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Archtoyanie Sculpture Dancing Girl

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Inside Russia’s Surreal Summer Sculpture Festival

Archtoyanie Sculptures Towers

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It started with an army of snowmen. From there, Russian artist Nikolay Polissky moved on to a castle made of firewood and a 50-foot lighthouse made of branches. Soon, he launched the Archstoyanie festival and drew other artists and architects to the small town to the quiet, rural Kaluga region. But with over 40,000 visiting the sculptures of Polissky and company last year, the region is becoming a little less sedate. Given the fascinatingly surreal character of the festival’s sculptures and installations, it’s no surprise that more and more are flocking to Kaluga. See for yourself at Smithsonian.

Archtoyanie Sculptures Towers Light

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Inside The Shining Hotel: Real-Life Photos, Facts, And Fear

The Shining Hotel Maze

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In October 1974, ascendant horror writer Stephen King and his wife spent a night in a cavernous old hotel at the foot of the Colorado Rockies. With the winter barrage of snow and cold looming, the hotel was about to close for the season, leaving King and his wife as its sole guests. After eating in a grand yet empty dining room – with the chairs up on every table except his – and walking through the endless empty hallways, a new novel began to take shape in King’s mind.

That night, King had a terrifying dream about his son being chased through the hotel’s halls by a fire hose, and immediately after, he knew he had to write. “I got up, lit a cigarette, sat in the chair looking out the window at the Rockies,” he later said, “and by the time the cigarette was done, I had the bones of the book firmly set in my mind.”

That book, The Shining, introduced that hotel, the Stanley in Estes Park, Colorado, to an entirely new generation. Soon, this faded remnant of early 20th century high life was reborn as “The Shining hotel.” Once you step inside the Stanley, you realize just how much life both does and does not imitate art:

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Pablo Picasso “Draws” With Light

Pablo Picasso is perhaps best known for the thousands of mind-bending scenes he created with paint, but his comparatively less-known light “drawings” are as worthy of consideration.

In 1949, Albanian-American photographer Gjon Mili visited the 68-year-old Picasso in Vallauris, France and showed the Cubist artist some photos he had taken of ice skaters who had jumped in the air with lights attached to their skates.

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Shocking Images From The Tianjin Explosions

Tianjin Explosion Fire

Fire and smoke soar into the skies of Tianjin.

On August 13th, a rash of violent explosions tore through Tianjin, China, leaving at least 50 dead and hundreds injured, according to state-run news outlet Xinhua.

Hours later, those alive are coping with massive amounts of destruction: chemical odors penetrate the air; smoke replaces sky, and countless homes and vehicles are in states of colossal disrepair in the Chinese port city. See photos of the explosion and aftermath below:

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Red Fire

Firefighters at the scene of the explosion. Source: Reuters/China Daily

Row Smoulders

Parts of Tianjin resemble a smoke-filled wasteland. Source: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Smoke Explosion

State media reports that at least 44 people are dead and over 500 are injured more than 500. Source: STR/AFP/Getty Images

City Explosion

Smoke escapes a pile of shipping containers and makes its way to surrounding areas. Source: Reuters/Stringer

Car Skeleton

Rows of brand new cars (seen here) were incinerated due to the explosion. Source: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Tianjin Explosion Line Of Cars

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Car Hood

Brand new cars parked in Tianjin port are seen badly damaged at the site of the massive explosions in Tianjin on August 13, 2015. Enormous explosions in a major Chinese port city killed at least 44 people and injured more than 500, state media reported on August 13, leaving a devastated industrial landscape of incinerated cars, toppled shipping containers and burnt-out buildings. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO Source: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Row Of Cars

Row after row of hollowed-out cars await their scrapped fate. Source: Reuters/Jason Lee

Tianjin Explosion Spraying Hose

Firefighters combat the blaze at a parking lot at the Binhai new district. Source: Reuters/Stringer

Rescuers

Rescuers in a van near the site of the explosions. Source: Reuters/Stringer

Tianjin Explosion

A firefighter receives treatment at a hospital following the explosions in Binhai new district. Dozens of firefighters are missing. Source: Reuters/China Daily

Tianjin Explosion Injured Man

State media reports that over 500 people were hurt following the explosions. Source: Reuters/Stringer

Tianjin Explosion Medical Aid

Medical workers attend to the injured. Source: Reuters/Stringer

Tianjin Explosion Binahi

Container boxes are shrouded in smoke. Source: Reuters/Jason Lee

Aerial Car

Shattered wall tiles and window parts cover a damaged car at the site of the Tianjin explosions. Source: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Tianjin Explosion Scattered Vehicles

Not even vehicles under bridges were safe from the explosion. Source: Reuters/Stringer

Sleeping Table

A man naps at a primary school dining hall, which following the explosions has been converted into a shelter for those living nearby. Source: Reuters/Jason Lee

Tianjin Explosion Cleanup

Many have been displaced since the explosion. Here, a man rests on a slide. Source: Reuters/Stringer

Tianjin Explosion Displaced

People wear gas masks to combat the smoke caused by the explosion. Source: Reuters/Stringer

Window Broken

The explosions impacted surrounding areas, as seen from this photo. From a broken apartment window, residents have a bird's eye view of the smoke and fire laying waste to Tianjin. Source: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Tianjin Explosion Ruined Building

The interior of an apartment damaged by the explosion. Source: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Tianjin Explosion Smoldering Metal

A Tianjin residents takes a photo of the explosion's effects. Source: Reuters/Stringer

Ruined Bus

A damaged fire truck at the site of the Tianjin explosions. Source: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Damaged Car

Another damaged car at the site of the Tianjin explosions. Source: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Tianjin Explosion Under Bridge

Source: Reuters/Stringer

Tianjin Explosion Cleanup Brooms

Workers attempt to clean debris from the explosion site. Source: Reuters/Stringer

Tianjin Explosion Motorcycle

Smoke billows above the city. Source: Reuters/Stringer

Tianjin Explosion Shipping Containers

A closer view reveals mountains of damaged containers. Source: Reuters/Stringer

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