rules first.…

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Methodically placing food in accordance to color, Emily Blincoe finds inspiration from shapes, colors, light, and everyday objects. Previously we admired The Garden Collection and Sugar Series, where Blincoe demonstrated her skill of arranging shrubbery and nostalgic candy in the same fashion. 

Her vibrant series, Colors Organized Neatly, evokes a lively collection of prints that creates intrigue with objects most would find nothing more than ordinary. Her motive seems simple enough, but there is something astonishingly satisfying about how she thoughtfully arranges the colorful foods. Her series is aesthetically…

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While we might often dismiss the chin in our daily beauty routine, London-based makeup artist Laura Jenkinson highlights hers in a humorous tribute to cartoon personalities. She paints characters from Disney movies, Looney Tunes, South Park, and more onto her chin, lips, and the skin above them. This cleverly transforms Jenkinson’s mouth into a figure’s over-sized mouth, and when she moves her lips it looks like the character is talking.

The makeup artist is skilled at applying her colorful cosmetics; she can make her human lips appear like they're totally natural on these characters. To add to the believably, she’ll also imitate their grin or teeth. While some have a full set of pearly whites, others only have a couple of front chompers. Jenkinson will curl her lips just so to hide her real teeth, and in a case like Bugs Bunny, expose her fake…

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Forget about New York Fashion Week or the Paris runway. In Sydney, Australia, well-dressed ducks steal the scene at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. It’s here that the waterfowl are outfitted in elegant pink, green and yellow gowns, and even have tiny matching hats, too! They waddle down the catwalk at the Pied Piper Duck Show, and the adorable sight is considered one of the highlights of the annual event, which overall attracts an average of 900,000 visitors.

Brian Harrington, a quirky Australian farmer, is the man behind the fashion show. He’s run it for the past three decades, and works with a professional dressmaker who individually styles each duck to a theme or era. They’ve covered daywear, evening attire, bridal outfits, and more. Currently, they’re showcasing costumes from the 1800’s era as well as favorites from the past.

Haute couture isn’t the only…

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The next time you walk into a conference room, don't be surprised if you are seated at a table made out of an old jet engine! This impressive 747 Cowling Conference Table design, created by Southern California company MotoArt, features recycled plane parts as the foundation for the modern, sleek piece of furniture. Having this as the centerpiece for a meeting would be an impressive addition to any modern office and would certainly be the topic of conversation around the room.

The base of the 12-foot wide, circular conference table is a polished jet engine set on its side. In addition to seating 12 people, the beautiful design has the option of having data ports to charge any device. A spun aluminum dome points upward and serves as the central point to hold a large, 1/2" thick glass table top. Bright LED lights illuminate the center of the engine to add a little flair…

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Masks is a funny project in which French artist Junior Fritz Jacquet took plain old toilet paper rolls and transformed them into expressive abstract faces. The squished up faces are both a little bit odd and a little bit adorable. To create each one, Jacquet first sculpted the cardboard into the desired shapes. He then coated them with a shellac and sometimes a pigment to add a touch of color to the playful characters.

From a very young age, Jacquet has been fascinated with paper and this passion comes through in his work. According to his bio, "He explores and experiments with folding and crumpling techniques, innovating, with his fingers, methods still undiscovered to create forms and craft poetic objects that visually enhance any surrounding." Everything that Jacquet makes is inspired by the traditional paper folding art form of origami but he chooses to use more than…

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Using only a simple, dark background, Vincent J. Musi captures the elegance of lions, leopards, tigers, and more. The South Carolina-based photographer works for National Geographic and shot these breathtaking images as part of a series titled Big Cats. His photos showcase incredible, up-close details that we don’t…

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With a unique combination of Western graffiti styles and traditional Chinese art, 23-year old Chen Yingjie, aka Hua Tunan, is making a name for himself as one of the leading forces in the realm of street art. His work demonstrates his exploration of remarkable ways to combine two seemingly different styles with elements that include ink painting, drum rhythms, and a variety of cultural symbols. 

Splatter Ink Cheetah is grand in scale and incredibly detailed, combining traditional Chinese ink methods and Western art graffiti by splattering ink, adding complexity and richness to the breathtaking image. The colors come to life, almost mimicking the wild and unpredictable nature of his subject. 

Tunan is a core member of the…

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Every Sunday, hair stylist Mark Bustos ventures through New York City in search of his next client. Although he works at an upscale salon, he’s actually looking for someone less fortunate who’d appreciate a haircut. He approaches these people and opens with the same simple phrase: “I want to do something nice for you today.”

Bustos began cutting hair for the homeless in May 2012 after a visit to family members in the Philippines. There, he paid the owner of a barbershop to rent a chair and provide haircuts to impoverished children. The feeling was so rewarding that he brought the practice home. Since then, he’s performed this service to the needy in Jamaica, Costa Rica, Los Angeles, and of course, New York.

All of Bustos’ styling sessions are completed in open areas like street corners and sidewalks so that the public can watch. He’s hoping…

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We’ve recently seen some beautifully-designed staircases, and we can now add another one to our list. Arquitectura en Movimento Workshop crafted wooden, sweeping stairs that certainly don’t disappoint. They’re part of the SDM apartment, a two-storey home located in Mumbai, India.

The stunning staircase really steals the show in this modern home. It was imagined by the architects as a sculpture within the apartment and provides additional lighting and natural ventilation to the space. Gentle, sloping lines create the feeling of flow and movement throughout, and the stairs are visible from almost all of the common areas.

Arquitectura en Movimento Workshop used this dramatic and eye-catching piece to inform other parts of the SDM apartment. The same bold lines are seen in…

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Brilliantly-colored red lines radiate from the top of a waterfall and over a pool in this stunning installation by French artist Pier Fabre. The 240 strings are suspended in front of a cascade at Egliseneuve d'Entraigues, in the mountainous Sancy region of central France. Titled Dripping, Fabre designed his piece to create an unusual space above the rushing water, and for the liquid to cling to its multiple strands. The sun is meant to shine through the water droplets in a dazzling effect.

The 20 meter-long strings start at the top of the eight-meter-high waterfall and curve out in three tiers, giving the illusion that they end in midair above the water. Fabre does this by attaching the lines to metal wires that connect to a thin frame crossing the river. This infrastructure attaches to the trees on either side of the pool and is anchored to rocks in the…

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If your favorite liquor bottle was this honest on the label, would you change your approach to a cocktail? This hilarious collection of digital creations from TotalSororityMove.com features phrases created in the style and design of the original liquor bottle labels, but with messages of the brutally honest truth about what you are in for if you drink too much!

According to the project, tequila will have you dancing on the tables, too much Jack Daniels will have you texting your ex, and indulging in Jägermeister will lead to the unpleasant experience of vomit everywhere. With the not-so-pleasant warnings placed right there on the bottle, the funny series is a reminder that we should always "know when to say when!"

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Shooting Singapore Street Composites is a collection of images in which photographer Danny Santos documented average scenes of strangers going about their daily lives along the streets of Singapore. The catch is that each image is actually a product of multiple photographs digitally merged together.

For the 4-week project, Santos set up his tripod in various locations and photographed a single scene for anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Afterwards, he reviewed the images, selected specific elements from the shots, and merged them together into one visually intriguing final scene.

By blending together the various pieces, Santos was able to freeze time into a single arrangement. The results are a fascinating collection of street photography where people are placed in perfectly organized patterns of walking. "Singapore is such a…

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In just under a month, My Modern Met will be on the ground in Calgary, covering the most exciting art+science+engineering event of the year. Beakerhead is an annual, citywide, interactive movement that brings together brilliant minds to one place for five spectacular days, September 10-14, 2014. After last year's highly successful inaugural event, Beakerhead has already become a staple in Calgary's cultural calendar.

According to their website, "In 2013, 62,500 people experienced Beakerhead by scaling a 40-foot tall rocketship, jamming with Berlin’s most famous robot band, getting shocked by 1,000,000 volts from Arc Attack, sampling Engineered Eats at Calgary restaurants, singing with Commander Chris Hadfield or learning from one of the dozens of pop-up presentations over the course of five…

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New York City-based, China-born artist Cai Guo-Qiang kicked off his solo exhibition The Ninth Wave with a bang—literally. After sailing a boatload of 99 fake animals down the Huangpu River, Cai got to work on the other pieces in his show at Shanghai's Power Station of Art, including the explosive series of gunpowder drawings titled Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter.

Four porcelain reliefs, each representing a season, were decorated with gunpowder and then set ablaze by Cai at an event that drew a large crowd of spectators. Adopting a different method of ignition for each drawing, the renowned artist used everything from fireworks to pellets to strips of explosives to detonations beneath fireproof sheeting for the pyrotechnic display. Once the last of the…

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Under the lights and in front of a crowd of hundreds, if not thousands of fans, musicians can really rock. The Vans Warped Tour is a travelling festival that features a line up of bands who tour for as long as three months and perform day after day. Sounds exhausting, right? Performance photographer Brandon Andersen shows us just how much these artists exert themselves in his collection of images taken before and after the concert.

Each musician appeared in this year’s tour lineup, and before they went on stage, Andersen snapped their photo in front of a solid-colored background. He then took the same picture after their set and they had left the stage. What results is an amusing and interesting look at the power of performance; the musician appears sweaty, disheveled, and tired. Their hair is out of place and they look like they're ready to take a nap. And considering…

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Singapore has a beautiful waterfront and a street food heritage that some feel needs reinvigorated. Intending to jump-start the conversation about it are SPARK Architects, who unveiled a proposal for a mobile, reconfigurable, and sustainable floating cooked-food center (also known as hawker center). Called the Solar Orchid project, it’s a pop-up shop that could potentially appear in numerous locations with a variety of vendors who operate within its pods.

The design features a protective canopy that’s a solar-energy generating, inflated pillow-top with thin-film photovoltaic cells. There are multiple floating, compartmentalized areas, and each houses a different street food purveyor. The pods accommodate cooking stalls and have built-in exhaust, water, gas, electrical, waste collection, water recycling services, and table settings. They are modular, meaning they can be…

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