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]

Look Closely—Every Point of Light in This Image Is a Galaxy

ESA/Herschel/SPIRE; M. W. L. Smith et al 2017
ESA/Herschel/SPIRE; M. W. L. Smith et al 2017

Even if you stare closely at this seemingly grainy image, you might not be able to tell there’s anything to it besides visual noise. But it's not static—it's a sliver of the distant universe, and every little pinprick of light is a galaxy.

As Gizmodo reports, the image was produced by the European Space Agency’s Herschel Space Observatory, a space-based infrared telescope that was launched into orbit in 2009 and was decommissioned in 2013. Created by Herschel’s Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver (SPIRE) and Photodetector Array Camera and Spectrometer (PACS), it looks out from our galaxy toward the North Galactic Pole, a point that lies perpendicular to the Milky Way's spiral near the constellation Coma Berenices.

A close-up of a view of distant galaxies taken by the Herschel Space Observatory
ESA/Herschel/SPIRE; M. W. L. Smith et al 2017

Each point of light comes from the heat of dust grains between different stars in a galaxy. These areas of dust gave off this radiation billions of years before reaching Herschel. Around 1000 of those pins of light belong to galaxies in the Coma Cluster (named for Coma Berenices), one of the densest clusters of galaxies in the known universe.

The longer you look at it, the smaller you’ll feel.

[h/t Gizmodo]

Unwind With 10 Hours of Soothing Ocean Footage From BBC Earth

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The internet can be a stressful place at times. Do yourself a favor by taking a break from the endless barrage of content to focus on the tranquil beauty of nature. The video below, spotted by Motherboard, features 10 hours of peaceful oceanscapes, courtesy of BBC Earth.

Unlike BBC's usual nature documentaries, which almost always include narration, this footage is completely human-free. There are no voices, no music, and no graphics. Instead, you'll find leisurely shots of whale sharks, schools of hammerheads, sailfish, and sea turtles drifting through the open ocean to a soundtrack of sloshing water.

Even if you don't have time to watch the whole 10 hours, just a few minutes of sitting in front of the meditative footage is probably enough to refresh your brain. Just don't be surprised if a few minutes quickly becomes an hour (or a few).

And if 10 hours of relaxing video still isn't enough for you, we recommend checking out some Norwegian slow TV. "Shows" include footage of a sea cruise, a train ride, and migrating reindeer.

[h/t Motherboard]

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