Bergen, Norway (by Arne Halvorsen)
The Island of Spinalonga, Crete.
Different art mediums open up a host of possibilities. Beyond classical painting and sculpture, today’s avant-garde artists often experiment with unexpected materials and unconventional methods of creating. In fact, across all genres of art, you will find artists who are able to transform ordinary works into pieces that are unbelievably extraordinary. Here, we showcase the unusual mediums used by some of today’s top creatives.
From Yuken Teruya—who delicately carves commercial paper bags and transforms them into magnificent miniature trees—to Maurizio Savini, who turns Hubba Bubba into high art, these selected artists are the ones who remind us that the best kind of art isn’t always the most complicated; it’s the kind that leaves us with an experience.
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On the grounds of Segera—an award-winning, 50,000 acre wildlife eco-safari retreat in Kenya, East Africa—sits the NAY PALAD Bird Nest Villa. Made in collaboration with NAY PALAD and architect Daniel Pouzet, this exclusive destination offers a unique place to stay in the heart of the African bush. Crowned by branches and resembling a gigantic bird nest, the villa offers a 360-degree bird’s-eye view of the surrounding African wilderness—above the treetops, the nearby river, and the wildlife below.
Following an adventurous approach by foot or by car, guests can come upon the two-floor structure towering up, out of the plains. Under the setting sun, scattered lantern-light welcomes them up into the retreat to discover an assortment of goodies, including champagne to toast the night ahead.
While it’s designed for two, the nest can sleep more. There’s a cozy first-floor bedroom, supplied with crisp, luxury linens and toasty hot water bottles; however, there’s always the option of a night beneath the stars on the open-air top deck. Despite its remote location, the villa offers full luxury service, and is also equipped with solar-heated running water in the bathroom.
As a new day dawns, guests awaken to the sounds of the savanna and are able to enjoy a picnic breakfast as elephants and giraffes gather on the neighboring riverbanks.
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