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This is how the late artist Shigeo Fukuda described graphic art design. Whimsy was an important part of his creative spirit, and he sought to mesmerize if not downright confuse. Shadow art was part of his repertoire, as it is that of artists Kumi Yamashita, Larry Kagan and the studio of Tim Noble and Sue Webster. Just look at the amazing effects these artists get by casting light at the right angle on a variety of mediums from wire, found objects, and sculpture.

Larry Kagan, one of the shadow artists, muses that when the light is off , viewers think they’re simply looking at abstract art. When the light comes on, they laugh. Have you ever tried manipulating light and shadow in such ways? Akin to throwing shadow puppets on the wall, this takes it to an extraordinary level.

Astounding images aren’t they? An amazing amount of vision, imagination, time and patience must go into creating such artwork.

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Most of you probably haven’t been born when artist Scott Weaver started working on his incredibly complex kinetic toothpick sculpture, “Rolling through the Bay”, 35 years ago. The elaborate sculpture is comprised of multiple “tours” that move pingpong balls through neighborhoods, historical locations, and iconic symbols of San Francisco, all recreated with a little glue, some toothpicks, and an incredible amount of ingenuity. He admits that there are several toothpick sculptures even larger than his, but none has the unique kinetic components he’s constructed. Scott Weaver estimates he’s spent over 3,000 hours on the project.

I have used different brands of toothpicks depending on what I am building. I also have many friends and family members that collect toothpicks in their travels for me. For example, some of the trees in Golden Gate Park are made from toothpicks from Kenya, Morocco, Spain, West Germany and Italy. The heart inside the Palace of Fine Arts is made out of toothpicks people threw at our wedding.

This is a collection of the most amazing, gorgeous and magnificent bridges in the world. Sometimes it is unbelievable, how human could build these enormous constructions.  Check this out and tell us which one you would like to cross the first.

Akashi Kaikyo bridge (Japan)

The Akashi-Kaikyō Bridge or “Pearl Bridge”, has the longest centralspan of any suspension bridge,  at 1,991 metres (6,532 ft).

The two main supporting towers are 282.8 m (928 ft)  above sea level.  There are more than 300,000 kilometres (190,000 mi) of wire used in steal cables: each cable is 112 centimeters (44 in) in diam eter and contains 36,830 strands of wire.

This magnificent “Pearl Bridge” cost more than 500 billion yen and is being used by 23 000 cars per day.

Magdeburg water bridge (Germany)

The Magdeburg Water Bridge is a navigable aqueduct in Germany that connects the Elbe-Havel Canal to the Mittelland Canal, and allows ships to cross over the Elbe River. At 918 meters, it is the longest water bridge in the world.

Millau Viaduct (France)

The Millau Viaduct in France is the world’s tallest vehicular bridge. It is 2,460 m long, 32 m wide & 343 m high. In 2004, after 17 years of planning and work, it was finally completed and formed the missing link in the A75, connecting Paris and Perpignan. Construction cost was approximately €400 million

Oresund bridge (Sweden – Denmark)

Oresund Bridge linking Denmark with Sweden is the longest road and rail bridge-tunnel in Europe. The bridge runs nearly 8 km (5 miles) from the Swedish coast to the artificial island of Peberholm, which lies in the middle of the strait. The remainder of the link is by tunnel from Peberholm to the Danish island of Amager.

Royal Gorge bridge (USA, Colorado)

The Royal Gorge Bridge is a tourist attraction near Cañon City, Colorado. The bridge is 955 feet (291 m) above the Arkansas River,  and held the record of highest bridge in the world from 1929 until 2001, when it was surpassed by the Liuguanghe Bridge in China.

Lake Pontchartrain bridge (USA, Louisiana)

The Lake Pontchartrain bridge  consists of two parallel bridges crossing Lake Pontchartrain in southern Louisiana, United States. The longer of the two bridges is 23.83 miles (38.35 km) long. Since 1969 it was in Guinness World Records as the longest bridge over water in the world

Khaju bridge (Iran)

Khaju Bridg is the finest bridge in the province of Isfahan, Iran.  It was built in 1650 C.E. by the Persian Safavid king, Shah Abbas II , on the foundations of an older bridge. The existing inscriptions suggest that the bridge was repaired in 1873.

Henderson Waves bridge (Singapore)

Henderson Waves  is a 274-metre (899 ft) long pedestrian bridge.  It is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore raised at 36 metres (118 ft) above Henderson Road. It connects Mount Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park.

Every person have heard saying that every snowflake is unique, but not every person can imagine the deepest beuty inside them. That’s exactly what the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Maryland did with a low temperature scanning electron microscope.

Now you are wondering, what they have found in this small piece of frozen ice crystal? Then, you must see these images and look at the structure of snow crystals in all shapes and configurations. Some of them look like alien architecture from a distant world, but everyone agrees that the shapes just get crazier and crazier.

Take a look, enjoy and after all, we are all not tired of snow just yet, right?

Artist Rashad Alakbarov from Azerbaijan uses suspended translucent objects and other found materials to create light and shadow paintings on walls. The best part is that you can easily create something similar at home – all you need is one or two lamps and some items from your desk.

The stunning light painting below, made with an array of colored airplanes has found its way to exhibitions like the Fly to Baku at De Pury Gallery in London.

Above the cloud with its shadow is the star with its light. Above all things reverence thyself.