domingo, 30 de septiembre de 2012

Wire Trees by Kevin Iris

In his early 20s, Wisconsin artist Kevin Iris became obsessed with growing small bonsai trees and over time he amassed a miniature forest of over 20 trees in his home. One aspect of shaping bonsai trees is learning how to properly “train” the branches to grow in a certain direction. This is often accomplished by using stiff wires wrapped around the branches to slowly guide them in the right direction. At one point Iris had a particularly stubborn tree nearly encased in wire when he suddenly he could make things a lot easier for himself by removing the tree completely. Years later he’s made dozens of wire trees that have appeared in galleries and juried shows, some of which are even available for sale online. (via lost at e minor)








Defying gravity, fear and wisdom, cliff divers end the Red Bull World Series with spectacular dives in Oman


This handout photo received from Red Bull and taken on July 21, 2012 shows Michal Navratil of the Czech Republic as he dives from the 27.5 metre rock during the third stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Islet Vila Franca do Campo, Azores, Portugal. DEAN TREML/AFP/GettyImages


In this image released by Red Bull, David Colturi of the USA dives from the 27.5 metre platform during the seventh and final stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Wadi Shab in Oman, Thursday Sept. 27, 2012. AP Photo/Dean Treml, Red Bull


In this handout image supplied by Red Bull, Steven LoBue of the USA dives from the 27.5 metre platform during the first training session of the seventh and final stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Wadi Shab on September 27, 2012 in Niyabat Tiwi, Oman. Dean Treml/Red Bull via Getty Images


In this image released by Red Bull, Gary Hunt of Britain dives from the 27.5 metre platform during the seventh and final stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Wadi Shab in Oman, Thursday Sept. 27, 2012. AP Photo/Dean Treml, Red Bull


Anatoliy Shabotenko of the Ukraine dives from the 27 metre platform during the first of seven stops of the 2012 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series on June 23, 2012 in Bonifacio, Corsica, France. Romina Amato/HO/Getty Images

 
This handout photo sent by Red Bull and taken on September 8, 2012 shows Artem Silchenko of Russia diving from the 27.5 metre platform at the Blue Lagoon during the final round of the sixth stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Pembrokeshire, Wales. DEAN TREML/AFP/GettyImages


Current world series champion, Gary Hunt of Great Britain, dives 18 metres from a rock next to Bonafacio city four days prior to the first round 2012 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series on June 20, 2012 in Bonafacio, Corsica, France. Romina Amato/HO/Getty Images

 
Steven LoBue of the USA dives from the 27 metre platform during the first of seven stops of the 2012 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series on June 23, 2012 in Bonifacio, Corsica, France. Dean Treml/HO/Getty Images


This handout photo received from Red Bull and taken on July 7, 2012 shows Orlando Duque of Colombia as he dives from the 27 metre platform during the foggy second stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Grimstad, Norway. DEAN TREML/AFP/GettyImages


A diver performs from the 27-meter-high tower during the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Grimstad, southern Norway, on July 7, 2012. TOR ERIK SCHROEDER/AFP/GettyImages


This handout photo received from Red Bull and taken on July 7, 2012 shows Kent De Mond of the USA as he dives from the 27 metre platform during the foggy second stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Grimstad, southern Norway. DEAN TREML/AFP/GettyImages


This handout photo received from Red Bull and taken on July 7, 2012 shows Artem Silchenko of Russia diving from the 27 metre platform during the foggy second stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Grimstad, southern Norway. Romina AMATO/AFP/GettyImages


This handout photo received from Red Bull and taken on July 7, 2012 shows Steven LoBue of the USA as he dives from the 27 metre platform during the second stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Grimstad, southern Norway.  Romina AMATO/AFP/GettyImages


This handout photo received from Red Bull and taken on July 21, 2012 shows Artem Silchenko of Russia as he dives from the 27.5 metre rock during the third stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Islet Vila Franca do Campo, Azores, Portugal. DEAN TREML/AFP/GettyImages

LEFT: handout photo received from Red Bull and taken on July 20, 2012, shows Gary Hunt of Great Britain as he dives 29 metres from the rock monolith during the first round of the third stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Islet Vila Franca do Campo, Azores, Portugal. RIGHT: handout photo received from Red Bull and taken on July 21, 2012 shows Cyrille Oumedjkane of France as he dives from the 27.5 metre rock during the third stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Islet Vila Franca do Campo, Azores, Portugal. DEAN TREML/Red Bull/AFP/GettyImages


This handout photo received from Red Bull and taken on July 20, 2012, shows Jorge Ferzuli of Mexico as he dives 29 metres from the rock monolith during the first round of the third stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Islet Vila Franca do Campo, Azores, Portugal. DEAN TREML/Red Bull/AFP/GettyImages

This handout photo received from Red Bull and taken on July 20, 2012, shows Orlando Duque of Colombia as he dives 29 metres from the rock monolith during the first round of the third stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Islet Vila Franca do Campo, Azores, Portugal. DEAN TREML/Red Bull/AFP/GettyImages


This handout photo received from Red Bull and taken on July 7, 2012 shows Michal Navratil of the Czech Republic as he enters the water after diving from the 27 metre platform during the second stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Grimstad, southern Norway.  DEAN TREML/Red Bull/AFP/GettyImages

Credits: National Post

viernes, 28 de septiembre de 2012

'Construção do ano'

Entre 3 e 5 de outubro, Cingapura sediará o World Architecture Festival Awards, com mais de 300 projetos arquitetônicos disputando 33 categorias.
Em seu quinto ano, o festival é a maior competição global de arquitetura do mundo.
Desde a primeira edição do festival, realizada em 2008 na Universidade Bocconi, em Milão, na Itália, mais de 8.000 arquitetos de 65 países já participaram do evento.
As obras vencedoras em cada categoria disputarão o título de 'Construção do ano'.
Veja, na galeria de fotos, imagens de algumas dessas obras construídas ao redor do mundo.
 
 
Mais de 300 projetos em 33 categorias foram selecionados para a final do World Architecture Festival Awards e serão julgados em uma competição ao vivo, ao longo de um festival de três dias. O vencedor de cada categoria competirá pelo prêmio maior, de "Construção do Ano". Um desses finalistas é este conjunto residencial em Cingapura, de 93 mil metros quadrados. 
 
 
Aqui, a galeria Vanke Triple V, situada em Tianjin, na China.


Este edifício na Espanha, desenhado pelo escritório de arquitetura MiAS, é um centro de pesquisas para o desenvolvimento de sistemas de iluminação.


Esta "casa-nuvem" de McBride Charles Ryan, é um anexo a uma casa de estilo eduardiano em Fitzroy North, Melbourne, Austrália.


O Museu de História e Inovação Médica Paul S Russell fica em um local de destaque na entrada no campus central do Hospital Geral de Massachusetts (EUA).


O Teatro Soweto, do escritório Afritects, fica no coração de uma área culturalmente rica de Jabulani, na África do Sul. O projeto tem como objetivo dar ao país um espaço versátil para apresentações de arte.


A concha Soundforms shell, do escritório BFLS, de Londres, foi criado para melhorar a projeção sonora de apresentações clássicas e de orquestras.


Este retiro é feito de estruturas "soltas" que rodeiam um pátio em Matiatia Bay, Nova Zelândia.


O Centro Cultural da Cidade de Yurihonjo, no Japão, cumpre as funções de teatro, biblioteca e centro comunitário.


O Busan Cinema Center, desenhado por Coop Himmelblau (o primeiro projeto do arquiteto na Coreia do Sul), combina áreas públicas e privadas em um único local.


O museu de arte Sven-Harry em Estocolmo, Suécia, abriga atividades comerciais no piso térreo, uma coleção de arte na sua cobertura e um hall no coração do edifício.


Em 2008, arquitetos do Ryra Studio desenharam este resort de esqui perto de Teerã, no Irã. A obra também concorre no World Architecture Festival, que acontecerá entre 3 e 5 de outubro em Cingapura.

Fonte: BBC Brasil

Naked cavers brave the underground chill as they they pose in the buff for charity calendar

A group of cavers has stripped off to pose nude as they go about their pasttime,  and posed nude for a quirky calendar - with not a care for health and safety regulations.
The calendar, which shows caving enthusiasts in the buff as they explore caves in the UK and France, shows a string of men and women clambering around in the rocks with not an overall between them. 
One shot shows a woman wearing just wellies and a harness as she clambers up a sheer rock face and another shows four in-the-buff cavers wearing nothing but hard hats with lights on them.

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jueves, 27 de septiembre de 2012

Aerial Photographs of Volcanic Iceland by Andre Ermolaev

At first glance these photos by Andre Ermolaev look like twisting abstract paintings, but in reality are aerial photos of rivers flowing through Iceland’s endless beds of volcanic ash. Given its name and stereotypical depiction it’s somewhat surprising to learn that the small country named after ice is home to no less than 30 active volcanic systems. You’ll remember the eruption of the massive Grímsvötn volcano just last year that spewed some 120 million tons of ash in the first 48 hours and snarled air traffic for days. Of his photographs Ermolaev says:
Iceland is a wonderful country; I would even say that it is a true paradise for all the photo shooting-lovers. But what has become a real discovery for me is the bird’s eye view of the rivers flowing along the black volcanic sand. It is an inexpressible combination of colors, lines, and patterns. The photo represents the mouth of the river falling into the ocean. [...] A little bit upstream there is a yellow-colored brook flowing into the river, but yellow currents fail to mix with the main water flow. One can estimate the scale judging by the car tracks that are clearly seen on the black sand. This is just a river, just a volcano, just our planet.
You can see much more of his work over on 500px. (via my modern met)








Credits: This is Colossal

miércoles, 26 de septiembre de 2012

'Caravaggio' submerso

A fotógrafa havaiana Christy Lee Rogers conta que aprendeu com o pai, que era surfista, a ter um profundo respeito pela água. "Por quase toda minha vida toda, eu vivi cercada de água. Sem ela, não há vida."
E essa 'obsessão' permeia quase todos os seus trabalhos, como o recente Reckless Unbound, uma série de fotos que retrata movimentos e cores debaixo d’água.
"Fotografar debaixo d'água é como jogar com novas regras. Talvez seja por isso que eu goste tanto”, diz a artista. “A água reage à luz de uma maneira muito diferente do ar, muito mais devagar."
Christy conta que usa pessoas criativas como modelos e que ensaia muito com elas os movimentos antes de iniciar a sessão de fotos.
Por sua ênfase em elementos como luz, sombra, movimento e dramaticidade, o trabalho da fotógrafa já foi comparado com pinturas do mestre do barroco Caravaggio.
As artista, que vive entre Los Angeles e Kailua (Havaí), conta que não usa recursos de tratamento de imagens, como o Photoshop em seu trabalho.
Outros trabalhos da fotógrafa podem ser vistos em seu site www.christyrogers.com











Fonte: BBC Brasil
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