First Place Photograph: Biomineral CrystalsPupa U. P. A. Gilbert and Christopher E. Killian; University of Wisconsin, Madison
"These beautiful structures are the microscopic crystals that make up a sea urchin's tooth. Each shade of blue, aqua, green, and purple--superimposed on a scanning electron micrograph using Photoshop--highlights an individual crystal of calcite, the abundant carbonate mineral found in limestone, marble, and shells.
Instead of flat sides and sharp edges, the sea urchin produces complex, intertwined curved plates and fibers that interlock and fill space in the tooth as they grow, according to the National Science Foundation. Though made of a substance normally as soft as chalk, the teeth are hard enough to grind rock, and sea urchins use them to gnaw holes where they can take shelter from rough seas and predators."
"The Ice Castles are miraculously made entirely out of ice with no supporting substructure. Their beauty lies in their organic, ever-evolving nature. These changing ice formations are dynamic, larger than life, and something entirely new and unique.s."
"Nothing sparks an imagination like walking through the turquoise-colored tunnels of the Ice Castles. The Ice Castles evolve throughout the winter, as builders artistically hand-place thousands upon thousands of icicles to create simply unique and amazing ice structures. Formed completely from frozen water — with no supporting substructure — the Ice Castles beckon people to play, pose and ponder within their glistening walls." Ice Castles
"Eric Standley works with hundreds of layers of colored paper creating intricate laser cut stain glass windows. These beautifully constructed works are made up of interlacing positive and negative spaces that seem to “float” in a fabricated suspension. He begins with a drawing, this helps him create the complex range of imagery needed to make a workable design, before cutting and assembling the paper pieces. Standley’s windows are similar in complexity to that of traditional stained glass, and bring to mind the beautiful Northern Rose window of the medieval Chartres Cathedral in France. "
"From October 6 to November 18 in the Italian town of Como, an exhibition Agora was gathering more and more likes of art lovers. More than 50 artist who worked on textile materials worked on exhibition in a neoclassical mansion name Villa Olmo.
The most notable work of the exhibition was of artist Dowie Gabriel from Texas, This work is a large-size installations of strained colored threads, His new work “Weaving № 19″, only created for the exhibition at the Villa Olmo, He gathered it with the help of two assistant. Special charm of this paper give glow yarns in the sun. Just have a look…."