Mesmerizing Mandalas Represent the Spiritual Universe

The word mandala, which can be loosely translated to mean “circle,” comes from the Indian language of Sanskrit. It is a geometric design that holds spiritual symbolism in Hindu and Buddhist religions. The basic form of each pattern is a circle contained within a square and arranged into sections that are all organized around a single, central point.

Miami-based artist Peter Patrick Barreda has been drawing these beautiful mandala designs for much of his life. To create a piece, Barreda first pencils in the symmetrical illustration, and then completes the sketch with pen and ink on acid-free paper. Each full circle represents what the artist explains as the “simultaneously unique and infinite arrangement of elementary particles that make up everything in the universe, from stones to stars to the spirit within each of us.” Just like human beings, each piece is different and provides individuality within the same basic unifying structure. The striking patterns and colors form this extensive collection of prints, all of which can be purchased in Barreda’s online shop.

Peter Patrick Barreda’s website
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January 21, 2017

Countless Glittering Stars Illuminate a Dreamy World Below

For those of us who live in a bustling, crowded metropolis, a glittering sky filled with stars is a spectacular sight we rarely get to see. Finnish photographer Oscar Keserci offers us glimpses of these astounding views and tranquil starry nights. His breathtaking images showcase dark skies fully illuminated by millions of brilliant celestial points.

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January 20, 2017

Floating Cabin Lets Nature-Lovers Sleep in the Treetops of Sweden

If you’ve ever dreamed of cuddling up in a contemporary treehouse, the 7th Room Treehotel may be your new favorite getaway. Designed by Snøhetta—a design office that dabbles in landscaping, architecture, interiors, and brand design—the floating bungalow is tucked away in Northern Sweden and perfectly positioned for a sweeping view of the Northern Lights. The 7th Room is elevated by twelve 10-meter stilts and is beautifully built around the towering trunk of a pine tree.

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