From gardens to public spaces and roadside verges, Ireland is seeing a surge in the growth of wild flowers and fauna as city and county councils, home owners and farmers, cut back on the trimming of gardens, parks, roadside verges and fields. Suddenly across the country, wild flowers are popping up in a glorious splash of colour, reminding us of times gone by and that left to its own devices nature knows a thing or two about colour coordination.
Behold: the psychedelic illustrations of Madrid-based artist Luis Toledo – otherworldly scenes and composite characters formed from vibrant blocks of colour, patterns, and mundane objects, like pineapples and leaves. Sez he (to Colossal):
I am interested in working on the complexity of human beings and animals, working against the medical anatomy atlases that try to simplify living beings. Nature always develops complex shapes, and I try to imitate that…
A short by Stephen McNally in which Dutch author and popular historian Rutger Bregman argues that in order to continue towards a better world, we need big ideas and a more robust vision of the future.To wit:
Revolutionary ideas, that were once dismissed as a utopian fantasy, became reality through people believing there was a better way – but what if our progress is hindered by our own dim view of human nature?’
A short by Chinese digital artist Yi Le, inspired by a visit to Norway, featuring a sample from ‘You are a Miracle’ by Alan Watts and thereby telling the strange tale of a planet where mysterious experiments are being conducted to restore nature.