Giant Hedgehog Appears on London’s Clapham Common

Sunday morning joggers, dogs, children, and passersby were shocked to find a giant hedgehog on London’s Clapham Common on February 16. The sculpture, standing at 7-ft-tall and measuring 12-ft-long and 18-ft-wide, was created to mark the launch of Natural Curiosities, a new nature documentary series by legendary wildlife presenter Sir David Attenborough. It took a team of sculptors two months to craft the prickly creature from over 2,000 soft wood spikes and fur made of a coconut and fiber mix. The result is a remarkably lifelike replication of the hedgehog, from its realistic skin tone and prickly build to the inquisitive look on its furry face.

In addition to celebrating the launch of his new series, Sir David hopes that the giant hedgehog “serves as a fitting tribute to one of our most delightful species” and brings attention to the dwindling number of wild hedgehogs, which are endangered in the UK.

Natural Curiosities Website
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December 7, 2016

Beautiful Vintage Light Bulbs Feature Luminous Floral Filaments

LED light bulbs are all the rage nowadays, but you can’t beat the timeless beauty of vintage filaments. Between the late 1930s and into the 1970s, the Aerolux Light Corporation produced novelty bulbs with tiny sculptures inside. These decorative filaments take the shapes of flowers and birds which are electrically illuminated in a variety of vibrant colors. To construct these bulbs, Aerolux used low-pressure gas in their filaments—either neon, argon, or both.

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December 6, 2016

Over 25,000 Paper Flowers Transform Room Into Colorful Art Experience

More than 25,000 colorful paper flowers spiral around a 6-meter atrium at the shopping mall of Omotesando in Tokyo. The visually stimulating scene is part of Emmanuelle Moureaux‘s newest installation, Color Mixing. The French-born, Tokyo-based architect created the vibrant work as part of NSK’s 100th anniversary exhibition, Setting the Future in Motion. NSK is a leading manufacturer of bearings, and the artist made good use of their capabilities in her work.

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