These artists create mind-bending artwork solely from autumn leaves

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Andy Goldsworthy’s Land Art In the land art movement, no name is bigger than Andy Goldsworthy . The British artist is recognized around the world for the ingenious sculptures and art installations that he creates using elements found in nature. Fallen leaves are among Goldsworthy’s favorite tools, and he often uses the contrast between brightly colored leaves to create dramatic geometric shapes. Owen Mortensen’s Organic Leaf Art Few artists have the ability to transform an organic object into something as elegant and chic as Owen Mortensen . In his S3 series (which stands for stands for Selectively Skeletonized Sycamores), Mortensen reimagines leaf collecting by stripping away narrow bands of each leaf and lining them up to form a square. Walter Mason’s Striking Land Art German artist  Walter Mason  uses the gifts of nature — berries, water, grass and trees — to produce his temporary art installations, but it’s Mason’s use of leaves that we’re concerned with. Mason uses leaves to create gorgeous geometric patterns and collages that he captures in photographs and shares on his Flickr page . Lorenzo Duran’s Intricate Leaf Art Spanish artist Lorenzo Duran cuts away at leaves with surgical precision to create detailed landscapes, intricate symbols, and a variety of other images. Duran was inspired after seeing a caterpillar chomping away at a leaf, and it prompted him to adopt the leaf as his medium of choice. One of Duran’s recent commissions if for Leagas Delaney’s “ Plant for the Planet ” project, which showcases the leaf’s ability to absorb CO2. Sylvian Meyer’s Swirling Leaf Patterns French artist  Sylvain Meyer  produces environmental art that transforms organic materials like sticks, stones and leaves into swirling patterns and shapes. Using objects found on the forest floor, she produces elaborate installations that draw our attention to the beauty of the natural world. And because she isn’t introducing any foreign elements into the landscape, here pieces are completely non-invasive. Traditional Chinese Leaf Carving Traditional Chinese artists carve incredibly intricate images into leaves from the Chinar tree , which is native to India, Pakistan, and China. The painstaking process involves removing the outer layers of the dried leaf with a knife (which can take months) while carefully keeping the veins intact.

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These maintenance-free, self-watering plants use biomimicry to flourish indoors

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The Pikaplant Jar is the perfect accessory for the black-thumbed gardener, as it never needs watering. The high humidity atmosphere is contained inside the sealed jar, creating a sustainable recycling of air and water. The coffea arabica plant featured in the design is indigenous to Ethiopia’s western highlands, yet the company claims one of the original prototypes in its Amsterdam office for over 12 months. Related: Gorgeous self-watering green walls add life and fresh air to any room Also in the Pikaplant family is the Tableau tray, a successfully funded Kickstarter project. A steel base holds three ceramic pots and a water reservoir, creating an open-air and self-watering masterpiece. Pikaplant One is the company’s stunning vertical garden , equipped with a passive irrigation system. The three shelf-high installation uses biomimicry , borrowing from the wet-dry cycle of ground water and trusting the plants to know how much water they need and when. Pikaplant Jars were located at designjunction at the London Design Festival 2016 this year, in its new King’s Cross location, along with Blackbody’s fierce FIRE RING chandelier . +Pikaplant +London Design Festival Images via Inhabitat, Pikaplant

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Donald Trump gaslights the world by denying his "climate change is a Chinese hoax" tweet

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In 2012, Donald Trump tweeted that climate change is a hoax created by the Chinese. In last night’s presidential debate, he gaslit the entire world by denying he ever said that. What the Republican nominee seems to repeatedly forget is that anyone with an internet connection can fact-check his nonsense and discover that, for someone who doesn’t believe in global warming , he sure has made some big investments in protecting his seaside properties from it. The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012 Last night’s first presidential debate featured an unprepared, rambling, and interrupting Donald – “vintage Trump,” as one CNN correspondent called it – bumbling his way through failing to explain his birther movement gusto, claiming Black and Hispanic Americans are “ living in hell ,” and bragging how he is “smart” for not paying federal income taxes , all the while complaining that NATO partners don’t pay their “fair share.” Yet, the most easily debunked falsehood that tumbled from his mouth could be that he “did not” claim climate change is a hoax perpetuated by China. Related: Donald Trump believes California farmers who say “there is no drought” His tweet from 2012 is, miraculously, still up on his Twitter profile for anyone to see, despite claims that his campaign was desperately trying to delete it during the debate. A writer shared an image that the original tweet “is no longer available,” yet this may have been due to a bug. It was a believable misdeed, however, seeing as he did delete the following tweet on September 11 of last year: “I would like to extend my best wishes to all, even the haters and losers, on this special date, September 11th.” It is mind-boggling how anyone over the age of 5 can believe if they deny something hard enough, it will be as if it never happened. But even more revealing of Trump’s magical thinking, deceitful tactics, and disdainful opinion of the American public’s attention span is the fact that, despite being a climate change denier , he has applied for permission to construct a coastal wall to protect his Ireland golf course from “global warming and its effects.” According to Politico , the application cites an Irish government study that predicts a rising rate of erosion: “the existing erosion rate will continue and worsen, due to sea level rise, in the next coming years, posing a real and immediate risk to most of the golf course frontage and assets.” His Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago estate is also being slowly swallowed by the sea . The Washington Post reports, “He’s tweeted 101 times about global warming, according to a  new archive  of all of Trump’s tweets from 2009 to the present. The  vast majority of those  tweets claim in some way that global warming is a hoax.” While he is calling verifiable and catastrophic climate change “ bullshit ,” “a total hoax,” and “psuedoscience,” he is simultaneously investing in ways to shelter his property from its effects. It’s safe to assume, however, that if he were confronted with these inconsistencies he would reply, “No, I’m not.” Via The Washington Post , The Los Angeles Times , Politico Images via  Flickr

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