Romantic underwater photography. Still life scenes meticulously created in huge dark tanks of water then photographed. Artist statement:
This series revisits the work of the 17th century Dutch masters using period props, food and real insects including butterflies that I breed myself. Each carefully staged underwater scene is captured in-camera, using subtle distortions of light and movement from the water’s own wave energy to create a unique and painterly effect without either traditional or digital post-production. The subjects appear to be floating in a black space which neither interferes nor disrupts the subject matter but interacts with it within this void to offer a serene and dreamlike sensation.
Human Organs Created from Flora
English artist Camila Carlow created these lovely renderings of human organs by foraging for wild plants, weeds, and the occasional animal part and then sculpting and arranging these various bits of flora. Her series, entitled “Eye ‘Heart’ Spleen,” represents images of organs such as a heart, lungs, stomach, uterus, liver, and testicles, demonstrating the reflection of internal biological structures with external natural structures. From Carlow’s site,
“This work invites the viewer to regard our vital structures as beautiful living organisms, and to contemplate the miraculous work taking place inside our bodies, even in this very moment.”
You can order prints and keep up with this particular project’s developments via its Facebook page.
The Horrifying Bat Flower
This flower is an incredibly unusual looking species, with its black bat-shaped flower. The flowers themselves can grown up to twelve inches across and the ‘whiskers’ that you can see are known to grow up to thirty inches. So why does it look like the Predator? Of the Flying Spaghetti Monster? Because Mother Nature is just as likely to scare us as to entrance.
Altogether the bat flower is one of the spookier plants you will come across – something Morticia Adams might like to have in her conservatory. There is certainly something of the triffid about them too, but the fact is that the wild variety of this plant species can be found in the Yunnan Province of China. It is also found in Thailand and Burma.
High Speed Flower Explosions
Photographer Martin Klimas captures the destruction of flowers in this high speed series called Rapid Bloom where he drops flowers into liquid nitrogen and then shoots them with an air gun from behind. Klimas wanted to show the flower in one single shot, a flower in full bloom, turned into a fascinating piece of abstract art.
Corso Zundert — Stunning Floats Made Entirely from Flowers
It’s the biggest time of year for the small town of Zundert in the Netherlands. Twenty huge floats were displayed through the city as part of Corso Zundert, an annual flower parade where teams of designers and artists compete to build the most original sculpture covered almost completely with dahlia flowers.
Several floats appearing this year contained movable parts including the winner, Crazy Gold (picture 4), which had 53 moving components. You can see many more of these amazing photos from this parade courtesy of Omroep Brabant.
The Galaxy Garden
Scales models of the solar system, such as the Galaxy Garden, enable students to understand the distances between planets in our own solar system. The Galaxy Garden is located at the Paleaku Peace Gardens Sanctuary in Kona, Hawaii. This 9 acre, non-profit botanical garden contains many unique garden installations. The garden was conceived and designed by John Lomberg and built by him and Barbara DeFranco, Director of the Paleaku Peace Gardens Sanctuary. For many years Lomberg has been inspired by the concept of the Milky Way Galaxy, perhaps more than any other artist. His presentations have appeared in many media, including his Emmy Award-winning work for Carl Sagan’s TV series Cosmos.
The Flowering of the Santa Maria del Monte
The small town of Caltagirone on the island of Sicily in Italy has an annual tradition with its most famous landmark. Built in 1608, the Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte has 142-steps which are each decorated with a different ceramic, using styles and figures derived from the millennial tradition of pottery making.
Each year, during the La Scala Flower Festival, about two thousands potted plants and flowers of different shades and colors are arranged on the historic staircase to create one grand design. The La Scala Flower Festival is held as a tribute to Our Lady of Conadomini, the patron and protector of the city of Caltagirone. This year, the floral design decorated the staircase for almost a full month so that visitors could admire the grandeur of its scale. Created by Angelo Murgo, it was comprised of 2,000 plants and flowers which included geranium, marigold and boxwood.