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We know what New York City’s Times Square looks like now, but what about in the year 3015? In a concept proposed by Blake Freitas, Grace Chen and Alexi Kararavokiris, it could have a magnificent skyscraper that contains a mountain range, beach, shopping centers, Giants’ Stadium, and much more. The trio calls it Times Squared 3015, and it’s over a mile tall at 5,687 feet high. Compared to the Empire State Building, which is 1,454 feet tall, the structure is massive.

The designers wanted to “fit an entire city within itself,” and it’s how they came this unique arrangement. Destination zones - like housing, malls, and farming - consist of individualized modules that are stacked on top of each other. And, at the peak of the skyscraper, a smaller cityscape is enclosed and offers dazzling views of what’s below.

“This tower embraces the problems of overpopulation,…

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Artist Erika Craig captures the multi-faceted beauty beneath the surface of the water in her series of gorgeous oil paintings. The works revolve around submerged female characters whose reflections are distorted by the constantly-moving liquid. Abstract shapes and meandering colors intertwine with the women's bodies they’re fully encased in the sun-kissed water. Humans and nature look as though they are one.

To Craig, water represents a bodily and spiritual renewal as well as life and death. “It is the place of origins, and a place inside ourselves where we go to find peace. Making up most of the Earth and most of our bodies, it is the connectedness of things,” she writes in an artist statement. Craig continues, “I occupy the world below the surface, the subconscious, a place of intuition and dreams.” With this sentiment in mind, we can’t help but imagine her subjects in…

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Making its debut next month at the 3D Print Design Show in New York is this 2-string violin that looks like it's from the future. Architects Eric Goldemberg and Veronica Zalcberg of MONAD Studio are known for their cutting-edge architecture but they also work on art installations and product design. At the show, which is from April 16 to April 17, at the Jacob Javits Center, they'll be unveiling this work, the 2-string Piezoelectric Violin. The duo collaborated with musician Scott F. Hall in designing the radical instrument which has the functionality and ergonomics of the classic violin but has a distinct character thanks to the materials used and the methods by which it was formed.

“Our desire to create unusual instruments emerged when we realized the aesthetic and technical issues we…

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A partially finished Barcelona cathedral that has languished for decades is receiving a new jolt of momentum thanks to the rise of 3D printing technology. Construction of Sagrada Familia, designed by renowned master Antoni Gaudi, began in 1883 and has remained a mostly stalled construction zone for the past 130 years. Its progress has often been interrupted by wars and funding droughts. By the time of his death in 1926, only one quarter of the church had been completed. During the Spanish Civil War, many of Gaudi’s original models and drawings of the completed church were stolen, leaving architects at a loss for how to continue.

That all changed recently when Jodi Coll stepped up as the cathedral’s chief architect, leading his team to recreate and produce models of the church in 3D printing. The technology lets them digitally design intricate plans in a 3D-compatible…

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This summer, London’s Kensington Gardens will be overtaken with a mesmerizing structure that looks like it came from the pages of a whimsical children’s storybook. The 15th rendition of the Serpentine Pavilion, sponsored by Serpentine Galleries, was created this year by the Spanish artist-architect duo SelgasCano. Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano’s renderings of the design show that they chose to compose their asymmetrical, polygon-shaped structure out of colorful fabric that is interwoven with webbed material. The result is a fairytale-like place that fills both children and adults with a dazzling sense of wonder.

When visitors step inside the structure, they will feel as if they’ve walked into a kaleidoscope. Brilliant colors shimmer at every turn as the fabric reflects sunlight and casts a stained-glass glow throughout. Guests can wander through the rainbow tunnels in…

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Artist Cathie Bleck scratches away handmade pigments and black ink on clayboard to reveal splendid nature scenes revolving around ideas of spirituality, mythology, and the interconnectedness of the world. Sensual goddesses, winged creatures, and all kinds of wildlife loom larger than life in her artwork. Dynamic, gestural lines link each form organically, emphasizing the harmony of the world even in chaotic scenes. Bleck's subtractive process of creation fits the themes of her images, as she scrapes away the darkness to reveal powerful light at the core of each work.

"When I was a girl I fell in love with darkness," Bleck writes in her artist statement. "The tools I work with—pen, ink, fine knives, and clay—became natural choices for someone drawn to observe and record the world in close detail, and to best orchestrate the balance between opposing forces.…

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Minnesota-based photographer Caroline Jensen captures the sweet beauty of childhood and life on the prairie in her emotive, black-and-white portraits of her young daughter. Annika, now 10, has been the star of many of her mother's photos since she was 4 years old—for her, photography "is as much a part of life as brushing her teeth," Jensen told Feature Shoot.

Through the tender eyes of a parent, Jensen immortalizes fleeting, everyday moments in their rural home. Unlike her three sons, her daughter is completely at ease in front of the camera. Annika dances, plays, and ponders before her mother's lens, the very picture of joy and youth. Dramatic, natural lighting coupled with a lack of color creates…

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Aakash Nihalani, the artist known for his playful masking tape illusions, has just sent word that he's completed a new body of work called Projections. In this exciting new series, cubic designs are projected onto a white wall, becoming an interactive canvas for the viewer. Using coding and motion software, a sensor picks up the viewer's hand movement on the projected design and, in real time, changes the overall look of the piece.

As he describes it, "This exchange between the artwork and the viewer is essential in order to illuminate the underlying personality and sculptural quality of the work. The result is an infinite variation in composition, as unpredictable and original as the viewer. As with my street installations, these works…

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Tony Booth, a tattoo artist and owner of Dabs Tattoo in Southport, England, has successfully made a man appear as if he’s an android. On his arm, at least. This incredible tattoo looks as though it’s carved from the skin, and what’s beneath it is another layer of hex geometric patterning. It’s unlike any tattoo we’ve seen before.

The entire thing took 18 months and multiple tattooing sessions to complete. Booth’s wife, Lisa, who is also an owner of Dabs Tattoo, tells CNET, “The client and Tony came up with the concept between them and it grew from an upper arm sleeve to a full sleeve and then it carried on to his hand, shoulder and upper chest.”

Booth shared some in-progress work on his Instagram. He started by blacking out most of his client’s arm and later tattooed it a second time…

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Russian artist Maxim Shkret possesses the incredible skill of making digital art feel as though it’s part of the natural world. Using tools and programs like Pixologic Zbursh, Vray, 3DS Max, and Photoshop, he renders stunning portraits of wild creatures. They’re part of his ongoing series of geometric animals that started last year.

All images feature a front or three-quarters view of Shkret’s subjects. Mammals like bears, foxes, horses, and wolves are all portrayed with a tactile-looking pattern that mimics folded paper. There are many small parts that make up clusters of “fur,” and together they imitate snouts, manes, and broad chests. This creates dynamic lines and shapes that give the illusion of three-dimensional forms. As a result, Shkret’s portraits don’t feel stiff. Instead, we can picture these majestic creatures on the move as their hair blows in a…

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Artist Sipho Mabona is well known for his incredible origami works, like the life-size elephant sculpture he made from just one piece of paper. Recently, he used his background in origami to create stunning art pieces that resemble a modern day version of stained glass. Using a laser cutter, he cut crease patterns of origami designs out of wood. Then, he melted sugar and colored it with liquid watercolor. Finally, he poured the mixture into the designated fields of the crease patterns, filling them up with the hot liquid and then letting them cool into place.

Mabona said that one of the main difficulties was to not overheat the mixture. "Otherwise it would have caramelized and turned brown," he states.

This body of work, called…

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Eureka, California-based artist Merry Coor honors the deceased and comforts their loved ones by using cremated ashes to create stunning, heartfelt jewelry. Each memorial ash bead is lovingly crafted by hand. Special, colored glass forms the round bead, while ashes are incorporated into ethereal spiral designs and then sealed in a clear layer of glass. The result is a unique work of art that captures the beauty of the cosmos and meaningful memories of the dearly departed.

Once she receives an order, Coor sends an envelope and tin to customers so that they can mail her the ashes of their loved one, along with any photos or stories that will provide the artist with a clearer image of the subject. Once she receives the materials, Coor lovingly hand-makes the bead with the individual in mind, doing her best to imbibe each piece with good intentions and respect. Bead caps, head pins,…

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Meet Chip and Adele, the duo that proves we all need friends, especially when we're going through a rough patch. Operation Kindness, a no-kill shelter in Texas, is currently the home to Chip, a five-week-old chihuahua puppy, and Adele, a four-week-old kitten. The two came into the shelter on the same day, March 20, so the shelter's team put the pair together and they've been best friends ever since! While Chip was abandoned at the shelter by a family who couldn't care for such a young puppy, Adele is a stray that was found with no mother or other kittens. Now, they have each other!

Besides the fact that they're two different animals, they each carry their own distinct personalities. While Chip is sweet and laid-back, content just curling up with people around him, Adele is independent and curious, she's a natural explorer. The two will stay at the…

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Cleopatra the leopard tortoise was a victim of poor nutrition. When she was rescued by Colorado group Canyon Critters, handlers saw that her shell had developed dramatic peaks, which weaken her structure and leave her susceptible to injury from other tortoises. That’s when a team of design students at Colorado Technical University stepped in to help, employing the use of 3D printing technology to create a brightly colored, protective shell topper for Cleopatra.

The students invested 600 hours into producing the final, working model. The team scanned Cleopatra, digitized her shape and built a computerized, 3D model of a shell topper to fit her. One of the main difficulties was tweaking the design program to allow gentle slopes in the plastic so that the piece draped naturally and comfortably over the tortoise’s shell. The design files were then sent…

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This airy pavilion celebrates the power of the printed word by using books as its building blocks. Set to debut at Berkeley’s first Bay Area Book Festival in June, Lacuna is both a large-scale public art installation and a “library” of free books that visitors can take home and keep. Renderings of the unique structure show it’s comprised of 12 pillars made of stacked books. Connected to the pillars are the supporting walls, which are formed with two-sided bookshelves. The canopy-like roof, which shades a reading area within the pavilion, is thatched with hundreds of book pages that flutter in the breeze.

Plans for the book pavilion were drawn up by the Flux Foundation, a nonprofit design firm that specializes in large-scale public art projects. Currently, festival organizers are collecting money through a Kickstarter online fundraising page to turn the designs into…

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In 2007, Reddit user Priami found an injured baby squirrel on the side of the road. Nearby wildlife rehabilitation centers were all full, so Priami and his family nursed the little critter back to health on their own. After the red squirrel—who they named Arttu—had recovered, Priami discovered that the animal's eye was damaged, rendering him partially blind. Knowing that Arttu wouldn't survive on his own in the wild, Priami decided to raise the squirrel and provide him with a loving home.

Arttu quickly became a wonderful, affectionate pet. He was free to run around the house and even roam outside under supervision. No matter how far he strayed, the adorable creature always came back to Priami, who he recognized as family. According to the…

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Though The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies are over, that doesn’t mean we have to stop celebrating the franchise. And for die-hard fans, there’s always Hobbiton to visit. The former movie set is located in Matamata, a small agricultural town in the Waikato region of New Zealand.

Since filming, it was turned into a spectacular permanent attraction that’s complete with 44 unique Hobbit holes, a double arched bridge, and The Green Dragon Inn and Bar. Tours are available, and they begin at a picturesque 1,250-acre sheep farm and pass through the 12-acre site that’s home to Hobbiton. The knowledgeable guides share fascinating details of how the set was created. Afterwards, you can dine at the specially-recreated Green Dragon Bar on traditional Hobbit…

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Through her vibrant artwork, Canada-based creative Elspeth McLean aims to connect people to their inner child. One way she does this is through small ocean stones that were found on beaches in New Zealand. They are painted in beautiful, bright colors that feature a series of dots decoratively arranged along the surface. McLean’s designs vary in scheme and pattern, but they always delight in an almost-hypnotic way. It’s easy to get lost in looking at all of the intricate details.

McLean uses a tiny brush and acrylic paint to create these pieces. She’ll apply multiple layers of paint - sometimes as many as six applications - so that her dots retain their shape and produce a slightly three-dimensional effect. This meticulous process is what helps to make her pieces so eye-catching.

McLean writes about her work, “Painting is my way to find my…

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Hokkaidō, Japan's northernmost island, is famous for its winter weather and gorgeous natural scenery, but if you ask us, it should also be known for its population of adorable animals that can't be found anywhere else in the country. In these incredible photos captured by PopShiretoko360, a Twitter user who moved to the northeastern tip of Hokkaidō five years ago, you'll find cuddly little creatures ranging from fluffy birds to lovable mammals. Just look at their cute antics photographed up close and try not to say, "Aww!"

Note: Many of the animals have "Ezo" in their name in reference to what the lands to the north of Japan used to be called.

Above: Ezo Momonga

Ezo Momonga

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With a coffee bar, free WiFi and a distinctively laid-back vibe, the newest luxury bus line to hit San Francisco’s streets offers all the comforts of your favorite café on wheels. The recently launched company Leap lets you travel in style, socialize and get work done all at the same time. An abundance of power outlets plus coffee and juice choices turn your daily commute into a delightful and productive experience.

As the Starbucks chain has already proved, aesthetics are important, because cafes aren’t just selling coffee — they’re selling atmosphere. And in that department, Leap isn’t lacking, either. Distressed-wood-panel accents, rows of barstools facing windows and elevated, circular seating areas offer the collaborative space and relaxed ambiance that people usually turn to coffee shops to provide.

The cross-town commuter bus is intended to shuttle the city’s youthful…

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