French Etsy shop, Mojoptix, has harnessed the ancient technology of the sundial and adapted it to the modern age. The traditional sundial has been around since 1500 BCE, but in today’s society, it is neither practical nor easy to read. Mojoptix has created a 3D printed modern sundial which uses shadows to display digits. This invention is available both as a free downloadable file for your own 3D printer or for purchase.
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Unseen Art is combining art with technology to create 3D prints of classical art pieces, such as the Mona Lisa, in order to make them accessible to blind and visual impaired individuals. The group has selected pieces of art that are commonly referenced and, through technology, they are enhancing access to the visual interpretation of these tenants of civilization to a broader spectrum of the population.
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Carbon Story, a social enterprise fighting global climate change, created a website called World Underwater to create a visualization of your city under water. The disconnect between catastrophic climatic events seen in the news and the immense reality of a potential situation is closed with the personalized, life-like scenes. Harnessing digital animation and creativity to spread awareness is a powerful tool to capture the attention of a visually-oriented society.
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Artist Kiva Ford’s day job is to fabricate custom glass instruments for scientific labs. In the evenings, he applies this craft to create glass curiosities inspired by mythology, history, and science. He has adapted the glass-blowing techniques required for scientific instruments to form realistic natural creatures. The connection between science and nature is reminiscent of 18th and 19th century scientific exploration and the cutting edge displays including in the then cutting edge natural history museums.
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Japanese artist Isana Yamada has created a surreal exhibition of translucent whales with various encapsulated objects to represent Samsara—the Buddhist term for the “cycle of existence”—an ancient concept about the repeating cycle of birth, life, death, or reincarnation and the consequence of one’s actions affecting the part, present, and future. In Japanese culture, whales and other long-lived animals are thought to possess spirits and Yamada describes the soul of each whale by its object. The ship in the whale above signifies a creature that has “likened life to a voyage.”
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Seventy large concrete arrows dot the landscape of the United States. These forgotten artifacts are the last reminders of an antiquated US air mail delivery system. Initiated in 1924 by the federal government, these arrows, measuring up to 50 feet, were built every 10 miles on established air routes to guide pilots across the country in bad weather or night flying conditions. Originally, they were painted bright yellow and built next to a 50 foot tall lighthouse-like tower with a rotating light and a small rest house. By the time World War II erupted, radio replaced the need for analog solutions. These stunning moments of immense graphic design are a reminder of the ingenuity required for infrastructure and communication prior to wireless transmission.
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Willard Hill began making one sculpture per day 20 years ago. Composed of masking tape and discarded objects, Hill began assembling the small pieces to occupy his time after a health condition kept him bedridden. At age 80, Hill has never been in a museum nor does he consider himself to be an artist. There are no sketches or plans; each character emerges organically, a rare and genuine expression of American folk art.
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Lew Card | Collage
In a brilliant media meld, live-animation designer and director Toben Seymour films an intricate montage depicting the staggering growth of Austin’s built environment utilizing current and historic photos. Complemented with the music of singer-songwriter Lew Card, this collaboration is truly Austin indicative.
Orange County Government Center by Paul Rudolph | Image Credit: Ty Cole
Brutalism, the often reviled architectural style, is the subject of photographer Ty Cole‘s recent body of work. And the images are stunning shedding light and beauty on buildings in desperate need of preservation action. Read the Atlas Obscura article for a refreshing perspective on the style.
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Rotterdam- based architecture firm, Monadnock, was commissioned to design a landmark building as part of a village renewal plan for the small Dutch town of Nieuw-Bergen. The town lacked a clear landmark, such as a church or town hall, to ground the public area of the adjacent market space. Monadnock drew inspiration from historic Dutch trade buildings in the volume and proportion of the structure as well as its relationship to surrounding architecture.
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In the landlocked west African country of Burkina Faso is a 1.2 hectares village called Tiébélé. It is inhabited by the Kassena people who settled the area in the 15th century. Although an economically poor country, this small, circular village is culturally rich and is known for its traditional Gourounsi architecture and elaborately graphic exterior wall decoration. The architecture is constructed from local materials, earth, wood and straw with walls over 12 inches thick. After construction is complete, the women of the village use white chalk and colored mud to paint murals on the exterior surface with decorations based on everyday life or religious beliefs. This ancient tradition has been implemented by the women in the community since the 16th century and also serves to protect the structure from rain.
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Designer and master potter Eric Landon of Danish ceramics studio, Tortus Copenhagen, mounted a camera to his potter’s wheel to create a short film with a dizzying effect. Viewed from the perspective of the object, rather than the creator, the ceramic vase steadily takes form with only the blur of the maker in the background.
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