Mosaic Stairs (San Francisco/ California)



The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps are one of San Francisco's hidden art gems located on Moraga Street between 15th & 16th Ave.
Apart from some amazing views of the city, you'll get to appreciate a beautiful mosaic running up 163 steps. Irish ceramist Aileen Barr and mosaic artist Colette Crutcher joined forces, working with over 300 community volunteers for over 2 1/2 years until they unveiled the project in August 2005.
The sweeping sea-to-sky design features over 2,000 handmade tiles and 75,000 fragments of tile, mirror and stained glass.

Stauran Art Café (Syltefjord/ Norway)



Stauran Café is a unique place at the very top of Norway, above the Arctic Circle. Trees can't really grow at this latitude so the buildings are handmade from Russian driftwood. You can even see shipworm's holes on some of the walls inside.
Apart from the café there's also little driftwood cabins for overnight stays, a camping area, barbequeue evenings, meditation and sauna. Crystal jewellery and intricate paintings on rock-slabs are available for purchase as souvenirs and personal guided tours with emphasis on geology, history and fishing are also offered.
They're open during the warmer season from May 15th - September 15th.

The Lotus Building (Wujin/ China)



Completed in 2013, the Lotus Building appears to be floating on an artificial lake in Wujin, China. It was designed by Australian architecture firm Studio505, who took inspiration from the lotus flower, and integrated its 3 stages of growth into the building's shape. From the new young bud, to the full ripe flower through to the opened bloom with a seed pod within it.
The city government commissioned it to serve as a public park and multi-use space with exhibition and conference rooms that are open to the public. The building extends two stories under water and visitors enter from below into a vaulted, cathedral-like interior space where a combination of colour and light create a bright and uplifting interior atmosphere.

La Maison Cassee Vaisselle (Louviers/ France)



Robert Vasseur's La Maison Cassee Vaisselle or "House of broken Crockery" is a very interesting tourist attraction in the town of Louviers, France. Robert's passion for Mosaic ornaments began in 1952, when he first got the idea of making repairs in his kitchen. Then he decorated the old kitchen sink with mosaics from broken pieces of old crockery, gluing it with cement.
From then on he and his wife painstakingly decorated the entire house with mosaics of broken crockery, shells, iridescent glass and porcelain.

Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival (Harbin/ China)



The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is an annual winter festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China. It's the largest ice and snow festival in the world which brings forward the world's biggest ice sculptures. Thousands of snow artists and sculptors from around the world build a fantastic city of ice which at night gets illuminated by LED lamps and lasers.
The festival usually starts in January and lasts one month (weather permitting). The photos in this post are from the 2012, 2014 & 2015 festivals.


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