Archive for September, 2014
Posted in Art in Nature, Art+Science, Photography by Brittany on September 18th, 2014


We’ve featured close-up photographs of diatoms before, and as explained these images are microscopic photographs of algae. The patterns and colors created from the smallest organisms on earth are astounding.

But saying that they are microscopic photographs doesn’t really explain — how did the scientists and artists capture these amazing images?

Klaus Kemp is here to explain it for us. The video below gives us some insight into his studies and artwork, as diatoms have been his professional and artistic focus for many years.

The Diatomist from Matthew Killip on Vimeo.




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Via Colossal

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Posted in Inspirational Design of the Week, Just Cool by Brittany on September 10th, 2014


This clock helps you to see the passage of time in a different way than most: it tracks the passing of a year, rather than hour by hour.

The usual numbers on the face of the clock are replaced by living vegetation — cedar leaves — that will die over time, and turn from green to brown to help you follow the changing seasons. The concept came from the Japanese art of sake making, in which the changing cedar leaves are used to track the year of the fermentation process.

Though the idea of watching the leaves turn brown doesn’t seem like a happy one, transitioning from watching the seconds count down to watching time gradually and naturally pass by would certainly lower your stress levels!

Check out the company behind the clock, Bril, and see more of their unique clock below:




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