art [ahrt]:
the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.

2017 - The eye of Hurricane Jose over the Caribbean

Tidal pool on the Lofoten Islands in Norway

Dasht-e Kavir, the Great Salt Desert in Iran

Mantis Shrimp

Detail of Thomas Cole's The Voyage of Life: Childhood (1842)

Streets of Paris

2017 - Digitally constructed flag made from black smoke, by Irish conceptual artist John Gerrard

Mount Rundle is a mountain in Canada's Banff National Park overlooking the towns of Banff and Canmore, Alberta.

Yayoi Kusama - Infinity Mirrors

Spike Lee
“I’ve always been a firm believer that great art can change lives. I’m going to insist on believing that. I’ve had so many people come up to me and say my films have changed their lives already. You know, I went to Morehouse, and in 1988 when my film School Daze came out, people have come up to me and said, “Before that film I had never thought about going to college. I never knew there was such a thing as a black college.”

2017 - Chicago skyline

2017 - DC's Union Station

Ali Al-Karkhi inside one of the looted trains at Baghdad Central train station, Iraq

Mthuthuzeli Mtshange is 58 years old and worked in the gold mines for 35 years, South Africa

1892 - Gustave Dore - 'Paradiso Canto 31'

2017 - 'Ever Moving Forward Into Light', digital, by ascendingstorm

Wood under an electron microscope

2017 - One of the infinity mirror rooms in Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

12th century - Shri Yantra Mandala from the Satyayaniya Upanishads

Big Bend National Park at U.S.-Mexican border

2009 - Obama/Biden putting on the White House lawn

2016 - Graph of numbers connected by divisibility

Chinese coal plant worker

Bhutan's Gross National Happiness (Jonathan Harris)

2016 - 'Mandalas: Constructed & Reconstructed' Exhibit, Richard Carter

2010 - Oil leaking from BP's Deepwater Horizon wellhead, photo by Daniel Beltrá

2012 - Chicago skyline from across Lake Michigan in Indiana

‘Divine’ is another name for sacredness; the radiance, beauty, truth and goodness of God; the infinite love and cosmic intelligence of evolutionary creativity. We are drawn to the divine because it is our true nature, our own living centre of consciousness. Christ said, “The kingdom of Heaven is within.” The only place we will ever see God is in the divine imagination during the mystical experience, where the normal boundaries around our self-image begin to dissolve into a vast expanse of compassionate unity with all beings and things. Mohammad said, “To know oneself is to know Allah.” The oneself — the godself — is the transcendental witnessing presence alive in us, as us. The manifest world is a theophany, an appearance of God. Nature is sacred and everything is connected. We are each nodes of the infinite divine being of the cosmos.
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2016 - The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park is the largest hot spring in the United States

2016 - A composite of 12 images taken during the total solar eclipse from Tidore Island in Eastern Indonesia

“Jikka” tee-pee structure designed by Tokyo-based architect Issei Suma, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Installed in 2006, the rainbow-colored installation uses the windows in the upper portion of the 20-story spire to project whatever hue is ordered up by people via a smartphone app. Either standing on site or even through a streaming webcam, amateur painters of light who want to make their temporary mark on the Stockholm skyline can choose which floor they would like to color and then create a custom color using a mixable RGB interface. The tower's lights can be seen from all around southern Stockholm and the creators hope that the work can stand as a statement on the power of democracy and the power of the public."

2016 - 'Daisy Mountains', photo for NCAR show by Norman Koren

1991 - 'The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living', Damien Hirst

In a city where an empty plot of land is hard to come by, Mary Mattingly set her sights on the next best thing: water. Later this summer the New York-based artist will embark on an artistic journey like no other when she docks Swale, a floating food project, first in Governor’s Island, located off the southern tip of Manhattan, and later in Brooklyn and the Bronx. As Smithsonian's SmartNews reports, the 130-foot-by-40-foot floating “barge bursting with vegetables” functions as both a sculpture and a public service that provides fresh produce to the community. In her artist’s statement Mattingly writes, “At its heart, Swale is a call to action. It asks us to reconsider our food systems, to confirm our belief in food as a human right and to pave pathways to create public food in public space.”

2016 - Kanye West's Saint Pablo Tour

2016 - London-based artist Dan Kitchener's latest mural in the Lawrenceville area of Pittsburgh.

2016 - 30th annual Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

2015 - Shiki I x Sand Dune, Azuma Makoto

2016 - We Dream Of Networks, Jess Johnson, University of Edinburgh’s Talbot Rice Gallery

2016 - Album cover for Nahko and Medicine for the People's Hoka

1990-2013 - 125 meters of tiled steps, by Chilean painter Jorge Selarón

In 1990, Chilean painter Jorge Selarón began replacing the crumbling steps outside his Rio apartment with bright blue, green and yellow tiles—the colors of his adopted Brazil. Over time, he would add tiles he found at flea markets, sometimes purchasing one at a time as he was often out of money. As the project grew, he'd sell his own paintings to fund what was becoming an iconic landmark in the Lapa neighborhood.

When the project neared its completion in 1998, he decided he didn't want to finish. He began constantly replacing and updating tiles, eventually adding in his own painted tiles throughout the 215 steps. "This crazy and unique dream will only end on the day of my death," he said.

By the time he died in 2013, the project spanned more than 2,000 tiles, about 300 of which were hand-painted by Selarón. On the weekends, the steps are filled with busking musicians, couples walking their length and groups of friends hanging out on the many side spots along the 125-meter stretch of the painter's fantastical legacy.

2016 - Altiplano salt flats (Salar de Uyuni) in Bolivia at 11,800 feet, Daniel Kordan

2016 - Polyrhythmics album cover for Octagon

2016 - 'Magikarp and Gyarados', by Monarobot

Monarobot is a Mexican artist who has created a series of stunning Pokémon illustrations. All of the pieces in this series, titled Pokémayans, recreate popular Pokémon in a Mayan-influenced style.

“I’m from Chiapas, México, so I’m very familiar with the Maya culture, I find it really appealing and aesthetically interesting, and I love learning new things about it,” Monarobot told The Mindhut.

“When I first started doing the Pokémayans I had been wondering why no one seemed to draw inspiration from this culture, around that time plenty of artists I know were drawing their versions of Pokémon so I decided to give it a go with this new idea,” Monarobot continued.

'Trophy #6 -- Cerebus, The Guardian of the Gates of Hell', by David Freeman

'Hexagon Art', sewing thread and paint on fiberboard, by Jeff Richards

2014 - 'NWO' ('The people dependent on the beast and the beast dependent on the people.'), by Reginald Williams

2015 - 'High Orbit Space Telescope', collage by Reginald Williams

1459 - 'Saint Sebastian', Andrea Mantegna; ivy (eternal life after death); fig (salvation); emperor Diocletian condemned him for helping Christians

1612 - 'The Four Continents', Peter Paul Rubens; Europe woman with man (Danube), Africa woman with crocodile (Nile), Asia tiger (Ganges), America woman (Amazon)

1670 - 'The Four Elements', Jan van Kessel; water, fire, air, earth

1441 - 'Noli me tangere', Fra Angelico; Jesus carries spade (cross made of cypress, palm, cedar, olive); narcissus flowers (divine love) near Mary Magdalen (originally mistook him for a farmer)

994 - 'Adam and Eve and the Tree of Good and Evil', Codex Aemilianensis

2016 - 'Blue Steel' from Zoolander, Shepard Fairey, screen print

2015 - Shepard Fairey's Peace Series

1997 - 'Desert Breath', by the D.A.ST. Arteam, near the Red Sea in El Gouna, Egypt

2016 - Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone‘s “Seven Magic Mountains”, locally-sourced limestone in Nevada desert

2013 - 'Manifest', acrylic on canvas by DeLa

3rd Century B.C. - 'Be cheerful and live your life', Antioch/modern-day Hatay Province

Liquid crystal called PCH heated past 70 °C. Vance Williams’s group at Simon Fraser University.

1818 - 'Wanderer above the Sea of Fog', Caspar David Friedrich

1863 - 'The Rocky Mountains, Landers Peak', Albert Bierstadt

1948 - Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman in NYC (photo by Herman Leonard)

2014 - Pixar Poster by Risa Rodil

2014 - Pixar Poster by Risa Rodil

"Built from the bricks of the 1906 Curran Theater, the refurbished building is the only example of Art Deco style in the city. Art Deco derives from the large, flat surface forms of Egyptian and Mayan architecture, the geometric forms of the Cubists, the rich color usage of the Fauves, and the subjective forms of the Espressionists." (Boulder County: An Illustrated History, Noel & Corson, 1999)

Tulips in La Connor, Washington. Photo by Lynne Kelman.

The Musikverein, a renowned classical music venue in Vienna, Austria

2016 - by Australian illustrator Luke Choice/velvetspectrum (instagram)

2015 - by L.A. illustrator Jennet Liaw (instagram)

2016 - happy easter, Neil A. Stevens (instagram)

2016 - 'Spectral' by signalnoise (instagram)

"I think it's a great part of the community because it gets children reading; I think its essential for all children to read, because it gets your mind working and lets you use your imagination. There is something wonderful about having a physical copy of a book," Rosina said. "Every time someone says they are going to buy me a Kindle, I hit that person over the head."

Rafael Araujo

Rafael Araujo is a Venezuelan architect and illustrator (Golden Ratio Coloring Book) living in Caracas.

2010 - Oil leaking from Deepwater Horizon, aerial by Daniel Beltr

Greenland by Zaria Forman, soft pastels on paper

Aerial of Iceland by Sarah Martinet

2016: 'Field of Light Uluru', Bruce Munro

1968: 'Earthrise', from the Apollo 8 mission

"I feel that when people assert the end of storytelling, the death of movies, or that modern cinema is lacking compared to older films of previous eras, they are romanticizing the past and engaging in very selective memory. Adaptations, remakes, sequels, and reliance on brands and marketing have always been mainstays of the film industry, elaborate budgets in search of the next blockbuster that will amass a fortune can be found during any decade of film, and today's filmmakers continue to put out a large variety of high quality films that can compete with just about any year or decade or era of filmmaking in the past."

"Both artists and scientists strive, even if in different ways, toward the goal of discovering new uniformities or lawful regularities."
-Hermann Helmholtz, 1878

Washington, D.C. from Scott Kelly's #YearInSpace at the International Space Station

"Both artists and scientists strive to see the world in new ways, and to communicate that vision. When they are successful, the rest of us suddenly ‘see’ the world differently. Our ‘truth’ is fundamentally changed.

Both scientists and artists with nothing new to reveal are failures. Scientists and artists who cannot communicate their insights are failures. It takes both skills to make a successful scientist or artist. Scientists who can communicate but have nothing new to say are frauds and hype-sters. Artists with new views of the world but who cannot communicate them effectively are crackpot fringies."

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