Here’s an assortment of cool things that humans made and a few touching images of generous things humans do.  For too many of these I have no  attribution to share–just happened on the image somewhere and was inspired by the originality or artistry.  I welcome any identification provided and comments about favorites.

Water balloon, one moment after popping

Sand horse.

Shadow art

Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde makes real clouds form inside empty rooms

Photoshop art

Homemade pool table in Africa

Memorial to the victims of communism, Prague, Czech Republic

Toothpick castle

Ice sculpture, China

Walk Water Balls on Lake Alster, Hamburg, Germany

This instalation is placed in Wrocław Poland, author Jerzy Kalina. It shows the transformation of Polish people from communism to a free nation. Thanks to Aleksandra.

Artist Peter Cook seated in his living garden chair grown via the Pooktre method

This robotic elephant is made from 45 tons of recycled materials, measuring 36 feet high or 12 meters, and 24 feet wide or 8 meters. It can carry up to 49 people. Built in France as part of the Machines of the Isle of Nantes.



Theo Jansen is the Dutch creator of what he calls “Kinetic Sculptures,” where nature and technology meet. The sculptures below are robots powered by the wind only.

The following video is longer than usual for this site.  I couldn’t decide which two minutes to pick because there are new moves in the middle and a splendid ending.  So just watch as much as you like.  I hope you get so transfixed that you stay through the whole thing.

“Romancing The Wind” – Ray Bethell, the world champion multi-kite flyer.

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Thanks to Kathleen, Gary, Shetal, GloriousMind


10 thoughts on “Human Ingenuity and Generosity

  1. Thanks Dusky, for yet another fabulous group of photos. Your website is such a blessings, bringing pleasure to so many. My friend in Portugal gets it! Please keep em’ coming!

  2. The video at the end is awesome … filmed at Vanier Park in my beautiful city of Vancouver! 🙂

  3. I’m a mech. eng. and many thanks having your creator ideas,
    that the most diffucult point and postmodern activities,

  4. Fantastic.
    The melting figures where done by a Brazilian artist called Nele Azevedo in Berlin to highlight the WWF campaign to raise awareness on the melting icecaps.
    Check out the recent poppy fields at the Tower of London.

  5. Hello, please, correct information under a sculpture of people coming from the sidewalk. This instalation is placed in Wrocław Poland, author Jerzy Kalina. Its not a II war memorial but it shows transformation of Polish people from comunism to free nation. Thanks for posting!

  6. Aleksandra,
    Thanks for the info. I have updated the image. It’s a very moving sculpture and not bleak like the one in the Czech Republic showing the toll communism had on the people. Together they provide a touching testament to human resilience.

  7. I “LOVED” the one “Faith in Humanity: Restored,” How often do you see this on the news or even every once and a while. Just completely heat warming, a warm fuzzy, etc. We need more of this in our lives.

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