It’s no secret that DNA is one of our passions! When we stumbled upon this great¬†infographic, we knew we had to share. Created by Microsoft Project’s series, Great Projects, the infographic explores the plans, specs, and outcome of the great Human Genome Project (HGP).
Completed in 2003, the HGP is considered the largest collaborative biological project in history. It aided scientists in mapping out our genetic blueprint, pinpointing disease causing genes, and gave us major insight into our evolutionary history. Read up on some more interesting facts about HGP above!
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It’s kind of odd, but we like it! What do you think of this public cinema design? Built in 2012 on the streets of Guimar√£es, Portugal — the structure offers a unique experience for both movie goers, and design lovers. The project was thought up, and built by Colin Fournier from the Barlett School of Architecture, Polish artist Marysia Lewandowska, and London studio NEON.
The tiny cinema includes 16 tube-like openings for people to poke their heads into, and enjoy the show. Their combined protruding lower-bodies are what give the structure its “centipede” look. Dwellers are welcome to enjoy an hour-long film while inside the structure, which is made up of about 20 short trailers. Fun, innovative, and creative! We’re big fans.
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Unique art is our passion, we revel in it! That’s why we’re slightly obsessed with this cool new project by photographer Jon Smith. He focuses on capturing high speed photos of¬†incandescent¬†light bulbs filled with various objects — liquids, powders, dessert sprinkles. He will sometimes dip the bulbs in paint, before filling them, to create even more of a ‘wow’ factor upon impact. Smith’s mind-bending photos are set to be turned into metal prints, and displayed later this year at a show in the United States.
What do you think of Smith’s cool mix of art + science? Share with us in the comments!
Photo credit: Colossal¬†
Stick to the old rule of thumb “reduce, reuse, recycle” and you just may end up making some cool art! These gorgeous chandeliers were customized and created by artistic duo Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock. The pair created six chandeliers in total, each one almost entirely made out of used bike parts.
What makes their work even more impressive, is their location of choice for the installation of the chandeliers. They chose to hang them beneath an underpass in San Antonio, Texas — the perfect urban spot to compliment their industrial look, and for the community to enjoy the public art display. At night, the chandeliers are illuminated with LED lights, and the bike parts illuminate the entire space with their patterned shadows. We think the results are absolutely beautiful!
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Who would think that masking tape could be art? Well, art director and graphic designer Koji Iyama has made it just that. With his new installations across Japan, the latest arriving in the city of Sendai, Iyama has certainly been leaving his colorful mark.
His product of choice? Mt-masking tape. His setting of choice? Old warehouses with high ceilings create the perfect space for him to hang the rolls of tape. He covers the entire floor as well, and even proceeds to cover any objects in his way — bikes, tables, other installations. The result of his final design is pretty cool, and we can imagine very interactive for the people lucky enough to visit his presentations. What do you think of Iyama’s art ventures?
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Check out these absolutely brilliant photos by Japanese chemist and photographer, R. Tanaka.¬†His¬†goal was to capture a microscopic look into some of the world’s most photogenic elements, and he’s managed to do just that. We’re blown away by this rare mix of¬†art + science, and his ability to turn these mysterious substances into a work of beauty and intrigue. He’s managed to bring the¬†periodic¬†table of elements to life with his fascinating¬†project.
Watch him turn elements such as bismuth, platinum, and even lead into art below.
Photo credit: Neatorama¬†
Unique art is our passion. So it’s no wonder why we’re so inspired by Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto, and his breathtaking art installations made from one of the most sought-after minerals in the world — salt. His project, titled “Saltscapes”, features incredibly detailed works of art created with basic table salt. His large installations have been known to take up entire gallery, church, and even soy brewery floors.
His installations take up hundreds of hours of time, and he must be very meticulous with pouring to avoid too many mistakes. While he does follow a basic¬†guideline¬†for each piece, most of his works of art are actually improvised. He often leaves his mistakes and imperfections intact as he is working.
Yamamoto uses salt as the main material in his art, as a way to honor his sister who passed away from brain cancer in 1994. Salt is often used in¬†Japanese¬†culture as a way to cleanse one of grief. To him the material signifies life, death, and above all, rebirth. Once the artist¬†disassembles¬†one of his complex installations he¬†releases¬†the salt back into the ocean, often inviting his fans to help him with the process. It’s a way of bringing new life to his masterpieces.
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We were intrigued when we came across this video by PBS Offbook, about the future of 3D printing and the¬†opportunities¬†it could bring to the world. 3D printing is a revolutionary new¬†technology¬†that allows you to take a digital file, and turn it into a physical product — toys, shoes, iPhone cases, replicas. Based on this video, it seems like the¬†possibilities¬†are endless!
Who knows where the future will take us — perhaps one day 3D DNA Portraits will¬†exist?
Now this is an example of ¬†ingenuity at it’s finest! Viennese artist Andreas Franke has recently¬†unveiled¬†his photo project,¬†The Sinking World, in an underwater art gallery. The exhibition is dubbed the Stavronikita Project, and will take place on the deck of the sunken SS Stavronikita, right off the coast of Barbados. We’re absolutely blown away by this mix of innovation and unique art. Via You the Designer:
In his most notable project called “The Sinking World“, Andreas Franke brings a strange, forgotten underwater world back to life by capturing some stills of sunken ships, then recreated what life could have been like aboard the ship with real actors. The amazing images are displayed on the deck of the shipwrecks where divers and art lovers can see his underwater gallery.
He has created two projects so far in The Sinking World series. The first one was¬†The Vandenberg Project, featuring a gallery of surreal photographs of the sunken ship off the coast of Florida and combined the stills with images of staged actors representing everyday life, thus, creating a¬†re-imagined¬†and forgotten world of the sunken giant.
Another set of his Sinking World was¬†The¬†Stavronikita Project¬†featuring a gallery staging the European era, the¬†age of decadence with all its intoxicating extravagance and vanity, on the deck of the sunken ship of the same name right off the¬†Caribbean island of Barbados.
The¬†Stavronikita Project, underwater on SS Stavronikita, will run until April 2013.
Ever wonder what poetry emulated in a lighting fixture could look like? We are always searching for new designs that inspire us, and designer Laurent Corio has done just that with the unveiling of his Fioriness Lamps. His designs manage to be both dreamy and modern at the same time, and are sure to create a romantic ambiance in any room they light up. Via laurent-corio.com:
In my imaginary world, Fioriness is the expression of a latin attitude where the word ‚Äúflower‚ÄĚ is the poetic link between french and italian: ‚Äúfiori‚ÄĚ, ‚Äúfleurs‚ÄĚ, ‚Äúflirter‚ÄĚ which means ‚Äúto flirt‚ÄĚ.¬†The emotions and play of a candle light diner or august summer sunlight. These sparkles of light define the flower standing in its vase as the witness of a¬†promising¬†story.
Laurent Corio is a Paris-based designer who created this collection of hand blown glass lamps for design gallery Secondome. What do you think of Corio’s fuse of poetry and function?