Land artist James Tapscott was commissioned by the Japan Alps Art Festival to create a site-specific art piece, which he named “ARC ZERO – NIMBUS”. Arc ZERO stands at the entrance to the Buddhist Temple Hotokizaki Kanon-ji. A ring of mist encircles the old bridge, which one must cross through to enter the site. A portal on the threshold of worlds, it represents the cycle of water, and all things in nature. By day the mist creates crepuscular rays and a rainbow effect around the view, while by night the mist is lit from within the structure, blazing a warm glow.
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“Les Guetteurs” (The Watchers) was designed and built by Zebra3. The three enchanting owls are huddled together as a single mass, creating a large cabin with two floors. Giant circular windows are installed for the owl’s “eyes.” The shelter is built atop a boardwalk elevated over a wetlands area.
You can stay in the cabin for free but only for one night. Since the project was made to be off-the-grid, the place doesn’t have electricity, running water, or heat.
It consists part of the Refuges Périurbains (Peri-urban shelters) in the Bordeaux region. The Watchers is the sixth unique cabin of the series designed to encourage urban hiking and exploration of lesser-known sites.
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Monoliths are geological features consisting of a single massive stone or rock that were formed in prehistoric times by violent eruptions, tectonic shifts or erosion. Here is a list of some of the largest and most recognizable monoliths on the planet.
Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia
Uluru is often referred to as the biggest monolith, but that is generally avoided by geologists. While the surrounding rocks were eroded, the rock survived as sandstone strata making up the surviving Uluru ‘monolith’.
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Natura Insects by designer Raku Inoue is an art series of flower arrangement of insects. Inoue arranges leaves and blooms to create the delicate components of beetles, butterflies, dragonflies and other insects.
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Dhaka-based photographer Mehdi Hasan work focuses on the diversity of people, places and the cultures of South Asia. Hasan has been to India a couple of times. Each journey lasts from a couple of weeks to a month. His favorite places include Darjeeling, Kolkata, Hampi, Varanasi, New Delhi.
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Swedish physician Dr. Gustav Zander helped pioneer mechanotherapy, or the promotion of health and healing through exercise apparatus. Incorporating machinery allowed for less exertion, opening up therapeutic movement to those with injuries, deformities, and those just not in good enough shape. Zander constructed several devices which enabled constant and regular movement of individual parts of the human body, as well as certain devices that replaced the manual massage. He started his first institute in Stockholm in 1865 and gained international fame by exhibiting his devices at the International Exhibitions in Brussels and Philadelphia in 1876. By the time he released his book, Dr. G. Zander’s medico-mechanische Gymnastik in 1892, the Zander Institutes had gone worldwide and his machines were available in health spas across the globe.
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In architecture, a folly is a building constructed primarily for decoration, but suggesting through its appearance some other purpose, or of such extravagant appearance that it transcends the range of garden ornaments usually associated with the class of buildings to which it belongs.
18th century English gardens and French landscape gardening often featured mock Roman temples, symbolizing classical virtues. Other 18th century garden follies represented Chinese temples, Egyptian pyramids, ruined abbeys, or Tatar tents, to represent different continents or historical eras.
Broadway Tower, Worcestershire, England
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