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Canopy Stairs Tree

Think of Canopy Stair by Robert McIntyre and Thor ter Kulve as a modular spiral staircase system that can be strapped onto any tree trunk, without using special tools. Each plank is made from curved birch plywood, and are secured to the tree trunk using tension from the included ratchet straps. These durable straps keep the aluminum frame, treads and handrail safely attached to the trunk, letting you build out as high as needed. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Living Church

At first glance, it looks like a garden, but get closer, and you'll see it's a living church in New Zealand. Created by Brian Cox in his very own backyard over 4-years, a variety of trees were selected, including some with stone-colored trunks, while, others, with sparse foliage, to ensure that his church will always be illuminated by sunlight. How could he afford such a project? No, he's not a billionaire, but rather his gardening company Treelocations specializes in replanting whole, live trees using enormous mechanized spades. This gave him access to all the resources he needed to complete the church in record time. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Geometric Pot

It's common for plants to outgrow their pots, but London-based designers Studio Ayaskan, just might have a solution. Introducing GROWTH, a geometric, origami-inspired pot that evolves with the plant over time, making it a shape-shifter of sorts. It uses a well-calculated pattern in order to mimic nature so that the pot moves with the plant. According to the designers, "Nothing stands still. Panta rhei. Everything flows." Continue reading for more pictures.

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Skeletons Escaping Bodies

Photo credit: Paul Jackson

British artist Paul Jackson, who now resides in Toronto, Canada, specializes in dark pen-and-pencil drawings of various animals' skeletons (sometimes organs) trying to escape their bodies. He started drawing when he was 5 and always knew that the career path of a professional artist was his life's calling. That's not to say he didn't try other things first, as Jackson toured the world with a band for 8-years first. Continue reading for more.

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Innovative Ice Cube Tray

Forget spilling liquids all over the place, and say hello to this innovative ice cube tray by Quirky. It's basically an enclosed vertical ice compartment with a tube-like structure that can be filled up with water and a removable ice tray. Simply fill up the tube with a liquid, slide in the ice tray part, seal the tube up with a quick twist, and then put it in the freezer. Continue reading for some more clever inventions.

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Pencil Sculptures

Russian artist Salavat Fidai takes carpenter / art pencils with thick leads, and then uses an X-ACTO hobby knife to carve detailed sculptures of hands, buildings, and various pop culture characters. It's a very delicate process as you can imagine, and it requires a great understanding of how much pressure the lead can withstand without breaking, but mistakes are inevitable. Continue reading for a video of him carving the Eiffel Tower.

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Rust Car Wrap

People love wrapping their car in vinyl instead of getting new paint jobs these days, but for those who don't care about aesthetics and would rather a piece of mind, this rusty wrap is just for you. Clyde's Wraps in Glasgow, Scotland completed Tthe artwork for the vinyl wrap, and it involved taking precise measurements of the entire VW van. This was used by their artists to model the rust as if it had been formed by water running down from the vehicle's body. The shop said: "It only took 3 days for the police to pull him over to ask what was going on with all the rust. Please note that there is nothing illegal about going to town with graphics on your vehicle but it may confuse others!" Continue reading for more pictures.

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New Suspended Tree Tent

Tentsile has unveiled three new suspended tree tents: Trillium, a stackable, versatile three-person hammock that can sleep up to three comfortably; Vista, which sports a a two-layer design; Trilogy, a massive communal shelter capable of housing six people within three separate sleeping areas, along with a central canopy. Tensile - founded by designers Alex Shirley-Smith and Kirk Kirchev - revolutionized the camping world by unveiling the Tentsile Tree Tent, now they hope to outdo themselves with their latest products. Continue reading for more clever inventions that geeks will love.

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Photo-Realistic Hand Portraits

California-based Russell Powell is a teacher and skilled artist who paints photo-realistic portraits of celebrities directly onto palm of his left hand, but what he does next, might surprise you. After completing the drawing, he stamps it on paper canvas to create a permanent imprint of the artwork. He calls the process "hand-stamping"; a tricky technique because he needs to work fast before the paint dries, and also for the uneven painting surface. Continue reading for a video and more pictures of his work.

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Star Wars Fire Pit

For those who rarely see fire pits, they're basically elaborate gas burning structures of stone, brick, and metal that are designed to prevent fire from spreading. They can either be simple structures, or Star Wars-inspired creations like the ones you see above. Our favorite? It's a toss up between the Darth Vader and Death Star, as both are fitting for a summer roast on a warm night. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a wingsuit stuntman weaving through an extremely narrow crack.

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