The elegant design of human towers

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In Catalonia, Spain (where my wife’s family is from, coincidentally), they have a tradition of creating massive towers of human beings. They stand on each other’s shoulders and rise into the sky, like living sandcastles, only to collapse again from gravity and — I assume — exhaustion.

But photography has captured those elusive moments in some breathtaking images, showing off the careful symmetrical design and engineering of these temporary bio structures. Check it out.

 

Stampheads

Stamp head with drawingThe great site Designboom has a little article on a big idea: student designer Gary Hunt calls them “social mail stamps.” It’s very simple. The stamps feature whimsical drawn heads. The user adds the bodies right on the envelope.

Artists and other creative types have been doing this for years with the typical stamps that feature heads of famous people — statesmen, literary figures, and so on. Folon is one example. but there are many more. The thing is that this version is deliberate, and very nicely done.

Maybe it would turn around some of the troubles the Postal Service is having?

Stamps with heads on envelope

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