Monday, 01 April 2013 18:30

Floating Ripple Vases from oodesign


From Japanese company oodesign, these floating vases let you display your flowers as minimally as possible, with a small resin disk that disappears into the water. Unfortunately, you can only buy them in Japan, but I bet these vases will make their way overseas shortly.

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Ever gone swimming in New York's East River or dipped a toe into the Gowanus canal? Let's hope not, because the waters of New York are pretty polluted and will occasionally bring some trash, a whale or a member of the mafia onto our shores. Italian brothers Massimiliano Ercolani and Emanuele Ercolani have designed some conceptual artwork for a New York City water farm. In their vision, the East River could be installed with hydroelectric generators and promote organic farming. I'm not sure why these designers of Rome's DoCK Lab are interested in our water, but it is nice that someone cares.

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From your kitchen sink to a Japanese waterfall to your mouth to the sky: a drop of water travels many miles. This short pop-up book animation tells the story of a water droplet's life cycle. I could have really used this in science class. Stop Motion by Chris Turner, Paper Sculptures by Helen Friel and Animation by Jess Deacon.

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These "Melting Men" aren't melting because they're in a deodorant commercial and they've just seen a lovely girl walking by. No, they're melting because they're made from ice. Created by Brazilian artist Nele Azevedo to raise awareness of climate change, these little people sat in a Berlin Square until they formed into water and disappeared. The installation lasted until the last one evaporated into the environmentally-aware atmosphere. The icy friends began to melt within half an hour and the installation lasted less than a day but Azevedo is spreading the message in cities around the world. And hey, they make for some pretty interesting pictures.

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Lake Hillier is a naturally pink lake located on Middle Island in Australia. The color is the result of the green algae and a high concentration of brine prawn, which, along with the right environmental conditions, allows the algae to produce the red pigmented beta carotene, which is also the culprit that makes it important for you to eat your carrots like your mom told you.

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This house looks just like something that a child would draw when imagining their dream house. Except architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson actually built it. The Combs Point Residence, located in the New York Finger Lakes region, spans from delta to forest and allows for it's residents to be surrounded by nature from every angle. It's no wonder the firm won six different awards for this abode.

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Friday, 23 November 2012 21:39

Touch With Your Eyes: Sculptures of Water

Elegant, delicate, and highly Japanese; Nagano-born and New York-based photographer Shinichi Maruyama manipulates physics to create his aptly-named "water sculptures." Inspired by calligraphy, imperfection and negative space, Maruyama freezes the elements mid-flight, giving these sculptures a freedom and purity reminiscent of clearest crystal.
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Tuesday, 20 November 2012 20:04

An Ocean of Slow Motion: Droplets at 5000fps

WaterdropThe "Slow Mo" guys perform high-tech wizardy to make liquid collide at 5000 frames per second.

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