do you remember Patricia Piccinini. an Australian artist and hyperrealist sculptor. The Skywhale is a commission for The Centenary of Canberra.
commissioned for the centenary of canberra, ‘the sky whale’ hot-air balloon by sierra leonean artist patricia piccinini will be flying at other locations around
australia during 2013. in the place of wings, piccinini imagined huge udders that might contain the gas of the giant flying sculpture, as well as a huge bulbous body.
before commencing production, a three-dimension model was developed from a series drawings using a cad program. the prototype of the ‘skywhale’ was then
sent to cameron balloons in bristol, where the colouring and patination of the creature was resolved in more detail. transferred the colours, patterns and textures
of the design were then later transferred onto 3,535 metres of fabric – sewn together with approximately 3.3 million stitches.
‘the skywhale may appear fantastic but think about the blue whale – an air breathing mammal that lives in the ocean – and it doesn’t seem so far-fetched,’
says piccinini. ‘I think that when we look up at the skywhale and wonder what it is ‘for’, it might remind us that nature is not necessarily ‘for us’. it just ‘is’
and we’re just lucky enough to be around to see it.’
Japanese kids are storming the Internet with yet another clever viral photo trend. They’ve already turned into wizards to play Quidditch and into Dragon Ball Z masters to hadouken,
One of this year’s most talked about new anime series is Attack on Titan. It’s not only talked about, though. The show is apparently inspiring a new photo meme in Japan.
Originally a manga, Attack on Titan tells the story of a wall city that’s being attacked by human-eating giants. The anime’s opening is utterly mental, and it’s inspiring all sorts of video parodies.
The show seems to have captured the imagination of Japan’s youth. Since late April, photos of "Pretend Attack on Titan" (進撃の巨人ごっこ or Shingeki no Kyojin gokko) have been popping up online. Using perspective tricks, this photo trend usually depicts teens pretending to hold or even eat other kids. There are also photos of teens "attacking" giant classmates. Over the past few days, the number of pics has really begun to take off.
There was an Attack on Titan iPhone app released recently in Japan. It features "digital photo stickers" and could have helped inspired this meme. That, or this is just something for Japanese teens to do in the wake of the Dragon Ball and Harry Potter photo memes. Kinda seems like Japanese kids have a new photo meme on a weekly basis!
Right now, Twitter is blowing up in Japan with loads of people saying they want to do "PretendAttack on Titan". And as these photos show, the trend seems to be going viral.
These kind of perspective tricks have been around as long as there have been cameras. Forever! That’s not what’s interesting. What’s interesting is that, unless this is clever guerrilla advertising, the trend reveals just how popular Attack on Titan is.
ANDERS GJENNESTAD IS A NORWEGIAN STENCIL ARTIST WHO EXHIBITS IN GALLERIES; ON STREET WALLS HE GOES BY THE ALIAS STRØK. HIS HAND CUT MULTI LAYERED STENCILS CREATE PHOTOREALISTIC IMAGERY, WITH DEPTH AND DETAIL THAT IS COMPLEX, TACTILE AND MENTALLY ENGAGING. THE PLACEMENT AND CHOICE OF MATERIAL PAINTED ON, RUSTY METAL, GRITTY WALLS, SHINY GLASS, DEPICTS THE NATURE OF THE SUBJECT AND ENABLES THE WORK TO INTERACT WITH THE SPACE.
The Norwegian stencil artist drops this sweet new mural featuring his hand cut multi layered stencils to create these photorealistic images featuring his signature depth and complex details.artist’s says, "His hand cut multi layered stencils create photorealistic imagery, with depth and detail that is complex, tactile, and mentally engaging."
Town built along a narrow river gorge eroded by the Rio Trejo river in Spain.Many of the houses are built into and under the walls of the gorge itself.Inhabitants have lived there since pre-historic times.The idea of traditional Andulacian homes typically conjure up images of sun-drenched villages with white-washed homes.But the small town of Setenil de las Bodegas in Spain could not be more different.The town is home to around 3,000 people – who all live beneath the shadow of a huge rock
The Andalucian town, northeast of Cadiz, was built along a narrow river gorge eroded by the Rio Trejo river.
But whereas many visitors are puzzled that anybody would want to live in the shadowed area, the residents have a very practical reason for building their homes there – a tradition which has dated back to pre-historic times.
The residents may be living under a rock, but they are clearly in touch with their surroundings.Sentinel’s bars, restaurants and food shops are widely regarded as being the best in the region.Prized delicacies such as chorizo, olive oil, honey, jam and Andalucian wine are all sold in the town.The town’s name is a hybrid of two defining features of its history.
The name Setenil comes from the the Latin septem nihil – ‘seven times no’.This appears to be a reference to the Christian conquests in the 15th century.Catholic kings were reclaiming territory across the region from the Moors from Africa, who since 711 had ruled the area.But it took the Catholic warriors seven attempts to reconquer the city and they finally drove the Moors out in 1485.
The extra ‘de las Bodegas’ was added in the 15th century – either to honour the vineyards which died out because of pests in the 19th century, or in reference to the caves which maintained local produce
Limbo is a collection of portraits featuring men who are trapped in a symbolic struggle between two choices. El Salvador,Based artist Rodrigo Dada produced Limbo series to illustrate the concept of transition. the artist says , "Limbo" is a type of male portraits that revolves around the notion of border transition tunnel. The subject fleet amid a mass of water to the boundary between reality and dream, between peace and violence. Seeking to explore the transition, say goodbye to a stage and find a new one with the freshness of a first breath. I am interested in the fragility, the confusion and indecición: sink or swim.
- Patricia Piccinini Skywhale hot-air balloon -commission for The Centenary of Canberra
- Japanese Youth Eating-Giants Meme-another clever viral photo trend in Japan
- Walking on the Walls Street Art Illusions by Anders Gjennestad-Strøk
- The Town of Setenil de las Bodegas in Spain, where around 3,000 inhabitants living under a rock
- A mixture of water and surface Portraits Titled Limbo by Rodrigo Dada
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