Everyone pretty much agrees that the internet is like, 70 percent garbage fire at this point, if not more. But occasionally my net travels end up taking me to tiny worlds of wonder, small treasures that deserve to be shared with the world. Masayoshi Matsumoto’s Tumblr is one of them.

Matsumoto makes balloon animals, but they’re not like any balloon animals you’ve ever seen.

Pellucid hawk moth, in balloons vs IRL. Images: Matsumoto and Wikipedia Commons

They’re art. They’re sculptures. They’re not just “monkey,” “butterfly,” “dog.” They’re specific species, rendered as perfectly in balloon shapes as you could imagine.

Matsumoto says on his blog that he doesn’t use any secondary materials—no markers, no adhesive, nada. Which only makes his fidelity to detail more impressive. Check out the accurately rectangular octopus pupil below.

Image: Masayoshi Matsumoto

Via email, Matsumoto told me he got into balloon sculpture after a few years in the juggling community, and it’s taken him about six years to get this good. Each sculpture takes anywhere from two to six hours, requiring a great deal of patience.

I asked him if he had a science background, because of his attention to detail and his specific, biodiverse choices of subject material. Though he studied chemical engineering in college, Matsumoto says it’s because “I’ve liked creatures since I was small.”

Image: Masayoshi Matsumoto

This snail looks cute, but those aren’t eyestalks. The focus here is actuallyLeucochloridium, a parasitic flatworm that grows out of a gastropod’s eyes.

Image: Masayoshi Matsumoto

Everyone’s favorite lil weirdo, the axolotl, a Mexican salamander.

A stunning lily-of-the-valley. Image: Masayoshi Matsumoto

I asked Matsumoto what happens to the balloon sculptures after he’s finished with them. Tragically, they get popped after their photoshoots. But Matsumoto is as good at shooting his creations as he is at making them, so we can enjoy them long after they physically disappear.

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For all those who are curious as to what the Goddess Glo Up is all about allow me to take you on a journey. This clip was captured from the NYC Glo Up this past #fallequinox if you can’t make Atlanta no worries I have a (new moon circle tomorrow in NYC 7-9pm @arayanyc Link in bio for contribution) ✨ ✨ ✨ About the Glo Up The #goddesses that attended were from all ages, sizes, races, and walks of life. All are welcome no matter where you come from or your social or religious background. We are bringing back our old #wildwoman ways through the power of our #energies combined we bring an experience of #healing #laughter #education #dance #nutrition #adornment #ceremony as we bring forth the Spirit of the #divinefeminine I’m so excited to bring to you an amazing line up of women for the 11:11:17 Goddess Glo Up ATL Day Retreat. To fully understand what it means to #Glo Up you have to #showup @chefahki on holistic wellness @thetrapwitch on homegirl healing @olanikeeosi bringing you the @goddessdetox from NYC to ATL we have @maya_louisa on belly dance hall and her @kole_jewel waist beads we have @reignglobal on Manifestation Henna and the power of crystals jewelry and then we have myself bringing you the good word and ceremony…..yes I go deep we all go deep…and just know that most of these women coming together do not know each other. The connection here is by spirit deeper than what you can see and so much more!! Visit and follow 👉🏽👉🏽@goddessgloup 👈🏽👈🏽👈🏽@goddessgloup @goddessgloup to purchase your early butterfly 🦋🦋🦋ticket before they are gone!!! I promise you will never be the same. #allwhite #unity #womencrushwednesday #womensupportingwomen Thanks @eyefocus for such a lovely capture #atlanta #goddesslife #stillirise #queen

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The next Goddess Gathering will be taking place in Atlanta on 11.11  to view more info  go to EventBrite : The Goddess Glo Up ATL 

In the south of Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in west Africa, near the border with Ghana lies a small, circular village of about 1.2 hectares, called Tiébélé. This is home of the Kassena people, one of the oldest ethnic groups that had settled in the territory of Burkina Faso in the 15th century. Tiébélé is known for their amazing traditional Gourounsi architecture and elaborately decorated walls of their homes.

Burkina Faso is a poor country, even by West African standards, and possibly the poorest in the world. But they are culturally rich, and decorating the walls of their buildings is an important part of their cultural legacy in this area of the country. Wall decorating is always a community project done by the women and it’s a very ancient practice that dates from the sixteenth century AD.

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The Kassena people build their houses entirely of local materials: earth, wood and straw. Soil mixed with straw and cow dung is moistened to a state of perfect plasticity, to shape almost vertical surfaces. Today this technique is replaced by the use of mud brick molding walls with foundations resting on large stone. Tiébélé’s houses are built with defense in mind, whether that be against the climate or potential enemies. Walls are over a foot thick and the homes are designed without windows except for a small opening or two to let just enough light in to see. Front doors are only about two feet tall, which keeps the sun out and makes enemies difficult to strike. Roofs are protected with wood ladders that are easily retracted and the local beer (dolo) is brewed at home.

After construction, the woman makes murals on the walls using colored mud and white chalk. The motifs and symbols are either taken from everyday life, or from religion and belief. The finished wall is then carefully burnished with stones, each color burnished separately so that the colors don’t blur together. Finally, the entire surface is coated with a natural varnish made by boiling pods of néré, the African locust bean tree.

The designs also serves to protect the walls themselves. The decorating is usually done just before the rainy season and protects the outside walls from the rain. Adding cow dung, compacting layers of mud, burnishing the final layer, and varnishing with néré all make the designs withstand wet weather, enabling the structures to last longer.

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Sources: Handeye Magazinesworthy10UnescoMessyNessyChic. Photos by Rita Willaer

Bri.Simpson – Happy to finally announce that I will be hosting/curating my first solo show on November 2nd. 🙃Tickets are $5. It’s 18+. Yes there will be food. You can purchase tickets in the bio link. •• And I’ll be sharing more about the new work in the show, the meaning of the show title, and just general life updates as I prep for the event in the upcoming weeks. ••

Purchase your tickets now before it is sold out! https://cloudedwaysartshow.eventbrite.com 

Digital artist evgeny kazantsev foresees the synthesis of the future with real world locations and objects of our time. the artist finds a seamless and realistic way to imagine everyday places helped, not hindered, by the fictional technologies that may pierce our lives in the coming years. feats of engineering allow construction-scale drones to deliver shipping containers to cargo watercraft; architectural innovation offer the development of structures on the surface of the moon; huge aircraft are envisioned with the ability to transport more people than previously imagined. the series is not an expression of a dystopian landscape, plagued by the negative infiltration of robotics, electronics and computers; rather ‘past in the future’ envisions promising ideas for the inevitable assimilation of humans and advanced technologies. – designboom

evgeny kazantsev shows real locations integrated into the world of the future

evgeny kazantsev shows real locations integrated into the world of the future