20,000 Twinkling LED Lights Create an Immersive Installation

In this sparkling installation entitled Volume, artist Leo Villareal took a handful of twinkling stars and brought them down to earth. Suspended from the ceiling, the cylinder-shaped piece featured more than 20,000 LED lights set against reflective, mirror-finished stainless steel, which created a three dimensional space where light could come alive.

The patterns of illumination, controlled by Villareal’s software code design, move in various speeds, cycles of on and off, and waves of brightness and darkness. According to one reviewer, “The piece is a dazzling tone poem that draws the viewer into a deep, abstract space as it warps temporal and visual perception.”

Villareal is no novice when it comes to amazing light sculptures. Check out this 200-foot-long Light Show Tunnel that he installed in the Concourse walkway of the East and West Buildings located at the National Gallery of Art. The space between Villareal’s installations and his audience is an important factor, as viewers become intertwined with the lights that pulsate all around.

Leo Villareal’s website
via [My Darkened Eyes]

January 16, 2017

Heavy Snowfall in Kyoto Turns the City Into a Beautiful Winter Wonderland

With temperatures dipping to below zero degrees Celsius, Kyoto experienced its coldest days yet this past weekend. And while it snows occasionally in Japan’s most beautiful of cities, rarely does it stick. Locals and visitors were in for a spectacular treat this weekend, as the low temperatures allowed for a heavier snowfall that blanketed the city’s world famous monuments.

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January 16, 2017

Lifelike Paper Birds Adorn Oversized Stamps of Countries Around the World

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.

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