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Anish Kapoor Descension, 2014 Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York, 2017
Anish Kapoor Descension, 2014 Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York, 2017
James Ewing, Public Art Fund, NY // © Anish Kapoor, 2017

Never-Ending Whirlpool Mesmerizes Visitors at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Anish Kapoor Descension, 2014 Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York, 2017
Anish Kapoor Descension, 2014 Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York, 2017
James Ewing, Public Art Fund, NY // © Anish Kapoor, 2017

Visitors will have trouble tearing their eyes away from the newest art installation to grace Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York City. As designboom reports, the waters of Anish Kapoor’s "Descension" appear to swirl forever into a bottomless vortex.

The whirlpool was commissioned by Public Art Fund in celebration of the nonprofit’s 40th anniversary. British artist Kapoor presented his concept at India’s Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Galleria Continua in San Gimignanom, and a solo show at Versailles before bringing it to Brooklyn. Public Art Fund describes the installation as “the result of intensive research into material and process, exploring the potential of water to behave in surprising ways. The continuous swirling motion of this 26-foot-diameter liquid mass converges in a central vortex, as if rushing water is being sucked into the earth’s depths.”

Parkgoers have until September 10 to stare into the whirlpool in person.

Whirlpool art installation mesmerizes visitors to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Whirlpool art installation mesmerizes visitors to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

[h/t designboom]

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It's So Cold In One Part of Russia That People's Eyelashes Are Freezing
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Henrik Djärv, Flickr // CC BY-NC 2.0

Oymyakon, a rural village in the eastern Russian region of Yakutia, is one of the coldest inhabited spots in the world. While some schools in the U.S. cancel classes as temperatures approach zero, schools in Oymyakon remain open in -40°F weather. But recently temperatures in the region have dropped too low even for seasoned locals to handle. As AP reports, the chill, which hit -88.6°F on January 16, is cold enough to break thermometers and freeze eyelashes.

Photos shared by residents on social media show the mercury in thermometers hovering at -70°F, the lowest temperature some are built to measure. When thermometers fail, people in Oymyakon have other ways of gauging the cold. Their uncovered eyelashes can freeze upon stepping outside. Hot water tossed in the air will also turn to snow before hitting the ground.

To Oymyakon's 500-odd citizens, the most recent cold snap is nothing out of the ordinary. Temperatures are perpetually below freezing there from late October to mid-May, and average temperatures for the winter months frequently reach −58 °F. On Tuesday, residents were advised to stay inside and stay as warm as possible. Of course, that directive wasn't enough to stop some adventurous locals from sneaking outside for selfies.

[h/t AP]

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Even in Real Time, the Northern Lights Look Like a Beautiful Timelapse Video
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Nothing compares to seeing the Northern Lights in person, but this video shared by The Kid Should See This is a pretty decent substitute. Though it may look like a timelapse, the footage hasn’t been altered or sped up at all. The undulating green lights you see below are what the aurora borealis looks like in real time.

Astro-photographer Kwon O Chul captured the footage of the meteorological phenomenon in Canada’s Northwest Territories in March 2013. The setting, the Aurora Village in Yellowknife, is a popular destination for tourists coming to see the Northern Lights up close. In the video, you can see how the camp’s glowing teepees complement the colorful ribbon of lights above.

Even if you plan your Northern Lights sightseeing trip perfectly, it’s impossible to guarantee that you’ll get a clear view of the aurora borealis on any given night, since factors like solar activity and weather conditions affect the light show’s visibility. But if you want to know what to expect when the lights are at their peak, take a look at the clip below.

You can check out more of Kwon O Chul's photography on Facebook.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

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