Tag: art

He Rearranges Leaves, Sticks, Stones to Create Glowing Land Art

By Heather Callaghan, Editor A Scottish sculptor has harnessed both nature and art in a majestic and bittersweet collision. Andy Goldsworthy creates transitory works of “land art” by carefully arranging leaves, sticks, stones and other offerings from nature. It’s not often that you see someone willing to create art that can be washed away. Andy’s “transient and…

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Does Music Give You Chills? Your Brain is Different

By Aaron Kesel, Natural Blaze What It Means If You Are Sensitive to Music Here’s how music can affect your emotions and how some people are more sensitive to music than others. Matthew Sachs, a PhD student at USC published a study last year on music and neuroscience investigating people who get the chills from music proving their brains are…

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How Schooling Crushes Creativity

By Kerry McDonald How Schooling Crushes Creativity In 2006, educator and author Ken Robinson gave a TED Talk called, “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” At over 45 million views, it remains the most viewed talk in TED’s history. Robinson’s premise is simple: our current education system strips young people of their natural creativity and curiosity by shaping…

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Forget Coffins! Be Swirled Into Beautiful Glass Creations When You Die

By Organic and Healthy A company based out of Seattle ‘Artful Ashes,’ is helping people who are suffering from losing their loved ones who passed away by creating unique glass memorials. “These amazing pieces comfort your grieving, allowing you to hold and treasure your memories.” The ashes appear in a coiled pattern entwined with effervescent…

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Polluted Popsicle Art Sheds Light on Water Contamination

By Heather Callaghan, Editor Three Taiwan university students came up with a brilliant way to raise awareness about their polluted water reserves. By crafting real water samples into frozen popsicles that never melt because they fashioned them in resin. The dramatic array of colors and solids suspended in everyone’s favorite summer treat makes for an unsettling yet strangely…

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How Society Kills Your Creativity – In An Award Winning Pixar-Esque Short Film

By Organic and Healthy In our modern lives, we all have some idea what success is supposed to look like. Unfortunately, that often means creativity dies – because it doesn’t fit traditional models of success. As a team of Madrid-based animators, Daniel Martinez Lara and Rafa Cano Mendez, would like to remind us, however, that…

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Fractal patterns in nature and art are aesthetically pleasing and stress-reducing

Richard Taylor, University of Oregon Humans are visual creatures. Objects we call “beautiful” or “aesthetic” are a crucial part of our humanity. Even the oldest known examples of rock and cave art served aesthetic rather than utilitarian roles. Although aesthetics is often regarded as an ill-defined vague quality, research groups like mine are using sophisticated…

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Stop obsessing over talent – everyone can sing

By Steven M. Demorest, Northwestern University A Hungarian film titled “Sing” recently won the Oscar for best short film. “Sing” tells the story of young Zsófi, who joins a renowned children’s choir at her elementary school where “everyone is welcome.” Soon after joining, Zsófi is told by her teacher Erika not to sing, but only mouth…

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