from time to eternity

Illustration for Einstein Tomb  by Lebbeus Woods 1940-2012
“I’m not interested in living in a fantasy world … All my work is still meant to evoke real architectural spaces. But what interests me is what the world would be like if we were free of conventional limits. Maybe I can show what could happen if we lived by a different set of rules”  New York Times. August 25, 2008.

R.I.P. Mr Woods

In our veins

Ongoing project from artist Justin Kaneps, on the interdependency between the American coal industry and it’s sourrounding communities. Photo above Shippingport, PA

Blue Run, PA/WV Border

Glouster, Ohio

Shippingport, PA

Chasity, Cheshire, OH

Swansea MA

Coal Mine Bathhouse, Moundsville, WV

Shippingport, PA

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pink pull

Oil painting by American artist Russ Noto. 

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Rot / Erica Luke

Stop motion film by UK artist and illustrator Erica Luke. Sound by Matthew Perryman

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lava meets water

Lava meets water off the shores of Hawaii,  photos by Nick Selway from Lava Light Galleries.


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Operation Crossroads

Series of photos taken by German-born photographer Fritz Goro in July 1946 at Bikini Atoll (aka  coconut place) in the Pacific, when the United States conducted two atomic tests.

Able (an atmospheric explosion) and Baker (underwater), were among the very first of the more than 1,000 tests that the U.S. would eventually conduct in Nevada and the South Pacific over the next five decades.

A machine graphing the radioactivity broadcast by one of the nuclear explosions in the S. Pacific & Sailors shield their eyes during a nuclear test (photos above)

Among the sailors and other military personnel, scientists and hundreds of civilian observers, primarily members of the press, were on hand to witness the explosions and the resulting destruction, none of whom wore protective clothing of any kind.

Gathering up dead birds for radiation testing & Feeding a goat used as a test animal (above).

Scientists conducted countless tests to gauge the radiation exposure that resulted from the blasts and many animals were intentionally exposed to radiation during the tests but didn’t survive for more than a few days.

Taking a bomb of bacteria samples for radiation testing from the sack in which it was lowered from the USS Bracken (in the background) during nuclear testing &  The sign atop the Officers’ Club at the Bikini Atoll station (above).

Among those civilians observers was photographer Fritz Goro, who was with Operation Crossroads (as the July 1946 tests were collectively called) as an official observer. Goro died in 1986.
The effect on sailors and other military personnel who observed the tests has been debated for decades in US. A 1996 government study found that Crossroads veterans who had died appeared to have a lifespan three to four months shorter than a control group of similarly aged American non-veterans who had died.
All Goro’s photographs are from Time & Life  / Getty Images. Find more at  LIFE
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The one who doesn’t want to hug me

Illustrations created by Hu Xiaojiang from the creative collective Edge, commissioned by -a famous Hongkong director- Pang Ho-Cheung, for his love and sex serial “The One Who Doesn’t Want to Hug Me”.


a skull is more interesting than a naked woman

Animated collage from artist Colin Raff. (previously featured here).


Einstein’s image grown in a plate of Serratia marcescens (enterobacterium) by  microbiologist / visual artist Zachary Copfer.

“During my graduate research I invented a new medium that combines photographic process with microbiological practices. The process is very similar to darkroom photography only the enlarger has been replaced by a radiation source and instead of photographic paper this process uses a petri dish coated with a living bacterial emulsion.”

More bacteriography @ science to the power of art


Bacterial billboards from architect Liam Young

Leathal doilies from artist Laura Splan.

OS water boiler / Unfold


Water Boiler with a 3D printed ceramic filter by design studio Unfold, part of the Open Structures project.

“Coffee makers and water boilers are relatively simple machines, yet their workings are typically inaccessible to the user. Repair or even recycling becomes impossible: once the product ceases to function, it is rendered disposable. The OS Boiler explores an alternative approach to the design and production of these ubiquitous appliances. Based on the OS design principles, the WaterBoiler’s (completely disassembleable) design and transparent construction invites users to adapt, repair, and combine with existing OpenStructures components.”

“The limited complexity of the Boiler allows new partnerships to emerge that can adapt to the scale of production: a single unit designed as a DIY kit to one-thousand units produced in a collaboration of international suppliers and local manufacturers. Consistent application of simple and straightforward principles in design and production leads to an object that can evolve and adapt over time.”

The WaterBoiler was originally designed & composed by Jesse Howard in collaboration with Thomas Lommée It contains OS parts designed by Fabio Lorefice (3D printed adaptor piece)  and Unfold (3D printed ceramic waterfilter)

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