This countdown took place in Berlin recently - they decided to further rid themselves of architectural reminders of the communist past, and thus blasted Berlin’s TV tower into space on a clandestine mission: watch it in higher-res here (made by Fabian Tischer).
Created by German and Russian craftsmen in the period 1701-1709, this incredible room in the Catherine Palace of Tsarskoye Selo near Saint Petersburg is often called the "Eighth Wonder of the World" - more info
"Shortly after the beginning of the German invasion of the Soviet Union in World War II, the curators responsible for removing the art treasures in Leningrad tried to disassemble and remove the Amber Room. Over the years the amber had dried out and become brittle, so that when they tried to remove it, the fragile amber started to crumble. The Amber Room was therefore hidden behind mundane wallpaper, in an attempt to keep Nazi forces from seizing it."
However, their ruse came unstuck and German soldiers disassembled the room, packing it in 27 crates for transportation to Königsberg in East Prussia, for storage and display in the town's castle. Then it mysteriously disappeared again (read the whole fascinating story here)
"In 1979 a reconstruction effort began at Tsarskoye Selo, based largely on black and white photographs of the original Amber Room. Financial difficulties to the project were solved with USD $3.5 million donated by the German company Ruhrgas AG. By 2003 the titanic work of the Russian craftsmen was mostly completed".
We dare you to carve a miniature house in its walls and, well, inhabit it. Ball's Pyramid is the peak of an undersea volcano (you can tell by the circular, jagged shape) and is located 13 miles south-East of Lord Howe Island, off Australia’s east coast. It is almost twice as high as the Empire State Building...
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Ugly "Ducklings" from Jurong Bird Park, Singapore
These pitiful little ones -
… will transform into gorgeous birds one day.
New Concept Art From the Massive Black Studio
See a lot more at their site, and also at this forum thread.
"In 2006 organizers in the town of Yonezawa, Japan, used computers to precisely plot planting of the four differently colored rice varieties that bring the images to life. (The murals in Inakadate, Japan, cover 15,000 square meters of paddy fields.)" (more info)
Also read our article "Vertical Grass Art" for all you ever wanted to know about grass-covered buildings - and even churches - as a form of art.
Another mad field creation, this time in normal grass:
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