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Wooden Cityscapes Sculptures by James McNabb

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Once a furniture maker now sculptor James McNabb just opened a new exhibition of work titled Metros at Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami. McNabb continues his theme of skyscraper buildings in his wooden cityscape theme described as “sketching with a bandsaw.” His works use a variety of woods and techniques and even the buildings in the sculptures vary, some even defy traditional architectural rules but they add value to a beautiful sculpture. McNabb says:

I compare hyperrealistic painting to fine woodworking. Both are slow, tedious, detail oriented process that require great care and consideration through every stage of making. In contrast, I compare my style of rapid bandsaw mark making to the fast paced nature of spray can art. It’s my attempt at “urban woodworking”.

Metros will be on view through October 28, 2014 and you can see more of McNabb’s recent work right here.

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Atelier 8000 tilts mountain lodge on its corner in slovakian mountains

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Prague-based architecture firm Atelier 8000 recently submitted their “Kežmarské Hut” to an international competition aimed at designing a lodge for the high snowfields of Slovakia’s Tatra mountains.

The sleek cube form of the structure has been rotated onto one of its corners, creating steeply sloping sides that, along with the aluminum cladding, are designed to avoid heavy winter snow from settling on the structure. The unusual orientation feels like a fallen boulder that has settled in a striking position.

Intended as a year-round dwelling for high altitude adventurers, the building is designed to be energy neutral, operating without the need for additional power from the outside world.
The interior is designed to be a warm respite from the cold world outside. Interior structures are made from laminated timber beams of red spruce, with matching paneling and furniture.
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Wire Tree Sculptures by Clive Maddison

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Using only metal wire, sculptor Clive Madison creates trees that grow from wooden bases into dense groupings of leaves and branches. Made exclusively by hand without using glue or a solder, Maddison begins with single strands of wire that start at the base ending at the top. You can see many more pieces on his website, and several are available through Lee Champman Gallery.

via Ghost in the Machine

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Google Street View Uses Camels to Take Stunning Images of the Arabian Desert

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Google Maps’ latest addition to Street View is the Liwa Desert in Abu Dhabi – 360-degree images captured by Street View Trekkers mounted on camels. The ancient desert, which makes up part of the Arabian Desert, consists of vast expanses of sand dunes beneath the scorching sun. The Liwa Oasis, which is the largest oasis in the Arabian Peninsula, is home to a slew of lush trees and fruits that provide relief from the dry terrain of the desert.

To navigate through the desert yourself, check out the Street View gallery.

Amazing High Speed Bullet Photography by Alexander Augusteijn

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These amazing photographs are not photo manipulations or any forms of tricks. Alexander Augusteijn takes a lot of care and time to produce photographs like this, he tells us:

I am a photographer from the Netherlands, specializing in high speed photography. I use a normal flash to achieve very short illuminations. The most critical parameter in this kind of photography is timing, which is achieved by computer control of shutter, flash, valve, gun or whatever other device is used.

These kind of images require a lot of experimentation, dedication, patience and willingness to endlessly clean spill of liquids and debris from objects shot to pieces. Several hundreds of trial shots may be needed to get timing correct. After that, the process is pretty well controlled, and often half of the shots will be usable, with 1 out of 10 really interesting.

To see more of Augusteijn’s amazing work, head on over to his website.