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Fascinating Illusion

Its awesome how realistic this looks when it is finished and fascinating how it is done as well.
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed Aug 26, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Art, Skulls, Bones and Skeletons

Marriage via Quantum Entanglement

Jonathon Keats (conceptual artist, experimental philosopher, and friend of WU) is back with a new project. He's setting up an installation in Las Vegas that will be "applying quantum physics to love" by allowing people to bond to each other via quantum entanglement rather than a traditional marriage contract. Sounds perfect for Vegas. Will definitely check it out next time I'm there. Some details below from his press release, and there's also an article about it at Fast Company:

The process of nuptial entanglement developed by Mr. Keats entails no contractual paperwork. The process is unsupervised. There are no restrictions on who may be entangled to whom or how many people may be conjoined. People wishing to become entangled need merely show up at the Art Motel in downtown Las Vegas, where the entanglement apparatus will be operational for the entire Life Is Beautiful Festival, from Friday, September 25th to Sunday, September 27th. "We've negotiated an exclusive offering," says Art Motel organizer John Doffing. After that, the quantum chamber is expected to become a permanent nuptial suite in one of the city's fanciest casino hotels. A product line will also be launched, including entangled wedding bands, champagne and bubble bath.

For Life Is Beautiful, the entanglement apparatus will be situated in a sunny motel window. Exposed to the full spectrum of solar radiation, a nonlinear crystal will entangle photons. The entangled photons will be scattered by thousands of hanging mirrors and prisms, and the photoelectric effect will translate their entangled state to the bodies of people who wish to be united, reclining on a floor covered in throw pillows. "It's even easier than getting a sun tan," asserts Mr. Keats, who is now happily entangled with his wife. "And no need for a wedding gown or tux. In fact, the less clothing you wear, the more entangled you're likely to get."

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Aug 06, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Art, Science, Marriage

Hank Robar’s Toilet Art

Back in 2004, Hank Robar wanted to get a property he owned in Potsdam, NY rezoned so that he could open a donut store there. His application was rejected, and in response Robar created a "toilet garden" — which consisted of rows of old toilets with poles behind them. The toilets had flowers in them. The 'toilet garden' was apparently allowed under local zoning laws because it was "art."

Since 2004, Robar has battled with the local government over other properties, and as a result Potsdam has been home to a number of his toilet gardens. He's currently in the process of creating a new one.

Robar's toilet art has sparked some lively debate in the community about what exactly qualifies as art.

Update: It says here that Robar's toilets are legal not because they're art, per se, but because they have flowers in them, so he can claim that they're planter boxes, which are allowed under zoning laws. Also, he's not the only guy who's thought of displaying toilets as a protest against local government.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jul 27, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Art

Twombly’s Untitled

Untitled, by Cy Twombly. Sold at Christie's auction house in 2010 for $2,378,500. It's referred to, by some, as the "I can't get this pen to work" painting.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Jul 24, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Art

Art Is Not Always Found In A Museum

So often here on WU we see "art' displayed in museums or galleries that is anything but artistic. Well, here is some beautifully done, intricate artwork found just lying in the streets of Japan. Manhole covers.
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Jul 10, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Art, Government, Utilities

Lipstick Art

Famous landmarks carved out of lipstick. Created by artist Hedley Wiggan for an exhibit at Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport. The exhibit is called the International Lipstick Colours of the Year showcase.

Lipstick isn't Wiggan's normal medium. He more often carves miniatures out of pencil leads.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jul 06, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Art

The Adorable Circle of Life

Chicago-based artist Alex Solis has a series of illustrations that show predators doing what they do best — killing — but simultaneously being adorable. My cat reminds me of this paradox on a regular basis, that what is adorably cute can also be a brutally efficient killer.

via Paste Magazine
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jun 23, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Art

Versailles Sculpture

Anish Kapoor's new sculpture, temporarily on display in the gardens of Versailles, is creating a bit of a row after he told a French newspaper that it represents "the vagina of a queen who is taking power." Critics say it looks like "the entrance to a storage unit," or "a vast, brutish, metal, grubby-looking, gaping funnel into a black hole." Kapoor concedes that his work has "multiple interpretive possibilities."
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jun 08, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Art

Inhabited Turtle Shell

For for Frieze art fair in New York, performance artist Kris Lemsalu is lying very still for three-and-a-half hours beneath a giant fake turtle shell decorated with giant rhinestones. And that's it. She calls it an inhabited sculpture. []

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat May 16, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Art, Performance Art

Spaceship from 1954 Halloween Parade



Click either image to enlarge.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 14, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Art, Motor Vehicles, Parades and Festivals, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, 1950's
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