Dig Into an Enormous Archive of Drawings Unveiling the Complex Root Systems of 1,180 Plants

 History Illustration Science #botany #drawing #plants #roots January 10, 2022 Grace Ebert All images courtesy of Wageningen University & Research It’s generally understood that terrestrial plant life evolved from algae, one key to its successful adaptation being roots that sprawled underground to absorb important nutrients and water. Billions of years later, the fibrous networks are essential to life across the planet as they ensure the growth and health of individual specimens, help prevent erosion, and capture carbon from the air. A collaborative project of the late botanists Erwin Lichtenegger…

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Exquisite Architectural Photos by Andrew Moore Glimpse Life in Late ’90s Cuba

 History Photography #architecture #Cuba January 10, 2022 Grace Ebert All images © Andrew Moore, shared with permission Between September 1998 and January 2001, Andrew Moore traveled around Cuba meeting residents and photographing them among their built environments. He snapped more than 700 8 x 10 color negatives during that period, producing a staggering visual record of a particular moment in the country’s history primarily shown through its architecture. Through Moore’s lens, Cuba’s palatial residences and generally lavish interiors with marble and gilded details are shown tinged with decay: Paint…

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Auston Marek – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

A selection of photos by San Francisco, California-based photographer and video editor Auston Marek. Rooted in “a slower vein of the street photography tradition,” Marek’s practice involves long walks with his camera. Losing himself in daydreams, he pays attention to the personal themes and preoccupations that break through the haze of his thoughts to trigger a photograph. Shooting in public spaces in cities and towns, he looks for meaning in what he describes as “the sad, funny, beautiful, absurd, and banal habit we’ve created for ourselves.”  “For me, one of…

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Brezhnevka Night Lights and Planters Recreate Soviet-Era Housing as Functional Goods

 Design #architecture #buildings #lamp #light #Russia January 11, 2022 Grace Ebert All images courtesy of Nikita Anokhin St. Petersburg-based designer Nikita Anokhin references the industrial, streamlined architecture that populated much of Soviet-era Russia in his functional home goods. Based on the iconic Brezhnevka complexes, Anokhin’s plywood and concrete lamps are comprised of multiple stories of conformist features, including angular balconies and rows of tall windows. Each contains tiny, multi-colored LED lights that illuminate the individual apartments and reveal miniature domestic scenes unfolding within. Similarly bulky and constructivist, the small,…

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Ceramic Figurines by Claire Partington Put a Contemporary Twist on Historical Symbols

 Art #animals #anthropomorphic #ceramics #figurines #porcelain January 11, 2022 Grace Ebert All images © Claire Partington, shared with permission Citing traditional portraiture and figurative ceramics, London-based artist Claire Partington (previously) sculpts grand characters with a dose of contemporary wit: Lavishly outfitted women lose their heads to anthropomorphized octopuses, a flip flop-wearing fairy dozes alongside empty beer bottles, and sneakers and a cellphone lie next to “Sleeping Beauty.” Infused with mythological symbols and references to folklore, the delicate figurines meld history and culture across time periods and prompt questions about…

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