Miniature Interior Decor Elements Crafted With Impeccable Detail by Kiyomi

Japanese miniaturist Kiyomi  imitates antiques with a stunning attention to detail, creating worn and clouded glass jars, slightly tarnished silverware, and cases packed with dozens of drawers. The talented craftswoman produces pieces for dollhouses out of paper, wire, wood, and other materials that imitate their larger companions. To give her audience a sense of scale, the artist will present her small works alongside a scaleable object, either placing a miniature chair on the seat of a regularly proportioned seat or dwarfing a set of drawers by putting it on the step of a ladder. […]

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Carved Wood Sculptures by Phil Young Appear to Stretch, Twist, and Tear Within Metal Armatures

Artist Phil Young  twists the commonly-held perception of wood as a stiff material in his mind-bending sculptures made of polished wood and metal. Each artwork focuses on a single piece of wood that has been carefully carved to appear as if it is being stretched, twisted, bound, or squashed, often by visible forces like metal rings or nails. Young works carefully with each bit of raw material, paying attention to its natural shape and grain as he transforms it into a finished work.

Although his work is non-representational, he is able to evoke a surprising degree of emotion through the dynamic pressure the pieces appear to be subjected to. “I wouldn’t be satisfied if all I did was make beautiful pieces,” the artist explains. “I want the people who see them to question what beauty is, so I take inspiration from places you wouldn’t expect to find beauty, including surgery, diseases, wounded or wrinkled skin, and try to make that look beautiful. I think if you can find beauty even in these places, you can find happiness wherever you are.” […]

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French artist Olivier Grossetête builds (and demolishes) spectacular cardboard structures across the globe

A cardboard bridge floating in Avignon, France
Arlene Harris

July 15 2018 2:30 AM


For most artists, the definition of success is having your work displayed in a prestigious gallery or knowing that your pieces are being viewed in buildings or spaces by large audiences for a long period of time. For Olivier Grossetête, however, his greatest achievements are destroyed – usually within 24 hours of their creation.

The French artist, who will be featuring for the second time at the Galway International Arts Festival, specialises in making colossal structures out of cardboard boxes and with the help of willing volunteers, destroys the entire project the following day.

This unique, if somewhat bizarre, process was borne out of a desire to move away from the “staid and formal” nature of most art exhibitions. “When I was in my fourth year at the École des Beaux-Arts in Valence, I began to lose interest in fine art and drawing and wanted to get away from the enclosed nature of galleries and do something artistic out in the open or on the streets,” explains Grossetête. “I wanted to do something different and the oppressive nature of art as it was had become almost a burden to me. So, in 1998 I had the idea of making a statement and wrote the words c’est du travail (this is work) on 6,000 sheets of white paper. Then I took the sheets down to the local revenue office and spread them out in front of the box where people pay their taxes.”

Needless to say this caused a bit of a stir and before long, people gathered to see what was going on. “It was a bit of a crazy idea,” admits the 45-year-old. “But I felt that by simply writing this down it was a declaration of work that I had taken from a concept and put it into action. A group of people stayed to discuss what we thought art was and also what was wealth and we addressed a lot of important questions.

Olivier Grossetête


Making a big statement with white paper isn’t always possible but cardboard is a 3D version of that. I thought it would be a very interesting material to work with as it isn’t always what you think it is – for example many movie sets are made with cardboard. I was also interested in the pretence involved in power so my first big cardboard creation was a tower within the hall of the art college – it was big and impressive but also because of what it was made with, it was also fake – and then we destroyed it.”

Grossetête is currently booked to create 35 structures in countries across Europe, Asia and South America, but the artist says his creative streak began a lot earlier

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How a fleet of wind-powered drones is changing our understanding of the ocean | Sebastien de Halleux

Our oceans are unexplored and undersampled — today, we still know more about other planets than our own. How can we get to a better understanding of this vast, important ecosystem? Explorer Sebastien de Halleux shares how a new fleet of wind- and solar-powered drones is collecting data at sea in unprecedented detail, revealing insights into things like global weather and the health of our fish stocks. Learn more about what a better grasp of the ocean could mean for us back on land.

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Manchester At Night

“Steven McInerney
Published on 26 Nov 2018

We were walking through Manchester on our way home from work and came across this beautiful busker in St. Peter’s square, so I thought i’d film it and make a little video of it. The guy is incredibly talented and made this stunning, almost otherworldly ethereal sound with a violin bow on an acoustic guitar that I hadn’t seen played like that before.

He’s on Youtube here:…
He’s over on twitter too and seems a lovely fella:

Go give him a follow.”

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6 of the Most Magical Christmas Markets Around the World – My Modern Met

Since 1441, Tallinn, Estonia, has adorned its Town Hall Square with a decorated tree. This makes it the first place in Europe to set up a Christmas tree—and the perfect place to have a Christmas market!

While the Christmas tree is the star of the show, this market has so much more in store. In addition to local merchants who “offer Estonian Christmas cuisine, from black pudding and sour cabbage to gingerbread and hot Christmas drinks,” it also features another special guest: Jõuluvana, or Santa Claus!


Every year, Wiener Rathausplatz, Vienna’s town hall square, is transformed into Wiener Weihnachtstraum, or the “Viennese Christmas Dream.” In this traditional Austrian fair, visitors will find all the trimmings that have come to define Christmas markets, like handmade goodies and hot mulled wine, as well as an ice-skating rink and even Christmas carolers.

What makes this market truly special, however, is its “dreamlike backdrop of the City Hall,” a luminous 19th-century Neo-Gothic landmark.

With roots in medieval Germany, this annual advent tradition is now popular in cities, towns, and villages around the world.

Every December, the Cathedral Christmas Market pops up in Cologne’s city center. Like other Christmas markets, this fair offers a range of regional specialties, from sausage to stollen, a German fruit cake […]

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Stacked: Photos by Peter Stewart – Faith is Torment

An expansive series by self-taught photographer Peter Stewart that explores the dense urban environments and architecture of Hong Kong’s high rise public housing. Similar to Michael Wolf’s Architecture of Density series, the images capture the urban fabric of one of the most populated and vertical cities in the world to contend with the lack of lateral space. The soaring buildings focus on the repetition of patterns and form as Hong Kong’s population rapidly grows and it’s architecture expands along with it […]


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30 Sculptures and Installations at Amsterdam Light Festival – Faith is Torment

The seventh edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival takes place from November 29, 2018 until January 20, 2019. Local artists, as well as artists from abroad, take you on a journey along 30 light artworks specially created for the 53-day exhibition revolving around the theme “The Medium is the Message,” the famous statement by the Canadian scientist Marshall McLuhan. The city of Amsterdam acts as a medium for telling stories with the role of light conveying the message. The exhibition can be admired by boat, bike, or on foot. You can do this on your own initiative or by booking a tour with one of the official festival partners […]

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The science of cells that never get old | Elizabeth Blackburn

What makes our bodies age … our skin wrinkle, our hair turn white, our immune systems weaken? Biologist Elizabeth Blackburn shares a Nobel Prize for her work finding out the answer, with the discovery of telomerase: an enzyme that replenishes the caps at the end of chromosomes, which break down when cells divide. Learn more about Blackburn’s groundbreaking research — including how we might have more control over aging than we think.

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How the jump rope got its rhythm | Small Thing Big Idea, a TED series

“Down down, baby, down down the roller coaster…” Hip-hop owes a lot of the queens of double dutch. Ethnomusicologist Kyra Gaunt takes us on a tour of the fascinating history of the jump rope.

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