Our imaginations are remarkable things. When we dream, our brains conjure up colorful cityscapes, carefully crafted characters and even entire worlds, the likes of which can only be found in fiction. But for Korean artist JeeYoung Lee, these fictions have found their real life home in a 3 x 6 meter room.
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When most think of Antarctica, polar bears and wintry blue and white images–certainly not green landmasses–likely come to mind. In all actuality, though, the South Pole is endowed with several non-ice landmasses and lacks any Coca-Cola swigging bears of any kind (you should come here for the penguins). Above is the otherworldly terrain of Barrientos Island, an ice-free part of the Shetland Islands, which was first visited by early 19th century sealers.
Philippe Pettit would have a field day. Ascending miles into the sky, a troupe of adventurous acrobats has used air balloons and a high line to create the first completely movable high line. Watch as they attempt to cross it. That is, if you can stomach it.
Conceived in 1569 as an aid to maritime navigation, Flemish cartographer Gerardus Mercator’s “Mercator projection” has skewed our perceptions of the world in which we live for centuries. While the linear scale is equal, it distorts the size and shape of large objects, stretching the poles to the point that the projection is practically unusable beyond 70 degrees north or south.
By using rhumb lines, or lines of constant compass bearing that are good for direction, the Mercator projection became the standard mental and projection map for most seafaring Westerners, inflating the size–and potentially egos–of colonial powers over time. While it has long been shown that the Mercator projection distorts rather than projects geographical truths, it still appears from time to time in classrooms, textbooks, and a Mercator variation is still used by Google Maps, Bing Maps, Mapquest and Yahoo Maps in online street mapping. Thankfully, the Mercator myths have been dispelled by the folks at Business Insider with these incredible map overlays.
Utilizing footage taken from Bangkok, Pai, Mae Hong Son and the Thailand/Myanmar border region, Justin Heaney recreates the volatile and visceral experience that is a trip to Thailand for viewers the world over.
In Lake Kaindy, trees poke from the water’s surface like misplaced toothpicks, presenting an intriguing portrait for visitors and tourists. This incredible sunken forest was created in 1911 as a byproduct of the 7.7 magnitude Kebin earthquake. The earthquake, which destroyed more than 700 buildings, triggered a massive limestone landslide that formed a natural dam. Over time, rainfall and water flowed into the area, covering the trees that grew there.