Festive Holiday Lights Decorate Madrid’s City Streets

Every year, Madrid’s city council commissions an artist to decorate the streets with festive holiday lighting. This year, Italian artist Teresa Sapey’s architect and design firm was selected to dazzle shoppers with a cheery concept along Serrano Street, a high-end area with very little decor. Madrid-based Sapey decided to use colorful, geometric patterns to decorate the area. Circular patterns of energy efficient LED lights twinkle overhead as drivers and shoppers pass by underneath.

Using every imaginable color, the artist created an impressive display that can be viewed from every angle. The circles are arranged in rows strung across the road and each one is filled with unique patterns. Since 1990, Sapey’s firm has blended creativity, functionalism, art, and design into a space, often inspired by light. Sapey says, “It is to move emotions that I work with spaces. I’d go for provoking just about any kind of feeling, no matter what it is (whether like or dislike, I do not really care). From my personal point of view, architecture should provide a varied range of sentiments to be considered both inspiring and useful.”

Teresa Sapey’s website
via [Inhabitat]

January 18, 2017

Animal-Friendly Vegan Tattoos Celebrate Nature with Delicately Inked Illustrations

Body art professionals, like Anna Sica, are turning to animal-free inks to create beautiful vegan tattoos. If you’re vegan, you know that when it comes to animal-friendliness, not all commodities are created equally. While assuring the absence of animal products in things like food, cosmetics, and clothing is standard practice for seasoned vegans, many are unaware that body art requires research, too. To make pigments pop, many tattoo inks include bone char, gelatin, and shellac, each of which is derived from various animals.

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January 17, 2017

Zebra Shark Living in Isolation for 4 Years Gives Birth Without a Male Partner

It started like a typical love story. Two zebra sharks, living happily together for 12 years and producing 24 pups. Then, circumstance ripped them apart, leaving the female in her own, isolated tank. But here’s where the story takes a twist. After living alone since 2012, Leonie the female zebra shark give birth to three pups in early 2016. Just how was this possible?

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