Artist Ellie Davies Spent 7 Years Turning UK Forests Into Magical Art Pieces
U.K. artist Ellie Davies spent seven years in the forest composing a series of different subjects, where she utilized nature’s organic tools to create surreal art installations. Eerie and beautiful in appearance, fragments of glitter and fabric seem to be suspended in the air. Their surreal appearance defy the laws of gravity; magic exists.
Enchanting in appearance Davies’ work is a meditation on humanity’s perspective on nature. Often seem as spell-binding, the artist emphasizes the forest’s symbol for fantasy and folklore. She admits:
“The forest represents the confluence of nature, culture, and human activity. Forests are potent symbols in folklore, fairy tale and myth, places of enchantment and magic as well as of danger and mystery. In more recent history they have come to be associated with psychological states relating to the unconscious. Against this backdrop my work explores the ways in which identity is formed by the landscapes we live and grow up in.”
Jellyfish Air Planters Gracefully Float Through Air
Los Angeles based designer and art director Cathy Van Hoanghas created a series of stunning and subliminal jellyfish planters. The unique plants look like floating jellyfish and seem to be floating through the air, as if their tentacles were swimming in water in ethereal movements. With the use of pastel colors, the jellyfish are suspended in the air gracefully. You can find them in herEtsy shop.
Gravity-Defying Organic Art Installations by Cornelia Konrads
German artist Cornelia Konrads creates gravity-defying land art in public spaces. Mind-bending and stunning, each installation gives the appearance of weightlessness. Stacked on top of each other with logs, fences and doorways, they give the illusion of being suspended in air and frozen in time. They reflect the ephemeral sense of nature in relations to time.
There are ideas that arise from the need of a particular moment. Such a need – another hot day of summer spent in the office and a thought “if only I could go for a walk” – became inspiration for a project of a path suspended in the air, a balcony Walk-on. It is also one of the ideas to change a sad courtyard, that we overlook every day out of the office windows on the 3rd floor, to give the courtyard a bit of magic.
A normal path is tortuous, winds, does not lead directly to the goal, surprises, relaxes, gives contact with nature. Therefore our path should also flow freely in space – giving you a moment of relaxation, rest, allowing you to change the perspective. This influenced its shape – it winds freely and intertwines with itself – it allows for a relaxing walk “from office to office.” Longing for a bit of greenery made us treat the path as a large pot. We filled it with grass that can grow as it wants – after all it’s just a path.
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“Kiteboarding gives you the chance to focus on that moment and truly live in the present,” says Hope LeVin (@hopelevin), a kiteboarder from the Turks and Caicos Islands, who picked up the sport at the young age of 11. A year ago, the now 22-year-old turned her passion into a career when she began riding the waves professionally.
Although Hope enjoys traveling for work, she loves returning to her home island and following certain routines, and begins the day by feeding her two senior cats, Moody and Coaly. She adds, “I’ll try to fit in an hour of fitness with my trainer Nancy, respond to emails and do social media. I may be writing a blog or article for a kiteboarding magazine, so I’ll do that and then in the afternoon I’ll go kiteboarding for several hours.”
Hope has now mastered the art of taking selfies while suspended in mid-air above (or below) her board. “Getting good shots with my GoPro isn’t always easy. The angle is often wrong or I get an amazing shot but then there’s a huge water drop in the middle!” explains Hope. “It’s weird, but usually it’s the days where the conditions aren’t that great that I get my best images. I guess I’m focusing too much on having fun on the good days!”
California-based artist duo Cindy and James Searles specialize in ceramic handicrafts. In their latest endeavours, they have made a series of handmade ceramic plant holders, suspended upside down in the air, but even more uncommonly that the shape of octopus, squid, jellyfish and other cephalopod creatures of undersea.
They have a wide collection of similar ceramic wares, which bring together the ocean and the land in splendid decor pieces that can instantly brighten a living space. You can find these delightful creations in their Etsy shop.
I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you’re going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.
Designer Simon Morris created a levitating light bulb which always remains suspended on air. To make this super human effect possible, Morris used a magnetic levitation pull powered wirelessly through induction. Since no batteries are used, the lightbulb uses a low energy LED. To turn on Flyte, you touch the surface of the base, which has touch sensors. Morris says:
“The Light Bulb has been considered the most important invention since man-made fire but not so much has changed in design since Edison’s time 135 years ago,” states Flyte’s creators. “We’d like to change this, so we’ve designed a new way to experience your light. One which is free from the constraints of gravity.”
In addition to the invention of an innovative project, Morris keeps the importance of the integrity of design and aesthetic by composing a stunning project. Made in Sweden, the base is carved from sustainable oak ash or walnut to give it an industrial and beautiful finish. The base also functions as a wireless charger for a smartphone.
Although the project was developed in five years, the Kickstarter campaign was recently opened. The deadline to support this project is on May 21, 2015.
Previously featured Airbnbs initiative that awards 24-hour getaways to one-of-a-kind locations. Their newest location is the lofty living space at the top of the Holmenkollen competitive arena in Norway was formerly a waiting room for competitors of the 1952 Winter Olympics. The renovated penthouse apartment is suspended 200 feet in the air giving breath taking views of the surrounding areas