Tremendous Wood Sculptures Alter Their Environments

Yesterday, we got to see 21 examples of land art that are simply unforgettable. Today, we can expand on that ever-growing list with the works of land artist Jaakko Pernu. The Finnish artist’s body of work presents large-scale sculptures produced from elements that originate in natural environments. Pernu works intensely with wood, willow in particular, manipulating its shape and utilizing its texture. His larger-than-life environmental sculptures forge branches together, designing a new type of leafless tree–one that mimics geometric and man-made shapes, uncommon in nature.

The wonderful thing about these series of sculptural land works, referred to as Timberline, is their playful nature. They could easily put a smile on a passing pedestrian’s face. Some of them blend in, making for a pleasant surprise when they’re noticed, while others can’t help but stand out. They alter the space they inhabit, allowing spectators to notice a visible difference. One could read this as a sign of the negative impact mankind has on the environment’s natural landscape. Pernu leaves the interpretation up to the viewer, but the artist says of his work: “My theme is the influence of humans on nature – the influence of nature on humans.”

Jaakko Pernu on Environmental Art
via [Ruines Humaines]

December 4, 2016

Adventure Photographer Swims With Millions of Jellyfish

Ever wonder what it would be like to swim with jellyfish? Travel and adventure photographer Kien Lam fulfilled this fantasy by flying across the globe to Jellyfish Lake in Micronesia. Anyone who has been stung by a jellyfish can attest—it’s not a pleasant experience. But Jellyfish Lake in Palau is filled with millions of jellyfish that have evolved in a way that makes it safe for humans to swim in the same waters.

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December 3, 2016

Adventurous Photographer Treks to Remote Buddhist Village Before It Disappears

If you’re unfamiliar with Larung Gar, it may be because the small, remote town located in a far-flung corner of China has largely stayed out of the tourism spotlight. It is, however, a cultural and historical Tibetan treasure that has been undergoing tremendous changes in the past few decades, particularly in the midst of global controversy between Tibet and China.

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