Magnificent buildings made entirely from wood on Kizhi Island

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Kizhi island is located on Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia, Russia. The entire island and the nearby area form a national open-air museum with more than 80 historical wooden structures. The most famous is the Kizhi Pogost, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Pogost is an area inside a fence, which includes two large wooden churches and a bell-tower, that are made entirely from wood, from the frame to the rivets and the stunning exterior.

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Optical Illusion Mural by Astro

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Parisian street artist Astro in this abstract art mural, mixes  curves, calligraphy and dynamic shapes to create his own world by exploiting the subtlety of shadows and lights, the strength of colors, and the perspective of depths. Created on behalf of urban art project Loures Art Publica, the mind-bending piece of art uses layers of blue pigment on the ordinary building in Loures, Portugal.

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Portraits of Trees – Paintings by Pang Yun

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Pang Yun’s works of oil on canvas inspire quiet reflection and a sense of resolute control with detailed and technically precise brushstrokes. Her latest series Portrait of Trees is inspired by the natural order and structure of trees with their upward-reaching illimitable branches that stand still and tranquil against surrounding storms. At once earthly, grounded, and spiritually transcendent, her style of painting offers a freedom from tension based on the power and serenity of the natural world. With an atmosphere akin to meditation, Pang Yun layers canvases with an abundance of repetitive yet expressive strokes.
Find her work at Art + Shanghai Gallery

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Beautiful flowers encased in ice

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0˚C is a collection of ice-art created by artist Tharien Smith and photographer Bruce Boyd.
Featuring unique photographs of flowers, fynbos and natural objects encapsulated in ice, this collaboration  defines an exciting new aesthetic. Beyond the palpable beauty of these images lies a fascination with the strange qualities of ice as a medium: it has the ability to perfectly preserve something, however fragile, while at the same time enhancing or distorting its appearance to the viewer.

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