Garden of Cosmic Speculation by Charles Jencks
Born in Baltimore on June 21, 1939, Charles Alexander Jencks is an American architectural theorist landscape architect and designer. His books on the history, Modernism and Postmodernism were widely read in architectural circles and beyond. In fact, he began working on his Garden of Cosmic Speculation in 1988, dedicating it to his late wife Maggie Keswick. Meanwhile, the beautiful garden contains a species of plants that are pleasurable to the eye, as well as edible. Just as Japanese Zen gardens, Persian paradise gardens, the English and French Renaissance gardens were analogies of the universe, the design represents the cosmic and cultural evolution of the contemporary world.
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Garden of Cosmic Speculation by Charles Jencks
One of the seven wonders of Russia, Poles of the Komi Republic, also known as Manpupuner rock formations. No one knows how long ago they were created, but for sure scientists know that only nature could create such a thing. Estimated age is 200 million years and their height is 42 meters at most (~140 feet.) According to a local legend, the stone pillars were once an entourage of Samoyeds giants walking through the mountains to Siberia in order to destroy the Vogulsky people. However, upon seeing the holy Vogulsky mountains, the shaman of the giants dropped his drum and the entire team froze into the stone pillars.
Stunning phenomenon of desert rivers
Located in California, the desert of Baja is below sea level, and the tides reach several meters. So, the water through the formed pools at low tide goes back into the ocean. Meanwhile, from above they resemble river basins. And river’s odd path creates a scene that resembles a work of art to an astute photographer. In particular, rivers form tree-like figures on the desert of Baja California, Mexico.
Inside the world’s largest stone forest
Isolated and inhospitable, this huge collection of razor-sharp vertical rocks looks like the last place where wildlife would thrive. The colossal ‘Grand Tsingy’ landscape in western Madagascar is the world’s largest stone forest, where high spiked towers of eroded limestone tower over the greenery. But despite its cold, dangerous appearance, the labyrinth of 300ft stones is home to a number of animal species, including 11 types of lemur. ‘The rocks themselves are really sharp, they stick up like giant steak knives. It is one of the most difficult places I’ve ever explored.’
Chlorophyll Prints by Binh Danh
According to Binh Danh, he deals with “mortality, memory, history, landscape, justice, evidence, and spirituality. He is an artist of national importance who investigates his Vietnamese heritage. Noteworthy, his technique incorporates his invention of the chlorophyll printing process, in which photographic images appear embedded in leaves through the action of photosynthesis. In particular, in this series, Binh Danh has recorded the images of the Vietnam War onto and into tropical plants. Meanwhile, all started one summer, when he became motivated to experiment with photosynthesis and its pigments. Particularly, after observing how grass changed color under a water hose that was left on the lawn. Soon after that, he began making chlorophyll prints.
Beautiful and dangerous jellyfish
Also known as jellies, or sea jellies, jellyfish, in fact, is a stage of the life cycle of Medusozoa. In addition, Medusa is another word for jellyfish. In particular, it refers to any free-swimming jellyfish life stages among animals in the phylum. Found in every ocean, jellyfish can live anywhere – from the surface to the deep sea. According to bilogists, Jellyfish have roamed the seas for at least 500 million years. And possibly 700 million years or more, and this makes them the oldest multi-organ animal.
Meanwhile, they have a moderately painful, but rarely fatal, sting. Accordingly, touching or being touched by a jellyfish can be very uncomfortable, and sometimes even requiring medical assistance. In fact, sting effects range from no effect to extreme pain to death. Noteworthy, even beached and dying jellyfish can still sting when touched.
The Blue Trees by Konstantin Dimopoulos
A performance, installation and social artist Konstantin Dimopoulos creates installations on social and environmental themes. In addition, his controversial public artwork includes “The Blue Trees”, about global deforestation. Meanwhile, in 2005 he received the Victoria Grant for his Blue Trees installation in Melbourne. However, Melbourne city Councillors prohibited the installation at the last minute. Besides, The Vancouver Biennale has invited him to create The Blue Trees as part of their performance art program in mid-2010.
Born in Egypt in 1954, Konstantin Dimopoulos now resides in Melbourne, Australia. According to the artist, these installations are his ‘voice’ about global issues, a visual platform to effect change.