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The Sculpture Garden of Veijo Rönkkönen



Full article here.

Lots of great photos here.

Veijo Rönkkönen was a recluse who spent his days between the paper mill where he worked for 41 years, and his farm, tucked away in a Finnish forest. By all accounts, he didn’t like to talk to people, and he never took an art lesson in his life. But by the time of his death in 2010, Rönkkönen had covered his land with around 550 sculptures. Nearly all of them depicted human figures: people of all ages and ethnicities, frozen in moments of play, athleticism, and even agony.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Nov 16, 2023 - Comments (1)
Category: Outsider Art, Statues and Monuments, Europe

Anna Monaro, The Illuminated Woman

Source for clipping: Redwood City Tribune (Redwood City, California) 23 Apr 1934, Mon Page 6



Read the whole tale here.

(Free membership at Medium required.)


Posted By: Paul - Sat Oct 07, 2023 - Comments (0)
Category: Human Marvels, 1930s, Women, Europe

The Violents, “Alpens Ros”

Not much of a plot, but lots of eye candy and a catchy tune.

The group's Discogs page.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Sep 29, 2023 - Comments (4)
Category: Music, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, 1960s, Europe, Attractiveness, Sexiness, Allure and Personal Magnetism

Artwork Khrushchev Probably Would Not Have Liked 52

I must confess to a slight divergence with this entry. All previous ones have featured artwork from within Khrushchev's lifetime, stuff he could have theoretically seen and reacted to. (He died in 1971.) But this one postdates the man.

That is all.

Full info here.



Posted By: Paul - Thu Aug 31, 2023 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Statues and Monuments, Public Indecency, Europe

M&M Honey

I read this story upon its appearance, and for some reason it recently returned to the forefront of my mind. It seems that someone would have subsequently produced this intentionally.

When I was in Sicily, I got to sample the light-green pistachio honey produced there.



NBC video report here.

Whole article and more pics here.




Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 20, 2023 - Comments (2)
Category: Food, Insects and Spiders, Europe, Twenty-first Century

Futurist Cuisine

The Italian Futurist movement, like the Surrealists, was fond of taking the piss out of traditional things. In 1930, they decided to overturn normal cooking and eating, publishing a MANIFESTO OF FUTURIST COOKING.

Read about it at THE NEW YORKER.


And here.


And here.


Posted By: Paul - Fri Jul 07, 2023 - Comments (1)
Category: Food, Cookbooks, Surrealism, 1930s, Europe

The New Domestic Landscape

Fifty years ago, a group of designers, showcased at MOMA, tried to predict the way we'd live.

As usual with these efforts, there were more misses than hits.

More pix here and here.








Posted By: Paul - Thu Jun 29, 2023 - Comments (1)
Category: Domestic, Museums, 1970s, Europe, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

Miss Juke Box

Although not an actual contest or beauty queen title--instead, it was a motif in a song--the notion of a Queen of the Juke Boxes was illustrated to perfection, including props and record-based body language, by properly costumed Margot Hielscher.

Posted By: Paul - Wed May 31, 2023 - Comments (0)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Music, Technology, 1950s, Europe

Jan and Kjeld

Boy band, 1959-style.

Their Wikipedia page.







Posted By: Paul - Sun May 14, 2023 - Comments (1)
Category: Music, Children, 1950s, 1960s, Europe

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