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Icy Mushroom Clouds Spring from a Tiny Geyser in Tajikistan’s Pamir Mountains

All images © Øystein Sture Aspelund, shared with permission While road-tripping on the Pamir Highway a few years back, Øystein Sture Aspelund scouted out a small geyser in the mountainous landscape. Near a lake at about 4,000 meters above sea level, the spring periodically burst, producing short-lived formations that evoke mushroom clouds and paint...

Wed Feb 28, 2024 17:03
A Rainbow Office Building Brightens Up the Tokyo Streets with Prismatic Color

All images courtesy of SAKO Architects If you, like us, were envious of the kiddos attending this kaleidoscopic kindergarten a few years back, we have good news. The architecture firm behind the school has another project with a similarly bold outlook. Keiichiro Sako, of the eponymous SAKO Architects, tucked a vibrant building in the middle of a bustling...

Tue Feb 27, 2024 23:59
No Foraging Necessary: Grow Mushrooms at Home with GUS, a Modular Countertop Garden

All images courtesy of Good Growing Meet GUS, a tabletop companion that helps you harvest fresh mushrooms at home. From the team at Good Growing, the minimal vessels hold what’s known as a fruiting block—a mix of sawdust, grains, and mycelium spores—that within a few days, burst with thick clusters of fleshy fungi. The breathable, low-fire ceramic...

Tue Feb 27, 2024 21:59
Birds Flutter Around Tiny Houses and Commune with Forest Creatures in Paintings by Gigi Chen

“Vacancy,” acrylic on wood, 18 x 24 inches. All images © Gigi Chen, courtesy of Antler Gallery, shared with permission Drawing on her training in animation and a love for the work of Renaissance painters who expressed symbolism through atmospheric scenes and still lifes, Gigi Chen merges realistic depictions of birds with surreal settings. In an upcoming...

Tue Feb 27, 2024 19:58
Cynthia James Portrays Otherworldly Pollinators and Plants in Her Dreamlike ‘Bee Series’

“Ambush.” All photos © Cynthia James, shared with permission In the 1901 book, The Life of the Bee, Nobel prize-winning author Maurice Maeterlick wrote, “If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.” Regardless of determining an exact range of years for such a catastrophe, the insect’s extinction has...

Mon Feb 26, 2024 19:19
Anastassia Zamaraeva’s Surreal Ceramics Revel in the Relationships Between Making and Meaning

All images © Anastassia Zamaraeva, shared with permission For London-based artist and art therapist Anastassia Zamaraeva, ideating and working with her hands is as important as the finished pieces. “I have learned that trusting my process and intuition is the best way to make work that feels honest and reflective of who I am,” she tells Colossal. “I...

Mon Feb 26, 2024 17:20

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