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Exhibition Devoted to Harry Potter Graphic Art Opens in London

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The London-based design studio MinaLima is behind all of the graphic art in the eight Harry Potter films, from the Marauder’s Map to Ron’s Howler—and now, as It’s Nice That reports, wizards and muggles alike can get an up-close look at their work in a brand new exhibition.

The House of MinaLima, located at 26 Greek Street in London, contains around 50 props from the Harry Potter films on loan from Warner Bros. on the top two floors. Other features, according to Pottermore, are “a room-size Marauder’s Map, enough prints to fill a wizarding press room, designs that were found in Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, and a library with Hogwarts acceptance letters shooting from the fireplace.” Limited edition prints will be sold on the first floor. You can watch the four-story space being transformed below:

Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, who met in 2001 on the Harry Potter set, picked the exhibition space because, Lima told Pottermore, “It’s like Grimmauld Place in there, with narrow staircases, wonky walls, and low ceilings.” Mina said that the duo wanted the space “to feel like it could have been there forever, like a museum. And as though it could disappear between the other buildings. By the time you reach the top floor, you can touch the ceiling. It’s like Harry’s cupboard under the stairs, but at the top of the building.”

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In addition to extending their partnership beyond the Harry Potter series—the duo has created artwork inspired by Peter Pan, The Jungle Book, and more. They’ve also done work on the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which follows the adventures of Newt Scamander and hits theaters November 18, 2016.

If you can’t make it to the exhibition, MinaLima also sells replicas of the art they created for the films on its website. House of MinaLima runs until February 2017, and entry is free.

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A Cartographer Is Mapping All of the UK’s National Parks, J.R.R. Tolkien-Style
Peak District National Park
Peak District National Park
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Cartographer Dan Bell makes national parks into fantasy lands. Bell, who lives near Lake District National Park in England, is currently on a mission to draw every national park in the UK in the style of the maps in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Kottke.org reports.

The project began in September 2017, when Bell posted his own hand-drawn version of a Middle Earth map online. He received such a positive response that he decided to apply the fantasy style to real world locations. He has completed 11 out of the UK’s 15 parks so far. Once he finishes, he hopes to tackle the U.S. National Park system, too. (He already has Yellowstone National Park down.)

Bell has done various other maps in the same style, including ones for London and Game of Thrones’s Westeros, and he commissions, in case you have your own special locale that could use the Tolkien treatment. Check out a few of his park maps below.

A close-up of a map for Peak District National Park
Peak District National Park in central England
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A black-and-white illustration of Cairngorms National Park in the style of a 'Lord of the Rings' map.
Cairngorms National Park in Scotland
Dan Bell

A black-and-white illustration of Lake District National Park in the style of a 'Lord of the Rings' map.
Lake District National Park in England
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You can buy prints of the maps here.

[h/t Kottke.org]

All images by Dan Bell

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The North Face's New Geodesic Dome Tent Will Protect You in 60 mph Wind
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The North Face

You can find camping tents designed for easy set-up, large crowds, and sustainability, but when it comes to strength, there’s only so much abuse a foldable structure can take. Now, The North Face is pushing the limits of tent durability with a reimagined design. According to inhabitat, the Geodome 4 relies on its distinctive geodesic shape to survive wind gusts approaching hurricane strength.

Instead of the classic arching tent structure, the Geodome balloons outward like a globe. It owes its unique design to the five main poles and one equator pole that hold it in place. Packed up, the gear weighs just over 24 pounds, making it a practical option for car campers and four-season adventurers. When it’s erected, campers have floor space measuring roughly 7 feet by 7.5 feet, enough to sleep four people, and 6 feet and 9 inches of space from ground to ceiling if they want to stand. Hooks attached to the top create a system for gear storage.

While it works in mild conditions, the tent should really appeal to campers who like to trek through harsher weather. Geodesic domes are formed from interlocking triangles. A triangle’s fixed angles make it one of the strongest shapes in engineering, and when used in domes, triangles lend this strength to the overall structure. In the case of the tent, this means that the dome will maintain its form in winds reaching speeds of 60 mph. Meanwhile, the double-layered, water-resistant exterior keeps campers dry as they wait out the storm.

The Geodome 4 is set to sell for $1635 when it goes on sale in Japan this March. In the meantime, outdoorsy types in the U.S. will just have to wait until the innovative product expands to international markets.

[h/t inhabitat]

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