Laboriously Crafted 9 Miles of Hand-Twisted Newspaper Rope

Swayambhu is an ever-growing art installation made of 9 miles of hand-twisted newspaper rope by artist Youdhisthir Maharjan, better known as Youdhi. The piece, which seems like large accumulations of sturdy rope, is actually made of newspapers that have repetitively been twisted unto themselves and further entwined like balls of yarn. It is both an illusion of mediums and a reference to religious practices from Youdhi’s homeland.

Originally from Nepal, the artist’s ongoing piece presents a disciplined exercise in repetition like the life-long practices of Buddhist monks. The laborious task is a testament to transformative power of hard work. Youdhi says, “While the labor may seem to be futile, rational demand becomes a lifetime of toil and absolutes. Labor is the process and the key to achieving a means to an end. It becomes an avenue for exploration, and a means for the artist to seek the truth.”

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December 4, 2016

Adventure Photographer Swims With Millions of Jellyfish

Ever wonder what it would be like to swim with jellyfish? Travel and adventure photographer Kien Lam fulfilled this fantasy by flying across the globe to Jellyfish Lake in Micronesia. Anyone who has been stung by a jellyfish can attest—it’s not a pleasant experience. But Jellyfish Lake in Palau is filled with millions of jellyfish that have evolved in a way that makes it safe for humans to swim in the same waters.

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December 3, 2016

Adventurous Photographer Treks to Remote Buddhist Village Before It Disappears

If you’re unfamiliar with Larung Gar, it may be because the small, remote town located in a far-flung corner of China has largely stayed out of the tourism spotlight. It is, however, a cultural and historical Tibetan treasure that has been undergoing tremendous changes in the past few decades, particularly in the midst of global controversy between Tibet and China.

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