Heavenly Cities in the Sky

What do you see when you look up at the clouds? Artist Yang Yongliang’s series Heavenly City depicts a metropolis in the sky. He uses three elements to create these otherworldly, elongated landscapes: photography, digital manipulation, and composition.

The Shanghai native, who was originally trained in traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy, has adopted the classic art form of Shanshui (landscape painting) and has combined it with modern technology. He has originated a new form of Shanshui that, instead of cherishing a natural world, criticizes a world filled with cars and skyscrapers devoid of nature. If you look closely, you can even see that the land is made of barcodes and clothing brand logos. Heavenly City is Yongliang’s interpretation of globalization, urbanization, and the impact of consumerism in a modern world.

Yang Yongliang’s website

January 19, 2017

Adorable Animals Frolic in Snow as Oregon Zoo Is Closed Due to Weather

We may be only about a month into winter, but Portland, Oregon has already seen enough snowfall to satisfy the entire season. During what has been described as a miserable few weeks laced with storms, snow days, and sub-zero temperatures, many of the City of Roses’ residents have opted to keep warm by staying indoors or bundling up before braving the cold. Though the winter blues are normal, not all Oregonians are sick of the snow.

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January 18, 2017

Betty White Turns 95 and Celebrates Her 75 Amazing Years of Acting

Actor Betty White has seen it all—her extraordinary 75-year comedic career spans radio, television, and movies. Since 1939, she has delighted viewers on television and continues to act at the age of 95—proving that you’re never too old to do what you love. White’s early life was during the height of the Great Depression, but despite the intense economic struggles, her family made it through.

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