Peeta, also known as Manuel Di Rita, is a graffiti artist. His work explores the potential of sculptural lettering, both in painting and in sculpture.
Initially, my works only realized the sculptural quality of individual letters, namely the ones that spelled out my own moniker Peeta. Progressively, the fusion between traditional lettering and three dimensional style has given life to a unique kind of visual rhythm. Today, through my anamorphic works I redesign the volumes of any kind of surface involved, thus causing with my paintings a temporary interruption of normality by altering the perception of familiar contexts, and so raising a different understanding of spaces and, consequently, of reality as a whole.
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The Saar river is located both on north-east France and west Germany. Near the town of Mettlach the river makes a sharp u-turn in the steep thickly wooded hills. This astonishing hairpin bend is called the Saar Loop or Saarschleife in German. The river flows for a long stretch in the opposite direction before turning left and ongoing its northward journey towards Mosel River.
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Keita Sagaki reproduces iconic paintings like ” Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”, using hundreds of tiny manga characters. From a distance, Sagaki’s replicas look like pen-and-ink recreations of classic paintings. But a closer look reveals that these intricate artworks are composed from thousands of manga and anime-inspired sketches.
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Selaginella lepidophylla, also known as (false) rose of Jericho and resurrection plant, is a species of desert plant, native to the Chihuahuan Desert of the United States and Mexico, noted for its ability to survive almost complete dehydration. During dry weather, its stems curl into a tight ball and uncurl only when exposed to moisture. The plant is sold as a novelty item as a bare root in its dry state. It can be revived with only a little water. After wetting, the plant turns green.
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park in the Chihuahuan Desert of southern New Mexico, features more than 100 caves. The Natural Entrance, a 1.25 mile roughly circular route, is a path into the namesake Carlsbad Cavern. The cave system includes several vast underground chambers with stalactites clinging to the roof of the Big Room, a huge underground chamber in the cavern.
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Italian architect Carlo Ratti has created Scribit, an internet-connected writing robot that can draw and erase images on any vertical surface. Requiring just two nails and a power plug, the device can be installed in less than five minutes. The digital device works on a two-axis plane, moving up and down two cables that hang from a vertical wall. Scribit uses markers to reproduce the content dictated by the user.
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Cherrapunji in northeastern India, is famous for its living bridges. The people of these villages (Nongriat, Laitkynshew and others) are isolated from the rest of the world as they live in deep valleys which can only be reached by arduous trek. Over hundreds of years the people in Cherrapunji have developed techniques for growing roots of trees into bridges. They plant the strangler fig trees on both sides of the river and once they grow they use guides such as bamboo poles or string for the roots to grow around them. The process takes 10 to 15 years and the bridges typically last hundreds of years, the oldest ones in use being over 500 years old.
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