Wonderfully Disorienting 3D Illusion Body Paintings

3D Illusion Body Art by Natalie Fletcher

Body artist Natalie Fletcher used an airbrush to create a wonderfully disorienting series of 3D illusion body art. Photographs of the paintings are available for purchase. Fletcher recently embarked on 100 Bodies Across America, an endeavor to create two works of body art in all 50 states over the course of a six-month road trip. You can follow along on her blog.

3D Illusion Body Art by Natalie Fletcher

3D Illusion Body Art by Natalie Fletcher

3D Illusion Body Art by Natalie Fletcher

photos via Natalie Fletcher

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

‘Space Invaders’-Inspired Mosaic by Street Artist Invader Orbits Earth Aboard the International Space Station

Space Invaders Art Aboard ISS

A Space Invaders-inspired tile mosaic by street artist Invader has been taken, rather appropriately, to space. The piece, entitled Space2, has been repeatedly photographed aboard the International Space Station over the past two months. It’s unclear how it got there but Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti seems a likely culprit. Space2 is not the only Invader piece associated with space–back in February the artist installed a mosaic at a European Space Agency facility in Belgium. And in 2012 Invader sent a mosaic to space aboard a helium balloon. More photos of Invader’s work (spacefaring and otherwise) can be viewed on Invader’s Instagram account.

Space Invaders Art Aboard ISS

Space Invaders Art Aboard ISS

Space Invaders Art Aboard ISS

Space Invaders Art Aboard ISS

photo via Samantha Cristoforetti

via reddit, The Creators Project

Incredible Photos of a Woodpecker Flying With a Weasel on Its Back

Photos of a Woodpecker Flying With a Weasel On Its Back
photo by Martin Le-May

On Monday, British amateur photographer Martin Le-May heard a commotion while walking in an East London park and stumbled upon an extraordinary sight–a European green woodpecker flying with a small weasel clinging to its back. Le-May had a camera with him and was able to capture several incredible shots of the event.

As Le-May explained to ITV News, the weasel was taken for a ride after it ambushed the bird on the ground. The bird took flight–with the weasel on its back–in an effort to escape. After a short flight it landed, and was able to shake off the weasel before taking flight once more. Le-May’s clearest photo of the encounter has since become a viral sensation online, with a number of “remixes” cropping up today. Photoshop conspiracy theorists take note: While Le-May’s images do seem highly improbable, a BBC wildlife expert told BBC News that such a scenario “is not totally unheard of.”

As we walked we heard a distressed squawking and I saw that flash of green. So hurriedly I pointed out to Ann the bird and it settled into the grass behind a couple of small silver birch trees. Both of us trained our binoculars and it occurred that the woodpecker was unnaturally hopping about like it was treading on a hot surface. Lots of wing flapping showing that gloriously yellow/white colour interspersed with the flash of red head feathers. Just after I switched from my binoculars to my camera the bird flew across us and slightly in our direction; suddenly it was obvious it had a small mammal on its back and this was a struggle for life.

Photos of a Woodpecker Flying With a Weasel On Its Back
photo by Martin Le-May

Photos of a Woodpecker Flying With a Weasel On Its Back
photo by Martin Le-May

Photos of a Woodpecker Flying With a Weasel On Its Back
photo via The Moscow Times

via ITV News

Artist Creates a Chalk Mural on Mount Tamalpais That Depicts the California Mountain’s Destroyed West Peak

In the meditative short film “Mountains Made of Chalk, Fall into the Sea, Eventually,” filmmaker Gary Yost documents as artist Genna Panzarella creates a temporary chalk mural installation on the blustery summit of Mount Tamalpais in the San Francisco Bay Area. Panzarella’s mural depicts the mountain’s West Peak, which was bulldozed during the Cold War to make way for a military base. The plight of the West Peak is the subject of “The Invisible Peak,” a short documentary by Gary Yost and George Daly (we covered that project back in 2014).

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Eye-Popping Photos of the Overwhelming Array of Products at the China Commodity City Wholesale Market in Yiwu, China

China Commodity City Photos by Richard John Seymour

In his eye-popping photo series Yiwu Commodity City, photographer Richard John Seymour captures the overwhelming abundance of consumer goods found at China Commodity City, a sprawling complex in Yiwu, China that is the world’s largest small commodities market. The 43-million-square-foot market is full of cramped booths occupied by wholesalers of toys, artificial flowers, apparel, and all manner of Chinese-produced goods. There are an astonishing 62,000 booths at the market.

China Commodity City Photos by Richard John Seymour

China Commodity City Photos by Richard John Seymour

China Commodity City Photos by Richard John Seymour

China Commodity City Photos by Richard John Seymour

photos by Richard John Seymour

via CNN, Boing Boing

Designer Produces a 3D-Printed Edible Morsel Using Both Technical and Natural Processes

Edible Growth 3D-Printed Food by Chloé Rutzerveld

In her 2014 experimental design project Edible Growth, designer Chloé Rutzerveld has created a 3D-printed edible morsel using a combination of technical and natural processes. The morsel is grown inside a 3D-printed edible structure, with plants and fungi sprouting out after about five days. The rapid-manufactured nature of the food limits environmental impact by shortening the food chain and limiting land and energy use. The food is nutritious because it is grown from natural ingredients using natural processes including photosynthesis and fermentation. And since it is intended for immediate consumption, no preservatives are needed.

According to Rutzerveld, it will take 8 to 10 years of additional technological development before a 3D-printed food product like hers will be on the market. Rutzerveld developed the project in collaboration with Eindhoven University of Technology and TNO.

Edible Growth 3D-Printed Food by Chloé Rutzerveld

Edible Growth 3D-Printed Food by Chloé Rutzerveld

Edible Growth 3D-Printed Food by Chloé Rutzerveld

photos via Chloé Rutzerveld

via Dezeen, Colossal