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Visual of More than Fake Nature: The Surprising Sociology of Museum Taxidermy

More than Fake Nature: The Surprising Sociology of Museum Taxidermy

The greatest taxidermy in the world reveals a great deal about our changing notions of nature.

Visual of Fake Nature Meets Real Nature

Fake Nature Meets Real Nature

Real pigeons in a fake tree.

Visual of Fake Nature can Prevent Climate Change

Fake Nature can Prevent Climate Change

Scientists are working on an ingenious approach to carbon capture that will enhance the way plants isolate carbon dioxide from other emissions in order to contain it.

Visual of Food sculpture

Food sculpture

Culture becomes nature. Food as well. Check it out here

Visual of Genetologic Research

Genetologic Research

Another peculiar image by Maarten Vanden Eynde .

Visual of Reconstructing nature

Reconstructing nature

Visual of Straw plague

Straw plague

Visual of Underground animals

Underground animals

The Animals, made up using tube lines, stations and junctions on the London Underground map. I like these because it makes such a complex system really personal and funny. Watch …

Visual of We Love You Lucy

We Love You Lucy

Lucy the Margate Elephant is a New Jersey landmark built in 1881. Pilgrims came from all around to gaze in wide wonder at the Elephant god (after gambling). The back of this …

Visual of Compubeaver


Compubeaver by Kasey McMahon "I am interested in the way we interact with nature. As we become increasingly reliant on technology, we become disconnected from our natural …

Visual of Moon Tanning?

Moon Tanning?

Feel unhappy? Little depressed? Headaches? Why not try a little trip to de Arizona desert? Richard Chaplin built the Interstellar Light Collector. As is often the case, tragedy …

Visual of A Touchable, Moss-Covered Keyboard

A Touchable, Moss-Covered Keyboard

Designer Robbie Tilton's keyboard replaces the impersonal metal of a keyboard with lush imitation moss and wooden keys. Though it's a good example of fake nature , Tilton's …

Visual of These robotic flowers are attracting bees

These robotic flowers are attracting bees

It is trying its very best to stay hidden: but would you be fooled by its fake nature ? This synthetic pollinizer, a conceptual project by artist Michael Candy , may intuitively …

Visual of A Model's Body

A Model's Body

Dutch photographer Koen Hauser blends parts of the human body with parts from anatomical models. You know, the ones you had in biology class and gave you this fine colorful …

Visual of Anabukin-chan


This is one of the weirdest things I ever saw... It's a commercial for a construction company. The text goes a little bit like this: Anabukikonten is "Anabuki Construction Co." …

Visual of Artificial Island Dubai

Artificial Island Dubai

On the first day, Dubai created the palm...

Visual of Artificial island Dubai #2

Artificial island Dubai #2

On the second day, Dubai created the world...

Visual of Avian Android

Avian Android

Sculpture, android bird's voices, a mechanical reconstruction of organic life-forms, electronically controlled by Judith Fegerl Taking „The Chinese Nightingale", a tale of Hans …

Visual of Biosphere 2

Biosphere 2

Biosphere 2 is a manmade closed ecological system in Oracle, Arizona. Constructed between 1987 and 1989, it was used to test if and how people could live and work in a closed …

Visual of Evolution


From the street to the street. Watch the evolution of beauty here .

Visual of Fruit-flavoured Breathing

Fruit-flavoured Breathing

A group of manufacturers are selling canned oxygen. It comes in flavors and it's a bit like bottled water: a thing that you can get for free but might pay for anyway. But why …

Visual of Fruit Tape

Fruit Tape

Gummed tape with a fruit-like print on its surface. The tape reminds us of the feeling of peeling fruit when opening a box. A design for opening, rather than packaging. Designed …

Visual of Harddisk tree visualisation

Harddisk tree visualisation

Remember the beautiful sequoiaview harddisk visualisation posted a while ago? Above a more illustrative harddisk tree visualisation by professor Jack van Wijk. Branches are …

Visual of Kernwasser Wonderland

Kernwasser Wonderland

The construction of this nucleair powerplant near Kalkar (DE) started in 1973. After the build was finished, in 1991 it was decided not to use it for political reasons. The …

Visual of Park Buildings

Park Buildings

Seoul Commune 2026: Reconfiguring Towers in the Park, by the Korean office for architecture Mass Studies. I think in the future... buildings will grow.

Visual of pour des dents d'un blanc éclatant et saines

pour des dents d'un blanc éclatant et saines

Another peculiar image by jeroen diepenmaat

Visual of Projecting wildlife

Projecting wildlife

Carolina Sobecka released her tiger into the night, projected by a moving car. The animal's movements are programmed to correspond to the speed of the car. As the car moves, the …

Visual of Robot duck

Robot duck

More goose here

Visual of Semantic landscapes

Semantic landscapes

Semantic landscapes use the natural metaphore to visualize abstract data. The project above visualises different meanings of the word 'cold' in Biomedical patent documents.

Visual of Skinover


In "Dutch dress up" (a travelling exhibition of accesoires by 40 Dutch designers), Silvia B is presenting new glove-models showing a specific skin peculiarity. In general clothes …

Visual of Surreal toys

Surreal toys

These and more surreal toys / sculptures are collected by the Underground Beinart collective (Australia).

Visual of Topic Flowers

Topic Flowers

An online application that generates artificial flowers from text . Type in any sentence you like and it is being transformed to a fake flower. via information aestethics

Visual of Tropical Dome

Tropical Dome

The largest indoor beach in Europe, near Berlin.

Visual of USB Tanner

USB Tanner

Don't let the sun have the monopoly on making people love you more. Get the USB Desktop Tanning center and, in the comfort of your own cubicle, a scrumptiously golden tone can be …

Visual of Animal Logic

Animal Logic

Peculiar image of the week, by Richard Barnes .

Visual of Can crushing Frog

Can crushing Frog

Joyful recycling from Japan, comes this powerful frog that can crush cans! You can buy it from this Japanese store . A less whimsical can crusher can be found at Amazon for $20. …

Visual of Ceci n'est pas une Montagne

Ceci n'est pas une Montagne

  This is not a mountain, this is a building. Expedition Everest is a "themed roller coaster" attraction created by the imagineers of Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida. …

Visual of Crop Circles

Crop Circles

In the UK farmers recall simple circles appearing on their land for generations. The British media first reported on the circles in the early 1980s. By 1990 crop circles had …

Visual of Espace Pur

Espace Pur

Espace Pur by Marc Hottinger & Lucien Iseli (MID-ECAL) is an air ionizer that uses dust as pixels and that displays patterns thanks to it, in a very slow motion way. It cleans …

Visual of Flat Pets

Flat Pets

Here's an animal-friendly alternative for Tinkebells Cat Bag and it scares the crap out of mice! There's also an instant infant and a cuddly fish bowl . These cardboard-pets were …

Visual of Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls

Google Video is no longer in operation. Sorry for the inconvenience "It's a high form of masturbation" A RealDoll is a realistic life-size sex doll that cost more than an average …

Visual of Inversion / Tunnel house

Inversion / Tunnel house

This week's peculiar images: Let the forces of nature redecorate your house once in a while... Some think it sucks, others call it a rebirth ! via | Related posts: …

Visual of Ladybug cleans the Toilet

Ladybug cleans the Toilet

A bug that does the cleaning? This 1-meter (39-inch) tall, 1.35-meter (53-inch) long prototype robot ' named "Lady Bird" ' is designed to clean public restrooms at highway rest …

Visual of Little Trees - Smells to refresh your Car

Little Trees - Smells to refresh your Car

"ROYAL PINE", "VANILLAROMA", "NEW CAR SCENT", "WILD CHERRY". Which of these smelly little trees doesn't fit in the row? After careful consideration I decided the "NEW CAR SCENT" …

Visual of Manufactured landscapes

Manufactured landscapes

Edward Burtynsky is a photographer that makes pictures scarred or altered landscapes, changed by industrial activities. His work shows the disappearance of nature and the …

Visual of Natural light

Natural light

Products by 100%... to make the light in your house/office feel more natural.

Visual of Packet garden

Packet garden

Packet Garden is an experimental artwork that seeks to provide an alternative and accessible approach to visualizing daily internet use. Plants are also grown for each protocol …

Visual of Pleo - the resurrected robot dino

Pleo - the resurrected robot dino

Ever since Rosie from 'The Jetsons,' robots have been the next big thing, but the business case was never there. So far, companion robots have been a big flop in the market , but …

Visual of Robotarium - Zoo for Artificial Life

Robotarium - Zoo for Artificial Life

Robotarium X , the first zoo for artificial life, approaches robots very much in the way as we are used to look at life in old nature. We, humans, enjoy watching and studying …

Visual of Simulacra and Simulations

Simulacra and Simulations

The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth--it is the truth which conceals that there is none. The simulacrum is true. -Ecclesiastes If we were able to take as the …

Visual of Stump


This morning I found a tree stump in my laminate wooden floor?! Oh well, that's the peculiar object of the week, created by David Lefkowitz .

Visual of Victoria 4.0

Victoria 4.0

Victoria has great realism, perfect imperfections, and incredible ease of use. Based on live human models she is trying to close the gap between real life and models typically …

Visual of Wooden computing: Soo Natural

Wooden computing: Soo Natural

For the nostalgic office workers. Buy them here , or here .

Visual of Meatatarians


This ad is made by some people who claim that they eat only meat. Their establishment is called meatatarians/ . We have seen food fights , plants that eat insects, but we haven't …

Visual of Pet dreamhouse

Pet dreamhouse

Anyone can build the house of their dreams via The previous images are of course created for commercial purposes, but just take a look at the domestics below and …

Visual of Asus introduces scented laptops

Asus introduces scented laptops

Integrating nature in our technology. There are four different laptops: Floral Blossom (pink), which has a tropical, flowery scent; Musky Black (black), which incorporates a waft …

Visual of Back to Nature?

Back to Nature?

Now this is how you do it. First you take the meat of a hundred animals; chickens (19%), turkeys (17%). Secondly, you blend them in a large tank with water, mais, wheat, oil, fat, …

Visual of Bearbushka


Peculiar image of the week (can I, Koert?)

Visual of Ceci n'est pas une fleur

Ceci n'est pas une fleur

Remember the classical dadaist fountain of Marcel Duchamp – who placed an urinal inside an art gallery and proclaimed it was Art? San Fransisco based artist Clark Sorensen takes …

Visual of Corporate animal pattern laptop

Corporate animal pattern laptop

These photo's were send to us by reader Gordon Cohen, who decided he liked the corporate animal backdrop so much that he and his girlfriend had it laser etched on …

Visual of Elephant Artist

Elephant Artist

This weeks peculiar image was made by Elephant Artist Sri Siam at the Lamphang Elephant Camp in Thailand. It is hard to tell whether the elephants actually know what they are …

Visual of Evolving mouse

Evolving mouse

José E. Rivera emailed us this image of his strangely evolving mouse. We are clueless on what motives or evolutionary pressure a computer mouse might have to transform itself into …

Visual of Fake for Real: Ceci n'est pas une Montagne

Fake for Real: Ceci n'est pas une Montagne

Ask a child to draw a mountain and you will get something like the Matterhorn. The shape of this famous mountain, situated on the Swiss-Italian border in the Alps, is one of the …

Visual of Hyper Fish

Hyper Fish

While swimming in second life, India Leigh came across this cool lion fish. See also: Redefining Nemo , Augmented Fish Reality , Who wants to drive a fish? .

Visual of iDog


Or you could get an iDog. This electronic animal with musical sensibilities. It sits on your desk and sings along with the music you are playing. Dog haters don't need to worry; …

Visual of Inside-out suit

Inside-out suit

Adam and Eve are hitting the office-garden of Eden.

Visual of Is it a bird?

Is it a bird?

Benjamin Verdonck's Giant Nest in Rotterdam.

Visual of iWater


Somehow I feel there is some deeper meaning in this cheesy video. No? See also: Water in my Phone .

Visual of Banana Juice Box

Banana Juice Box

This Japanese Juice box is camouflaged from modern box designs and tries to convince consumers with its appealing 'natural' look. A schoolbook example of biomimicmarketing ; …

Visual of Lilium Urbanus

Lilium Urbanus

Lilium Urbanus is a collaborative senior thesis project by Anca Risca and Joji Tsuruga, recent graduates of SVA. Pretty cool to watch, the video is a metaphor of urban landscapes …

Visual of Lion and giraffe fooling around

Lion and giraffe fooling around

This is the peculiar image of the week, sorry Koert ; ) Excuse my crap quality.

Visual of Man Charged for Dumping Silicone Girlfriend

Man Charged for Dumping Silicone Girlfriend

Fifteen policemen rushed to the scene, after a couple reported to have bumped into a "corpse" while out walking their dog in a mountain forest in Izu, central Japan. The officers …

Visual of Mario meets Magritte

Mario meets Magritte

Super Mario and Rene Magritte mashed up for Dadaist delight. Available as a T-shirt . See also The surrealist were telling the truth .

Visual of Modernistic Chair

Modernistic Chair

In the category: Creativity with modernistic tree trunks . Created by the good people of Draw me a sheep , who with this project aim to explore today’s human relationship with …

Visual of Mutants


Mutants by Ricardo Portilho .

Visual of Observing Old Nature

Observing Old Nature

"At twilight, nature is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets." – Oscar wilde Picture by Noor Bongers , shot at Sedona, …

Visual of Popple


With her babybunnies series provocateur/artist/designer Tinkebell aims to provide an analysis of the consumptive attitude people have in relation to their pets. This latest work – …

Visual of Remember nature? Fake or real?

Remember nature? Fake or real?

Visiting the American Natural History Museum in New York, I pictured myself in about, let's say 150 years from now, trying to explain my younger family members what nature looked …

Visual of Robotic R)evolution

Robotic R)evolution

In 1921 the word "Robot" (meaning "labor") was introduced by Czech writer Karel ?apek . In his play "R.U.R." (Rossum's Universal Robots), robots seem happy to work for humans. …

Visual of Simulacra for Imposters

Simulacra for Imposters

“Transformation” is the title of the video by a group of bio–industrialists called Foster Farms . They also sell chicken products, but that’s just to fund their quest for fair …

Visual of Skeleton Mouse

Skeleton Mouse

This rather illustrative but nonetheless peculiar object of the week is for all you Goths out there. Surely Douglas Engelbart – who invented the computer mouse in 1967 – would not …

Visual of Some Kids Don't Like Chicken

Some Kids Don't Like Chicken

But they love dinosaur! Judge for yourself whether this dinosaur nugget product is supposed to give kids a history lesson on the evolutionary relation between dinosaurs and birds …

Visual of Space Station

Space Station

If you would have shown this picture to people 50 years ago, they might have imagined it to be one of those promised 21th century space stations encircling some alien planet in …

Visual of Sunny Coat

Sunny Coat

Fashion becomes nature down under. 24 Flashers were deployed throughout high traffic areas in chilly Sydney and Melbourne to promote sunny Queensland as a holiday destination this …

Visual of Teddy's Atonomy

Teddy's Atonomy

Wool sculptor Stephanie Metz researched the meaning of 'cute' through the morphology of some Teddy bear species. Related posts: PacMan's Scull | Animatus

Visual of The Love Boat

The Love Boat

This is Petra. In 2006 she fell in love with a peddle boat designed to look like a swan and has never left its side. In winter, when swans should be flying southwards, the peddle …

Visual of The peoples gardens

The peoples gardens

Volkstuintjes (or peoples gardens) might be a typical Dutch / European tradition, offering gardening space in urban environments in which people don't have their own gardens. It's …

Visual of Effects of citrus smell and mosquito noise

Effects of citrus smell and mosquito noise

Recently, two new inventions have been developed. One, the mosquito-buzzer produces a 5 or 6 KHz buzz, which is (or should be) only audible for people under 25 years old. A …

Visual of The Sun is Always Setting Somewhere Else

The Sun is Always Setting Somewhere Else

Image created by Lisa Oppenheim using images downloaded from the internet of sunsets taken by soldiers in Iraq, then positioned in front of the setting sun in New York. Via VVork .

Visual of Treetrunk Trashcan

Treetrunk Trashcan

The Nanputo Temple in Xiamen (Southeast China) is an oasis of quietness, religious practice and leisure for Chinese amidst the hustle and bustle of one of the fastest growing …

Visual of Untitled Sound Objects

Untitled Sound Objects

Pe Lang and Zimoun have created a range of sound objects, also referred to as the Untitled Sound Objects . These sound objects are mainly triggered by simple vibration motors, …

Visual of Wood of logo's

Wood of logo's

A wood of logo's. Installation created by Karl Grandin – yup, same guy made the wallpaper– at the powershow in Paradiso, Amsterdam 2005. See also: Animal Sweater .

Visual of A day in the Dutch dunes

A day in the Dutch dunes

Recently, I had a nice day in the Dutch dunes with the people of , who show the people behind blogs. We closely investigated the Scottish highland cattle that acts as …

Visual of A hermit crab in a glass house

A hermit crab in a glass house

Never thought I would ever empathize with a hermit crab. But somehow the 'situation' the creature is in, provides me with a feeling of recognition. According to this video marine …

Visual of A Society of Simulations

A Society of Simulations

An interviewer once asked Pablo Picasso why he paints such strange pictures instead of painting things the way they are. Picasso asks the man what he means. The man then takes out …

Visual of Another Skeleton Car

Another Skeleton Car

This one is kinda sporty! Again created by Jitish Kallat – this emerging indian artist must have a whole skeleton-automotive-industry in place by now? Related: Aquasaurus , …

Visual of Antenna Tree Mast Safari

Antenna Tree Mast Safari

This picture was taken in Zambia by Sarah Los (NL) while on wildlife safari . Every fairly trained "NextNature spotter" should be able to distinguish the cellphone-tree masts from …

Visual of Aquasaurus


This skeleton truck was dug up created by Jitish Kallat . Related: Skeleton mouse , Animatus , Pacman’s skull .

Visual of Artificial 'Trees' to Stop Climate Change

Artificial 'Trees' to Stop Climate Change

The fabrication of forests with artificial trees is one of the best strategies to stop climate change, according to scientists of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers . The …

Visual of Biomimicmarketed Strawberry Juice

Biomimicmarketed Strawberry Juice

Peculiar object of the week. See also Banana Juice box , Modernistic Watermelon , Cubic Fruit , How to grow an Orangina Bottle .

Visual of Caravan Garden

Caravan Garden

Let's do a quick poll here. What would you rather own if you could choose between a car or a garden? Kevin van Braak combined both symbols of freedom and domesticity into this …

Visual of Ceci n'est pas une Roche

Ceci n'est pas une Roche

I went to Disneyland and all I got was this lousy rock... Via | Related: Ceci n'es pas une Montagne | Summit of the Mount Everest On Tour | Treetrunk Trashcan | …

Visual of Deforestation in China threatens giant pandas

Deforestation in China threatens giant pandas

I found this ad very ironic; after killing the giant panda (by turning it into a logo) WWF is complaining that the Chinese are killing the living version of it. I wonder if they …

Visual of Deliver us from Skeuomorph Prosthetics

Deliver us from Skeuomorph Prosthetics

No, this is not another example in our fake for real series , comparing an artificial with a human hand. Rather, you are looking at twice the same hand: with and without its …

Visual of Digital Overruns Nature: Pixel Attack

Digital Overruns Nature: Pixel Attack

Apparently, camouflaging oneself with digital patterns rather than nature-imitated patterns functions as a better camouflage within "old-nature" situations. So the digital …

Visual of Do It Yourself Pet

Do It Yourself Pet

Image: A. Sidorov Have you ever fantasized about creatures which carry the biggest smile? Or creatures which are so deeply covered with fur that you wish they were real? Good …

Visual of Dolphin fitted with prosthetic fin

Dolphin fitted with prosthetic fin

Tyre manufacturing company has come to the rescue of Fuji the dolphin who was stricken by a mysterious life threatening illness and lost her fin. She caught a disease that begun …

Visual of Fun River Waterslide

Fun River Waterslide

"A clean river is a fun river." Peculiar ad by Related: Playing with Dry Water | Datafountain | A Future Love Story

Visual of High Line Park

High Line Park

On elevated unused traintracks the city of New York created a park. Nice work, makes me think of the unnatural nature of parks I visit sometimes. Typically, the park is designed …

Visual of Hollywood Nature

Hollywood Nature

For those who feel like the world is heading for economical malaise and financial disaster: cheer up! there's always a worse scenario. End sequence of our 2008 show in LA, by Luke …

Visual of How to Grow a Sneaker

How to Grow a Sneaker

No silly. Of course sneakers can't be grown from transforming Koi Karpers. This is merely an fictional piece by Yoske Nishiumi. But then again, do you have any idea where your …

Visual of Human garbage can

Human garbage can

Anthropomorphobic object of the week. Created by Sarah Hatch .

Visual of Inorganic Flora

Inorganic Flora

By highlighting the geometric and mechanical structure of flowers, computer graphics illustrator Macoto Murayama produced these beautiful renderings. These flowers must not be …

Visual of Josh Keyes

Josh Keyes

There is something about the work of Josh Keyes. He might be the Bob Ross of our generation. He has site.

Visual of Mountain Sofa

Mountain Sofa

Give in to your god-complex by sitting on this Mountain Sofa by Gaetano Pesce .

Visual of Norwegian forest cat on batteries

Norwegian forest cat on batteries

Robots are penetrating our homes... disguised as cats? On July 30, Sega Toys releases an el-cheapo simulation cat toy for robot cat lovers with allergies or pet-unfriendly …

Visual of Objects of Desire

Objects of Desire

Created by  Alex Sandwell Kliszynsk . Via Posthuman blues .

Visual of Platanus Guerilla

Platanus Guerilla

In this simple but effective guerilla poster action by Moiré , stacks and pillars were disguised as sycamore trees to give the streets of Tokyo that ever so natural look. …

Visual of Rain Choir

Rain Choir

All right I am the first to admit this thunderstorm imitation by the a Capella choir Perpetuum Jazzile isn't exactly what we had in mind when we started our discussion on 'the …

Visual of Rubber Duck XL

Rubber Duck XL

This gigantic rubber duck was created by artist Florentijn Hofman and is currently traveling around the world. Unsure how the over-sized bird is related to our explorations in …

Visual of Steam Horse

Steam Horse

This remarkable proposal for a steam powered street locomotive was invented by Mathewson in 1876. According to the inventor the goal was to make a machine resembling a horse in …

Visual of Stockholm Underground

Stockholm Underground

Subway stations are usually designed in a clean and modernistic style in order to make people forget they are traveling deep underground. How different in the Stockholm subway, in …

Visual of Suffering from Anthropomorphobia?

Suffering from Anthropomorphobia?

Anthropomorphobia is the fear of acknowledging qualities we wish to consider only human in non-human things. Sufferers from the condition used to have trouble mostly at fairs or …

Visual of Sunflowers – electric gardening

Sunflowers – electric gardening

A retail lot in Austin, Texas recently sprouted a field of solar photovoltaic sunflowers that soak up the sun’s rays to provide shade while generating a steady stream of …

Visual of Skin Suit

Skin Suit

The general assumption about sports, is that it's healthy to exercise for a fit and nicely-shaped -- perhaps muscular body. Such a body could be a sign of good health and is being …

Visual of The naturalness of travelling with a Jeep

The naturalness of travelling with a Jeep

GPS is not the most easiest product to advertise. Jeep uses biomimicmarketing to bring the message across. In this advertising campaign an iconic arrow is comprised by images of …

Visual of This way for Survival

This way for Survival

Culture fakes nature? An ultralight plane piloted by an Operation Migration team member is guiding whooping cranes from Wisconsin to their winter nesting grounds in Florida. For …

Visual of Tree Construction

Tree Construction

“Museum staff preparing Olympic Forest Scene exhibit”. Photo by Lee Boltin. American Museum of Natural History Library . Peculiar image of the week. See also: A day in the Dutch …

Visual of Tweets go Bubble

Tweets go Bubble

Minsh is an underwater 3D navigable world where each fish represents a Twitter user. The concept behind this world is that the social behaviour of fish will represent what people …

Visual of Wallpaper Escape

Wallpaper Escape

Found sportswear a d, will be reality some day... (with magical goggles of some sort) Related: Recreation in NextNature | Big Ass Search Engine | If Giraffes lived in the US | …

Visual of Adaptive Bloom

Adaptive Bloom

This interactive installation came out of the Postgraduate Certificate Course in Advanced Architectural Research of the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. Graduate Justin …

Visual of Allergy-Free New York

Allergy-Free New York

We recreate the landscape according to our image of nature and to match our needs and expectations. This also applies for the urban landscape. In the NY Times of last week, Thomas …

Visual of Blob architecture 1.400 AD

Blob architecture 1.400 AD

Blob architecture 1.400 AD in the emperor's garden in the Forbidden City, Beijing. Peculiar image, from China with love.

Visual of Candlelight Switch

Candlelight Switch

Created for the niche target group of nostalgic button freaks, by Aram Bartholl .

Visual of Castle Duivenvoorde

Castle Duivenvoorde

That Next Nature is nothing new can be proven in a walk around Castle Duivenvoorde. The castle dates back from the 11th century, while the gardens date from 1631. In a time where …

Visual of Cows as superior species

Cows as superior species

Let's slightly move back to the NextNature theme with an amusing video by Cyriak . And if that doesn't convince you of cows being the superior species... this video most certainly …

Visual of Downriver in the Lowlands

Downriver in the Lowlands

The Netherlands is known for its outright flat landscape – its even part of the name. How come the Dutch Womans Youth Rafting Team just won the World Cup in the category …

Visual of Dutch start Hunting again thanks to Supermarket Soccer Mascotte

Dutch start Hunting again thanks to Supermarket Soccer Mascotte

In Holland people go crazy for soccer, especially now that the national team has reached the World Cup final. We gather everything that's orange – our shirt color – as the …

Visual of Nature as a building

Nature as a building

As the world is preparing to show off at the World Expo in Shanghai, their pavilions are nearing their final stage. To me, it feels like a lot of them are making references to …

Visual of Nature Preservation: The Literal Version

Nature Preservation: The Literal Version

* warning: high doses of irony detected in this article * Method #01: Canning Promotional gift 'Nature in a can' complete with soil and bean plant seeds (from DKNY , 2010). Method …

Visual of Newspaper Wood

Newspaper Wood

How to upcycle old newspapers? Mieke Meijer (a.o.) from Vij5 took a jar of glue and started imitating tree rings. "The product surprisingly mimics the quality of real wood" she …

Visual of Nomadic Plants

Nomadic Plants

Nomadic Plants are a species assembled from a group of robotic-electronic-biological organisms living in symbiosis in order to survive in habitats affected by human activity. The …

Visual of Palmtree Drilling Platform

Palmtree Drilling Platform

In our ‘ under the beach lies the pavement ’ series. Already in 1973, Steven M. Johnson drew cartoons of oil drilling platforms disguised to look like palm trees, in an attempt by …

Visual of So thats where Phones come from

So thats where Phones come from

Really? I never knew. Biomimicmarketing strategies are getting crazier by the day.

Visual of Squirming ‘umbilical’ phone cable

Squirming ‘umbilical’ phone cable

This umbilical cord-inspired charger cable by interactive media artist Mio I-zawa comes to life when connected to an iPhone. Don't watch the video if you are anthropomorphobic . …

Visual of Tin Hybridization

Tin Hybridization

Artist José E. Rivera takes pleasure in the sculpting of animals from electronic infrastructure. Same artist who created the evolving mouse . We are unsure what to conclude from …

Visual of To Milk the Cows, Click here

To Milk the Cows, Click here

In millions of offices and homes around the world, people are hard at work planting crops, feeding cattle and tilling their land. Welcome to Farmville , the digital rural world …

Visual of Under the Beach Lies the Pavement

Under the Beach Lies the Pavement

During the riots of 1968 , as students in Paris ripped up paving stones and threw them at the police, one of the rallying cries was “sous le pave: la plage” (under the pavement: …

Visual of A Clear Sky

A Clear Sky

Remember the beginning of 2010, when the Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted, throwing huge amounts of ash into the air, thousands of flights have been canceled across Europe due to …

Visual of Animals Made from Other Animals

Animals Made from Other Animals

That's no reindeer, and it's certainly no moose. It's an Irish Elk, Megaloceros giganteous , a deer that happens to be neither an elk, nor really all that Irish. What it does …

Visual of Arbores Laetae

Arbores Laetae

Parks becomes fairground attractions? Maybe they have been all the time. This intriguing park design by architecture-firm-beyond-praise Diller Scofidio + Renfro seems (who we all …

Visual of Bottle Plant

Bottle Plant

The Coca-Cola introduces the PlantBottle . Partially made of plants, this bottle is 100% recyclable. Next step will be a natural bottle fully growing on a plant. In the meanwhile, …

Visual of CopyCat


Artist Andrew Chase creates kinetic sculptures of animals. He has studied these animals intensively. After his analysis he created copies of these animals in metal with mechanics …

Visual of Electric Topiary

Electric Topiary

Has this tree gone Pac-Man on the power lines? In truth, the slice through the side of the tree is the work of 'utility pruning.' Topiary was once determined on entirely aesthetic …

Visual of Entoforms


Artist Dolf Veenvliet ( Macouno ) is creating future fossil trilobites that have yet to exist. Using generative computer models, his Entoforms are not the result of millions of …

Visual of Inventing an Extinct Horse

Inventing an Extinct Horse

Along with the  Heck cattle and Scottish Highlanders , another reconstructed species roams the Dutch dunes . The sturdy  Konik horse , also known as the Polish primitive, is the …

Visual of Mastering Bambi

Mastering Bambi

In the film Mastering Bambi, artists Persijn Broersen and Margit Lukacs have stripped the landscape of its cuddly, anthropomorphic characters. Over the course of the film, the …

Visual of Microbic Landscapes

Microbic Landscapes

Beautiful Google Maps shots of housing projects in southwest Florida. Probably designed to look and feel more natural than your average straight street neighborhood, they remind …

Visual of Morphotheque #15

Morphotheque #15

Unsatisfied with the variety of vegetables in your local Supermarket? Why not try the Art Gallery? Morphotheque #15 (2011) is a form collection that consists of 27 elements, 1:1 …

Visual of Natural Car Alarms

Natural Car Alarms

While hiking in Trinidad, artist Nina Katchadourian was struck by the similarity of bird calls to car alarms. One inspires us to poetry, the other makes us groan and pull the …

Visual of Negative Islands

Negative Islands

Recent flooding along the Mississippi River has broken records first set 70 years ago. As always, it's hard to attribute local weather to global patterns, but the heavier rainfall …

Visual of Nintendo Portables Are Breeding Grounds For Sexy Fun

Nintendo Portables Are Breeding Grounds For Sexy Fun

Sexuality and sensuality are phenomena which have been a nature for us as long as we humans exist. Not only humans experience these phenomena; also animals experience sexuality …

Visual of Occasionally Extinct and Virtually Alive

Occasionally Extinct and Virtually Alive

Japanese researchers are currently working on cloning a mammoth, and plan to produce a fluffy new prehistoric calf within four or five years . The bucardo, an extinct subspecies …

Visual of Peel that Bottle

Peel that Bottle

There’s nothing quite like peeling a piece of fruit, but if you end up with a bottle of Vodka after peeling, you know you have been caught in a biomimicmarketing fantasy. I guess …

Visual of The Living Room

The Living Room

The private atmosphere of a Dutch living room is interrupted by the disturbing presence of a large oak tree that slowly enters the room. Made by

Visual of The Nauga's Hyde

The Nauga's Hyde

Sometimes new technology has to bio-mimic old nature to be accepted. In the late 1960s and early 70s, Uniroyal Engineered Products invented the 'nauga' a beast that gives its name …

Visual of Traditional Thanksgiving Meat

Traditional Thanksgiving Meat

Food technology in the overdrive: Pork molded in the shape of a piglet.

Visual of Who Owns the Rights to a Toucan?

Who Owns the Rights to a Toucan?

Kellogg, the proud copyright holders of Toucan Sam, recently asked a the Mayan Archeology Initiative  to reconsider their logo . Despite the fact that the two birds have entirely …

Visual of Arizona gets a Cactus Cellular Tower Too

Arizona gets a Cactus Cellular Tower Too

Over six years ago we blogged our first cellphone antenna tree, and boy have they been propagating! Nowadays you'll find them in all kinds of species, cactus included.

Visual of Cellphone Masts Disguised as Trees are Outdated

Cellphone Masts Disguised as Trees are Outdated

There is a new version of the well-known cellphone masts disguised as trees. Instead of adding fake nature to these masts,  ChamTech Operations wants to put a layer of invisible …

Visual of Dyeing Salmon Pink for Farms and Profit

Dyeing Salmon Pink for Farms and Profit

Wild salmon gets its robust pink color from a diet rich in red-hued krill. Farmed salmon are fed on fish meal, chicken byproducts, soybeans, wheat and a long list of other …

Visual of Evolution is Blind

Evolution is Blind

...thus it walks into a lot of dead alleys. Peculiar image of the week.

Visual of Leaf Thermometer

Leaf Thermometer

Designer  Hideyuki Kumagai must have been inspired by the seasonal colors of nature when he designed this thermometer. Stick the leaves to your window, or make a bush at your …

Visual of Thijs Zonneveld – Let's build a Mountain

Thijs Zonneveld – Let's build a Mountain

“God created the world, except for the Netherlands. That the Dutch created themselves” , Voltaire remarked in the eighteenth century already to describe the overly cultivated …

Visual of Monkeys Fall into the 'Uncanny Valley' Too

Monkeys Fall into the 'Uncanny Valley' Too

The uncanny valley, a phrase coined by Japanese robotic researcher Masahiro Mori nearly three decades ago, describes the uncanny feeling that occurs when people look at …

Visual of Next What?

Next What?

In this essay, anti-civilization, anarchist philosopher John Zerzan critiques the concept of 'next nature.' He argues that rather than freeing us, our self-domestication through …

Visual of Real Vanilla is Natural, but Natural Vanilla is Fake

Real Vanilla is Natural, but Natural Vanilla is Fake

What most gourmands would define as "real" and "natural" vanilla flavoring is simple: Vanilla beans steeped in alcohol. But vanillin, the chemical responsible for vanilla's taste …

Visual of Seaside Swimming Pool

Seaside Swimming Pool

Always good to see a swimming pool exactly where you need it. At San Alfonso del Mar resort in Chili they know how to cater people that love nature – except for the rocks, bites …

Visual of The Benefits of Artificial Wetlands

The Benefits of Artificial Wetlands

In 1994 researchers at Ohio State University created two artificial wetlands*  in riverine basins in order to investigate their possible benefits, and whether they could replace …

Visual of The Soft Touch of a Human Hand

The Soft Touch of a Human Hand

Nissan’s Engineers Are Creepily Trying To Replicate Human Skin

Visual of Those Blueberries in Your Cereal, Muffins and Baking Mixes? All Fake.

Those Blueberries in Your Cereal, Muffins and Baking Mixes? All Fake.

What do blueberries have in common with sugar, corn cereal, modified food starch, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, artificial flavor, cellulose gum, salt and and Blue …

Visual of Where Be Dragons? Try Your Instinctual Fear of Snakes

Where Be Dragons? Try Your Instinctual Fear of Snakes

This last Monday rang in the Chinese Year of the Dragon. Not restricted just to the benevolent, snake-like creature of Chinese mythology, or to the greedy, princess-stealing …

Visual of 33% of All Seafood in the United States Is Fraudulently Labeled

33% of All Seafood in the United States Is Fraudulently Labeled

A new study from the marine conservation group Oceana reveals that a full one-third of seafood across the US is mislabeled. Not surprisingly, the most expensive fish is also the …

Visual of Birdhouse Sweet Birdhouse

Birdhouse Sweet Birdhouse

3D printer company MakerBot  recently launched a contest  inviting designers to create the birdhouse of the future. The winner is The American Craftsman Bungalow by Brent J. …

Visual of Diving with Sharks in a Shopping Center

Diving with Sharks in a Shopping Center

Swim with tropical fish in Manchester.

Visual of Fake-for-Real Fur from Imaginary Animals

Fake-for-Real Fur from Imaginary Animals

WWF teams up with designers to produce fur from imaginary animals

Visual of Gardening on the Roof of a Bus

Gardening on the Roof of a Bus

A cheeky experiment to reduce CO2 results in a highly mobile garden.

Visual of Herds of Deer-Shaped Power Lines

Herds of Deer-Shaped Power Lines

Not real, but a far more creative way to deal with unsightly public works than tree-shaped antennas . Via Gizmodo .

Visual of Nanoscale Bouquet of Flowers

Nanoscale Bouquet of Flowers

Roses are red, violets are blue. Nanoscale flowers are what some scientists grew.

Visual of Plastic makes the world go round

Plastic makes the world go round

Cockroaches will inherit the world after humans are gone? Maybe not. Seeing plastic as the new moss, or algae, photographer Jeanny Kaethoven makes this beautiful pictures of …

Visual of Researcher Create Fully Artificial Proteins

Researcher Create Fully Artificial Proteins

Body builders rejoice: scientists have synthesized the world's first artificial proteins.

Visual of Are Hawaiian Monk Seals Natural? Not According to Some Hawaiians

Are Hawaiian Monk Seals Natural? Not According to Some Hawaiians

Why native Hawaiian people are killing off native Hawaiian monk seals.

Visual of Sloths and Other Imaginary Animals

Sloths and Other Imaginary Animals

A snapshot from the future.

Visual of The Only Blue Sky in Beijing is Fake

The Only Blue Sky in Beijing is Fake

Blade Runner becomes reality in China. Just try not to breathe.

Visual of A Registered Landscape

A Registered Landscape

Tuscany is known for its natural beauty. But only a few know that this wonderful landscape is actually a really good design work.

Visual of All-Natural E-nemies

All-Natural E-nemies

Chemistry teacher, James Kennedy, shows us that Mother Nature's products are far sneakier and complex than the lab's.

Visual of Animals Doing Extreme Stunts

Animals Doing Extreme Stunts

CGI video of animals doing crazy stunts makes us realize how peculiarly creative humans really are.

Visual of Camouflaged Ships

Camouflaged Ships

These unbelievably rich and dazzling graphics were made to avoid enemy attack.

Visual of E.T. Video Games are Real Modern Fossils

E.T. Video Games are Real Modern Fossils

An unsuccessful piece of video gaming history became an archeological record.

Visual of eTree – Electric Gardening

eTree – Electric Gardening

An eco-sculpture that looks like a tree. Its foliage is made of solar panels able to produce energy.

Visual of H / AlCuTaAu: a New Artificial Mineral

H / AlCuTaAu: a New Artificial Mineral

A new artificial mineral made of technological artifacts, such as computers, tools and machinery.

Visual of Highway Decoration

Highway Decoration

Highway rural decoration.

Visual of Indomitable Flock of Balloons Got Wild

Indomitable Flock of Balloons Got Wild

1.5 million balloons were released in once to create a spectacular show becoming uncontrollable and dangerous.

Visual of Moonwalk Nike

Moonwalk Nike

Nike sneakers with lunar surface pattern, to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon.

Visual of Peculiar Transportations

Peculiar Transportations

Last friday, these curious next natural transportations happened around our office in Amsterdam. All within the timeframe of a few hours. The surrealists where right. Have a nice …

Visual of Printing with Grass

Printing with Grass

This 3D Grass Printer can print a garden in any shape you can imagine

Visual of Rainbow Station

Rainbow Station

Studio Roosegaarde created a giant rainbow of light for the Amsterdam Central Station east side.

Visual of Raptor Aircraft Paints Rainbows in the Sky

Raptor Aircraft Paints Rainbows in the Sky

Next Nature Rainbow painted by F-22 Raptor Jet.

Visual of Sexy High Heels

Sexy High Heels

Our peculiar image of the week makes us shivers with Anthropomorphobia.

Visual of Show Dem Guts

Show Dem Guts

Sexy girls and organ meat was never a good combination to me, but the people from Black Milk Clothing that created this swimsuit seem to think it makes a pretty nice product. Am …

Visual of Bowerbirds' Plastic Love Nest

Bowerbirds' Plastic Love Nest

To attract a female, male bower birds build structures and adorn these with colorful plastic decoration.

Visual of A Pop-Up Forest in Times Square

A Pop-Up Forest in Times Square

A new Kickstarter project aims to bring the forest into Times Square.

Visual of A Wind Turbine That Looks Like a Tree

A Wind Turbine That Looks Like a Tree

The wind turbines of the future will look like post-modern tree sculptures.

Visual of Analogue vs Digital: Caught on Film

Analogue vs Digital: Caught on Film

Digital cameras have made us think less about taking a snapshot. Why should you think twice?

Visual of Analogue vs Digital: Simulated Farming

Analogue vs Digital: Simulated Farming

Want to grow some vegetables but don’t want to get your hands dirty? There is an app for that!

Visual of Car Paleontology

Car Paleontology

Cars - autonomous, self driving, uncontrollable - are bound to become the animals of the future.

Visual of Experiencing Animal Vision Through Virtual Reality

Experiencing Animal Vision Through Virtual Reality

Eyes of the Animal is an interactive project that invites the public to an uncommon virtual reality setting conceived especially for experiences in actual forests, giving the opportunity to see the world as an insect would.

Visual of Geothermal Beach

Geothermal Beach

A man made beach in Reykjavik to go at the seaside all year round.

Visual of Holiday in a Bird's Nest

Holiday in a Bird's Nest

The exterior of the this hotel room is constructed with branches, sticks and twigs intertwined to create the look and feel of a real bird nest.

Visual of Living Underground with Fake Sunlight

Living Underground with Fake Sunlight

Coelux skylight recreates natural sunlight using Nano Technology.

Visual of Robot Swans Monitor Water Quality

Robot Swans Monitor Water Quality

The National University of Singapore released a group of robot swans in the Pandan Reservoir to swim around and keep an eye on water quality.

Visual of Solar Tree That Provides Electricity

Solar Tree That Provides Electricity

A tree, made with 3D printed leaves that contain solar cells.

Visual of The Weather Machine

The Weather Machine

The Weather Machine: an installation that explores rain, clouds and sun heat to recreate the weather occurring outside.

Visual of Artificial Northern Lights

Artificial Northern Lights

Swiss artist Dan Acher created a replica of the Northern Lights by way of high-powered lasers.

Visual of Luminous Bike Lane Opened in Poland

Luminous Bike Lane Opened in Poland

The first self-sufficient luminous bike lane opened last week in Poland.

Visual of Plastic Pod Beetles

Plastic Pod Beetles

Artist Alex Aebi' s collection of insects made of recycled plastic pods show us an alternative way in which this waste can inhabit our natural world.

Visual of Fake Grass Covered Roofs to Produce Energy

Fake Grass Covered Roofs to Produce Energy

The concept of using our rooftops to produce green, renewable energy for our houses is already very common if we look at solar panels. Now an international team of scientists is …

Visual of Bionic Leaf Helps Vegetables to Grow

Bionic Leaf Helps Vegetables to Grow

Bionic leaf fertilizes crops to make them weigh 150 percent more

Visual of Work Remotely in VR Nature

Work Remotely in VR Nature

Breakroom is a VR app that lets you fill your daily working tasks in a simulated nature surrounding, enhancing productivity and mental balance.

Visual of Pandas Crossing the Sky

Pandas Crossing the Sky

China is famous for its Panda bear reserves and breeding centers, so riding one the work just seems the most natural thing to do.

Visual of Smartflower Solar Device

Smartflower Solar Device

POP is an all-in-one solar energy system that hold visible benefits for humans.

Visual of Replacing Fireflies with Lasers

Replacing Fireflies with Lasers

After mounting criticism from environmentalists, a firefly-themed park in China announced that the glowing bugs will be replaced by lasers.

Visual of The Solution to Nuisance Birds? The Robird

The Solution to Nuisance Birds? The Robird

Birds are fascinating creatures, but for farmers, airport staff, and waste management specialists, they can prove to be a profound nuisance. How to deal with a flock of birds …

Visual of Robotic Animal Spies

Robotic Animal Spies

BBC is using robotic animal spies to capture wildlife.

Visual of The Age of Rust

The Age of Rust

Meet the incredible new species "Petramosaurus Cavator" and discover its impact on our planet.

Visual of New Tree Species Found Only in Dubai

New Tree Species Found Only in Dubai

A cellphone antenna tree with an empty billboard and a tiny label that reads: Media 24/7.

Visual of Turning Glass Bottles into Sand

Turning Glass Bottles into Sand

A machine lets drinkers instantly turn their empty beer bottles into sand.

Visual of Adding a new dimension to marine restoration: 3D printing coral reefs

Adding a new dimension to marine restoration: 3D printing coral reefs

The local fishermen looked on skeptically. From the deck of a small motorboat, scuba divers grabbed odd chunks of ceramic – which could be described as rocky brains stuck on …

Visual of Watch this lifelike robot fish swim through the ocean

Watch this lifelike robot fish swim through the ocean

Earth’s oceans are having a rough go of it these days. On top of being the repository for millions of tons of plastic waste , global warming is affecting the oceans and upsetting …

Visual of 'Woodcat' by Tunng

'Woodcat' by Tunng

I know, this is a nice piece of fantasy rather than Next Natureâ„¢, but still, you gotta love it. Directed by Jan Urbanowski and Jethro Haynes, animation by Check …

Visual of Animatus


A new series of works by artist Hyungkoo Lee called "Animatus" features hand-fabricated skeletons of cartoon characters along with detailed anatomical drawings. According to the …

Visual of Babybunny - stuffed pets as toys

Babybunny - stuffed pets as toys

Nowadays, young children are so used to the omnipresence of disposable toys. When their parents buy them a living pet animal they are unable to take care of it. Hamster tend to …

Visual of Eternal Sunset

Eternal Sunset

Eternal Sunset endeavours to ensure you can enjoy the sunset live from any location, at any time. As the sunset moves westward, Eternal Sunset continuously tunes into different …

Visual of Firefox crop cirle - Aliens prefer firefox

Firefox crop cirle - Aliens prefer firefox

Take back the field. This past weekend, the OSU Linux Users Group descended on a field in Oregon to create a 45,000+ square foot crop circle of Firefox.

Visual of Grow Your Own 1up Mushroom Kit

Grow Your Own 1up Mushroom Kit

Deep in the basement of an ancient house in Sonobe (tucked in the fields of Kyoto, Japan), an amazing discovery has been made: real 1up Mushrooms . The seller claims that eating …

Visual of Hoax Dragon

Hoax Dragon

"The baby dragon, in a sealed jar, was discovered with a metal tin containing paperwork in old-fashioned German of the 1890s. (...) Some scientists believe that dragons, though …

Visual of Hotspot Bloom

Hotspot Bloom

Hotspot Bloom is a wearable flower that glows and changes color to indicate the signal strength of a nearby wireless network (802.11b/g). With its mobile interface, Hotspot Bloom …

Visual of Infant Pillow - Simulates a Mother's Hand

Infant Pillow - Simulates a Mother's Hand

  If you've ever wished for a "hand" to leave behind so that your baby would feel as if you've never left the room, your prayers have been answered with the Zaky Infant …

Visual of Moving water

Moving water

Libyan deserts are one of the hottest places on earth. That's why they are making a river to them. The project known as Great Man-Made River is "an enormous, long-term undertaking …

Visual of Park(ing)


More than 70% of San Francisco's downtown outdoor space is dedicated to the private vehicle, while only a fraction of that space is allocated to the public realm. Park(ing) …

Visual of Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain

Leonard Knight started this massive desert art project in 1985, Niland, California. For nearly 20 years he created the landscape with every shade and type of paint ... and just a …

Visual of Save our Next Nature! Buy the book

Save our Next Nature! Buy the book

A critical and visual take on culturally emerged Nature. Full of statements from designers and thinkers from around the globe. Wild systems, Genetic Surprises, Calm Technology, …

Visual of Supermouse Experiment

Supermouse Experiment

Ok, so it is a bit corny. But since there is an amazing hypernatural supermouse starring in this video (quicktime) , we had to post it. Created by Nieto Luis. Thanks Jan.

Visual of Tree traffic light

Tree traffic light

Funded and produced by the Public Art Commissions Agency. On roundabout just beyond the Canary Wharf estate there are three trees, two are London planes; the third is a traffic …

Visual of Cellphone Treemasts

Cellphone Treemasts

Mobile phone operators go to extraordinary lengths to conceal the masts that form their networks. They are being disguised as chimneys, clocks, drainpipes, telegraph poles, and …

Visual of Withus Oragainstus

Withus Oragainstus

Just read this article on Darpa 's work on using bugs for war effort . They are planning to make a kind of insect cyborg to use in the army. The Defense Advanced Research Projects …

Visual of Would You Like a Bouquet of Nanoflowers?

Would You Like a Bouquet of Nanoflowers?

These crystalline 'nanoflowers' were developed by Cambridge University PhD student Ghim Wei Ho. The nanostructures of silicon carbide are grown from droplets of gallium on a …

Visual of A hunt for hightech

A hunt for hightech

In "A Hunt for High Tech", Bart Hess seeks to harness both nature and technology and create armoured skin and fur for a new human archetype incorporating animalistic and …

Visual of Bisected Brontosaurus in a Water-Filled Case

Bisected Brontosaurus in a Water-Filled Case

Chinese artist Xu Zhen created the monumental untitled sculpture depicted above (sorry I am such a bad photographer) for "NONO", a show without explanations or preconceptions, I …

Visual of Body-part nature

Body-part nature | video | related topic: Sixties last

Visual of Bright blind

Bright blind

Made of electroluminescent (EL) sheets, Makoto Hirahara's Bright Blind simulates a window where none exists. In all other respects, the artificial blind functions in exactly the …

Visual of Disney made in China

Disney made in China

Shijingshan Amusement Park in Beijing states that it has absolutely nothing to do with Disney. The park's operators have insisted that the Minnie-character on the right is not a …

Visual of EnergyTree


The EnergyTree is a device dedicated to monitoring your household energy use. It monitors you energy output from sockets and any device that is using electricity. It also monitors …

Visual of Fake for Real: Phone Trees

Fake for Real: Phone Trees

For a long time in the history of painting, the landscape functioned merely as a backdrop for people, buildings or symbols. But in the 17th century, artists started making …

Visual of Forest clock

Forest clock

TiWalkMe is a clock (still in conceptual stage) designed to track 1,000 years using a forest seeded along a ribbon of land to tell time. Annual tree plantings set the pace, …

Visual of French Aids Campaign

French Aids Campaign

This French Aids campaign is a wonderful example of biomimicmarketing (using images of old nature for propaganda or marketing purposes). They may be disturbing but the message …

Visual of Future Beauty: Hyperbreasts?

Future Beauty: Hyperbreasts?

Let's talk about hyperbreasts. Have you ever wondered why men like women with large breasts? Historically large breasts are presumably sexually attractive for men because they …

Visual of iBiogenetics


In 1998 at the introduction of the iMac , Apple declared that the "i" stood for "internet". Apple later adopted the "i" prefix across its consumer hardware and software lines. …

Visual of Summit of the Mount Everest on Tour

Summit of the Mount Everest on Tour

Mount Everest is the highest mountain on Earth, as measured by the height of its summit above sea level. In May 2005, artist Xu Zhen led an ascent on Everest, and succeeded in …

Visual of Fake for Real: Natural Breasts?

Fake for Real: Natural Breasts?

It is true, they are rare, but they do exist: girls with tiny waists and large breasts. Occasionally, women are simply born like this. The only problem they have - in a world …

Visual of Peach Nipple Handbags and Shoes

Peach Nipple Handbags and Shoes

Artist Nicola Costantino creates objects that comment on the meat and leather industries. In the surrealist tratdition, these handbags and shoes are imprinted with tiny images of …

Visual of Philips Wake Up Light - Sunrise Alarm Clock

Philips Wake Up Light - Sunrise Alarm Clock

Philips hits the shops with a product that aims to naturalize alarm clocks. The annoying buzzing machines were once invented to cultivate our day/night rhythms, formerly connected …

Visual of Take nature, add nature

Take nature, add nature

Myoung Ho Lee, a young artist from South Korea, has produced an elaborate series of photographs that pose some unusual questions about representation, reality, art, environment …

Visual of Under heaven

Under heaven

Fata morgana under junk viaduct in bijlmer, 2004. By Leo van Munster

Visual of Waterworld - Old nature meets next nature

Waterworld - Old nature meets next nature

Atkin's Architecture Group recently won the first prize award for an international design competition with this hyperreal entry. Set in a spectacular water filled quarry in …

Visual of Who wants to drive in a Fish?

Who wants to drive in a Fish?

Behold the BoxFish, Mercedes' bionic concept car. This tropical fish is outstandingly streamlined. Its engineers were able to achieve a wind drag coefficient of just 0.06 in the …

Visual of All the water and air on earth..

All the water and air on earth..

... gathered into spheres and compared to the Earth. The water sphere (blue) in this computer visualization measures 1390 kilometres across and has a volume of 1.4 billion cubic …

Visual of Clear Blue Sky

Clear Blue Sky

Who likes clouds anyway? Especially for the people still living in the suburbs of Venray (small town in the Netherlands), artist Helmut Smits made this billboard depicting a clear …

Visual of Dashboard Tree

Dashboard Tree

What is that growing on my car dashboard? Is that a tree? Indeed, Ford and Honda's next-generation dashboard instrument clusters feature trees (a vine in Ford's case) that grow …

Visual of Dirt 2.0

Dirt 2.0

To increase  decrease CO2 a lot of plans are made to cover city buildings with roof gardens. One problem however is that those gardens tend to be quite heavy. Especially when you …

Visual of Don't you just love those classical games?

Don't you just love those classical games?

Peculiar image of the week by Anne de Vries .

Visual of Föhn le fenêtre

Föhn le fenêtre

Tired of looking out on a grey wall and in dire need of a green touch? Then Föhn le fenêtre has got just what you need. The concept is simple enough: artist Karel Verhoeven offers …

Visual of High Heels

High Heels

Is this the plastic surgery of the future? Peculiar image by Julie Rrap .

Visual of Hollywood on Canvas

Hollywood on Canvas

Peculiar image of the week. Source: Worth 1000 , via Trendbeheer . See also: Mona Lisa goes LA , The Photoshop Beauties .

Visual of Human animal hybrid

Human animal hybrid

This peculiar, half-human creature could be your cousin. No really; it is a sculpture by Patricia Piccinini entitled The Young Family , which, in turn, is part of a larger …

Visual of If giraffes lived in the US

If giraffes lived in the US

© Thomas Mangold

Visual of In the Wilderness

In the Wilderness

Recently, I had some free time to return to my old passion of landscape painting. But somehow things seemed to have changed in the wilderness.

Visual of Light weeds

Light weeds

Lightweeds is a project by Simon Heijdens and currently exhibited at the MoMA - part of the Design and the Elastic Mind exhibition . The organisms - plants, weeds, trees - exist …

Visual of Million dollar burger

Million dollar burger

PETA –People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals– has posed a challenge to the world's scientific community: The first person to come up with a method to produce commercially …

Visual of Recycled Books

Recycled Books

A lot of dead books were used to make this piece of tree trunk. By Jacqueline Rush Lee | Related: Modernistic Tree | Modernistic Chair

Visual of Modernistic Tree

Modernistic Tree

Mondrian would have appreciated square trees. Furthermore, they would enable wood industry to lose less material, to cut easier with machines and to store more efficiently. Hence …

Visual of Nature as a material

Nature as a material

Very nice bench, designed to use plants as a building material. Buy them here

Visual of New York City Waterfalls

New York City Waterfalls

For three months this summer, artist Olafur Eliasson will put four giant waterfalls in New York as part of a public arts project. Including one that will fall from the Brooklyn …

Visual of PacMan's Skull

PacMan's Skull

PacMan's skeleton is our peculiar object of the week. It was created by Le Gentil Garcon , in collaboration with Fransois Escuilia, palaeontologist, from the comparative …

Visual of Photoshop reporters in China

Photoshop reporters in China

China's high-speed train from Qinghai to Xizang worried environmentalists well before its launch in July 2006. Concerns increased after a photograph of Tibetan wildlife near a …

Visual of Plastic Flamingos Saved From Extinction

Plastic Flamingos Saved From Extinction

Did you know there are more plastic flamingos in the USA than real ones? Plastic flamingos are widely considered to be the stereotypical example of lawn kitsch – the American's …

Visual of Roboswift, Eyes in Disguise

Roboswift, Eyes in Disguise

With its 50 cm wing span and 80 grams of weight, this high tech bird is ready to infiltrate swift surveillance squads next summer. Aerospace engineering students at TU Delft , …

Visual of Robotic Red Snapper

Robotic Red Snapper

Just because you're feeling paranoid, doesn't mean the fish aren't actually spying on you. Engineers at the University of Kitakyushu created an underwater survey robot that looks …

Visual of Self control freak organizes his garden

Self control freak organizes his garden

Our friend the Self Control Freak is organizing his garden. Hover over the image above to help him get his wilderness under control.

Visual of Simulated Diamonds

Simulated Diamonds

That shiny sparkling stone you got from your lover... is that a diamond? Lab manufactured diamonds are  getting exceedingly good . They have the same color, clarity, cut and carat …

Visual of Solar Trees

Solar Trees

Welsh designer Ross Lovegrove ('Captain Organic') placed several glowing Solar Trees in the streets of Vienna (October 2007). These solar powered streetlights could save cities …

Visual of Wallpaper Blooms When the Heat is On

Wallpaper Blooms When the Heat is On

Now this is a spot on example of  information decoration : a heat–sensitive wallpaper of which the printed flowers will be blooming when the radiator is on. Created by Shiyuan .

Visual of Water in my phone

Water in my phone

Water inside your phone used to be rather devastating, but with the NEC FOMA N702iS (only in Japan) , designed by Oki Sato, it is turned into a joy. Watch the faked fluid move on …

Visual of Waterdrop


Imagine: your walking in the park about 15 years from now, water shortage is rising and public water fountains and ponds are becoming scarce. Why not settle for the next best …

Visual of Egg improvements

Egg improvements

Since it is Sunday, let's have a genetically photoshopped egg with a handy integrated eggholder. Not sure if these should be mass produced (if possible): Too painful for the …

Visual of Human Landscape

Human Landscape

Our peculiar image of the week was created by artist Levi van Veluw , who reinvents the classical fine art of landscape painting, by moving from the traditional 'oil on canvas' to …

Visual of Hyper Fruit

Hyper Fruit

Imaginary advertizement for genetically engineered hybrid hyperfruits featuring an 'limwi', 'kiwange' and a 'strawblackberry'. Imagine a taste of things to come. Makes you want to …

Visual of Lab creates fake DNA evidence

Lab creates fake DNA evidence

DNA evidence has been the most bulletproof evidence for forensic sciences in recent years. Not anymore. A laboratory at Nucleix, a life-sciences company, has demonstrated it is …

Visual of Melting polar bear reveals a metal skeleton

Melting polar bear reveals a metal skeleton

Unsure how this melting polar bear ice sculpture created by artist Mark Coreth fits in Next Nature mythology. The art piece was presented last week in Copenhagen and is sponsored …

Visual of Modern Fossils

Modern Fossils

Remember the Gameboy Bricks by Gijs Gieskes? The same vibe must have been picked up by Christopher Locke (Chicago, US) as he opened his Modern Fossils Shop with many more peculiar …

Visual of Modernistic Meat

Modernistic Meat

This slightly uncanny piece of modernistic meat is actually not made from meat, but from wax, oil, paint polystyrene, stage blood & latex, by artist John Isaacs , who titled …

Visual of Natural chairs?

Natural chairs?

The image above shows the chair design from the Nature v2.01 project by draw me a sheep . As we struggle to find a new relation with nature, the difference between nature and …

Visual of Office Grass

Office Grass

These grass squares are designed to give a natural touch to the office or home by placing them freely or according to feng-shui. Inspired by Frank loyed Wright’s Fallingwater and …

Visual of Real Baby Dolls

Real Baby Dolls

We already know that guys love dolls ... Now learn why some mothers can never stop playing with dolls and that cuteness is defined in the mind's eye. Image credit: Kentish Babies …

Visual of Triceracopter


The Triceracopter is half Triceratops, half helicopter. If dinosaurs and technology evolved at the same time, this is what the helicopter might have look like? Built as a …

Visual of WakeUp light tested on Roosters

WakeUp light tested on Roosters

:// I tend to think of the Philips Wake Up Light as a product of missed opportunity: Good concept, implementation too cheap and illustrative. Especially the crappy …

Visual of Wooden Bankcard

Wooden Bankcard

Silver, gold or platinum creditcards? Expensive metals in credit card design used to have a certain luster in the past, yet today we are all (painfully) aware the mimicked …

Visual of Artificial Shrub Observatories

Artificial Shrub Observatories

Justin Shull investigates the born and the made by mixing them up in mobile installations like the "Terrestrial Shrub Rover" and the "Porta Hedge" . His designs consist of several …

Visual of Becoming female

Becoming female

A shot of a male body after a sex change by dutch artist and photographer Martin C. de Waal . De Waal tries to make people rethink their opinions by pushing the boundaries of …

Visual of Come See the Berg!

Come See the Berg!

So you’ve seen the peak of the Mount Everest on tour ? Descended the bobsled ride of the Matterhorn in a Disneyland ? Think you’ve seen it all? Now come and see The Berg in …

Visual of Seashells are becoming Unnecessary

Seashells are becoming Unnecessary

At the beach, I'm always on the look-out for seashells big enough to hold against my ear to hear the sound of the sea . This child-like behavior still resonates with me. But I got …

Visual of Unlimited Urban Woods

Unlimited Urban Woods

What to do when you have a small city with limited space, and you rather turn available space into parking lots instead of parks? You turn to DUS Architects for an unlimited …

Visual of A Rare Giant Crane in Manhattan

A Rare Giant Crane in Manhattan

In this Petcha Kutcha presentation, Mike Dickison comes to a very funny conclusion: Although Big Bird might superficially resemble other ratites like the ostrich or emu, he is …

Visual of Anthropomorphobia


Are you familiar with the affliction? Anthropomorphobia is the fear of recognizing human characteristics in non-human objects. The term is a hybrid of two Greek-derived words: …

Visual of Birthmarks Tattoo

Birthmarks Tattoo

As the name suggests, Birthmarks Tattoos , are fake - but permanent - birthmarks that you can add to your body. Aside from its decorative potential, Birthmarks Tattoo makes it …

Visual of Holland Gets an Unnatural High

Holland Gets an Unnatural High

When the Dutch built the Netherlands , they forgot to add any mountains. The highest point in Holland is a measly 323 meters, compared to 2,962 meters for the highest mountain in …

Visual of Windmill Trees

Windmill Trees

A new Dutch landscape with windmills up to 120 meters. Designed by NL Architects .

Visual of Corn 2.0: Survival of the Cheapest

Corn 2.0: Survival of the Cheapest

Congrats to Sean Serafini, the winner of our April Next Nature Spotter contest. While we received many images of fake nature , Sean's entry delves deeper into more diverse next …

Visual of How to build your own Christmas Tree

How to build your own Christmas Tree

Polish artist Dominik Lejman has created this nine minute video manual

Visual of Enjoy Udder Milk

Enjoy Udder Milk

Imaginary infomercial on the hypernatural udder cows, optimized for milk production

Visual of Pikachu Pussy

Pikachu Pussy

The pursuit of the cute: Pokemon Hypernature . Please don't try this at home with your own kittens, dear intelligent readers. Luckily our peculiar image of the week is digitally …

Visual of Using Simple Scents to Trick Shoppers into Buying

Using Simple Scents to Trick Shoppers into Buying

Retailers have long known that certain smells get us into the buying mood – cinnamon or warm cookies around the holidays, for instance – even if we're shopping for completely …

Visual of Rollin' Safari

Rollin' Safari

Assuming that true wildlife hàs gone extinct... Who needs the real thing when you can have a Next Safari ? Let's go and hunt for the plastic birds on the beach or watch genuine …

Visual of Blending with Nature

Blending with Nature

'Zombie Car' abandoned in China street, overgrown with ivy.

Visual of Marine Plastic Creatures

Marine Plastic Creatures

Photographer Kim Preston transforms everyday household plastic objects into sea creatures.

Visual of Next Nature and the Curse of Oil

Next Nature and the Curse of Oil

The next step is to embrace and celebrate how cultural artifacts are escaping control, becoming autonomous, and forming the “next nature”.

Visual of Salmon Cannon Shoots Fish Over Dams

Salmon Cannon Shoots Fish Over Dams

A cannon that sucks salmon up and “shoots” them out in a different body of water.

Visual of The Sound of Nature

The Sound of Nature

Love the sound of nature.

Visual of First Bionic Rose with Electronic Circuits

First Bionic Rose with Electronic Circuits

For the first time, researchers at the University of Linkoping , Sweden, have succeeded in establishing organic circuits within living plants. They combined electronics with the …

Visual of Animal Fauxtography

Animal Fauxtography

Fake photography, or fauxtography, has been around since the invention of cameras and nature is one of the most popular subjects of dishonest photographers.

Visual of Fake Glaciers for Real Needs

Fake Glaciers for Real Needs

Engineer Sonam Wangchuk created fake glaciers that are already improving the life of people in Ladakh, Himalayas.

Visual of Artificial Sun Tested in Germany

Artificial Sun Tested in Germany

The biggest artificial sun was set up in Germany to find out how carbon neutral fuel can be produced.

Visual of Rent a Rain Room

Rent a Rain Room

Rent a rain room with simulated rain with a motion sensor to go through the rain without getting wet.

Visual of Interview: Designer Shahar Livne is geomimicing the future of plastics

Interview: Designer Shahar Livne is geomimicing the future of plastics

We sat down with Shahar Livne, an Israeli-born designer who graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven to talk about her vision on the future of plastics.

Visual of The Forgotten Plan to Coat Utah's Delicate Arch with Plastic

The Forgotten Plan to Coat Utah's Delicate Arch with Plastic

Arches National Park, located in Utah, is home to some of America's most beautiful rock formations. The most famous of them, Delicate Arch, has always been, well, pretty delicate. So much so that back in the 1940s, park rangers hatched a plan to preserve the natural monument - by coating it in plastic.