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These 14 Dreamy Terrariums Marry Art and Gardening

 The two artists behind these stunning terrariums, Lina Cirilo and Laura Gonçales create entire worlds encapsulated in glass jars, bottles, and other glass vessels. They call them mini-ecosystems, as these tiny "landscapes" are complete with live plants, faux rivers and lakes, and little figurines of people, animals, and other objects. What’s even more amazing is that these tiny worlds can survive almost completely on their own, and all they have to do to maintain these beauties is add a little water every two weeks or so. Admire these one-of-a-kind creations below, and learn more about how they are made.
To see more of Lina Cirilo and Laura Gonçales' miniature worlds, visit their Website, Instagram, and Facebook Page.
 

1. The Little Prince's planet

Lina Cirilo and Laura Gonçales mini ecosystems The Little Prince's Planet

2. A little piece of France

Lina Cirilo and Laura Gonçales mini ecosystems  A Little Piece of France
The two artists are often inspired by famous books, novels, or specific places in the world, and they write on their website that the joint project actually started as a series of gifts to family and friends. With time, the hobby grew into a business of its own, and they opened their first shop in 2014.

3. A tiny zen garden

Lina Cirilo and Laura Gonçales mini ecosystems

4. The cottage by the sea

Lina Cirilo and Laura Gonçales mini ecosystems The cottage near the sea
Each of their creations features a great variety of materials and layers, so they take quite a while to make - from days, to weeks, and even months! In fact, the entirety of their work is completely handmade - they hand-craft the contents of every pot using exclusively raw materials.

5. Playing fetch in the forest

Lina Cirilo and Laura Gonçales mini ecosystems Playing fetch in the forest

6. A Californian beach

Lina Cirilo and Laura Gonçales mini ecosystems A Californian beach
The artists usually craft each miniature ecosystem with individual clients' vision and passion in mind. After all, the end results are living, breathing plant terrariums that will serve their owners for years. As the two artists pointed out in an interview:
"Usually, people do not think of plants as pets. But they are! They need water, light, substrates, and affection. The benefit of having a terrarium is that it lives practically alone! It is a self-sustaining mini-ecosystem. Nowadays, not all people have space or time to care for a garden. A terrarium is a great option for those who want to have some green around, but do not have much time to dedicate."

7. Who's a good boy?

Lina Cirilo and Laura Gonçales mini ecosystems dog

8. By the lighthouse

Lina Cirilo and Laura Gonçales mini ecosystems By the lighthouse

9. Monet's waterlily pond

Lina Cirilo and Laura Gonçales mini ecosystems Monet's waterlily pond

10. The fisherman's cottage

Lina Cirilo and Laura Gonçales mini ecosystems  The fisherman's cottage

11. Busy beavers!

Lina Cirilo and Laura Gonçales mini ecosystems beavers

12. The little house from the animated movie "Up!"

Lina Cirilo and Laura Gonçales mini ecosystems up

13. A tropical getaway

Lina Cirilo and Laura Gonçales mini ecosystems crystals
14. The day at the beach
Lina Cirilo and Laura Gonçales mini ecosystems beach

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