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Artist Walks For Hours In Snowshoes To Create Sublime Snow Art

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Sonja Hinrichsen is a snow artist and with a pair of snowshoes and a long walk she transforms the peaceful caked snow landscape into something special.

The sprawling designs look almost like abstract crop circles. Hinrichsen creates her stunning temporary works mostly in Colorado, with trips to New York and the French Alps, too. They can take up to a few days to complete, with the help of 50 or 60 volunteers.

“Snow Drawings started out of play, during an artist residency in the Colorado Rockies in the winter of 2009,” Hinrichsen explained to HuffPost. “I had brought snowshoes — mainly so I could go hiking in the mountains, and not get stuck in waist-deep snow. However, there were these amazing stretches of pristine snow, no footprints, not even animal tracks, as the snow was so deep. So I started walking into them and making all kinds of little patterns. I didn’t think of it as an arts project at all, it was just for fun. At some point I took my camera with me to photograph the patterns — and that’s when it became interesting.”

For Hinrichsen, open landscapes and frozen lakes make the most ideal spaces for snow drawings. Some designs are based on the natural surroundings. A 2014 work in Colorado, for example, channels the spirit of the Yampa River, in which volunteers walked across a lake wearing snowshoes to pay tribute to the “moods of water.” Most involve concentric circles; ethereal echoes that seem to reach up and out beyond our atmosphere.

“My environmental interventions are temporary,” she added, “especially the snow drawings. They are there only until the snow melts or the next snow storm — in some cases, they even disappear due to snow drifts that simply fill in the tracks with fine snow. Sometimes they are there barely long enough for me to be able to photograph them… Sometimes it feels like magic.”

The pieces, she asserts, live on in the resulting photographs. “That’s enough. I don’t want to leave any traces in nature. I feel like this planet is so scarred already through human activity and I don’t feel like I want to add more traces as an artist. I never refer to my work as land art, but rather as ‘interventions in the environment’ — if I have to name it.”

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Peter Pichler’s Mirrored Northern Italian House

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Built just outside of Bolzano in the foothills of the Dolomites Mountains in Northern Italy is one of the most iconic designs from architect Peter Pichler. Two homes, designed as vacation residences, each feature two bedrooms nested inside a minimalist white interior – characterized by skylights, floor-to-ceiling windows, and of course personal gardens. The most striking feature of the structure though, is the glass front that reflects the surrounding area. The curvilinear elevation provides extensive views of the local Italian landscape.

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Disney Princesses in Real Life by Jirka Väätäinen

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Belle (Beauty and the Beast)

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Mulan

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Ariel (The Little Mermaid)

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Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)

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Esmeralda (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame)

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Jasmine (Aladdin)

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Megara (Hercules)

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Pocahontas

Adding that touch of reality to iconic Disney princesses is something art student Jirka Väätäinen excels at. The fantastic photo manipulations are a successful attempt at bringing these beautiful characters to life.

This project began with Jirka’s fascination for the character Ursula from The Little Mermaid. “I had always liked her character so much that I decided to give myself a little challenge,” he says. “I had so much fun with it that I could not stop… and here we are.”

With an overwhelming response from Tumblr and blogs, Väätäinen received “a lot of lovely feedback” and quite a few requests to create even more characters. “I can’t really stop now, can I?,” he rhetorically asks. “It’s not like I ever had a bigger plan with these, so I’m just going to continue having fun and make more characters that I’m personally inspired by.”

So how, exactly, does Väätäinen go about creating these? “I find photos all over the Internet and then combine them in Photoshop,” he says. “I don’t base the characters on only one real person or picture – I pick, mix and blend features. I also do some digital painting, by hand, to make it all come together.”

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Massive Chrome Mural Illusion of a 3D Sculpture

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Graffiti artist Bikismo (Joshua Santos Rivera) has beautified the streets of Miami with this fantastic optical illusion mural of a chrome-coated dog. On the walls of Jose De Diego Middle School, the Puerto Rican artist’s piece is composed of painstakingly mapped patches of colour. The color segments are then filled in entirely with spray paint.

This attention to detail produces a strikingly realistic three-dimensional reflection on the wall’s flat surface. Taking four days to complete the work was undertaken as part of the Raw Project to add art installations to Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood and the school in particular.

via Street Art News