Most Beautiful Items: January 17 - 24, 2014

All you see from your window might be ice, but from this screen you're eyes will catch nothing but beautiful things. From the worlds of art, architecture, and design, here are the most lovely things we found this week. Don't you dare go outside; it's way too dangerous.

A frozen Niagara Falls light show looks like a magical wonderland

Niagara Falls is always powerfully beautiful. A frozen Niagara Falls is even more impressive, like pressing pause on nature to hear the silence. A frozen Niagara Falls filled with colors from a light show? Just look.

Norway looks even more gorgeous from an F-16

Norway—like all the Scandinavian countries—is an incredibly beautiful country, especially when it's sunny. Its endless Tolkienesque landscapes of little islands, fjords, and mountains are a pleasure to watch from an F-16 jet fighter.

These dreamscapes will give me nightmares tonight


I love the work of photographer George Christakis. He creates fantastic images, composing photographs into impossible landscapes that sometimes feel entirely possible and others make you feel as the lone survivor of a dream that has collapsed.

World's most beautiful beach glows like millions of stars at night


Flickr user hala065 brings us these otherworldly images of a beach in the Maldives that glows with millions of pinpoints of glowing blue. The light from these bioluminescent phytoplankton looks like a fantastic starry sky somewhere deep in the universe.

13 Hand-Painted Murals Brought to Life as Animated GIFs


Even if you've never heard of INSA, you've probably seen his work—the British street artist has designed signature collections for everyone from Nike to Kid Robot. But his latest work is a little bit more immortal: INSA's making GIFs.

3D-Printed Nails Are Way Crazier Than Your Typical Press-Ons


Man, I really love nail art. You might not share the same kind of enthusiasm for crazy custom manicures, but we can all agree that the Laser Girls' 3D-printed nails are decidedly cooler than your average press-on acrylics.

Photos of Post-Soviet High Rises Are Grandiose and Surreal


Photographer Frank Herfort's recent book Imperial Pomp is a beautiful collection of images depicting a very strange breed of architecture in Russia.

An Incredibly Simple Way to Draw Your Hand in 3D


For millennia, when children traced their hands on paper the end result was always the same: aThanksgiving turkey. Now we are on the brink of a revolution. Today, we have learned how to draw our hands in 3D—and are here to teach you [cue wild applause, the crowd goes bananas].

The Original ASCII Art Was Just This Guy and His Typewriter


In 1922 Hobart Reese enjoyed a brief period of fame for his portraits of famous people. What made his work so special? Reese created his art using nothing but a typewriter.

Oculus Rift Lets You See What It Would Be Like To Swap Genders (NSFW)


Oculus Rift is amazing in that it lets you experience other worlds beautifully and immersively. And, in this project by BeAnotherLabs, it's letting users experience a few minutes as the opposite gender. (Warning: some nudity ahead).


The flight paths of birds create elegant drawings in the sky


Wouldn't it be cool if birds left visible trails behind them, like jets tracing the sky with smoke? That's exactly the effect of Rhode Island School of Design professor Dennis Hlynsky achieves in his mesmerizing videos posted today at This Is Colossal.

Tour the Hidden Art Gallery on the High Line's Last Unfinished Stretch


It's easy to forget that beyond the tourist- and greenery-covered High Line, there are still 300 yards of old, rusting train track. This last patch of decaying NYC railway will soon be turned into the final stretch of the super-successful park—but for now, they're home to a little-knownoutdoor gallery.

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