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Stufish’s Han Show Theater, China

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Fisher and his London-based firm Stufish recently drew a lot of attention to with the completion of two real-life buildings that transform their entertainment-industry pedigree into permanent spectacle. The Han Show Theater in Wuhan, China, is a performance arts center complete with a glowing façade.

The design takes some of the principles of Stufish’s other work and makes them slightly more traditionally architectural. Inspired by Chinese lanterns, the building is a series of steel rings that intersect to mimic the bamboo structure of a paper lantern. Thousands of red LEDs give off a glowing effect on the concave surface. The façade can also display videos, making it come alive. Traditional Chinese roof forms are referenced as the bottom edge of the lantern form is offset.

 

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Amazing Frozen Bubbles

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Every winter Washington-based photographer Angela Kelly in the freezing temperatures blows bubbles that freeze and form beautiful patches of ice crystals. The breathtaking results, which she photographs for her series Life in a Bubble, look like glass or crystal marbles.

Kelly uses a homemade solution of dish soap and water to create the bubbles. Some of the smaller bubbles freeze in mid-air and fall to the ground, shattering upon impact, others crystalize and retain their pristine shape. No two bubbles look the same, as each forms different patterns. Decorated with elegant swirls and scallops, feathery etchings, and snowflake-like designs the frozen globes are truly beautiful.

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Frozen Flower Bouquets in Blocks of Ice by Makoto Azuma

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Botanical artist Makoto Azuma has consistently looked for new ways to capture the beauty of plants like flowers and bonsai by placing them in incredibly unique settings. In the past, he has frozen and suspended bonsai trees, submerged them underwater, and even launched bonsai and flowers into space. His latest exhibition, Ice Flowers, offers a distinctive look at the changed life cycles of flower bouquets that have been encased in blocks of ice.

Situated in a warehouse near Tokyo, the spectacular exhibition consists of 16 frozen floral arrangements displayed in rows throughout the space. Stems, petals, and leaves are distorted through the thick layers of ice, giving each bouquet a new appearance. Although the blooms initially shine with color and vitality, that beauty will gradually fade as the blocks of ice melt, leaving behind withered flowers and puddles of water.

“Flowers will show unique expressions that they do not display in everyday life, by placed under such a different environment,” Azuma writes on his website. “Please enjoy how flowers and ice change themselves over time in the ruins far from human’s existence—it is an inorganic space that makes a vivid contrast with flowers.”

Cristiano Ronaldo Sketchbook Animation by Richard Swarbrick

Richard Swarbrick is a multi-media director based in London.

His creative and technical skills have been developed through a career encompassing film editing, photography and graphic design. He is also an accomplished After Effects operator.

As a director, Richard has developed a remarkable range of animation techniques many of which he combines to great effect with live action.

His football animations ‘Bale’ and ‘El Clasico’ have had huge viral impact internationally clocking up over a million views on YouTube alone and have featured on myriad newspaper and magazine sites as well as football, film and cultural blogs.

View Richard’s amazing above or on Twitter.

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Intricately-Detailed Paper Cut Animals Mimic Ink-Drawn Lines

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Berlin-based artist Max Gärtner produces intricate paper cutouts that have the quality of ink-drawn lines. Heads of jaguars, lionesses, and the wings of birds are all crafted using curvy bold marks that create contour, add visual weight, and define form. Large groups of lines wrap around each to imply textures like fur and feathers that add a sense of depth.

These cutouts look so detailed that they look like prints or something 2D; this is key to Gärtner’s designs: “I consider the hand-drawn line to be of extreme importance, it’s the basis for all my work,” he says. “To draw by hand represents, to certain extent, presenting one’s most inner self – there is no room for deception, the spectator receives an unadulterated insight.”