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Street art by Daan Botlek

Daan Botlek

Rotterdam based street artist and illustrator Daan Botlek is known for his minimalist form of character-driven street art. His ghostly white figures painted on old building walls, are depicted to execute daring escapes interacting  with the space around them or  passing in and out of unseen dimensions.

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A train route through the Andes

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The Chanaral-Llanta-Potrerillos railway in Chile connects Potrerillos, a now abandoned mining town 2850 meters above sea level in the Andes with a filtration plant in Llanta and continues to Chañaral. The 155 kilometer-long train line climbs mountains and dips into valleys, while the most fascinating section of this railway is the ascent between the station Montandon and Potrerillos, where it passes through closed curves and tunnels, always beaten to the slope, offering a breathtaking mountain scenery.

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Interactive Cloud Made of 6,000 Light Bulbs

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CLOUD began as a large-scale interactive sculpture created from 6,000 light bulbs by Canadian artists Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett. The piece utilizes everyday domestic light bulbs and pull strings, re-imagining their potential to catalyze collaborative moments and create an experiential environment. As part of the process of building the sculpture, the artists collected burnt out incandescent light bulbs from the surrounding community, forging an informal relationship with non-artists, reducing costs, and asking audiences to reconsider household items in an alternative context. During exhibition, viewers interact with CLOUD, working as a collective to turn the entire sculpture on and off.

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Fake Building Facades by Patrick Commecy

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Artist Patrick Commecy heads up a team of muralists that transform boring blank walls throughout France,  into vibrant scenes full of life. In his hyper-realistic paintings he  incorporates popular figures who belong to the town that he’s painting in. According to him urban frescoes improve the quality of life of residents, enrich the cultural heritage of the town and enhance its brand image .

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Sunsets On The Masai Mara

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Wildlife photographer Paul Goldstein has spent years trying to photograph the perfect beginning and ending of Masai Mara day. His series African Fire showcases diversity of weather and wildlife on Kenya’s famous reserve. Breathtaking scenes filled with dramatic light and colors.

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Forgotten Heroines by Natalie Shau

Natalie Shau

Natalie Shau is a mixed media artist and photographer based in Lithuania . She found interest in fashion and portrait photography as well as digital illustration and photo art. Despite her personal work, Natalie also creates artwork and photography for musicians, theater, fashion magazines, writers and advertisement.
Forgotten Heroines honors females of the past and present for their strength, endurance and loyalty through adversity.

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Canada Photography by Finn Beales

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Finn Beales is an award-winning photographer and director based in the Black Mountains of Wales. Well known for his landscape photography on Instagram he also shoots travel and lifestyle commissions for a variety of global brands who are attracted by his cinematic, contemplative style and the narrative he weaves throughout his work.

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Shopping Bag Designs

Buddies: Pet On A Leash Shopping Bag

Designer: Yuelan Liu

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Mirage House with Rooftop Pool

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Athens studio Kois Associated Architects has come up with a stunning concept known as the Mirage House on Tinos Island, Greece. The residence is situated on a steep sloped rocky plot overlooking the Aegean Sea and offering wonderful and panoramic views of the landscape and seascape.
The team decided to bury part of the building in the landscape and then create a large open-air living room in front. These will all be sheltered beneath the rooftop pool, which will act as a huge mirror to help the building camouflage with its surroundings. “The visual effect of the mirroring of the pool in combination with the concept of invisibility brought to mind the visual phenomenon of the mirage, from which the project was named,” they explained.
A landscape left almost intact due to the implemented design strategy and the careful selection of materials.

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Volcanic crater in Mexico

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Cerro de Xico or the “Hill of Xico” lies on Mexico City’s southern end.  Xico isn’t actually a hill – it’s a beautifully round tuff ring formed by phreatomagmatic eruptions through the middle of Lake Chalco. Lake’s remains can be seen surrounding the crater rim. The crater is entirely surrounded by development while inside of the crater only a few farms exist, protected from the swarming city by the tuff ring.

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