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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January 23, 2017

Intricately Detailed Plates Made With Hundreds of Tiny Painted Dots

Russian artist Daria—known as dahhhanart—shows off her elaborately decorated plates via her Instagram. At once delicate and complex, she employs a dot painting technique that combines acrylics, enamel, and appliquéd gems. The results are stunning, each plate replete with detail. This form of pointillism, also known as point to point painting, requires patience and a steady hand. Daria’s feed provides plenty of work in progress images.

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January 22, 2017

15 Marvelous Must-Haves for Modern Adventurers

Attention explorers and modern adventurers! If you’d love to set sail around the world, believe that “not all who wander are lost,” and often find yourself yearning for the great outdoors, this curated compilation of goodies for traveling adventurers is sure to float your boat. Fueled by an enthusiasm for exploration, this eclectic compilation of treasures puts a colorful and contemporary spin on a traditional travel tool kit.

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