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.)
Drawings from Soul of Science, a book on the mysteries of scientific diagrams, secrets of symbols and their everlasting effect, by Mexican artist Daniel Martin Diaz.
Poster for the Nishinihon Tenrei funeral service, designer Naomi Hou, advertising agency I&S BBDO, Tokyo, Japan.
January 2013 Syntagma Square -the commercial and governmental heart of- Athens, Greece. Photo WWT.
The Audrii Muscipula, or Audrey by bone artist Tim Prince.
It is frankensteined together with mink vertebrae/scapula, box turtle shells, a skunk skull, coyote teeth, and raccoon mandibles, with the soil containing a mouse skull among other miscelanous bones.
Order here. More Tim’s works here.
Time lapse created by London’s Natural History Museum showing a great green macaw, a tawny owl and a mountain peacock-pheasant decomposing to skeletons with the help of flesh-eating beetles.
Chemical preparation of skeletons can cause damage to the bones so a special beetle species, Dermestes haemarrhoidalis, is used to strip off the flesh while leaving the bones and collagen untouched.
Link to video.
Animated collage from artist Colin Raff. (previously featured here).
Paint collage, ink and pencil on magazine paper, by artist Rai Escalé
Skeletal system illustrations by designer Dan Beckemeyer
via who killed bambi
Max Skellett by Swiss photographer Dan Cermak
A 4mm-thick white plexiglass hanger that can hold shirts, pants and accessories, by Greek design studio, Dede.
Halloween costumes from John Carpenter’s They Live, from the creators of youFail blog.
Obey, consume and stay asleep.