Take a Virtual Tour of Europe’s Only Underwater Museum

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To take a tour of the recently opened Museo Atlantico, you’ll want to bring a swimsuit. Launched in January 2018 by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor, it’s Europe’s only underwater museum. You no longer have to travel all the way to the Canary Islands to check it out, though, nor do you necessarily need to don a pair of flippers. A new 360° video will let you explore it virtually.

The Museo Atlantico is a sculpture park located some 40 feet underwater off the southern coast of the island of Lanzarote that can only be accessed by scuba divers and snorkelers, containing several hundred cement sculptures that are designed to form an artificial reef at the bottom of the sea. The virtual reality tour below comes courtesy of the Barceló Hotel Group, which operates several hotels in Lanzarote.

The life-sized sculptures, spread out over almost 27,000 square feet, include statues of children sitting in boats, a man lying on a funeral pyre, a couple taking a selfie, and artificial sculptures of vegetation native to Lanzarote. The works are designed to tackle environmental and social topics and are made with sea life in mind, with small compartments and other structural features that are meant to attract creatures like urchins and octopuses.

The film’s description on the Barceló site helpfully includes time stamps where notable artworks appear so that you can know what you’re looking at. The tour is eerie and feels like exploring a sunken society. The water is murky, and the sculptures are already covered in marine life that makes them look like they’ve been at the bottom of the sea for ages, frozen in time. Take a look for yourself in the video below.

Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year is 'Sociable and Spirited' Living Coral

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Goodbye violet, and hello coral. Pantone has named “Living Coral” its Color of the Year for 2019, but you still have the rest of the month to wear out this year’s shade of “Ultra Violet.”

The orange-pink hue (officially PANTONE 16-1546) is a response to an environment in flux and the human need to feel connected to other people, even as technology becomes more and more embedded in our daily lives, according to Pantone. "Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity,” the company writes on its website. “Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.”

As the world’s leading authority on color, Pantone’s picks for Color of the Year have been informing the worlds of interior decorating, fashion, graphic design, and other creative fields since 1999. The company’s Color Institute chose cerulean blue as its very first prediction for the year ahead (2000), according to the history section of Pantone’s website.

The intensive process of predicting the next color to take over the design world begins with noticing the hues that are starting to appear more prominently in new fashion lines, films, cars, art, and the streets of some of the world’s trendiest places, like London, Paris, and Milan.

In 2014, Leatrice Eiseman—executive director of the Pantone Color Institute—told Glamour that Pantone’s color experts are trained to look at “macro influences” around the world. “You can’t look just in the category that’s of specific interest,” Eiseman said. “You might manufacture clothing, but you have to know what’s happening in the bigger world around you so you know what color to choose.”

For those more interested in practical interior design trends than all-encompassing color schemes, paint brand Benjamin Moore has also revealed its color of the year for 2019. A cool gray hue (called Metropolitan AF-690) was chosen for the “calming role” it plays in our lives and our homes.

There’s a Snowman Hiding In These Snowflakes—Can You Spot It?

Gergely Dudás is a master of hidden image illustrations. The Hungarian artist, who is known to his fans as “Dudolf,” has spent the past several years delighting the internet with his inventive designs, going all the way back to the time he hid a single panda bear in a sea of snowmen in 2015.

In the years since, he has played optical tricks with a variety of other figures, including sheep and Santa Claus and hearts and snails. So what would the holiday season be without yet another Dudolf brainteaser? At first glance, his latest image (click on the post above to see a larger version) looks like a brightly colored field of snowflakes. But look closer—much, much closer—and you'll find a snowman hiding in there. Or you won't. But we promise it's there. (Dudolf has thoughtfully included a link to the solution on his Facebook page, so that you can either confirm your brilliance or just skip the brain strain altogether.)

If you like what you see here, Dudolf has an entire holiday-themed book of hidden images, Bear's Merry Book of Hidden Things: Christmas Seek-and-Find, which has been described as "Where’s Waldo? for the next generation." He also regularly posts new images to both his blog and Facebook page.

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