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Coming of Age in Cartography: Evolution of the World Map

Coming of Age in Cartography: Evolution of the World Map

Mapmaking has been an integral part of human history for thousands of years. It is believed that the human activity of graphically representing one’s perception of his world is a universally acquired skill and one that pre-dates virtually all other forms of written communication. From cave paintings to ancient maps of Babylon, Greece, and Asia, […]

Construction of an Amazing Underground Hotel in Songjiang Begins

Construction of an Amazing Underground Hotel in Songjiang Begins

Some years ago, a British engineering firm Atkins proposed an extravagant design for a five-star hotel located deep within a 100-meter, abandoned and half flooded pit near the base of Tianmashan Mountain in the Songjiang District of Shanghai. Construction on the 19-story, 380-room Shimao Intercontinental Hotel finally is already underway. Initially the hotel was expected […]

V8 Car Themed Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany

V8 Car Themed Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany

Located in Stuttgart, Germany – a German international hub for car dealers – the V8 Hotel is a paradise for car enthusiasts. The hotel features 10 different themed rooms dedicated to themes related to the automobile world – from car wash and tuning to drive-in cinema and racing. All rooms are equipped with unique props […]

Andy Rudak’s Cardboard Cities

Andy Rudak’s Cardboard Cities

London-based still life advertising photographer Andy Rudak has recently embarked on a more personal project, creating a series of cityscapes made entirely from cardboard. With the help of set-builder Luke Aan de Wiel, Andy recreated surreal views of cities like London, New York, Mumbai, Paris and Tokyo in the studio. His “Cardboard Cities” took nearly […]

Portraits of Famous People on Fingers

Portraits of Famous People on Fingers

An Italian artist going by the name of Dito Von Tease has created “Ditology”, a project where portraits of famous people, real or fictional, are featured on human fingers. “Dito” translates to “finger” in Italian. It all started when Dito Von Tease, 33, was looking for an original avatar to use as his profile picture […]

Pitch Lake, Trinidad – The Largest Natural Deposit of Asphalt

Pitch Lake, Trinidad – The Largest Natural Deposit of Asphalt

The Pitch Lake is located in southwest Trinidad in the village of La Brea. It’s the largest and most significant pitch lake in the world, measuring approximately one hundred acres (41 hectares), and is estimated to be 76 meters deep in the center. The liquid asphalt is black and viscous, but the surface is semisolid, […]

Ernest Zacharevic’s Playful Street Art

Ernest Zacharevic’s Playful Street Art

Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic has been transforming the streets of Penang, Malaysia with a brilliant series of interactive murals. These murals combine a mixture of painted figures and found objects, like a couple of adorable children riding on a bicycle or a giant portrait of a girl pushing herself up on two windows. These iconic, […]

Portraits of Rural Chinese Families with Everything They Own

Portraits of Rural Chinese Families with Everything They Own

Photographer Huang Qingjun has spent the past ten years travelling to remote parts of China persuading people to have their photographs taken along with all their household possession. The result offer glimpses into the utilitarian lives of millions of ordinary Chinese that appear not to have been swept up by the same modernisation that has […]

Damien Hirst’s Controversial Pregnant Woman Sculpture in Ilfracombe

Damien Hirst’s Controversial Pregnant Woman Sculpture in Ilfracombe

The skyline of the seaside town of Ilfracombe in north Devon, England, is about to change, and not many residents are happy about it. A 20 meter high statue of a naked pregnant women wielding a sword is being erected on the coast. One side the woman’s skin is peeled back, revealing her skull, muscles […]

Jantar Mantar – Ancient Astronomical Observatories of India

Jantar Mantar – Ancient Astronomical Observatories of India

Between 1727 and 1734 Maharajah Jai Singh II of Jaipur, India, constructed five astronomical observatories in his native territory of west central India. The observatories called “Jantar Mantars” incorporate multiple buildings of unique form, each with a specialized function for astronomical measurement. These structures with their striking combinations of geometric forms at large scale, have […]

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