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In the world of Netherlands-based artist Jip de Beer, websites are three-dimensional landscapes, as varied in terrain as a mountain pass or a canyon. The student at the Frank Mohr Institute in Groningen created Web Spaces, a series of 3D-printed sculptures based on the design structure of popular websites, as The Next Web reports.

First, he created a browser plugin that maps the hierarchy of different elements on a webpage (similar to the structure of folders saved on your computer’s hard drive) and assigns each element a color based on how far down it is in the hierarchy.

Then, he took those colorful maps and printed them, making them into abstract elevation maps. The automated design of these sculptures led him to “discover urban landscapes, or structures resembling alien space stations,” he writes.

Using a custom-built automation program to generate the 3D designs, the artist created three-dimensional maps for the home pages of some of the most valuable domains on the web—Facebook, Twitter, Google, and more. He printed them out of materials like gold and bronze, giving them a sculptural panache worthy of their market value. Rather than websites designed for you to chat with friends or check news, they look like fortresses or castles. Which seems like a pretty apt metaphor for the power that sites like Google and Facebook wield over our lives these days.

View from above of a gold-plated Facebook sculpture in shadow
Facebook

A linear gold sculpture representing Google's design
Google

A bronze sculpture of YouTube's design against a white background
YouTube in bronze

A copper sculpture of the hierarchy of Wikipedia's design with corrosion
Wikipedia in copper

[h/t The Next Web]

All images courtesy Jip de Beer. Web Spaces is produced as part of the Summer Sessions Network for Talent Development in a co-production of Kitchen Budapest and V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media, with support of the Creative Industries Fund NL.

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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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Photographer's Amazing Snap of an Osprey Is Holding Two Big Surprises
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As a wildlife photographer, Doc Jon understands the importance of being in the right place at the right time. But it took getting home and really squinting at his own work to realize that he recently captured a “one-in-a-trillion shot” while taking a photo of an osprey in Madeira Beach, Florida. While demonstrating the power of his lens to a fellow beach-goer, Jon pointed his camera at an osprey flying about 400 feet above their heads, and snapped a quick photo.

“I started shooting and my settings were off,” Jon told Fstoppers. “I had no tripod. I was trying to hold it steady, but it was windy out," he said. "I could see the osprey had a fish, but it was far away. It wasn't until I got home, cropped in on it, lightened the shadows, and applied some sharpening that I suddenly saw. ‘Oh my god, that's a shark's tail.’ Then I saw the fish in its mouth and I knew it was going to go viral.”

Jon predicted correctly.

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Jon’s photo, which has already been shared by thousands of people, features the osprey holding a shark, which is holding a fish—making it sort of like the photographic version of a turducken. News of Jon’s amazing photo spread after he posted it to his Facebook page and a local news station saw it. Since then, he told Fstoppers, he’s been receiving requests for interviews from as far away as Israel and India.

Of course, with all that exposure comes the inevitable question of authenticity. Fortunately, Jon is taking that part in stride.

"The fun part for me is some people are commenting that it's Photoshopped, and obviously, those people don't know the limitations of Photoshop," Jon told Fstoppers. "Then, other people are telling me I should have sold it instead of sharing it online. I'm laughing, because really, it's not a good photo. The photo itself kind of sucks. But it tells a great story and it's getting me a lot of recognition for my other work now."

[h/t: Fstoppers]

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