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Spain’s Human Towers: Where You Must Step On People To Get Ahead

If 15 minutes of TV news watching has left you doubting humanity’s ability to work together toward achieving a common goal, Spain’s human tower competition might just change your mind.

Every other October, hundreds of people in Tarragona, Spain come together to form castells — Catalan for the word “castles” — that reach more than 30 feet into the Spanish skies in a competition called the Concurs de Castells.

Castellers Human Spiral

Source: Maptia

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You’ve Never Seen Street Art Like This Before

In 2013, Broken Fingaz–a street art group composed of four young people from Haifa, Israel–took to Querétaro, Mexico in order to cover La Fábrica de Hércules in street art so astounding (and unsettling!) that it has to be seen to be believed.

As incredible is the artistic process’ translation to video–stop motion animation accompanied by the agitated, industrial sound of the Gaslamp Killer–seen in the feature above. The video, which explores themes of life, death and corruption was featured at the fifth annual CutOut Fest, an international animation festival. Enjoy!

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Russian Daredevils Take The Shenzhen Tower In China

Climbing one of the tallest structures in the world. Source: On The Roofs

In Shenzhen, China stands one of the tallest structures in the world– the tower atop the yet-unfinished Shenzhen Financial Center. A pair of Ukranian and Russian daredevils have taken to climbing it, to a height of 2,165 feet (660 meters), in this hair-raising, beautiful video.

Source: Vadim Makhorov & Vitaliy Raskalov

What We Love This Week, Volume CXXV

Underground Worker Railway China

A worker walks in the foundation of a new railway line in Yiwu, Zhejiang province, China, on May 21, 2013. Source: The Atlantic

What Goes On Underground

Cuncas Water Tunnel Brazil

A worker stands inside the Cuncas II tunnel that will link canals being built to divert water from the Sao Francisco river for use in four drought-plagued states in Brazil, near the city of Mauriti, Ceara state, on January 28, 2014. Source: The Atlantic

While we don’t, by and large, live underground, we do work, play, pray, celebrate, visit, smuggle, stockpile, and hide there. The work can be as primitive as mining for coal with donkeys and pickaxes in Pakistan or as sophisticated as unlocking the secrets of the universe at the Large Hadron Collider. The surroundings can be as claustrophobic as a gold-mining hole in the Ivory Coast barely wide enough for one person or as expansive as the 580 feet long, 256 feet wide, 82 feet high floodwater diversion chamber in Japan. For more singular scenes of the world below the earth’s surface, visit The Atlantic.

Batu Caves Thaipusam Underground

Hindu devotees gather at the shrine in Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur on February 3, 2015. Source: The Atlantic

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