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A Rare Encounter with the Elusive Giant Phantom Jellyfish Captures Its 33-Foot Billowing Limbs

 Photography Science #jellyfish #underwater #video December 7, 2021 Grace Ebert  Back in August, we shared news of a previously undiscovered jellyfish so vibrant that its brilliant red body was a stark contrast to its deepwater environment. Now thanks to researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, we can add another similarly spectacular …

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Celebrating Kenyan Culture, Bold Textile Patterns Disguise Subjects in Thandiwe Muriu’s Portraits

 Photography #fabric #identity #Kenya #patterns #portraits #textiles December 6, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Thandiwe Muriu, shared with permission What began as a simple appreciation of fabrics printed with vibrant geometries and hypnotic motifs has morphed into a stunning celebration of African culture. Thandiwe Muriu’s ongoing Camo series cloaks models in arresting garments …

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Cut from Found Feathers, Minuscule Silhouettes Become Intricate Symbolic Works

 Art #birds #feathers December 3, 2021 Grace Ebert “Gull Flight” All images © Chris Maynard, shared with permission Equipped with surgical knives and scissors, artist Chris Maynard (previously) carefully slices exquisite silhouettes of birds, people, and tiny stars from individual feathers. He cuts the naturally shed materials, which come from private aviaries and zoos, …

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Jane Goodall, Paul Nicklen, and 100 Photographers and Conservationists Join a Print Sale to Protect the Environment

 Photography #animals #climate crisis #nature December 3, 2021 Grace Ebert Kilifi was an 18-month-old rhino and his keeper, Kamara was hand-raising along with two other baby rhinos at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya. Kamara spends 12 hours every day watching over the vulnerable baby rhinos. He loves these animals like his own children and …

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Bars of Light Pierce a Dilapidated Sydney-Area Home in Ian Strange’s Illuminated Intervention

 Art #architecture #installation #light #public art #site-specific #street art December 3, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Ian Strange, shared with permission Tagged with graffiti and marred by a chipped facade, a stately Victorian home in a Sydney suburb is the site of a brilliant site-specific installation by artist Ian Strange. “Light Intersections II” …

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December 2021 Opportunities: Open Calls, Residencies, and Grants for Artists

 Opportunities December 2, 2021 Colossal “Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit” by Courtney Brims Every month, Colossal shares a selection of opportunities for artists and designers, including open calls, grants, fellowships, and residencies. If you’d like to list an opportunity here, please get in touch at [email protected]. You can also join our monthly Opportunities Newsletter. iStock …

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Two Curious Rats Endure the Disastrous Effects of an Experiment Gone Haywire in an Animated Short

 Animation #humor #rats #short film #video December 1, 2021 Grace Ebert [embedded content] What happens when a pair of curious (and hungry) rats find themselves in a kitchen of potions, tonics, and jars of strange preservatives? “Experiment” is a short film by Zoé Berton-Bojko and Susana Covo Perez—they produced the piece as part of …

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Meticulous Sculptures by Artist Carol Long Highlight the Curved Lines and Colorful Embellishments Found in Nature

 Art Craft #animals #ceramics #insects #plants #pottery November 30, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Carol Long, shared with permission Honoring the humble shape of the vessel is at the center of Carol Long’s practice. From her studio in rural Kansas, the artist throws simple ceramic cylinders that she contorts into supple butterfly wings,  …

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From Intricate Stencils to Vibrant Flowers, Nine New Murals Transform Blank Facades in Tbilisi

 Art #flowers #murals #public art #street art #trompe l’oeil November 29, 2021 Grace Ebert MonkeyBird. All images courtesy of Tbilisi Mural Fest, shared with permission Since Tbilisi Mural Fest began in 2019, the streets of Georgia’s capital have seen the towering, large-scale works of artists like Collin van der Sluijs (previously), Case Maclaim, and …

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Light Streams through Delicate Floral Bouquets Cast in Colorful Stained Glass

 Craft #flowers #glass #stained glass November 26, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Samantha Yates, shared with permission From her workshop in Shipley, West Yorkshire, artist Samantha Yates crafts long-stemmed botanicals in colorful stained glass. She draws on her background in horticulture to shape the curved metallic borders and gleaming petals and leaves. “I …

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