Lost wonders of the world

image1Lost sites

A Mayan temple of Noh Mul in Belize (reduced to rubble to make way for a road), Leonardo’s Battle of Anghiari (hidden during the reconstruction of the Palazza Vecchio), the Palace of Westminster (by fire in 1834), the Library of Alexandria (by fires and looting), and areas of natural beauty near the Yangtze River (by the construction of the Three Gorges Dam).

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Holographic aquarium

There’s something inexplicably tranquil about gazing at fish in an aquarium as they swim back and forth, darting about rocks or that tacky plastic treasure chest sitting in the corner. But what if you could have one on your desk, without all the water changes, filter cleaning and general maintenance? That’s probably a ways off, but Memukhin Oleg’s “Fishing Day” explores such a (not entirely virtual) reality. As you’ll see in the video below from The Creators Project, he’s used a handful of different 3D modeling techniques to bring artificial fishies to life. They react to a handheld submarine, schooling and separating as they might in the real world, flitting through a gaudy shipwreck you’d find at a pet store’s aquarium aisle. It’s all really, really impressive and there’s even a breakdown of how the effects shot came together. The only bad part? The video’s a bit on the short side.