Artist Bruce Munro has a magical installation that turns night landscapes into alien-like, living surfaces. The traveling outdoor exhibit contains thousands of illuminated stems, which create arteries of color and light.
Inspired by a visit to Australia’s Uluru, he was taken by the energy of the landscape, and created Field of Light to bring that vision to life. Via DesignYouTrust:
“I wanted to create an illuminated field of stems that, like the dormant seed in a dry desert, would burst into bloom at dusk with gentle rhythms of light under a blazing blanket of stars”
Though you probably can’t wear them now, these beautifully monotone ‘paintings’ are actually entirely made from denim, cut and pieced so elegantly that you’d swear you’re looking at a painting on canvas.
Able to render the reflections in a pool, and the way light dances off of water, artist Ian Berry has carved out quite a niche for himself. Rendering the Golden State in pieces that showcase pools and warm weather, Berry’s art is truly fascinating. The textural elements from the denim add bits of depth and shadow, and occasionally you’ll recognize the seam or hem of a garment, making up the trunk of a palm tree.
The series is called “Hotel California, and we are eager to see more of his art in the future. Via MyModernMet:
Interpret them how you’d like, we think these Acid Fruits by artist Jose Berrio are just the right level of trippy. Black, inky exteriors that resembles outer space reveal wild, tiger striped fruit inside. Simple yet striking. Via Behance:
We may all have our own ways to cut fruits, but there’s undoubtedly better ways to slice and dice some fruits than others.
Some of them, like mangos, can be intimidating to people who didn’t grow up with them. This handy infographic, for Delish, made by NeoMam Studios, gives you a step-by-step to 7 tricky fruits. You’ll soon be cutting like a pro, and impressing friends and family.
The very talented Eiko Ojala has a new series that speaks to climate change, and the feelings and perceptions around it. Based in Estonia, he has a very keen grasp on the perils of climate change, and the nuances of people’s perspectives. He paints a stark divide between the American South and the rest of the country, and the difficulty of addressing the issue in rural areas versus cities.
Not all environmentalists eat tofu: the hunters fighting climate change.
Using simple contrasting paper, and an extremely keen illustrative technique, his cut paper brings depth and introspection to the pieces. He accompanies each one with a thought provoking description. Via Behance:
Florida is drowning. Condos are still being built. Can’t humans see the writing on the wall?
What you know about the American south and climate change is wrong.
‘They chose us because we were rural and poor’: when environmental racism and climate change collide.
Why people in the US south stay put in the face of climate change.
What would Jesus do? Talking with evangelicals about climate change.
Talking about climate change in conservative places is hard. But we can’t afford not to.
This collection of spirited and plucky dogs is the work of Ravi Zupa, who had a popular matchbook series featuring cats last year. This year’s follow up is equally cute and zingy, featuring a retro look and feel, and some funny dogs and their feisty sayings. Via Colossal:
Lighting design has evolved leaps and bounds in the last few years, to where you can find a light in practically every shape and size imaginable.
We’re impressed by the ingenuity of these Switch lights, that look like a standard rocker switch, but actually conceal a subtle ambient light, and can be tilted up or down, as needed. Sleek and discreet, they are entirely out of the way until needed, and then provide nice ambient lighting with a flip of the switch. Why didn’t we think of that? Designed by Pasque D. Mawalla, based in Milan. Via Yanko Design:
Disney’s plan to reintroduce all of their classic movies as live action has met with mixed reviews. However, many people are excited about the ‘live action’ version of The Lion King, despite much of it being advanced motion graphics and digital effects.
Directed by Jon Favreau, the epic, childhood favorite is cast with a number of recognizable actors, including Beyonce, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.
The new Lion King arrives in theaters July 19, with James Earl Jones reprising his role as Musafa, along with a new score by Hans Zimmer. Via Insider:
Shahadi Wright Joseph and JD McCrary play Young Nala and Young Simba in “The Lion King.”
Donald Glover plays Simba, the young prince in “The Lion King.”
Beyoncé plays Nala in “The Lion King.”
Alfre Woodard plays Sarabi in “The Lion King.”
Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Scar in “The Lion King.”
John Oliver, Seth Rogen, and Billy Eichner play Zazu, Pumbaa, and Timon in “The Lion King.”
Eric Andre, Florence Kasumba, and Keegan-Michael Key with Azizi, Shenzi, and Kamari in “The Lion King.”
Andreas Häggkvist is a Swedish artist who creates wondrous and surreal animal art, bringing attention to endangered species.
Combining animals in colorful and warm digital collages, the work is beautiful on its own, and more powerful with the intent behind it. Considered a World Wildlife Fund Ambassador, helping to educate people about endangered species, even through surrealist work. Each of his posts come with a description of the animals featured, and ways in which they are under threat. Follow his work on Instagram at @Andy.okay
This powerful sand sculpture entitled Liberty Crumbling is the work of Damon Langlois, and shows Lincoln in his monument, but his head is depressingly in his hands. Below, the base of the sculpture shows deep cracks, like it’s beginning to crumble.
Expertly made, there is a lot of symbolism in the piece, though Langlois declined to mention what he’s trying to signify with the sculpture, leaving it open to interpretation from either side of the political divide.
The sculpture, unsurprisingly, won first place in the 23rd annual Texas SandFest, which is considered one of the biggest sand sculpture festivals in the world. The piece took four days to create, and showcases a powerful and troubling reminder of the fragility of our democracy, and helps to illustrate the current state of American society. Via My ModernMet: