Cindy Chinn carves a tiny family of elephants into pencil tips

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Many great things spring forth from the tip of a pencil, including beautiful sketches, thoughtful prose, and scientific equations. In all those instances, the graphite running through the pencil serves as a tool for expressing an idea formed in the human mind. Chinn’s work is similar in that she carefully shapes the pencil’s graphite into representations of familiar objects (and now animals). The big difference is that Chinn’s sculptures require considerably more skill and accuracy than using a pencil as a writing or drawing tool. Related: A tiny train emerges from a pencil in this intricate sculpture To create the minuscule pencil sculptures , Chinn hand carves the graphite with the help of a magnifying lamp, trinocular microscope, and surely a metric ton of concentration. She plans each piece carefully and the design of the elephant sculpture evolved from her client’s initial request, all before the sculpting started. “I added some grid lines to help me scale the carving on the pencil lead,” she wrote in a blog post . “The client requested a single elephant, but then I turned it into three… then I wanted to add trees… then I wanted to add grass for them to walk on.” The artist, who lives in Nebraska, regularly creates commissioned artworks  such as this, but also sells sculptures via Etsy . If you are enamoured with Elephant Walk, she will even create a custom version of it for you, ranging from $200 to $800 in price, depending on how many elephants you’d like. Made-to-order versions of her famous train pencil carving are also for sale, as well as other items created using a plasma cutter, such as a handsaw depicting a cowboy and horse cut out of the blade. + Cindy Chinn Via Colossal Images via Cindy Chinn

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Crazy footage of a massive landslide in Alaska

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At the end of June, a 4,000-foot-tall mountainside crashed down near Alaska’s Glacier Bay, resulting in a colossal landslide. While nobody was around when it happened, Pilot Paul Swanstrom of the Mountain Flying Service recorded the avalanche about two hours later with pictures and a video (see it below the jump) which demonstrate the enormity of the slide. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7M2znN8Z5o No one was harmed by the landslide, despite its Richter Scale rating of 2.9. After the mountainside collapsed, around 150 million tons of mud and rock generated a debris field that stretched 6.5 miles. Swanstrom said dust lingered above the site but didn’t pose any danger to him as he flew by. Related: Culver City Eco House fights back after being decimated by a landslide Across the United States in New York, Columbia University professor Colin Stark and colleagues detected the rock avalanche with seismometers. Stark said they knew about the event shortly after it occurred on June 28. He estimated the force of the landslide was likely intense, about 280 giganewtons, or as if around 100 million cars crashed down the mountainside. He said , “This is a very important event. We have events like this maybe three to five times per year across the entire world. And the St. Elias Range, and Glacier Bay – Southeast Alaska in general – are hotspots for rock avalanches, or very large landslides.” There’s a geological explanation for the landslide, according to Stark. He said shifting tectonic plates have accelerated the growth of mountains in this area of Alaska, but the mountains usually aren’t very stable. He said , “So, mountains are being built very fast and they’re also being destroyed very fast because the rocks are weak and glacial erosion is very powerful.” Both Swanstrom and Stark said the landslide could have been the largest one in many years. Swanstrom said an avalanche that happened a few years ago had a debris field that stretched around four miles, less than the recent event. Stark will be flying to Alaska soon to collect sediment samples from the landslide. Via Gizmodo and KHNS Images via Paul Swanstrom on Facebook

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Solar-powered Cabin Spacey homes tap Berlin’s unused rooftops

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The project aims to utilize Berlin ‘s rooftops as an untapped spatial resource where Cabin Spacey homes can thrive. Crafted from sustainable materials and completely modular, the house is both environmentally friendly and flexible, offering a few different configurations including the standard model with two rooms, a kitchen and a bath. Related: Modern Kenjo Cabin is a solar-powered floating room for a family in Sweden CABIN SPACEY Model Zero – supported by Thoma Holz100, Green Living, and the Berlin-Mitte Housing Society, is the first model to be constructed. Its creators, Simon and Andreas, along with their extended team, hope the project will appeal to urban nomads, and anyone fed up with the restrictions imposed by traditional living. + Cabin Spacey

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