Chinese artist Zheng Chunhui’s breathtaking 12.2-meter-long (over 40 ft) wooden carving is a modern masterpiece of wood sculpture. It has also entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest continuous wooden sculpture in the world – it was carved out of a single tree trunk. Between its size and its intricate detailing, it’s no surprise that it took Chunhui four years to complete it.
What if Isaac Newton had Instagram when he discovered gravity, or if DaVinci posted Instagram teasers while working on the Mona Lisa? This is the idea behind Histagrams, a site created by designers Gusto NYC and Gavin Alaoen that features instagrams posted by some of history’s biggest players. What if Isaac Newton had Instagram when he discovered gravity, or if DaVinci posted Instagram teasers while working on the Mona Lisa?
Blogger Jessica Shyba has created what is perhaps one of the cutest and most internet-worthy examples of cuteness that we’ve ever seen. These pictures of her new puppy Theo and her baby boy Beau napping together are about as cute as it gets. It all began last Christmas, when two of Shyba’s older children, Jack and Zoe, met Santa Claus in New York and asked him for a puppy.
Winter is coming! These beautiful pictures of ice-covered lighthouses by U.S.-based photographer Thomas Zakowski might make you feel colder just by looking at them. The lighthouses are so completely frozen over that they look like fantastic icy fairy-tale towers out of “The Chronicles of Narnia. The beautiful icicles are a testament both to nature’s creative wonder and its destructive force.
Damien Greenhalgh, Labour County Councillor for Glossop and Charlesworth, became a Twitter legend after he posted a picture showing “How to look like Batman, using your cat.” The hilarious photo has already received more than 19K retweets, and the guy was named “CATMAN”. It’s not clear whether it was inspired by the popular cat-bearding trend, but it will definitely inspire a new trend!
Miles, a five-year-old boy in San Francisco who has been fighting leukemia since he was one year old, was given the opportunity to star in a cute and heart-warming city-wide drama as Batman, the caped crusader. In the city-wide event, which featured civilians, police and a full-fledged social media campaign, Miles, dressed as Batkid, got to join Batman in a black Lamborghini as they drove around the city to save people in danger and stop infamous criminals. This beautiful testament to human love and compassion was made possible by 11,000 Make-A-Wish volunteers and the city of San Francisco.
Polish illustrator Pawel Kuczynski’s grim and sharply satirical works, which we’ve featured before here, are a perfect example of art that speaks volumes. Kuczynski’s images are so powerful because they force us to face some of the worst realities of our times. It’s beautiful – not in a flowers-and-sunlight kind of way, but in a brutally truthful way. He addresses war, political manipulation and hypocrisy, environmental damage, economic disparity and many other ills facing mankind today.
Quebecois photographer Ulric Collette is at it again, creating striking composite photographs comparing the genetic similarities of different members of the same family tree. The latest portrait forms a composite picture of two models very close to Collette – his mother, 61, and his daughter, 12. The photograph reveals an extraordinary similarity between the two women even though they are separated by a generation.
Meet Ippo the zonkey, a lovely two-for-one hybrid of the zebra and the donkey. Ippo was born just four months ago at an animal reserve in Florence, Italy. Her parents’ unusual tryst occurred when her father, Martin the zebra, jumped the fence at his enclosure and entered an enclosure housing endangered Amiata donkeys. In the enclosure, Martin met Giada and, twelve months later, little Ippo was born!
Slope Point is the southernmost tip of New Zealand’s South Island. The air stream loops that travel over the Southern Ocean uninterrupted for 3200 km (2000 mi) make landfall at Slope Point, making for consistently extreme winds. And yet, even in this uniquely harsh environment, extraordinary beauty can be found. The extreme winds that batter Slope Point are so strong and consistent that the trees that grow there are molded into strangely and beautifully twisted forms.
Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov is an inspiration to aspiring amateur photographers everywhere – he created a home-made rig capable of capturing stunning close-up pictures of snowflakes out of old camera parts, boards, screws and tape. His pictures give us an enchanting close-up view of snowflakes that we could never hope for without specialized equipment.
Singaporean artist Keng Lye has combined beauty and illusion in a masterful way in this amazing work depicting a small octopus in a bowl. The photos look incredibly life-like, as if it’s a real, squirming, writhing octopus. Keng Lye achieves this beautiful effect by painting delicate paintings onto layer upon layer of crystal-clear resin. As the layers, and the painting, grow, the octopus gains depth and appears to be partially submerged.