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Modern-day Gaudi

In Architecture, Art, Design, Surreal on February 13, 2012 at 2:27 pm

I recently remembered stumbling across a spread in Wallpaper magazine that instantly took my breath away. I raced to dig these up from my pile of magazine cuttings- It was a spread of architect Bart Prince’s work (picture above) and pages and pages of amazing craftsmanship. It has been a long time since we have seen an architect put such dedication into the minute details of a structure’s facade, as well as the interior.

A true visionary, Bart Prince has managed to design works of art that live in a world on its own. His designs are so unique to his style- very abstract and structured, and yet organic at the same time. He has such a talent for weaving different shapes and material together into a cohesive manifestation. They look a little alien even, and timeless. His work aesthetic reminds me strongly of Gaudi who also had a specific vision for his creations. Very beautiful work.

It’s interesting that his blueprints, in all its simplicity are almost as beautiful as the actual structures themselves. They are almost like how a alien language would look like visualised.

For more of Bart Prince’s work, check out his portfolio at http://www.bartprince.com/default.html

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It’s raining rocks and rocks

In Post-Apocalyptic, Surreal on February 8, 2012 at 2:38 pm

It’s not everyday you get rainfall worth 10 times the value of gold, but such was the case in Morocco last July 2011. A Martian meteorite shower descended upon Earth and delivered 15 pounds of Martian rocks, the largest one weighing over 2 pounds.

To give you a rough idea of how rare this occurrence is, the last time there was an untainted meteorite shower was in 1962 in Nigeria. It is known to happen only once every 50 years or so, and has only happened 5 times in human history. There are only 240 pounds of Martian Rock on Earth.

What is so particularly special about these rocks is that they fell fresh- meaning they did not have time to become tainted by earth minerals and other substances, giving us a purer view of solving the mystery of life on Mars.

They look pretty ordinary on screen but it is the story behind them that makes them interesting. Astronomers believe that millions of years ago, something huge smashed into Mars, sending pieces of Mars through space. Every 50 or so years, we are rewarded with these pieces as meteorite showers.

For the full article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2087964/Mars-meteorite-shower-Morocco-yields-15-pounds-rocks-10-times-valuable-gold.html

Underwater Lake

In Surreal on February 7, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Yes it’s real. It’s a river in the ocean.

Seeing this on an episode of BBC’s documentary ‘The Blue Planet‘, I thought it was the strangest and coolest thing. Here, the ‘river’ of sorts is actually a very thick layer of brine that is continuously released from a rift in the ocean floor. The brine is rich in minerals and supports huge ecosystems such as the one pictured above, even though this part of the ocean is devoid of light.

You would think that the distinction between ocean and ‘river’ would be unnoticeable, but the cloudiness of the brine actually lends itself to providing that distinction. The ecosystems make the brine river even more believable by creating a ‘beach’ alongside it. Incredible.

I saw that dress in a dream

In Art, Fashion, Surreal on February 6, 2012 at 11:03 am

What appears to be Dali’s latest piece of work is actually a new campaign for Diane von Furstenberg’s lastest ad campaign for Spring/Summer 2012.

Diane von Furstenberg goes way back with Dali in the 70s when they used to party together. It is clear to see that her love for Surrealism has definitely seeped into her work, creating this stunning poster. The oval where the model’s face should be is actually a mirror which is reflecting the californian sky, lending a very surrealistic element to the ad campaign.

Seuthopolis

In Architecture, Post-Apocalyptic on February 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Talk about a unique museum experience- this one is only accessible by boat. This is the ancient city of Seuthopolis in Bulgaria, which has existed since the fourth century before Christ. Back then, Seuthopolis was the capital of a country called Odrissia. It is located within a vast lake, not on an island, but under 20 metres of water. It was discovered when a dam was being constructed in 1948 and when the lake filled up in 1954, the city disappeared under water.

Now, the city is going to be presented to the world in a very ambitious architectural project. A huge circular dike is going to be constructed around the city and visitors will be able to get to the site by boat. These are a few artist renditions of the completed project, looking a lot like prime real estate completely surrounded by seafront views. It is unclear when the project will be finished but it sure looks like something worth waiting for.

For the official website of the Seuthopolis, head over to http://sevtopolis.suhranibulgarskoto.org/en_proekt.php

Vintage Aliens

In Art, Design, Post-Apocalyptic, Surreal on February 4, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Retronaut.co featured these amazing pictures on their site a while ago. They are created by artist Franco Brambilla who merges Science fiction content into a vintage context. What you get are these beautiful compositions of aliens and spacecraft in perfect harmony with everything on earth. As a science fiction fan myself, these made me do a double take as they are so lifelike. The colours are slightly saturated, but it works with the genre. I particularly like the ones which feature perfectly happy families with the strange visitors- makes their human expressions seem even more ironic.

Perhaps this is what future awaits us.

For more of Franco Brambilla’s work, take a look at his portfolio website: http://francobrambilla.com/home.html

Static or Still?

In Design, Photography, Surreal on February 3, 2012 at 11:12 am

Image source: From me to you

This is neither a photograph nor a video- it is called a Cinemagraph. Coined by Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg (http://cinemagraphs.com/), it is a clever gif-animation produced with several high resolution photographs. The technique creates a somewhat still photograph with subtle moving elements, giving the photograph a very dream-like soft quality to it, and sometimes, such as the instance above, a slightly creepy but surreal feeling. Time seems to have stopped in these cinemagraphs and plays like a repeated memory. It is so impressive at sneakily catching people when they least expect it- what seems to be a normal still photograph at first, is actually moving.

Many photographers have taken to producing a few cinemagraphs of their own, but here are some interesting ones that I have seen.

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For more cinemagraphs, try these:
http://www.cinemagraphs.com
http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/cinemagraph/

Subterranean Territory

In Architecture, Photography, Post-Apocalyptic on February 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm

An unexplored world might just be under your nose, or feet rather. New York Times writer Alan Feuer followed Earling Kagge on a expedition to explore the underbelly of New York, complete with hikes in sewers and rats. Earling is a 47 year old Norwegian adventurer who has been to both the North and South Poles and ascended Mount Everest. He wants to create a new way of understanding cities via their underground infrastructure.

The article includes an extensive detailed twitter-style update of Alan’s entire journey with Earling underground. An insightful read if you manage to get through the 4 page long article- you too would feel as if you have completed the journey yourself. It feels exciting to know that there is a whole other world beneath your very city, just waiting to be exposed. Who knows, in the future half of the world’s population might live in its complicated depths.

For a full gallery and the complete article head to http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/02/nyregion/02underground.html?pagewanted=1&_r=4

White

In Photography, Post-Apocalyptic, Surreal on February 1, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Siberian temperatures descend upon Central and Eastern Europe, bringing record low temperatures. What it has also brought is a beautiful series of whitewashed photographs as seen on the website of The Telegraph. Above, a train cuts through a frosty forest in in the Harz national park near Schierke, Central Germany. Snow has such a strange effect in photographs, especially landscape photographs- everything seems to stop in time. Here are some photographs from the series:

Above, a girl looks through the frosted window of a bus.

For more photographs and the full article go to http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/9051921/Siberian-cold-front-sweeps-across-Europe-bringing-record-low-temperatures.html

Austria Under Water

In Post-Apocalyptic, Surreal on February 1, 2012 at 11:43 am

You may be wondering what is a bench doing underwater. Was there a massive flood? Wait, is that grass?

This is the rare phenomenon called the Green Lake in Tragoess, Styria in Austria, located at the foot of the Hochschwab mountains. During the winter months, the park is a county park and a  popular hiking area for many. However, when Spring arrives, the snow from the nearby mountains melt and flood the park, creating a lake filled with crystal clear snowmelt, complete with its unique green colouring from the grassy lakebed.

Divers travel to the Lake to catch a glimpse of this surreal landscape in June when the waters are at their highest. But they have to catch it in time as it recedes by the end of July.

For the full article and for more photographs, head over to http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1317860/Austrias-Green-Lake-The-park-lake-summer.html