Artist Turned 3000 Kilograms Of Clothing Destined For Landfill Into An Art Installation

“Blood Mountain” is a sculptural installation featuring a 3-meter high mound of red clothing and apparel. Upon closer inspection t-shirts with feminist slogans like “Girl Power” and “The Future Is Female” can be seen poking through the debris. Fashion items, once hung in pristine department stores, now presented as a giant pile of landfill. Uncannily, this imposing red mass is being exhibited in a former garment factory warehouse, now Grau Projekt, in Melbourne, Australia. Continue reading »

This Photographer Uses Drones To Capture Mountain Halos, And The Result Is Out Of This World

Check out these incredible shots by Liverpool-born and Chigaco-based musician and photographer Reuben Wu. Reuben is known for his pioneering methods of using drone-mounted lights to illuminate landscapes, giving them an otherworldly quality reminiscent of a sci-fi movie. These images are part of an ongoing project called Lux Noctis, which he has been working on since 2016. Continue reading »

Room With A Mountain View In Downtown Of Shanghai

A residential building in Shanghai’s Changning District has a distinctly different view in the concrete jungle. Those looking out the window will have the view of a 50-meter high mountain! Continue reading »

Solitary Wilderness Shelter Provides Warmth to Mountain Hikers

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Photo credit: Janez Martincic

The Skuta mountain, located in Slovenia’s Kamnik Alps, presents many challenges for those trying to scale it. Strong winds, heavy snowfalls, and dangerous landslides are just a few of the hazards that await climbers. To make their journey safer, the students at Harvard University School of Design and OFIS Architects have recently constructed a shelter that sits along the beautiful rocky landscape.
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“Kwita Izina” – The Annual Mountain Gorilla Naming Ceremony In Rwanda

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People dressed as gorillas perform during the annual mountain gorilla naming ceremony, also known as “Kwita Izina”, in Kinigi town, Rwanda, September 5, 2015. Some 24 baby gorillas were named as the country continues to raise awareness about the importance of preserving the gorillas, already declared an endangered species. (Photo by Edward Echwalu/Reuters)
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Zaha Hadid Architects Have Completed The Messner Mountain Museum Corones In Italy

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Zaha Hadid Architects have completed the Messner Mountain Museum Corones, located in South Tyrol, Italy. Continue reading »

Mystery Piano On Top Of The Mountain

“The piano was discovered on top of Topanga Lookout, near Stunt Road in the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area. Several photos posted to Instagram indicated the piano was hauled up Tuesday to the ridgeline for a music video shoot involving Seatlle-based artist Rachel Wong. Wong was a finalist in Ford’s 2012 “Gimme the Gig II” contest, according to her biography. The photos showed the five-person crew using a rope to pull the piano up a narrow trail, part of a two-mile round trip hike with about 160 feet of elevation gain. They used a moving dolly on some parts of the rugged trail, a job that took about 45 minutes, said videographer Michael Froton. Aerial video Thursday afternoon showed hikers playing the piano on the graffiti-covered concrete foundation of an old fire tower and taking pictures of the instrument with a dramatic natural backdrop. “It shows how different we are”, said hiker Nick Herron. “Where else do you hear about a piano on top of a ridge?” – Jonathan Lloyd and Adrian Arambulo

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A person sits at an upright piano that had been hauled up to Topanga Lookout in the Santa Monica Mountains in Calabasas, Calif. For a couple of days last week, a Southern California hilltop was alive with the sound of mystery. Hikers venturing to Topanga Lookout found a battered upright piano sitting on a graffiti-scrawled concrete slab with a panoramic view over the mountains between Calabasas and the Pacific Ocean. Turns out, the piano was used for a music video by Seattle-based artist Rachel Wong. The cinematographer, Michael Flotron, says he and four others used a dolly and rope to haul the 350-pound instrument a mile up the trail on Tuesday. After the shoot, it was too dark to get the piano back down. Flotron says people seem happy to leave it there. But if necessary, he’ll haul the piano back down. (Photo by Michael Flotron/AP Photo) Continue reading »

Mountain Bike Trails Built Underground

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It’s the biggest place of it’s kind, well and pretty much the only one. Underneath the Zoo of Louisville hides something you would never expect, a trail paradise for mountain bikers.
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K2 – the Savage Mountain

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The moon illuminates the snow-covered Concordia, the confluence of the Baltoro and Godwin-Austen glaciers, near the world’s second highest mountain the K2 (8,000 meters) in the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan September 6, 2014. While other parts of Pakistan and northern India were flooded, Concordia in the Karakoram mountain range was covered with a seasonally unusual amount of snow. Geographically, Pakistan is a climbers paradise. It rivals Nepal for the number of peaks over 7,000 meters and is home to the world’s second tallest mountain, K2, as well as four of the world’s 14 summits higher than 8,000 meters. In more peaceful times, northern Pakistan’s unspoilt beauty was a major tourist draw but the potentially lucrative industry has been blighted by years of violence. The number of expeditions has dwindled, wrecking communities dependant on climbing for income and starving Pakistan’s suffering economy of much-needed dollars. (Photo by Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters)
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The Surrealist Cube House as Mountain Retreat

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Responding to an international competition to design a lodge to be situated in Slovakia’s High Tatra Mountains, Czech architectural firm Atelier 8000 has designed the disorienting geometric construction that you see above. Continue reading »

A Drunk Mountain Gorilla

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Mountain Gorilla, Dominant Silver Back (Gorilla gorilla beringei) completely drunk due to the consumtion of new bamboo stems which cause a fermentation in their stomack and make the gorillas drunk, including the young ones. This behaviour, sometimes crazy, occurs during the rain season, when the bamboos stems are growing very quickly, and are extremely rich in proteins and are very attractive. In such situation the gorillas are extremelly active and playfull, the Silver back can develops strange behaviour and hit the visitors on their way. Kwitonda Group, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. (Photo by Christophe Courteau) Continue reading »

ABSA Cape Epic Mountain Bike Race in South Africa


Riders compete in the final stage of the annual ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike stage race, Cape Town, South Africa, 30 March 2014. The multi day stage race is know as the “Tour de France” of mountain biking and sees 1,200 riders riding 720km in seven days. The race includes the worlds leading professional racers along with amateur cyclists. (Photo by Kim Ludbrook/EPA)
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Weather Permits Light Show on Swiss Jungfrau Mountain for Second Time!

Giant light installations illuminated the north face of the Jungfrau Mountain in Switzerland on Wednesday night and through the wee hours on Thursday, as the weather was favorable for hosting the light show, which is a part of the celebrations to mark the centenary year of Jungfrau railway.

The light installations, first put on show by artist Gerry Hofstetter on Jan. 1, attracted much international attention and a second illumination is now planned for this week, according to a statement released by the Jungfrau Mountain Railway authority on Jan. 11.

Light projections illuminate the north face of the Jungfrau mountain, next to the Eiger (L) and Moench (C) mountains, in the Bernese Oberland Jan. 11, 2012. (REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann) Continue reading »

Best Photos of Mountain Summit Contest 2011

Mountains are made of rock. They don’t usually move. But they do generate plenty of motion: they allow for streams to carve their way through their slopes. They create habitats for animals and plants. And they are shaped by wind and weather. For us humans, they are a recreational destination, a playground and in a way, a “gym”. Everything in them that moves or is moved is part of “Mountain.Moves”.

In cooperation with partners of eight countries and the support of the IMS, KIKU wants to acknowledge creativity and the powers of observation of all mountain lovers. The best photos will be rewarded with a special prize and the photographers invited to the award ceremony at the IMS. A selection of pictures will be exposed in the city center of Brixen/Bressanone, Italy. Continue reading »

3D Hand-made Models of Mountain Reliefs

Eduard Imhof (1895-1986) was professor of cartography at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich from 1925 – 1965. His fame far beyond the Institute of Technology was based on his school maps and atlases. In 1995 it was 100 years since his birthday. On this occasion several exhibitions celebrated his life and work, among others in Zurich, Bern, Bad Ragaz, Küsnacht/ZH, Barcelona, Karlsruhe and Berlin. The last such exhibition took place in summer 1997 in the Graphische Sammlung of the ETH. There it was possible to show a large number of maps and pictures in the original. At the conclusion of the exhibition Imhof’s family bequested his original works to the ETH-Bibliothek Zurich. Mrs. Viola Imhof, the widow of Eduard Imhof, being very much attached to his work, had a major part in making it accessible to the public.

Eduard Imhof not only cartographed and drew the mountains, but also modeled them. The three relief models he made are on permanent display at the Swiss Alpine Museum in Bern, in the Naturwissenschaftlichen Sammlungen of the city of Winterthur and in the ETH-Hönggerberg (HIL-Gebäude). Continue reading »