Adrienne Antonson Makes Insects Out of Human Hair

    On the question of why she chose hair as her sculpting medium, the she explains: ”As an artist with a deep interest in sustainable and self-supporting systems, human hair seems the most immediate and true material. I find the historical implications and various uses of human hair fascinating. I am also intrigued with the attraction/repulsion response the material evokes. It is sentimental, challenging and honest.”
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Wonderful Book Origami by Isaac Salazar

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Chocolate Sculptures at Exhibition in Hong Kong

    A shopping mall in Hong Kong is playing host to a 'Chocolate World Heritage' exhibition from Jan. 20 to Feb. 20. As a part of the exhibition, several chocolate sculptures by renowned Italian chocolatier Mirco Mirco Della Vecchia are on display. Mirco Della Vecchia currently holds the Guinness World Records title for making the largest chocolate sculpture in the world.
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    A chocolate sculpture of Stonehenge, created by Italian chocolatier Mirco Della Vecchia, is displayed as part of his "Chocolate World Heritage" exhibition in Hong Kong Jan. 20, 2011.

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    Mirco Della works on his chocolate Arc de Triomphe.
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    A chocolate sculpture of the Colosseum
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    Mirco Della Vecchia puts the finishing touches on a chocolate sculpture of the Torre pendente di Pisa
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    A chocolate sculpture of the Abu Simbel

Tottori Sand Dunes: A Mini Desert in Japan

    Who would have thought there is a desert in Japan? Well, not quite a desert but a huge sand dune that looks nearly a desert to me. It’s the Tottori Sand Dunes located near Tottori City in HonshÅ«, Japan. The dunes stretch along the coast east of Tottori City for 16 kilometers and extend up to 2 kilometers away from the coast. The dunes are spread over an area of 30 square kilometers – not like the Sahara, but not small either.
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    The Tottori Sand Dunes were created by sediment deposits carried from the Chūgoku Mountains by the Sendai River into the Sea of Japan. Sea currents and wind help bring the sand from the bottom up onto the shore, where the wind constantly rearranges their shape. The highest dunes reach around 90 meters above sea level and can reach 40 degree slopes. Technically, its not a desert but the temperature of the sand can easily soar above 50C on sunny summer days. A number of hardy species of plants and animals also thrive in sections of the dunes.


    The dunes have existed for over 100,000 years, but the area of the dunes has been steadily decreasing due to a government reforestation program following World War II. Additionally, concrete barriers erected to protect the coast from tsunamis have disrupted the currents responsible for bringing the sand to shore.
    The Tottori Sand Dunes attract some two million visitors each year, mostly from within Japan and East Asia.
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The Dark Side of Barbie

    Photographer Mariel Clayton explorers the evil and hitherto unknown side of the famous doll character. When asked why she did it, Clayton explains: ‘Because I hate Barbie. I intensely dislike the stereotype that the “ideal” female fits no current authentic female form. You can’t get to be Barbie without an ocean’s worth of peroxide, 27 plastic surgeries and a complete lack of intelligence, so it irritates me immensely that this is the toy of choice women give to their daughters to emulate. Behind the vacuous perpetual lipsticked-smile lurks the black heart of the true sociopath, just like in real life’.
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