Individually Painted Strands of Thread Form Solid Figures

Italian artist Alessandro Lupi creates figurative light installations using polyamide threads painted with fluorescent paint for his series titled Fluorescent Densities (or Densita fluorescenti in Italian). Illuminating his installations with a black light, the artist’s three-dimensional human forms emerge through the individually painted strands in various poses and are often exhibited in or on furniture. From a photoluminescent figure lying on a bed to crouching in a suitcase, each glowing silhouette is a remarkably believable solid body of a person.

Each carefully constructed and meticulously painted installation is composed in a unique setting. The artist’s website states, “Every work appears to create its own world, concentrating on the idea of ‘inversion’, that is, on the possibility of offering to the spectator the opposite point of view from the expected or predicted one. In his works the dichotomy of opposite situations, like exterior-interior, freedom-prison or life-death are annulated by the almost contemporary perception of these two aspects without, nevertheless, favoring any perceptive or hierarchic prevalence.”

Alessandro Lupi website
via [Faith is Torment]

January 18, 2017

Animal-Friendly Vegan Tattoos Celebrate Nature with Delicately Inked Illustrations

Body art professionals, like Anna Sica, are turning to animal-free inks to create beautiful vegan tattoos. If you’re vegan, you know that when it comes to animal-friendliness, not all commodities are created equally. While assuring the absence of animal products in things like food, cosmetics, and clothing is standard practice for seasoned vegans, many are unaware that body art requires research, too. To make pigments pop, many tattoo inks include bone char, gelatin, and shellac, each of which is derived from various animals.

Read Article

January 17, 2017

Zebra Shark Living in Isolation for 4 Years Gives Birth Without a Male Partner

It started like a typical love story. Two zebra sharks, living happily together for 12 years and producing 24 pups. Then, circumstance ripped them apart, leaving the female in her own, isolated tank. But here’s where the story takes a twist. After living alone since 2012, Leonie the female zebra shark give birth to three pups in early 2016. Just how was this possible?

Read Article

Get Our Weekly Newsletter