Pretty Painted Neurons
Artist Greg Dunn paints vivid pictures inspired by neurons. Dunn has a Ph.D in neuroscience, and often sells the paintings to hospitals and scientists. They could probably pass for surreal forests, too, though.
Sculptures Of Giants
Artist Ron Mueck created amazing sculptures like this for the Fondation Cartier Pour L’Art Contemporain, an exhibition in Paris. Fun and a little creepy. Kinda hard not to imagine them walking around when no one is looking.
The Scenic Gowanus Canal
New York’s Gowanus Canal is gross. Really gross. But also kinda pretty, if you look at it the right way? That’s the thesis behind a series by photographer Bill Miller, who snapped beautiful photos like this of the canal. (But seriously just stay away from there, guys. Gross.)
320 Gigapixels Of London
This is a still from the largest panorama ever. The panorama shows London during the Olympics as seen from the 29th floor of the British Telecommunications tower, and it’s made from 320 gigapixels. (The same studio that made it, 360Cities, also made this incredible photo of the Burj Khalifa.) You can check out the interactive version here.
Scrap Metal Hummingbird
Artist Vik Muniz creates beautiful works out of garbage. He takes pieces of gold scrap metal and makes animals, like this hummingbird.
Retronaut unearthed this early design for a “centrifugal” snow plow. Looks effective, but also a little scary?
Beautiful, huh? Artist Yao Lu takes these picturesque photos of Chinese landscapes. Well, “takes” these photos is misleading: they’re actually composed of several photos of landfills and other urban sights. Surprise!
This is the most twee-tastic invention ever. Made from cardboard connected with super glue, adhesive tape, and tie wraps, it plots geometric shapes along x and y axes, so a user can look at a set of instructions and draw something from the coordinates.
Cave Painting Visitors Center
Architecture and design firms Snøhetta, Duncan Lewis, and Casson Mann made this winning proposal for a visitors center at the cave paintings in Lascaux, France. It’s a little cave-like itself (a good thing!).