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The Twisted Trees of Slope Point

Image credit Slope Point is the southernmost point of the South Island of New Zealand. The area is frequently knocked with strong and chilling winds from Antarctica. Consequently, trees there grow leaning toward the north. The land around Slope Point is used for sheep farming and it remains uninhabited by humans. The distorted mini-forest was…

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The Dragon Skull Seed Pod

The Antirrhinum , commonly known as the snapdragon, is a popular garden plant. The common name “snapdragon”, originates from the flowers’ reaction to having their throats squeezed, which causes the “mouth” of the flower to snap open like a dragon’s mouth. However there is more to this plant than that. Once the flowers have died,…

Curious Creatures Collages by Beetle Blossom

Katie McCann, a collage artist based in Berkeley, California, uses carefully selected collage to construct intricate and absurd, figures, animals and tableaux. Artist Statement “I have known such a creature” (Charles Altamont Doyle) is how I start my collages. As a child, I lived in a wonder world of faeries, witches, science fiction and botany.…

Dr Chau Chak Wing Building

‘Dr. Chau Chak wing building’ at University of Technology, Sydney, designed by Frank Gehry is contrived to look like it has been damaged, and yet still stands. Gehry is an architect whose crazy curves are his calling card. The intriguing asymmetrical facade and the building’s design is described by the university as symbolic of ‘innovative thinking…

Flower Turns Transparent in the Rain

Diphylleia grayi also known as the skeleton flower. native to moist wooded mountainsides in colder regions of China and Japan, has petals that turn transparent with the rain. Blooming from mid-spring to early-summer, these little pretties prefer shady conditions and should only receive partial sunlight. While these characteristics and preferences may seem on the level,…

The Whimsical Furniture of Lila Jang

Korean sculptor Lila Jang has created surreal versions of 18th-century French furniture. Tables, chairs, desks, and stools are transformed from ordinary to extraordinary. Living in a tiny Parisian apartment, Jang found joy in escaping monotony by bending furniture into shape so these could fit into the tiny space. Says Jang, “My work represents who and…