If I have to look at one more half-melted slushy snowdrift, I'm going to junkpunch the nearest passerby. Luckily, there are things like amazing honeycomb sculptures and insane light installations to bring everyone off the ledge that winter has put them on. Enjoy a little reprieve in the form of the most beautiful items we posted this week.
An Amazing Village Designed Just For People With Dementia
Centuries after Shakespeare wrote about King Lear's symptoms, there's still no perfect way to care for sufferers of dementia and Alzheimer's. In the Netherlands, however, a radical idea is being tested: Self-contained "villages" where people with dementia shop, cook, and live together—safely.
Sitting on top of the world never looked so good... and terrifying
She may look like the Black Widow sitting atop the Chrysler Building in a scene from Avengers,but she is the fearless Lucinda Grange, a British photographer specialized in sports, portraiture, architecture, travel, and adventure. In her spare time she loves to climb tall structures and explore abandoned buildings, taking some truly amazing photos like the one above.
No video can capture the colossal beauty of Arches and Canyonlands
Utah is an outstandingly beautiful monumental state, with some of the most incredible landscapes I've ever seen in my life. Monument Valley, the Valley of the Gods, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Capitol Reef, and of course Arches and Canyonlands, which you can see in this timelapse.
Stunning images of the endless buildings and skies of Hong Kong
Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze is a French photographer who loves Hong Kong. These stunning photos are from his latest book, Vertical Horizon, "a deep immersion into the city's thick atmospheres and a visual record of its wildly diverse built environment." Some of the buildings seem to go on forever.
A Light Installation That Feels Like the Sky, Designed By a Pilot
When a stranger demands that you take off your shoes in public, it usually means you're about to get on a plane. But at David Zwirner Gallery—known for its blockbuster installations and huge lines of fans who come to Instagram them—you're about to experience an otherworldly installation.
An Artist and Her Bees Create Beautiful Honeycomb-Draped Sculptures
Aganetha Dyck has thousands, maybe millions, of collaborators for her art. Working with bees she rents from a keeper, she gives ordinary objects like shoes, footballs, helmets, and chipped thrift store knickknacks a second life—cloaked in honeycomb.
Pixar artist turns R-rated movies into awesome kids book illustrations
Josh Cooley has a good sense of humor which is probably what led him to start drawing R-rated scenes from famous movies in the style of a children's book. Alien, Fight Club, The Godfather, Jaws—they're all there. And they're for sale.
Step Inside A Giant Kaleidoscope in Iowa
Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson is a master of light and color, creating trippy experiential works that mess with our perception. The artist's latest piece, recently installed at the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines, Iowa, is like walking inside a human-scaled spectrograph.
An Alien Cocoon? No, It's an Alpine Shelter For Mountain Bikers
For a mountain biker, the place where you start your run shouldn't really matter. But this transparent, fabric-enmeshed cycling pavilion is the kind of place you might find yourself wanting to hang around in.
See the difference between an artist's drawings from age 2 to now
This is great. Artist Jake Lockett reveals his progression as an artist from a wee 2-year-old to now at 24 years young in a fantastic collection of his own work. You can see the simple drawings he made at 2 and 3 to the addition of color and imagination a few years later to more sophisticated work around 10 and then finally developing his own style in the more recent years.
Here's Why Ikea Is Discontinuing Everyone's Favorite Shelf
Expedit, we hardly knew ye. Ikea recently announced that the popular shelving system is not long for this world, and the internet responded with rage. But there's a really good reason for Ikea to get rid of Expedit. And in fact, it's not really going away at all.
Ice-Climbing Structures Are Mind-Blowing Experimental Architecture
The design and fabrication of artificial ice-climbing structures is an incredibly creative yet widely overlooked form of experimental architecture. The resulting constructions are often astonishing: ice-covered loops, ledges, branches, and towers reminiscent of the playful 1960s experiments of Archigram, yet serving as some of the most spatially interesting athletic venues in all of today's professional sports.
The Plan to Make DC's Central Library a Home for More Than Just Books
Libraries used to be places for doing bookish. It's not that simple anymore. Washington DC just announced the winning proposal for renovating its historic central library. The winner? Anambitious plan to turn the building into a place where ideas are born—and things actually made.