February 16, 2018

Colorful Paper-Cut Sculpture Captures the Diversity of a Coral Reef

French paper designer and illustrator Mlle Hipolyte creates colorful sculptures out of intricately cut paper shapes. Previously mentioned for her three-dimensional animal masks, the artist’s latest piece of paper art is a magnificent, three-dimensional representation of a vibrant coral reef. Titled Coralium, the entirely hand-made creation is approximately 6.5 feet long by 3 feet tall, and was formed using various paper craft techniques, including quilling, scoring, and 3D modeling.

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February 14, 2018

Artist Suspends 600,000 Tied Knots Over a Historic Plaza in Spain

Visitors to Madrid’s Plaza Mayor will be greeted by a dazzling installation by artist Janet Echelman. Known for her suspended thread sculptures, this site-specific fiber art is called 1.78 Madrid and represents the latest work in her Earth Time series that started in 2010. Comprising 600,000 tied knots and 77 miles of twine, this new network is 15 times stronger than steel by weight, but it will gently move if struck by a passing breeze.

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February 12, 2018

The History of the Color Blue: From Ancient Egypt to the Latest Scientific Discoveries

The color blue is associated with two of Earth’s greatest natural features: the sky and the ocean. But that wasn’t always the case. Some scientists believe that the earliest humans were actually colorblind and could only recognize black, white, red, and only later yellow and green. As a result, early humans with no concept of the color blue simply had no words to describe it.

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