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The First Video of an Extremely Rare Jellyfish Captures Its Striped Tentacles and Spotted, Pulsing Body

The First Video of an Extremely Rare Jellyfish Captures Its Striped Tentacles and Spotted, Pulsing Body

Highlights below. For the full collection .There have been only two documented sightings of the elusive Chirodectes maculatus, a large, soccer ball-sized jellyfish with distinct spotted markings, the second of which was captured late last year by divers from . In what is believed to be the first recording, the video shows the extremely rare animal, which has four clusters of striped tentacles, rings covering its body, and a pulsing patch of red on its bell that’s likely a digestive cavity, as it swims near the coast of Papua New Guinea.Researchers the specimen in 1997, although they didn’t...

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The James Webb Telescope Captures Jupiter's Rings and Brilliant Aurora in Two Stunning Composites

The James Webb Telescope Captures Jupiter's Rings and Brilliant Aurora in Two Stunning Composites

Highlights below. For the full collection .Image courtesy of NASA, ESA, Jupiter ERS Team, processing by Ricardo Hueso (UPV/EHU) and Judy SchmidtIt’s been two months since NASA unveiled captured by the exceptionally powerful , and a pair of new composites taken by the observer’s infrared NIRCam showcase Jupiter’s aurora and unique characteristics in similarly striking detail.Against a dark backdrop filled with hazy dots that are likely distant galaxies, the wide view features two of the planet’s moons, Amalthea and Adrastea, and its rings. According to the European Space Agency, which...

Aug 24
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Vintage Baubles and Foliage Encircle the Enchanting Glass Dioramas of Artist Amber Cowan

Vintage Baubles and Foliage Encircle the Enchanting Glass Dioramas of Artist Amber Cowan

Highlights below. For the full collection .“Fountain with Fans in River and Jade” (2022), flameworked American pressed glass, mixed media, 
22 x 19 x 6 1/2 inches. All images courtesy of Heller Gallery, shared with permissionIn her solo show Gathering the Sky, Mining the Milk,  emphasizes the legacy of color. Through intricately layered dioramas of pressed glass, the Philadelphia-based artist explores the histories of lavender, jade, and opaque white. Her assemblages meld custom and found pieces sourced from primarily defunct factories in the United States, many of...

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Vintage Typewriters Are Reassembled into Amazing Metallic Bird Sculptures by Jeremy Mayer

Vintage Typewriters Are Reassembled into Amazing Metallic Bird Sculptures by Jeremy Mayer

Highlights below. For the full collection .All images © Jeremy Mayer, shared with permissionchallenges the notion that typewriters’ creative output is confined to the written word. The artist scours shops and trash bins near his Bay Area studio for analog processors in disrepair that he then disassembles, sorts, and reconstructs into metallic sculptures. His include symmetrical assemblages, anatomical recreations, and an ongoing series of birds, the most recent of which are shown here. Mayer builds every piece solely from original parts rather than soldering or gluing, and some sculptures,...

Jun 9
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Artist Simone Leigh Embodies Self-Determination in the Historic 'Sovereignty' at the Venice Biennale

Artist Simone Leigh Embodies Self-Determination in the Historic 'Sovereignty' at the Venice Biennale

Highlights below. For the full collection .Background: “Façade” (2022), thatch, steel, and wood, dimensions variable. Foreground: “Satellite” (2022), bronze, 24 feet × 10 feet × 7 feet 7 inches. All images courtesy of the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery, by Timothy Schenck, © Simone Leigh“To be sovereign is to not be subject to another’s authority, another’s desires, or another’s gaze but rather to be the author of one’s own history.” This conviction founds , the artist’s new body of work created for the U.S. Pavilion of the 2022 Venice Biennale. is the first Black woman to be awarded the...

May 3
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Garments of Grass and Flowers by Jeanne Simmons Fuse Bodies to the Landscape

Garments of Grass and Flowers by Jeanne Simmons Fuse Bodies to the Landscape

Highlights below. For the full collection .“Grass Cocoon” (2018). All images © Jeanne Simmons, shared with permission“When we spend a lot of time in a place, and if we are paying attention, a kind of intimacy develops,” says . The artist, who’s based in the Pacific Northwest, grounds her practice in this sense of familiarity and ease with her surroundings. “We come to know the plants that grow there and the critters that roam there… We may even begin to feel that we ourselves have become part of that place, and it is this feeling that sustains and inspires me.”After gathering natural...

May 18
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In 'Forothermore,' Artist Nick Cave Harnesses the Power of Beauty and Art to Inspire Change

In 'Forothermore,' Artist Nick Cave Harnesses the Power of Beauty and Art to Inspire Change

Highlights below. For the full collection .Soundsuits. All photos by Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago, shared with permissionFrom floral Soundsuits and found-object sculptures to a multicolor web of millions of pony beads, Forothermore surveys the 30-plus-year career of artist . The retrospective, which draws its name from “forevermore” and “for others,” opened last week at the in Chicago and captures both the evolution and mainstays of the artist’s practice. Cave spoke with Colossal in ahead of the show, saying, “Why now, why now this moment, why this exhibition, why this survey, and who is it...

May 17
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A Vibrant Coral Ecosystem of Thousands of Crocheted Sculptures Confronts the Climate Crisis

A Vibrant Coral Ecosystem of Thousands of Crocheted Sculptures Confronts the Climate Crisis

Highlights below. For the full collection .Detail of “Baden-Baden Satellite Reef.” All images courtesy of Museum Frieder Burda, shared with permissionreleased this week by an Australian agency says that the 1,400-mile Great Barrier Reef has undergone its sixth mass bleaching. About 91 percent of the brightly colored marine ecosystems were affected by this most recent catastrophe, which occurs when water temperatures rise. Disasters like this are becoming more frequent as the climate crisis intensifies, prompting artists like and Wertheim to respond with striking displays of what could be...

May 12
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Six Years In the Making, the Elaborate 'Grand Jardin' by Lisa Nilsson Pushes the Boundaries of Paper

Six Years In the Making, the Elaborate 'Grand Jardin' by Lisa Nilsson Pushes the Boundaries of Paper

Highlights below. For the full collection .“Grand Jardin” detail (2016-2022). Image © Lisa Nilsson. All images courtesy of the artist, shared with permission() has spent years perfecting a technique known as  in which thin strips of paper are rolled into coils and then pinched and nudged into shape in a process she likens to completing a puzzle. With a history thought to extend back to Ancient Egypt, the practice rose to more recent popularity in 18th century Europe. Narrow edges of gilt book pages were a popular material, creating metallic surfaces when rolled into place. In her most...

May 16
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The Ocean Cleanup Conceptualizes Its Third Massive Apparatus to Remove Trash from the 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch'

The Ocean Cleanup Conceptualizes Its Third Massive Apparatus to Remove Trash from the 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch'

Highlights below. For the full collection .Sadly known as the , a wide swath of ocean between the U.S. coast and Japan is an enormous vortex of trash. A gyre, or system of currents, surrounds the area and sucks debris and litter into its rotation, trapping hundreds of millions of kilograms of plastic waste within its 20 million square kilometers.Back in 2018, engineered a slow-moving apparatus called  designed to wade through the patch to retrieve garbage with a massive net. The nonprofit, which wants to remove 90 percent of floating plastic by 2040, is now...

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