Using simple, everyday materials, artist Diana Beltran Herrera crafts creatures that are full of life. She transforms paper, wire, and wood into realistic birds whose detailing is nothing short of incredible. The meticulous paper art features individually cut and scored feathers—mimicking the real thing—that are layered into majestic plumage. Through these rigid and repetitive structures, Herrera still manages to capture the feeling that they could go into flight at any moment.
For the past 45 years, this tiny little home has stood strong against the Serbian winds, water, and weather that surround it. Balancing on a rock in the middle of the Drina River, the structure is located near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, and has become quite the attraction for visitors to the area.
The concept came one day in 1968 when a group of young swimmers needed a place to rest. They laid on a rock in the middle of the river, but as time went by, they wanted a more comfortable place to rest and began to place boards to lay on on top of the rock. As they wanted shelter from the sun, they began to build up, and the idea developed. The following year, one of the swimmers turned the rough idea into an actual construction project of this one-room home.
The parts and supplies were transported by boat and kayak, and the larger pieces were simply placed in the water upstream, and captured as they floated down past the building location. Over the years, the home has withstood multiple forces of nature, including massive floods.