The Idolomantis Diabolica, sometimes known as the “King of all mantis” for the obvious reason; it’s beauty, size and rarity.
Image : Igor Siwanowicz
Blackfield by Zadok Ben David
London-based artist Zadok Ben David planted more than 12,000 painted stainless steel cut plants in sand to create this installation titled Blackfield. The steel cut plants, inspired by Victorian botanical illustrations in textbooks, were placed in a bed of sand to make them look as though they were growing from the ground.
At first glance, Blackfield looks plain, but upon further inspection what initially appears black is actually colorful on the other side. There is also a miniature boxed version of this installation where the back wall of the box is a mirror - allowing the viewer to see both the colorful side and the black side of the plant structures simultaneously.
Still life, flowers in a blue jug
oil on canvas painting by Van Diemonian (Tasmanian) artist and convict William Buelow Gould (1801 - 1853).
Painted c1840 after Gould had received his Certificate of freedom.
It is signed in the lower left corner “W.B.Gould, Painter”.
Actual size (framed) 690 x 560 mm.
source : wikipedia