We know that as humans on Earth our lives are a constant combination of organization and chaos. What we can’t always see, is the bigger picture.
Photographer Alex MacLean has taken it upon himself to capture just that. Leaning out of the window of an airplane, high above the organization, chaos, or organized chaos — as the case may be — he snaps photographs of the patterns, symmetry and asymmetry that our lives cause and create.
And the resulting images are what you see here.
MacLean is a pilot and a photographer, with a background in architecture. All of these elements of his amazing lifestyle are visible in his images, and seem to contribute to the way he sees and composes his shots. See more the collision of natural and constructed in his images below.
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Sometimes all you need is a new way to look at your everyday surroundings. That is what photographer Bing Wright has accomplished with his series Broken Mirror/Evening Sky.
These images have the look of stained glass, and each one captures a different color combination and pattern – depending on where the cracks in the mirror break up the sky. It is a unique way to present something that we can see almost every day and it is visually captivating.
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In the midst of this frosty winter, we can’t help but dream of spring. And what better way to plan for the coming season than to plan for updating your home decor?
We were inspired by Elle Decor’s recent article about the colors of the year and thought we would give you a peek at some of our portraits that will help you have the most unique art on your walls, and follow the year’s trends!
One of the top colors this year is a beige tone entitled “Sand.” This is a subtle color that can be used as the main focus, with bright accents or can be used as a soft accent color for bright walls. There are a number of Fingerprint Portraits that would suit either situation, but we’ve pulled a few of our favourites.
2) Placid Blue
Still a soft color, this blue allows you to put a touch of color into your space. If you want to use this blue as your accent, we recommend the Coral DNA Portrait to add a splash of that color to your walls.
Greys can be perceived as boring shades, but we’re seeing so many modern and urban interiors that are incorporating the color into awesome spaces. The above Kiss Portraits will help to put this color in your rooms, as well as add some flare to your home.
Getting a little bit more adventurous, we have a bright yellow in this year’s trends. These portraits are an easy way to add that burst of color to the room without being overwhelming. Plus, what’s more spring-like then a sunny yellow portrait.
5) Celosia Orange
Last but not least we have an orange that made it into the mix. Much like the yellow, you only need one or two pieces to spice up a room dramatically.
If you haven’t seen a color you love here – check out our full selection on our website, here!
Have you ever wanted to paint like a graffiti artist, without making a mess or getting into trouble? Then check out YrWall! This digital graffiti wall allows you to hold a realistic “spray can” to choose your colors, aim and paint away.
When YrWall was first sprung on BBC’s Dragon’s Den a few years ago the artistic innovation reminded us of our DNA Art. Inventors Tim Williams and Tom Hogan ended up striking a deal with two of the dragons on the show to earn funding for their idea. The YrWall is now fully functional, available for rent and is being used in awesome ways.
The wall is available for rent on Luma’s website, and can be set up at your events for your guests to interact with. The easy-to-use graffiti wall makes for a great idea board, brand or logo platform, or just a place for your guests to unleash their inner artist!
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Images via Luma
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 Guimarães, 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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Photo credit: Bored Panda
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?
Photo credit: Spoon & Tamago
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