Sculptor and underwater photographer Jason deCaires Taylor created and submerged “Ocean Atlas”, the world’s largest underwater sculpture, in the Bahamas in 2014 . At 60 tons and 18 feet tall, the sculpture—meant to gradually evolve into an artificial coral reef—is made of a pH neutral cement and was commissioned by the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation. The formation of plant and animal life on the surface of the piece will create a rich, natural texture unlike anything possible above the water’s surface.
Source: Art Net
NASA recently uploaded 8,400 photos to Flickr, documenting everything from the extraordinary to the mundane from Apollo missions 7 through 17 spanning 1968-1972. A modified Hasselblad camera was used to capture thousands of moments during the missions and the recent upload helps to humanize the extraordinary work of astronauts.
Source: This is Colossal
Artist Gil Batle spent over two decades incarcerated in California for nonviolent offenses, Now, he is using his artistic talents—honed by drawing and tattooing while behind bars—to create narrative pieces documenting his experiences in prison. Batle carves ostrich eggshells with delicate imagery showing the harsh realities of life in the penal system. His work will be exhibited in New York City November 5, 2015–January 9, 2016.
Dakar, Senegal (2014) | Martha Cooper
Street photographer Martha Cooper has spent 40 years capturing and preserving graffiti and street art through her documentary photographs. Considered an eyesore by some, graffiti is the oldest form of artistic expression and serves as the most visible and accessible of all artistic mediums. Cooper has photographed the works of the world’s most famous—and infamous—artists including Banksy, Dondi, and Blade. Cooper documents the beauty and the grit in striking, thought-provoking compositions.
Source: CNN Style
Turkish designer, Bilge Nur Saltik, creates a kaleidoscope effect with her new OP-vase collection which features three patterns of glass tinted blue or green. The hand-cut glass containers give the illusion of a bouquet stemming from a single flower. With a twist on the classic and delicate crystal vase, Saltik is able to transform a single stem into a playful abstraction of nature through visual distortion.
Source: Design Boom
Artist Nizar Ali Badr creates powerful images depicting the refugee crisis using only stones and pebbles collected from the Syrian coast. Nizar has created over 10,000 works in the last five years as civil war has waged on in his homeland, depicting stories of every day life and the emotions carried with them.
Source: Nizar Ali Badr
cars and bodies
Cars and humans are ubiquitous in the urban landscape. This particular phenomenon is sometimes problematic for architects who want the buildings they’ve designed to be documented without evidence of both cars and humans. Architect Thomas Cestia, photographer Yann Rabanier, and videographer Romain Dussaulx’s collaborative project Cars and Bodies embraces the presence of cars and humans and their engagement with the built environment. The images—staged in Los Angeles—reflect a choice of vehicle and its occupants specific to the neighborhood in which the photograph was taken.
Artist Daan Roosegaarde of Rotterdam is known for his spatial explorations of the interactions between people and technology. His studio’s latest project—the Smog Free Tower—is powerful as both an air purification system (the largest in the world) and as a tool for building awareness of the polluted air we create and breath every day. Using innovative technology and an elegant design, Roosegaarde hopes to create an iconic gathering place to facilitate engagement related to this pressing environmental issue. The entire project was crowd-funded, and aims to be supported in perpetuity by the sale of jewelry made in part with carbon particles extracted from the air by the Tower.
Healing Tool | Brian Kane
Driving down an interstate, it isn’t hard to imagine a future where the natural landscape is completely obstructed from view by layers of lurid advertising, like one experiences in Times Square. In June and July 2015, travelers on Interstates 95 and 93 in Massachusetts experienced Brian Kane’s Healing Tool. The digital displays on the rented billboards were meant to “…provide a moment of temporary relief and unexpected beauty during the daily grind of commuting…By removing the marketing message from the advertising space, we create an unexpected moment of introspection.”
Source: Visual News
Ed Alvarez | Bronx Photo League
The South Bronx’s Jerome Avenue neighborhood is currently the focus of a rezoning study. The resulting zoning changes will likely deliver results similar to those seen in Williamsburg and Dumbo. In the midst of uncertainty, a group of burgeoning photographers have formed a group they are calling the Bronx Photo League. The group of 18 artists—many of whom are immigrants—are documenting the vibrancy and life of Jerome Avenue in advance of developers descending. In traditional street photography fashion, the Bronx Photo League photographers use vintage Hasselblads and tripods, and exclusively shoot film. The resulting images provide a view into the soul of the South Bronx.
Source: New York Times Lens
Photographer Jim Kazanjian sorts through his archive of 30,000 images and merges parts of various photographs in Photoshop to create haunting architectural narratives. Kazanjian’s seamless, yet simple technique capitalizes on the visual confidence in the authenticity of photographs to surprise and shock the viewer.
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For five years, Japanese photographer and art-director Tatsuya Tanaka has created a miniature diorama to publish daily on his Miniature Calendar site. Tanaka painstakingly creates scenes using unlikely matter ranging from food items to packing materials. There seems no end to Tanaka’s vision and creativity. Bookmark his calendar here for a daily visual treat.