Rain mural

Eduardo Souto de Moura Paula Rego museumExterior view of the Paula Rego Museum in Cascais, after a storm. The diagonal, board-formed concrete facade causes the rain to dry in a distinct tree-like pattern, mimicking the nearby plantings. Designed by Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura

Image by photographer Pedro Kok, via subtilitas

previously: Charter Oak

The way of light / Pavel Curagau

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Charcoal drawing on canvas titled Drumul luminii aka The way of light, by Moldovan artist Pavel Curagau.

Coat tree

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Free standing Coat Tree rack made of powder coated steel, weighted at the bottom, so it can hold many items, created by Eddy & Grice, aka sculptor Oliver Hayles and ceramicist Sophie Woodrow.

Branch bed / Jan Kochanski

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Branch is a easy to set up suspended tent / bed by product designer Jan Kochański.

Branch doesn’t take a lot of space in your backpack. The user doesn’t have to take extra mattress because the suspension protects from moisture and cold. Setting up the tent takes few seconds. All you need to do is pick up the tree and put the rubber band around the trunk on high that you want to spend night on. The band tied on 225 cm from the ground (average range of hands) gives 50 cm from the bottom of the tent to the ground. After the band is tied up on the tree the base of the tent has to be prepared to suspend. All the construction parts are sew in the material so it’s easier to set it up. After the bed is done the tent has to be suspended on the band.

Previously: Backpack Beds by Tony & Lisa Clark

Garden Tree House / Hironaka Ogawa

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Extension of a family house in Kagawa, Shikoku island by Japanese architect Hironaka Ogawa.
The two monumental trees acting as main structural columns, were originaly cut down from this site in order to make space for the new house.

Photos by Daici Ano  via spoon & tamago

spy tree

An artificial steel tree, used as a disguising observation post, during World War I, by the Germans. The “Baumbeobachter” literally meaning “tree observer” was “a mimetic representation of a tree—and not just any tree, but a particular tree at a specific site”.

For the fake tree to blend in, a real tree in the wood was carefully studied and photographed. A realistic looking replica was made in the German camouflage workshops behind the lines. One night the real tree was felled and this tree was erected in its place. This was done under the cover of artillery fire so the noise of their work would be drowned out.


The tree’s base was sunk into the ground. It had an entrance that was concealed. The German soldier would have entered at the base and climbed up a ladder, bolted to the interior of the steel tube. Near the top there was a -not so confy as you can see below – steel seat for the soldier to sit on and three viewing holes for him to observe over the enemy’s positions.

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s is for superstorm

Profile picture by Reddit user Nirnroot, compliments of hurricane sandy.
Found here.

Charter Oak

Rain activated mural on a brick wall of an abandoned synagogue, in Hartford, Connecticut, designed by sculptor Adam Nilewicz. The enormous design of the famous Charter Oak, a painting by Charles DeWolf Brownell, appears when the wall becomes wet from the rain -or a sprinkler system- and disappears once dry.

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