Californian artist Phillip K. Smith III, in his latest project titled “Lucid Stead”, transformed a 70-year-old abandoned shack in the middle of the California High Desert into a beautiful architectural intervention composed of mirror, LED lighting and custom built electronic equipment. In daylight the mirrors between the aged wood slats reflect and refract the surrounding terrain like a mirage. As the sun sets geometric color fields emerge until they illuminate the desolate darkness. Philip explains, “This project is about tapping into the desert, into the pace of change, and is about responding to the quiet of the place. And ultimately, in that quite, the project begins to unfold.”
Photos courtesy of Steven King and Royale Projects.
Animals bridges, which may also be known as ecoducts or wildlife crossings, are structures that allow animals to safely cross human-made barriers like highways. A wildlife crossing is the broadest term and can include: underpass tunnels, viaducts, overpasses and bridges, amphibian tunnels, fish ladders, culvets and green roofs.
Wildlife crossings are a practice in habitat conservation, allowing connections or reconnections between habitats and combating habitat fragmentation. They also assist in avoiding collisions between vehicles and animals, which in addition to killing or injuring wildlife may cause injury to humans and property damage. It has been reported that vehicle-animals collisions costs the United States a staggering $8 Billion a year.
(Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada)
The first wildlife crossings were constructed in France during the 1950s. European countries including the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, and France have been using various crossing structures to reduce the conflict between wildlife and roads for several decades and use a variety of overpasses and underpasses to protect and reestablish wildlife such as: amphibians, badgers, ungulates, invertebrates, and other small mammals.
The Humane Society of the United States reports that the more than 600 tunnels installed under major and minor roads in the Netherlands have helped to substantially increase population levels of the endangered European Badger. The longest “ecoduct” viaduct, near Crailo in the Netherlands, runs 800 meters and spans a highway, railway and golf course.
Wildlife crossings are becoming increasingly common in Canada and the United States. Recognizable wildlife crossings are found in Banff National Park in Alberta, where vegetated overpasses provide safe passage over the Trans-Canada Highway for bears, moose, deer, wolves, elk, and many other species. The 24 wildlife crossings in Banff were constructed as part of a road improvement project in 1978. In the United States, thousands of wildlife crossings have been built in the past 30 years, including culverts, bridges, and overpasses. These have been used to protect Mountain Goats in Montana, Spotted Salamanders in Massachusetts, Bighorn Sheep in Colorado, Desert Tortoises in California, and endangered Florida Panthers in Florida.
(B38 – Birkenau, Germany)
(Scotch Plains, New Jersey, USA)
(E314 in Belgium)
(Highway A50 in The Netherlands)
(Flathead Indian Reservation, Montana, USA)
(The Borkeld, The Netherlands)
(Interstate 78, Wachtung Reservation, New Jersey, USA)
Photos by Izismile, h4m on Reddit, via Google Maps, Jarrl on Reddit, SenseiCAY on Reddit, The World Geography, Doug Kerr.
Klaus Pichler is an artist and photographer living and working in Vienna, Austria. After studying landscape architecture from 1996 – 2005 at the University of Life Sciences in Vienna, Pichler has been a freelance photographer ever since, working for international clients and pursuing personal projects.
In an ongoing series entitled Just the Two Of Us, Pichler takes portraits of Cosplayers dressed up, but within the confines of their own homes. Short for “costume play”, Cosplay is a performance art and subculture in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea.
In the project statement, Pichler states:
“Who hasn’t had the desire just to be someone else for a while? Dressing up is a way of creating an alter ego, a second skin which one’s behaviour can be adjusted to and causes a person to be perceived differently. ‘Just the two of us’ deals with both costumes and the people behind them.For the photo series I visited owners of elaborate costumes in their own homes. The choice of location is not a coincidence: Nowhere else is the (abstract) link between the person behind the mask and his or her alter ego as visible as in their own home. Nowhere else would it have been possible to portray the mask and, figuratively speaking, the person behind it on the same picture. The costume—usually full body costumes, which completely conceal the ‘private’ person—represents the alter ego whilst the surrounding living space, so to speak, the ‘backdrop’ or stage design cautiously impart information about the person behind the costume.”
Dresden Castle or Royal Palace is one of the oldest buildings in Dresden. For almost 400 years, it has been the residence of the electors (1547–1806) and kings (1806–1918) of Saxony of the Albertine line of the House of Wettin. It is known for the different architectural styles employed, from Baroque to Neo-renaissance.The Hausmannsturm is the main tower of the Palace complex. From 1674 to 1676, it was expanded to a height of 100 meters according to plans by chief master builder Wolf Caspar Klengel.