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The living illusions of John Pugh

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Trompe l’oeil artist John Pugh creates large scale murals giving the illusion of a three-dimensional scene behind the wall. “I have found that the ‘language’ of life-size illusions allow me to communicate with a very large audience. It seems almost universal that people take delight in being visually tricked.”  His particular mural style sparked the term “Narrative Illusionism” and his paintings can be seen all over the world.

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World’s biggest bird nests

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The nests of social weaver birds are believed to be the largest birds’ nests in the world. Other than providing a hiding place from predators, the gigantic communal nests are also said to be perfect for protecting the birds from desert’s harsh climate. Living in the plains of Namibia and South Africa, social weavers make use of several different materials, building the nest by weaving in twig after twig. These nests are perhaps the most spectacular structure built by any bird.

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Lenticular Clouds photography

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Lenticular clouds are stationary lens-shaped clouds, normally aligned at right-angles to the wind direction. They are fairly common near mountains and are formed by so-called “mountain waves” of air created by strong winds forced over  high mountains. Due to their unusual shape, they have been offered as an explanation for some Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) sightings.

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Taxidermy Fairies by Cedric Laquieze

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Amsterdam-based artist Cedric Laquieze has created a fantastical series of taxidermy fairies. Composed of bones, plants, feathers, and insect parts Laquieze’s otherworldly creatures may not look like the typical fairies but they are technically brilliant and visually intriguing.
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Blue Iceland by Andy Lee

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UK-based photographer Andy Lee on his first visit to Iceland returned home with a photo series titled “Blue Iceland”. Shot in the infrared spectrum these photos bring out even more of the beauty in the country’s scenic landscapes. As Lee puts it on his website, infrared and Iceland are “a match made in heaven.”

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Surreal Juxtapositions

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London-bases artist Nancy Fouts produces weird objects, a strange fusion of opposite components which brings a whole new look in the compounded material. Such as a money purse with teeth or thorns on a balloon. Everyday objects, animals or symbols are being rearranged to change its original character.
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Cardboard Flying Machines by Daniel Agdag

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Melbourne-based artist Daniel Agdag’s work with a material as mundane as cardboard is nothing short of magical. He creates painstakingly intricate cardboard sculptures of unbelievably delicate and complex industrial flying machines. Agdag describes his process as ‘sketching with cardboard’,  as he makes no detailed plans or drawings of the pieces he creates.
These beautiful sculptures from the series “The Principles of Aerodynamics” are on now at MARS Gallery. The exhibition presents six fantastical machines – there are flying hot-rods and Jules Verne-style air balloons – as well as a larger hanging mobile.
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Animal Murals by Fiona Tang

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Fiona Tang draws amazing large-scale animal murals that seem to have a life of their own. Tang uses a technique called trompe l’oeil, to create the optical illusion of depth. This technique, combined with Tang’s realistic imagery skills, make for impressive, eye-popping artworks.

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The Rotten Sea

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Sivash, also known as the Rotten Sea for its pungent smell, is a large system of shallow salty lagoons on the northeastern coast of the Crimean Peninsula. The marshy area includes an abandoned Soviet-era salt mine while continued evaporation of the area produces stunning views as the water leaves behind tons of salt. The scenery is stunning  especially the sharp contrast between the blood-red sea, created by algae, and the blue sky.
Photos Courtesy Of: SERGEY ANASHKEVITCH/ CATERS NEWS

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Paintings suspended in mid-air

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Colourant is a series of floating paintings by the New York art duo Floto+Warner. Artists threw up cocktails of colour until their camera caught just the splashy, fluid, stilled moments they wanted to record. Creating shapes of nature not experienced by the human eye, these short-lived anomalies are frozen for us to view at 3500th of a second. (more…)


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