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Aurora Borealis Photography, Norway

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Photographer Ole Salomonsen has released his spectacular photographs of the aurora borealis taken in northern Norway. He says, “Finally my aurora season gets a proper start! This is one of many shots from Oct 18th/19th, a fantastic night with multicolored auroras all over the arctic night skies of Tromso, Norway.”

Ole’s tips to take great photos of the natural lightshow are: “Auroras are visible from September to April in Norway. For reasons still unknown to scientists auroras are most active around equinoxes (September and March). Autumn is beautiful in Norway, but your best bet for watching auroras are normally from December to February due to colder weather and more clear skies. In my opinion, it is a myth that auroras cannot be seen during bright moon light. I have done several video sequences and [have taken] photos during full moon. It has to be a pretty weak aurora not to be visible during moonlight.”

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New Banksy Mural: Girl with a Pierced Eardrum

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Banksy has left several new art pieces the past few weeks including the “Girl with a Pierced Eardrum” work that was put up in Bristol, England near the city’s harbor. The piece is obviously an ode and update to the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, which if you remember was the subject of a Scarlett Johansson-starring movie.

On November 17, 2014 HBO will air “Banksy Does New York,” which according to the LA Times, “uses crowd-sourced footage to recount the 30 days during which the British street artist created public works of art around the city’s five boroughs.”

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Banksy ‘Arrested & Real Identity Revealed’ Is A Hoax

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Elusive graffiti artist Banksy’s cover was blown when he was unceremoniously arrested for vandalism, conspiracy, racketeering and counterfeiting.

Well that’s what US website the National Report would have you believe.

The bogus story alleged the infamous street artist was arrested following a raid on his London studio.

It ‘outs’ him as Paul Horner, a 34-year-old born in Liverpool and says he is being held “without” bail, along with four other, unnamed individuals.

Banksy’s publicist Jo Brooks confirmed to the Independent the now viral story is a hoax.

Indeed the quotes which accompany the piece date back to an identical spoof in February last year, which claimed Banksy had been arrested on the same charges and outed as, yep, Paul Horner.

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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.