"Taumata whakatangihanga koauau o tamatea turi pukakapiki maunga horo nuku pokai whenua kitanatahu" is the Māori name for a hill, 305 metres (1,001 ft) high in New Zealand. It has gained a measure of fame as it is the longest place-name found in any English-speaking country.
The name on the sign that marks the hill is "Taumata whakatangihanga koauau o tamatea turi pukakapiki maunga horo nuku pokai whenua kitanatahu", which translates roughly as The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his nose flute to his loved one. At 85 letters, it has been listed in the Guinness World Records as one of the longest place names in the world.
It’s shortened to "Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu" (57 letters) in the New Zealand Geographic Placenames Database, and often shortened even further to “Taumata”, for ease of conversation by the locals.
Creating a work of art is such a delicate process it can feel as if every step is like walking on eggshells. Imagine how intense the process would be if eggs were literally your canvas. Franc Grom crafts beautiful, lacelike sculptures into egg shells, inspired by traditional Slovenian design. Each egg contains 2,500 to 17,000 tiny holes.
Grom starts his process by poking holes in the top and bottom of the shell and blowing out the liquid. He then creates the designs for his eggs by freehand, using only his imagination and a tiny electric drill. Grom's attention to detail accentuates the eggshell's delicate nature, creating fragile vessels that light up from within.