Come on snow!
No two snowflakes are alike, they say. And yet: We rarely get proof of that. Our eyes perceive snow not as individual, idiosyncratic crystals … but rather as uniformly fluffy flakes. And! When we try to get a better look at the true intricacy of snow by capturing one of the flakes … the thing melts. Snow is a cold and fickle thing.
The Earth Room consists of 280,000 pounds of soil, which covers 3,600 square feet of prime loft space in Soho. The work, which has been on display since 1977 and has been looked after by a guy named Bill for over 20 years, steams the windows and fills the space with the smell of well-watered dirt. Artist Walter de Maria, who had a studio in a mysterious building on East Sixth Street, actually installed three earth rooms, but this is the last one that remains.
A calcified dove found along Tanzania’s Lake Natron, whose blood-red waters are so toxic they turn wildlife to stone. From Nick Brandt’s series “Across the Ravaged Land” via HuffingtonPost.