Tuesday, July 22, 2014

10 Tree Roots Winning Their Battle Against Concrete

Mankind’s relationship with nature is a difficult one – we must use it, live in harmony with it, protect it and protect ourselves from it. These visually striking images of tree roots colliding with concrete are beautiful symbolic representations of this complicated relationship.


Monday, July 21, 2014

7 Amazing Images from the First Manned Moon Landing 45-Years-Ago

Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the Moon, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC. Armstrong became the first to step onto the lunar surface six hours later on July 21 at 02:56 UTC. Armstrong spent about two and a half hours outside the spacecraft, Aldrin slightly less, and together they collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material for return to Earth


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Porcelain Busts Imprinted with Chinese Decorative Designs by Ah Xian

Chinese artist Ah Xian lives and works in Sydney where for nearly two decades he has explored aspects of the human form using ancient Chinese craft methods including porcelain, lacquer, jase, bronze, and even concrete. The artist often uses busts of his own family members including his wife, brother, and father onto which he imprints traditional designs with a vivid cobalt blue glaze.

These sculptures by Ah Xian establish a series of multilayered oppositions. The most overt is the tension between the sculptural form of the bust and the painted surface designs, which the artist likens to the oppositions of West and East. The bust is part of a Western portraiture tradition dating back to the busts of ancient Roman times and the designs are derived from Chinese decorative traditions, unique to China and in some cases to the studio-kilns at Jingdezhen. Such an opposition can also be seen as the relationship between the personal (since many of the busts are of Ah Xian’s family, including his wife, brother, and father) and the political (a statement about the artist’s own Chinese heritage articulated outside China).


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Watch a Man Turn into an Ape in Three Minutes

If you want to see man evolve into apes like the ones in the original Planet of the Apes, check out this time-lapse video, in which Emily Van Tassel transforms an ordinary man into an ape.

What is amazing is how good it looks and that Emily isn’t even a professional makeup artist. She should be. That is some talented ape-making. This makes me look forward to more ape movies. The makeup in Tim Burton’s stupid Planet of the Apes movie was good, and the CGI in the recent flicks is impressive, but this is closer to the original movies, in that more of the person underneath shows through, and that gives more personality to the apes.

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