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Shattered Sunsets

Shattered Sunsets
This week: Shattered sunsets, an M.C. Escher-inspired video game, and Blu on the streets of Italy.
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Photographs of Sunsets as Reflected through Shattered Mirrors by Bing Wright

Broken Mirror/Evening Sky is a series of images by New York photographer Bing Wright who captured the reflections of sunsets on shattered mirrors. The final prints are displayed quite large, measuring nearly 4′ across by 6′ tall, creating what we can only imagine to be the appearance of stained glass windows. The series was on view early this year at Paula Cooper Gallery.

New Underwater Ink Plumes Photographed by Alberto Seveso

Photographer Alberto Seveso just released a new series of ink plumes photographed underwater against a black background titled Blackground. Seveso was also kind enough to let us use an image from Blackground as part of small Colossal design refresh for the next few months.


Cherry Blossoms over the Meguro River in Tokyo

Every year tourists flock to Japan to capture the annual blooming of cherry blossoms, an event so thoroughly documented you can find online calendars that estimate the precise moment to visit each city around the country to catch the trees in full bloom. For Tokyo the optimal time must have been late last week when photographer Noisy Paradise snapped this breathtaking shot at dawn over the Meguro River.

Step Inside an Interactive M.C. Escher Drawing with Monument Valley

The hype surrounding the new iOS game Monument Valley by ustwo has been almost impossible to ignore the last few days. The hype is justified, Monument Valley is simply unlike any game that has come before it. Heavily influenced by the drawings of M.C. Escher, the game is so aesthetically beautiful the developers include an in-game camera that lets you take pictures you can share as you play. On top of all of that, it's brilliantly fun!

Video of a Man Walking Backwards through Tokyo Played in Reverse

The first thing that strikes you when watching this video of a man walking through Tokyo is that every other person in the entire clip is walking backward. The opposite of which is actually true: the man, Ludovic Zuili, is the one walking backward but the video is being played in reverse. This is actually a short preview of a 9-hour film that was aired in its entirety in France called Tokyo Reverse.

New Murals from Blu on the Streets of Italy

Over the last year artist Blu has dropped a number of killer murals in several Italian cities, most recently in Niscemi where he created the three-story piece above depicting a military figure playing a weaponized xylophone. Despite the extreme visual density present in Blu's latest works, it's impossible to miss his perspective on contemporary society from his skewering of religion and consumerism to his distaste for war and injustice.

360° Panoramic Video Creates the Illusion of a Man Riding a Bike around a Tiny World

German photographer and journalist Jonas Ginter created a sweet panoramic camera rig using 6 GoPro cameras that he mounted above his bicycle and car. The resulting video makes it appear as though he's pedaling around a tiny world.

New in the Colossal Shop: Grass Leaf Pens by Zeup

Take your writing back to its roots. The Grass Leaf Pen from Zeup Design Studio makes writing feel completely natural. Not only does it look like a blade of grass, but as you're using it the upper portion sways left and right, as if being brushed by a mild breeze. The pen's silicone coating makes for excellent grip and the grass leaf shape is remarkably comfortable in your hand. Available in three colors, all pens write in black ink.

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