Imagine that you are visiting a pretty and quite traditional city, so overloaded with medieval cuteness that it is almost getting boring. And suddenly across one gate, in the center of all the tradition, you get a glimpse of an absolute architectural beauty: a brutalist building sandwiching a huge skeleton!
You approach carefuly and realise that the skeleton in real and it belongs to a giant (20m long) Finback whale!
Around it the beauty is unsurpassable: brutal architecture, concrete and glass and wood and stone delightfully combined, afternoon light flooding the space, and what’s best: more whales, including an orca, a pygmy whale and a narwhal waving to you while floating in the air! Boy oh boy, that’s a building!
The Cambridge University Museum of Zoology (built by Arup Associates in 1966-74) is unfortunately closed for refurbishment until 2016. But the architecture and the whales will be there to keep you in good company.
Read more about the inovative constuction incorporated in the building here. Pictures by WWT (using a mobile phone camera, therefore the poor quality.)
Spooky ex-votos (votive offerings to a saint or to a divinity) illustrating people that have miraculously survived the fall, due to Saint Mary that was present at the scene of the accident.
Check the full collection and more info in original post.
Check some more ex-votos here and here.
( Waterlilies are also known as Nymphaeaceae.)
Political paste-up in Paris from an unknown artist inspired by Hokusai’s “Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife”. Via The Real Art of Street Art
‘Premier Deuil’ (The First Mourning) painted in 1888 by William Adolphe Bouguereau and remastered as ’Death of a Cyborg’ by Shorra for the 7th edition of RoboRen contest in 2010.
Imagine is a performance based project of Pedro Reyes that uses the universal medium of music to direct our attention to the madness of gun policies. The musicians participating in concert-like events are using musical instruments constructed by confiscated guns in order to denounce the production and trafficking of guns. In Mexico, where the artist and the guns are from, the project makes the air heavy, as +60,000 drug-related deaths have occurred in the 6-year tenure of outgoing president Felipe Calderón, who notoriously declared “war on drugs”.
As Reyes said: “I wanted to liberate these objects from their demons rather than perpetuating their association to death. When the instruments are played, it is as if some sort of exorcism is performed on them, and the negativity they inherently posses turns into something positive.”
Read the whole interesting article of Domus here
Illustration for Einstein Tomb by Lebbeus Woods 1940-2012
“I’m not interested in living in a fantasy world … All my work is still meant to evoke real architectural spaces. But what interests me is what the world would be like if we were free of conventional limits. Maybe I can show what could happen if we lived by a different set of rules” New York Times. August 25, 2008.
R.I.P. Mr Woods
Human limbs on sale at Wesker and Son pop-up butchers at London’s Smithfield Market.
The limbs may look eerily realistic but there are actually fashioned from animal meat and the butcher shop is part of a publicity stunt, designed to promote the release of the new video game Resident Evil 6. All the proceeds from the human part sales went to the Limbless Association, a charity for amputees and other people who have lost limbs; a clever strategy according to WWT which helped the stunt to remain within a ‘politicaly correct’ framework.
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“Before I die, I want to… ” # Individual wishes – imaginative and banal – inscribed on an installation at the fence of a reclaimed public space in La Latina neighborhood, Madrid. Photo by WWT
find our previous post on this project here
The Water Balloon Russian Roulette is a harmless version of the infamous lethal game, where noone has to die, only the loser walks away completely soaked.
If you want to get things really messy, fill the balloon with whipped cream or chocolate sauce!
Order here. Found here.
Bloody Moon wall paper series made by Pixersize.