The Diatomist


Diatoms are at the bottom of the food chain, and provide sustenance for many sea creatures. If you can see the tiny things, you'll find they come in a amazing variety. At one time, they were used as an art media! Filmmaker Matthew Killip made a documentary about the last remaining master of the art of arranging diatoms.

Diatoms are single cell algae that create jewel-like glass shells around themselves. Microscopists of the Victorian era would arrange them into complex patterns, invisible to the naked eye but spectacular when viewed under magnification.The best of these arrangements are stunning technical feats that reveal the hidden grandeur of some of the smallest organisms on Earth. Klaus Kemp has devoted his entire life to understanding and perfecting diatom arrangement and he is now acknowledged as the last great practitioner of this beautiful combination of art and science.

It’s extremely difficult work, but the complex kaleidoscopic results are stunning. Continue reading to see more of Kemp’s diatom art and the video about him.

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Cakeageddon: A Farm Haunted by Creepy Cakes


(Image credit: © Nathan Pask 2014/Tattooed Bakers)

This time of year, as Halloween candy starts to show up in stores, you have to wonder what Miss Emmylou Cakehead is planning for Halloween. Her productions are guaranteed to raise eyebrows, and this year is no exception.

Miss Cakehead and company will present Cakeaggedon, the very first edible horror farm!  

What is a horror farm you ask? Well don't pry too much because we all know how the curious cat ended up... If you do want to come and investigate the strange goings on here though, you might do well to bring a friend - we don't want anyone picked off. Those select few brave enough to venture into the woods will witness, gorge, and be hunted through the world's most terrifying cake installation, and those that make it out will ensure it is THE most talked about scare attraction of 2014. Your mistress of misery for this symposium of sweet slaughter is the infamous and eccentric MISS CAKEHEAD. Her latest reinvention is as far from a convivial cake connoisseur as The Big Bad Wolf is from a vegan food hall. Think cakes are all sunshine and rainbows? You couldn't be further from the tooth....

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New Art from Hanksy


The New York parody artist Hanksy has been busy, bringing us more great pun art in several locations. These works have shown up in New York City, Portland, Oregon, and Los Angeles -and right here on the Neatorama Spotlight blog! We also have a video in which you can meet Hanksy -although you cannot see him.
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15 Amazing Illustrations From The Art of DreamWorks Animation


Love DreamWorks' animated movies? Then you'll love The Art of DreamWorks Animation by Ramin Zahed! Thanks to our pals over at Abrams Books, we have 15 amazing pieces of DreamWorks Animation artwork - including concept art, preproduction designs and character sketches - for you to enjoy! Plus, enter our exclusive giveaway to win a copy of The Art of DreamWorks Animation book as well as a NeatoShop T-shirt (details below)
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Cannabis Under The Microscope


Neatorama is happy to bring you some of the fascinating images from the book Cannabis Under The Microscope: A Visual Exploration of Medicinal Sativa and C. Indica by Ford McCann. The ebook is available for all Kindle devices and applications from Amazon.

You’ve seen plenty of pictures of marijuana buds, plants, and crops on the web. Ford McCann wanted a closer look, down to the microscopic level. Images at that level are amazingly otherworldly, artistic, and well worth sharing. The 170 images in the book were taken over the course of a year with both optical microscopes and electron scanning microscopes.

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10 Rarest Rock and Roll Photographs


Limited Runs is proud to present a Rock 'n' Roll Photography Show on April 25th, the closing night of MOPLA (Month of Photography Los Angeles). The event will invitation only from 7 to 9 PM, and then open to the public from 9:30 PM to closing time at Boulevard3 in Los Angeles. The show will then travel to Las Vegas and New York City throughout 2014. As a preview, we have ten rare photographs for you on the Spotlight blog.
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Thierry Noir: Thirty Years of Political Street Art


Thirty years ago, Thierry Noir surreptitiously painted elephants, bunnies, and faces on the Berlin Wall. It wasn’t just a subversive act of protest; it was very dangerous. He painted mile after mile of artworks on the wall, which not only highlighted how ridiculous the barrier was, but also brought new attention to the wall and emboldened other artists. A new exhibit looks at the Berlin Wall and Noir's later works. Get a sneak peek right here.
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10 Most Striking Images of Earth From Space


Published by Abrams, Earth From Space features more than 150 magnificent satellite photographs provided by European aerospace technology company Astrium as well as NASA. These photographs are much more than beautiful pictures of our planet - the detailed images can inform us about the health of our world by making clear the impact of deforestation, farming, pollution and urban sprawl.

Here are 10 Most Striking Images of Earth From Space.
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Think Ink Black Roses for Valentines Day


Miss Cakehead has something cooking for Valentines Day. If you’ve seen any of her work before on Neatorama, you would never expect it to have anything to do with red hearts, much less pink hearts. Maybe flowers, but definitely not traditional red roses. No, these roses are black!

As Miss Cakehead does for other holidays, this event will be a one-day pop-up shop in London, England, in collaboration with Kraken Rum, to sell black roses. The shop is called the Think Ink Floral Shop, and roses will be distributed in exchange for a donation to Project Redsand. Have you ever seen a black rose?

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What Made The Strange Web Towers In The Amazon


A few months ago, we showed you this strange structure found and photographed by graduate student Troy Alexander in the Peruvian Amazon. As far as we knew, no one had ever seen anything like it before. Was it built by an insect, a spider, a fungus, or space aliens? Researchers at the Tambopata Research Center kept observing this and other structures like it until they figured it out.
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Candy and Gingerbread Galleries by Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin


One of the staples of the holiday season is the gingerbread house. Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin have taken the art of building a gingerbread house to a new level with their creations for Art Basel, a winter art festival in Miami Beach. For a show at Dylan's Candy Bar, they wanted to do something involving both candy and art, so they recreated the world's most famous art museums in gingerbread and candy!
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Dinovember: Bringing Toy Dinosaurs to Life


Movember ain't the only thing happenin' this November, folks. There's also Dinovember - a month-long project by Refe (@RefeUp) and Susan Tuma to convince their little children that plastic dinosaurs come to life when they sleep.

The project got started when after a long stretch of staying up all night with their one-year-old son who had trouble sleeping, Refe and Susan felt guilty that they weren't doing enough fun things with their two older children. So, Susan decided to play a little prank by setting up their plastic dinosaur toys in the bathroom.

"When my daughter, who was 4 at the time, came running into our bedroom, she said 'The dinosaurs came to life in the middle of the night and they were brushing our teeth!'" said Refe to TODAY.com "We looked at each other, and we knew we had to run with it."
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The Warcraft Wedding


"Warcraft wedding" are two words that don't come to mind when we think about nuptials, but that's because for most of us, World of Warcraft is just a game. But for some, it's a bit more than that.

Kotaku reader Craig and his wife Zoe from Taiwan belong firmly in the second camp. For their engagement photo session, the duo dressed up as characters from Warcraft (Craig is King Varien Wrynn while Zoe cosplays as Tyrande Whisperwind).
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Pop Surrealist Intervention Art of Robert Brandenburg


A beautiful and idyllic landscape painting or a Norman Rockwell classic may look like finished pieces that belong on the wall to you and me, but to Robert Brandenburg, they're merely starting points for his artwork. You see, Brandenburg takes (or some say, hijacks) existing artwork and adds his own twist to create an entirely different effect.
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Kraken Autopsy Proves the Monster is Delicious


We've told you about Miss Cakehead's Eat Your Heart Out pop-up cake shop coming up in London. We've seen corpse body parts made of chocolate and cupcakes with edible maggots. In the latest stunt to promote the event, the "Black Ink Society" conducted an autopsy of a Kraken! We've got plenty of pictures of the event, which was held shipboard off the coast of Kent on Thursday.
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Melting Girl


Here's a creepy yet fascinating art installation that'd be perfect for Halloween! In 2011, Art director Lenn Cox, Jp Scheen, and moldmaker Richard Philips created this sleeping girl in wax installation at the Arnhem Mode Biennale exhibition in the Netherlands. The installation is made for A.F. Vandevorst, a Belgian fashion label.
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Age of Internet Empires


Mark Graham (@geoplace) and Stefano De Sabbata (@maps4thought) of Information Geographies have released a map of featuring the websites most frequently visited by people from all countries in the world.

The map, titled Age of Internet Empires, uses data from web analytics company Alexa. It is visualized in the style of an old colonial map and named after the popular computer game Age of Empire.
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Teenager Teenager


So. I guess that's what teenagers see grownups as. Chinese artists Sun Yuan and Peng Yu's "Teenager Teenager" installation, currently on display at Gallerie Perrotin, consists of a set of sculptures of rock-headed people sitting on sofas as well as a performance piece of real kids playing nearby.
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Here's What You Need to Know About the New $100 Bill


Tomorrow - government shutdown or not - the Federal Reserve is going to start circulating the new $100 bill. The "New Color of Money" redesign to the US banknotes, which began in 2003, started with the new $20 bill. The redesign introduced new security features to stay ahead of counterfeiters.

Here's what you need to know about the new $100 bill, from the Federal Reserve's website NewMoney.gov
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You Can Bring This Mother of All Swiss Army Knives to a Gunfight


Behold the Mother of All Swiss Army Knives that you can actually bring to a gunfight ... and win!

The knife has 100 functions, including every types of blades imaginable. It has a serrated blade, dagger blades, shears and scissors, an auger, a corkscrew, saws, a lancet, button hook, cigar cutter, pens and pencils, mirror, and straight razor. You can even use this tool to tune a piano, as it has a piano tuner built in. Hungry? It's got a butter knife so you can butter your toast.

But that's not all: This is a knife you can actually bring to a gunfight. It has a fully functioning .22 caliber five-shot pinfire revolver. And as if that ain't enough, the tortoise shell handle covers of the knife open up to hold picks, tools, and even mini folding knives.
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NASA Mashups


Before we can boldly go where no one has gone before, we need a plan ... and blueprints! That's where illustrator Doug Pedersen come in. The Minneapolis, Minnesota, based artist has created a sci-fi inspired series of mashups of popular pop culture vehicles with real ones from NASA's space program.
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10 Most EPIC Photos from Red Bull Illume 2013


Well, what do you expect from a company that dropped a man from orbit as a stunt? The 3rd Red Bull Illume Image Quest photography competition, where 6,417 photographers from 124 countries competed to submit the most epic action and adventure sports photos (there were more than 28,000 entries), has just announced the winners. And as expected, there was much epicness
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Food Rorschach Test


Quick, what comes to mind when you see these Rorschach tests made with food? Madrid-based photographer Esther Lobo (FahLoSue) created a series of fantastic Rorschach inkblot tests made with yogurt, ice cream, peanut butter, condiments, and other types of food
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A Book Can Change Your Life


"A book can change the story of your life," is the premise of this series of cleverly illustrated ads for Penguin Books by Y&R ad agency in Beijing, China. The print ads show events in a person's life and how reading a book could make a difference between that person becoming a criminal or a sports hero, a successful chef and, uh, a degenerate and so on.
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