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A Pyrotechnic Artwork by Cai Guo-Qiang Explodes into a Blossom on the Steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

August 5, 2015

Kate Sierzputowski

images via chrisstorb In 2009, Cai Guo-Qiang was commissioned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art to create a site-specific explosion event on the front facade of the museum. The project, titled Fallen Blossoms, used a gunpowder fuse, metal net, and scaffolding to activate a blossom pattern for 60 seconds, temporarily setting the columns of the building ablaze. The fuse for the flower was lit on December 11 at sunset for a large audience. The title for the event and corresponding exhibition is derived from a classical Chinese proverb “hua kai hua luo” which comments on the extreme loss felt when…

 

 



Photography Science

A Single Drop of Seawater, Magnified 25 Times

April 30, 2014

Christopher Jobson

When a wave takes you by surprise at the beach and you accidentally swallow a nasty gulp of salt water, that nasty taste isn’t just salt. Photographer David Littschwager captured this amazing shot of a single drop of seawater magnified 25 times to reveal an entire ecosystem of crab larva, diatoms, bacteria, fish eggs, zooplankton, and even worms. Read more about what you probably don’t want to know at Dive Shield. Marine Microfauna – part of the contents of one dip of a hand net. The magnification was 2x life size, meaning that the actual frame size was a half…

 

 



Art

Giant Suspended Net Installations by Janet Echelman

February 18, 2014

Christopher Jobson

…air. Could it be a new approach to sculpture? A new chapter in her artist career was born, and the artist has since dedicated her time and energy to creating these massive net sculptures in locations around the world. Echelman is currently embarking on her largest piece ever, a 700-foot-long sculpture that will be suspended over Vancouver next month in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the TED Conference. In collaboration with the Burrard Arts Foundation, she’s currently seeking funding via Kickstarter to make it happen. There’s all kinds of great prints, postcards, and shirts available so check it out….

 

 



Art History

900-Year-Old Coded Viking Message Carved on Wood Fragment Finally Solved, It Says "Kiss Me" [Updated]

February 10, 2014

Christopher Jobson

Photo by Jonas Nordby via forskning.no For the past several years researchers have been trying to crack a Viking rune alphabet known as Jötunvillur, a perplexing code dating back to the 11th or 12th century that’s been found in some 80 inscriptions including the scratched piece of wood found above. Recently runologist (!) Jonas Nordby from the University of Oslo managed to crack the code and discovered the secret message etched into this particular 900-year-old object reads “Kiss me.” Via Medievalists.net: For the jötunvillur code, one would replace the original runic character with the last sound of the rune name….

 

 



Art

Better Out Than In: Banksy to Descend on NYC for an Outdoor "Residency" in October

October 1, 2013

Christopher Jobson

Banksy’s website updated a few minutes ago to announce Better Out Than In, “an artists residency on the streets of New York.” The ongoing event is accompanied by a phone number (800) 656-4271 that you can call with a specific code correlating to each artwork. The current recording for #1, shown above, involves a satirical message that completely skewers typical audio tours found in museums and galleries and pokes fun of the artist as well, referring to him repeatedly as “Ban Sky”. Do you think he’ll make a new piece every day? That seems pretty grueling. Stay tuned to www.banksyny.com…

 

 



Photography

The Most Beautifully Terrifying Spiders You Never Knew Existed

August 2, 2013

Christopher Jobson

Mirror Spider / Thwaitesia sp. / Singapore Long Horned Orb Weaver / Macracantha arcuata / Singapore Bird Dung Spider / Pasilobus sp. / Singapore Ladybird Mimic / Paraplectana sp. / Singapore Eight-Spotted Crab Spider / Platythomisus octomaculatus / Singapore Tree Stump Orb Weaver / Poltys illepidus / Singapore Net-Casting Ogre-Face Spider / Deinopis sp. / Singapore Ant Mimic Jumping Spider / Myrmarachne plataleoides / Singapore Wide-Jawed Viciria Spiderlings / Viciria praemandibularis / Singapore Wow! Ick. Oooh. Whaaaaaaat. No. No. NOPE. That pretty much summarizes my reactions while looking at these incredible macro shots of spiders photographed by Nicky Bay who…