Scott Baklava

Pastry that awoke to find itself trapped in the past, facing mirror images that were not its own. Driven by an unknown force to change history for the better. Layers filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey.

atlasobscura:

The Library of WaterStykkishólmur, Iceland

Known as “Vatnasafn” in the native Icelandic, the Library of Water is a long-term project that has set out to capture the spirit of Iceland through its waters, weather, and words.

Located in a former library building built on a coastal promontory, this long term installation is both an art piece and natural history collection. The piece consists of three distinct parts: One area collects audio recordings (accompanied by visual displays) of Icelandic weather as reported by the local people around the town of Stykkishólmur, where the exhibition is located, creating an interactive self-portrait of the area. Accenting this display is the floor of the main room which is made of rubber etched with both English and Icelandic words pertaining to the weather. The centerpiece of the site is the titular “Library of Water” which is kept in floor-to-ceiling clear cylinders. Each pillar standing throughout the main room is filled with water that was melted from one of Iceland’s 24 glaciers. Every tube holds the liquid of a single glacier, allowing visitors to take a sort of tour all across Iceland right in one room.

For more on The Library of Water, keep reading on Atlas Obscura…

Atlas Obscura’s Iceland Week is in partnership with Icelandair, the airline that can fly you to this unreal wonder and many others for surprisingly cheap!  

sextuplet:

The control panel from Vostok 1, the first human spaceflight. The Vostok 3KA spacecraft was launched on April 12, 1961 and took Yuri Gagarin, a cosmonaut from the Soviet Union into space. Due to concerns of adverse reactions from experiencing weightlessness, the manual controls on the spacecraft were locked prior to launch so the flight could be controlled by ground personnel.

sextuplet:

The control panel from Vostok 1, the first human spaceflight. The Vostok 3KA spacecraft was launched on April 12, 1961 and took Yuri Gagarin, a cosmonaut from the Soviet Union into space. Due to concerns of adverse reactions from experiencing weightlessness, the manual controls on the spacecraft were locked prior to launch so the flight could be controlled by ground personnel.

red-lipstick:

1898 photograph of Thomas Dickert and Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt’s model moon, which was constructed of 116 sections of plaster on a framework of wood and metal. Location: Chicago’s Field Columbian Museum.

red-lipstick:

1898 photograph of Thomas Dickert and Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt’s model moon, which was constructed of 116 sections of plaster on a framework of wood and metal. Location: Chicago’s Field Columbian Museum.