From Rusty Blazenhoff at Laughing Squid:
For a new edition of Ship of Fools, a late 15th century satirical book by Sebastian Brant, Hungarian artist István Orosz has made these Medieval-inspired illustrations of skulls, each one an anamorphic illusion. The entire collection isavailable to view at Gallery Diabolus.
Siren Elise Wilhelmsen has designed a clock that literally knits time.
Every passing of a half hour is marked by the knitting of a mesh, a full day is registered as one round around the clock and a year results in a 2-m-long [6’ 5”] scarf. After one year they yarn has to be replaced with a new one and a new year can be knitted.
Created using images of real human tissues, these bone china histology dessert plates are 8” diameter and available in 4 different human tissue designs:
Medical illustrator and artist, Emily Evans, made these gorgeous plates from original slides of various human tissues provided by Michelle Spear, Clinical Anatomist at Cambridge University. The plates were then fired by ceramic artist, Emma Smith.
“Suggestion Week” (something I made up, it’s not as important or exciting as Banned Books Week) continues with one from tonyrios87 who informed me about the existence of the HR Giger Museum in Gruyères, Switzerland. As you guessed by the name of the town, this is the home of the famous cheese, but it’s also where artist Hans Rudolph Giger permanently houses his surreal, nightmarish work. In case you didn’t already know, Giger is a well-known Swiss painter and sculptor, who won an Oscar for his designs on the film Alien. Opened fifteen years ago inside the Château St. Germain, the museum permanently displays the largest collection of Giger’s works from the early 1960s through the present, including ‘The Spell’ and the ‘Passages’ series, as well as his designs from the Alien and Dune movies. Directly across the street, the Skeleton Bar (furnished by Giger of course), is an otherworldly, cavernous structure crisscrossed with vertebrae arches and decorated with skulls and what appear to be dead babies. Not sure if this thing pops out and sings for the patrons, but it should. So basically this sounds like a lovely outing with the wife and kids. Eat some cheese, look at disturbing art and drink a pint in a skeleton bar. It sounds just like my last family vacation.
Windswept by Charles Sowers
Art installation fixed outside a gallery’s wall, displaying natural flow and turbulence of the wind - via dezeen:
The installation, titled Windswept, consists of 612 rotating aluminium weather vanes mounted on an outside wall. As gusts of wind hit the wall, the aluminium blades spin not as one but independently, indicating the localised flow of the wind and the way it interacts with the building.
“Our ordinary experience of wind is as a solitary sample point of a very large invisible phenomenon,” said Sowers. “Windswept is a kind of large sensor array that samples the wind at its point of interaction with the Randall Museum building and reveals the complexity and structure of that interaction.”
You can find out more at Dezeen here, with photos and a video of the work in action.
This is cool.
Tiberius has now come to the Pacific Palisades—in the form of a huge bronze portrait statue, over two meters high. The statue is a new loan from the National Archaeological Museum in Naples (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli), and its arrival marks another chapter in our ongoing collaboration with our colleagues in Naples. Last year we displayed the bronze Apollo Saettante in a special exhibition, Apollo from Pompeii: Investigating an Ancient Bronze. The Apollo had been off display for a number years, and we worked with Naples to investigate and conserve the statue (and it’s now back on view in Naples).
The Tiberius presents a similar project—he too has been off view, and one of our primary tasks will be to stabilize the statue for future exhibition. In doing so, we have another rare opportunity to investigate an ancient bronze, and to explore both how it was made in antiquity and what has happened to it since. The results will be presented in an exhibition at the Getty Villa next year.
Final Reminder! Contest is closed at Midnight EST!
Sam Spratt’s Halloween Portrait Contest!
In brief: Likes and Reblogs of this image are each entries in the contest to win a portrait of you drawn by me.
In slightly less brief: To those new to this, that means that should you be the random winner, I would draw a portrait of your beautiful face (or someone’s face you care about)… as a horrifically ugly, flesh-eating, undead walker-face. It’s like winning the lottery! (except not at all like that…) That said, it is the best emotional preparation possible should you fall victim to the zombie apocalypse and run (walk slowly) across a mirror in the wreckage of your once beautiful town. (I will also draw you as anything halloween/horror themed, but the undead are a favorite).
Doing each of the following counts as an entry:
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Contest closes on Sunday Oct. 28th at midnight EST
PS Yes, that’s a drawing of The Walking Dead’s Rick Grimes as a Walker
Alberta aboriginal rock etchings defaced with drill, power washer, acid
Historians are comparing it to the Taliban’s destruction of massive Buddhist statues in Afghanistan: Ancient aboriginal pictograms and petroglyphs on an Albertan rock formation have been systematically destroyed by cultural vandals using a rock drill, acid and a power washer.
The obliteration of the etchings on the Glenwood Erratic near Pincher Creek in southern Alberta was discovered last week, just as an historian was about to photograph and test the markings.
“The site is part of the earliest heritage of Canada,” said Michael Dawe, Curator of History at Red Deer Museum. “It looks like an ancient ceremonial/religious site at Glenwood, Alta., was deliberately destroyed. If true, this is a shocking and appalling incident.” (Photos: CHRIS DAVIS/PINCHER CREEK VOICE)
Behold the Maitreya Buddha in Leshan, one of the tallest statues of Buddha on Earth. He is 233 feet tall with shoulders measuring 92 feet wide. This truly awesome monument was carved out of the sheer cliff face that lies at the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers in the southern part of Sichuan province in China, near the city of Leshan. Construction began in 713AD led by a Chinese monk named Haitong who hoped the Buddha would calm the turbulent waters that plagued the shipping vessels traveling down the river. The Leshan Buddha was completed in 803AD.
Apparently the massive construction resulted in so much stone being removed from the cliff face and deposited into the river below that the currents were indeed altered by the statue, making the waters safe for passing ships.
Visit FreeYork to view more photos of this massive stone marvel.
[via Design You Trust]