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With its own name, let alone one like Lucid Dream, you can be sure that this wedding reception would be nothing short of fantastic. Serving both as a bride and an artist, Sheika Lateefa worked with company Designlab Events in coming up with this spectacular cloud installation for her wedding. In short, through her confidence, support and collaborative spirit, she gave the company creative license to come up with something out-of-this-world.

Did DesignLab deliver! 15,000 light sticks, 65,000 Swarovski crystals, 4,000 paper cranes swirled overhead in a surreal work similar to the bride's own taste. Installation artists Andy Cao and Xavier Perrot's Swarovski Crystals cloud, which we've featured right here, was the inspiration behind the…

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Dallas-based photographer and former U.S. Marine Joel Parés' powerful portrait series Judging America embodies the age-old idiom "don't judge a book by its cover." Through these photos, Parés seeks to challenge any prejudices that viewers may hold against other people based on race, socioeconomic status, sexual preference, or appearance.

Each image consists of two portraits of a person. The viewer first sees a photo personifying a stereotype, and then is immediately confronted by the second photo, which works to dispel the stereotype by highlighting the person as he or she really is. Parés aims to show that not all black men are thugs or gangsters; not all Muslims are terrorists; not all Mexicans are gardeners. The series demonstrates how preemptively judging a person can result in assumptions that may be false and even harmful.

Parés was inspired to create…

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UK-based German artist Mariele Neudecker fuses chemistry and sculpture in her ongoing series Tank Works, which consists of three-dimensional landscapes constructed within large aquariums.

Inspired by romantic and sublime works of art, Neudecker fills glass tanks with water and miniature sculptural objects such as model ships, trees, and mountains. She then adds various chemicals to the aquariums, sparking reactions that create unique atmospheres while also forming contained climates that gradually change over time. The result is an intriguing representation of two-dimensional images recreated as dynamic, sculptural works.

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Drone technology is interesting enough by itself, but when you strap a camera on it, the pairing can yield some awe-inspiring results. We’ve recently seen what it can do in the first annual Dronestagram Photo Contest - how amazing are those images? Now, a team of engineers and scientists have created a concept for Nixie, a wearable drone and camera. It works by popping off your wrist, turning into a quadcopter drone, and taking video or pictures in the air. You can even put it in “boomerang” mode and have it fly back to you!

This incredible project is currently one of the finalist in Intel’s Make It Wearable competition. The finale is on November 3, 2014, so we’ll…

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Luxury Yacht is the First to Feature a Floating Garage

Yachts offer incredible luxury on the sea, and the Italian company CRN has produced one that’s unlike any of its kind. The 196-foot vessel is named the J’Ade and is the first to feature a floating garage. This innovative addition enables the owner to store and access a 26-foot speedboat without the use of a tender lift. Its hydraulic-operated bay can dry out in three minutes and then be transformed into a terrace-accessible ocean pool.

The J’Ade is designed to feel at one with the sea, and it boasts special full-height windows that offer breath-taking, panoramic views of the ocean. Recently featured at 2014 Monaco Yacht Show, it was also a finalist in the interior design award category. Zuccon International Project crafted the space with a classical focus but modern touches; leather, marble, metals,…

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Gorgeous Crystal Engravings Showcase Ethereal Scenes

Canadian artist Mark Raynes Roberts creates incredible and exquisite works by engraving gorgeous scenes into pieces of crystal. His series Dreamscapes features just that - fantastical imagery like mythical creatures, nature’s splendor, and imaginative landscapes. When the light hits Roberts’ sculptures at the right angle, it makes his subjects look like they are encased in glass.

Roberts’ highly-detailed engravings are conceptually informed by travelling the world and seeing all of the beauty that it has to offer. It cultivated a deep interest in the human spirit and how we relate to nature, and which is later translated into this alluring imagery.

The artist’s chosen material has refractive qualities that reflect and distort his designs, and he uses a combination of ancient engraving techniques known as diamond-wheel and stippling in their creation. Doing…

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A gorgeous long exposure trail of fireflies at night, a large, green sea turtle coming in for a close-up, and an overly friendly polar bear? (Oh hai!) This could all just mean one thing. The National Geographic Photo Contest is back and the entries are better than ever. Now accepting images in any of these three categories: People, Places and Nature, this year's winner will receive a cool $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2015. The First Place winner in each category will each receive $2,500 and his/her winning photograph will be published in National Geographic magazine. The contest rules are…

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Last year, photographers Philip Kirkman and Shannon McLaughlin had such great success with their NYC Taxi Drivers Beefcake Calendar that they decided to create another one for 2015. The hilarious pin-up calendar is created in the same vein as the annual NYPD and FDNY charity calendars, with a portion of the proceeds supporting NYC-based University Settlement.

For this year's project, Kirkman and McLaughlin hit the streets of NYC to find taxi cab drivers willing to pose for some pretty creative shots. The images feature new drivers, repeat drivers from last year, and even the very first husband and wife driving team.

The photographers explain,…

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Anyone with a fear of heights may want to avoid the International Highline Meeting, an annual event that took place this year at Monte Piana in the Italian Dolomites, and calls to those with an adventurous spirit. Individuals known as slackliners travel from all across the world to meet up and experience this unique event.

Upon arrival, participants are invited to walk along one of 18 highlines—ranging from 20 to 330+ feet in the air—and even string up hammocks for a bit of relaxation high above the earth. If you are willing to brave it, the views from such aerial perspectives must be fantastic! Those who would prefer to keep their feet on the ground are also invited to register as photographers. Additionally, there are flights across the mountain range, yoga, movies, and…

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For many people diagnosed with autism, communicating through speech and social interaction can be challenging. As a way to express herself, 5-year-old Iris Grace began painting last year, and has already garnered praise across the globe for her incredibly beautiful works of art. The young artist, who lives in the UK with her parents and her cat Thula, creates gorgeous paintings filled with dreamy colors and fascinating textures. The soothing works, which were often inspired by nature, have been compared to Monet's Impressionist paintings by buyers and collectors from around the world.

According to Iris's mother, Arabella Carter-Johnson, her daughter has an incredible concentration span of about two hours whenever she paints. Carter-Johnson says, "I make up some cups of very watery paints, she chooses which one she would like to use and gets me to make more when she needs it and she…

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Inquisitive Bull Photobombs Couple's Wedding Photos

Newlyweds Rebecca and Brian Pepper were in for a big surprise when an uninvited guest showed up at their sunset photo shoot in Tamworth, Australia last week. In the middle of a lush paddock, posing next to a rented vintage car, the couple was approached by a curious young bull, whose photobombing made their wedding photos extra unique. The photographer, Rachel Deane of Finishing Image Photography, told the bride and groom to ignore the inquisitive beast as she snapped away, capturing incredible shots of the bull inching closer and even sniffing Rebecca's dress.

Things took a turn for the unexpected when the bull suddenly ducked its head, started kicking up dust with its hooves, and prepared to charge. Luckily, Brian—a canola farmer who's grown up around bulls all his life—knew exactly how to deal with the creature. He "seized the bull by the horns,"…

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Creative Bicyclist Takes Artistic Photos Around Tokyo

Tokyo Instagrammer Mamoru Kanai has always been good at riding bicycles, and he creatively shows off his skills in the ongoing series titled Riding Pop. The entire thing appears on Instagram under his username @mamotoraman, and it features him performing one-wheeled bicycle tricks in front of various Tokyo locales. Kanai’s stunts include “wheelies” (standing on the back wheel) and “stoppies” (standing on the front wheel).

Throughout the Instagrammer’s colorful series, we see that a friend skillfully photographed him in front of murals, passing trains, and on bridges. Everything is normally captured in a single shot, and Kanai will try and hold the position for as long as he can. He’ll even challenge himself to perform the tricks while seated (you might normally see people standing…

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Intricate Embroideries Depict Fine Details of the Eye

Embroidery artist Sam P. Gibson uses thread to create a detailed, up-close look at the human eye. Equipped with black floss, she hand stitches the iris, eyelid, and eyelashes, capturing it all with delicate, thin lines. This style gives her work the appearance of an ink drawing.

To begin these intricate creations, Gibson first draws the design with pencil on her fabric. She then begins the process of carefully going over every line using basic embroidery techniques. Sometimes, she’ll gather the stitches close together or on top of each other to form dense, solid shapes; it’s perfect for depicting the pupil or eyelashes.

Every piece is framed with a wooden embroidery hoop. If you’d like to own one of Gibson’s works, be sure to check out her Etsy shop. She features eyes, as well as other body parts like skulls…

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If there's one thing Ai Weiwei knows about, it's being an unlawfully detained prisoner of conscience. The artist and activist, who is currently not allowed to leave his home country of China, recently unveiled Trace, a powerful new installation that consists of 176 LEGO portraits of political prisoners and exiles from around the world. The installation, which is part of Ai's new @Large exhibition held in partnership with the FOR-SITE Foundation on the island of Alcatraz, engages with the former prison's history while raising questions about freedom of expression and human rights.

Ai used a staggering 1.2 million LEGO bricks to create his portraits, which…

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Weatherhead Architecture recently unveiled designs for Butterfly Square, a mixed-use town center that’ll be located in Halland, Sweden. This development features two striking angled, L-shaped buildings that are divided by a pedestrian promenade. When viewed from above, the space is reminiscent of a butterfly’s wings.

The entire scheme will occupy a massive 27,000 square feet with structures clad in materials like glass and timber. Designed to look like an extension of a neighboring park, it will feature landscaping such as green roofs, planting beds, and water features. Its residential, retail, and recreational space includes a sunken performance amphitheater that protects guests from inclement weather thanks to a sharply-angled roof. Butterfly Square intends to be pedestrian-friendly and will have its parking located underground.

As local residents…

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Conceptual artist and illustrator Gediminas Pranckevicius creates digital art that instantly whisk viewers off into a world of imagination. The Lithuania-born artist uses soft light and blended colors to create harmonious worlds where it is easy to get lost in the surreal stories.

He uses software like Photoshop to produce the playful digital drawings that feature imaginative creations like giant trolls, flying pigs, and houses and towns perched on top of precariously balanced mountaintops. His places and characters come alive through layer upon layer of intricate details, which are evident in the final work.

If you are interested, you can watch the video below to see the progress of one of his works in various stages of production.…

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Sergiu-Radu Pop, an architecture student taught by Zaha Hadid at Studio Hadid Vienna, unveiled development plans for the Earth's final frontier with his proposed Transformable Antarctic Research Facility. The project envisions a sprawling center for vital research as well as environmental tourism, filled with spaces like exhibition halls, exercise rooms, accommodation, conference chambers, observation decks, and port transportation stations.

The influence of Pop's mentor, Hadid, is clear in the building's soaring, futuristic design. Located on a rugged coastline, the dynamic structure juts out over the water while also extending upwards with a curved glass tower. The architecture student's primary design tool was biomimicry, as…

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Have you ever wondered what some of the world’s greatest architectural achievements are? A new poster titled The Schematics of Structures by the online shop Pop Chart Lab celebrates 90 structural feats from around the world and throughout time. The image is presented as a blueprint-style infographic, and each building is hand illustrated; they are also accompanied by notations for location, height, year of construction, and architectural mode. So, it not only commemorates impressive architecture but has an informative, educational component as well.

The poster features structures as varied as The Great Sphinx in Egypt, China’s Forbidden City, and New York City’s iconic Statue of Liberty. Each has their own idiosyncrasies, and it highlights just how wonderfully imaginative and different the buildings are.

If you’d like to own The Schematics of…

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Australian artist Meredith Woolnough (@meredithwoolnough) celebrates the beauty of nature in her stunning embroidery works. She uses a special sewing process to convey the intricate details of nature through delicate sculptures. “I work with a unique technique that allows me to create embroidered structures that exist without a base cloth. It’s not your typical embroidery," explains Woolnough.

All of the artist's pieces mimic the fragility of objects ranging from veiny leaf skeletons to the elaborate structure of coral. She first maps out the complex arrangement of her design onto a cloth and then uses a sewing machine to create the sculpted piece. When she is finished, the base fabric dissolves in water, leaving only the artist's beautifully detailed stitchwork. She then mounts each piece with pins onto…

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Cambridge-based visual artist Lia Melia creates strikingly energetic paintings where curling and crashing ocean waves splash and splatter across the canvas. Having grown up near the sea, that is where artist Lia Melia continues to find her inspiration. "The seas moods can always express my deepest feelings," she explains.

Melia uses a technique that is unique to her work in which she bakes powder pigments and paints onto a sheet of aluminum or glass. Through this process, she can obtain translucent layers which she says "can glow with light." She uses a wide range of color palettes, from cool blues and greens to passionate reds, oranges, and golds. Regardless of color, every piece is as original as every ocean wave.…

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