What We Loved This Week: How 3,000 Condoms Become Art

This week’s top stories: An art installation made of 3,000 condoms, outrageous Instagram accounts of dangerous Mexican drug lords, the badass French soldiers now heading into Syria, street art that only appears in the rain, and world-famous monuments lit up for Paris.

Rio De Janeiro Paris Lights

Christ the Redeemer statue. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Image Source: The Atlantic

The World’s Greatest Monuments Light Up For Paris

Sydney Opera House Paris Lights

Sydney Opera House. Sydney, Australia. Image Source: The Atlantic

Following last week’s devastating terrorist attacks in Paris, countries around the world have shown their support. Some have made official state visits. Some have pledged military aid. And a great many others have made their most impressive landmarks and monuments come alive with the blue, white, and red of the French flag. From the pyramids at Giza to Dubai’s Burj al-Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, see more at The Atlantic.

Trafalgar Square Paris Lights

Trafalgar Square. London, England. Image Source: The Atlantic

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What We Love This Week, Volume CXLV

China Striped Mountains

Landforms at Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in Zhangye City. Danxia, which means “rosy cloud,” is a special landform formed from reddish sandstone that has been eroded over time into a series of mountains surrounded by curvaceous cliffs and many unusual rock formations. Image Source: The Atlantic

The Surreal Beauty Of China’s Rural Landscapes

China Sand Dunes

Tourists climb the Singing Sand dunes near the Crescent Moon Spring in Jiuquan. Image Source: The Atlantic

While many of China’s rapidly industrializing urban landscapes are blighted with unceasing pollution, its rural landscapes tell a different story. Situated northwest of the country’s most developed and densely populated areas, the Gansu province reveals the China of an earlier time–hillside monasteries, terraced rice fields, even remnants of both the Silk Road and the Great Wall of China. Furthermore, Gansu reveals China at its most stunning and singular: striking rock formations that burst forth from the ground, lush valleys covered in blossoms, honest-to-goodness rainbow-striped mountains. See more at The Atlantic.

China Terraced Fields Green

Terraced fields in Dingxi. Image Source: The Atlantic

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Photo Of The Day: “Starry Night” Painted In Bacteria

Starry Night Bacteria

Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night” painted in bacteria. Image Source: Facebook

Thick, distinguished brushstrokes of yellow orbs in a swirling blue sky over a quiet village. This is what defines Vincent van Gogh’s iconic painting “The Starry Night.” The texture of the oil on canvas is a distinctive part of the image, but Melanie Sullivan, a microbiologist from Missouri, has created a reproduction that replaced the oil and canvas with bacteria and petri dishes.

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