kayshapero: highly amused looking seal (amused)
Spotted this on NPR. Apparently there is a yearly student painting competition, the winners of which get hung in the Capitol in DC for about a year until the next set of winners. One such, "Untitled#1" by David Pulphus went up last June, and apparently a group of Republicans have decided it was "offensive" and have been alternating taking it down with members of the Congressional Black Congress putting it back up. I can see what "offended" them, I also rather like the painting myself; nice use of symbolism. Follow the link for the story and a look at the painting. Great way to make sure everybody sees it, guys!


Sep. 30th, 2015 08:56 pm
kayshapero: Lynx looking thoughtful (Lynx)
Got my first Kuriositas bulletin in awhile...  Satsop, Washington began an atomic power plant in 1977, only to abandon the uncompleted result when they ran out of funding in 1983.  The result, an fascinating video trip through the ruins of something that never really was. My thanks to Kuriositas for the link.

Atomic Ruin from Andrew Walker on Vimeo.

kayshapero: (CalicoCat)
Kuriositas does it again - These are fun.

The Art of the Japanese Manhole
17 August 2014

The Japanese have a wonderful relationship with their manhole covers: they treat them as art.  Here is a selection of the ornate, the artistic and the slightly bizarre.
(more - lots of pictures!)
kayshapero: (CalicoCat)
Or, what may be one of the most useful public sculptures the world has seen in awhile, given that it is made of aluminum making it fairly safe for the sealife, set in the intertidal zone, and intended to stay there indefinitely. Anyway, this work by Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping is definitely cool. Click the photo to go to the article (with lots MORE pictures and info and stuff). Yes, Kuriositas again. :)

kayshapero: (CalicoCat)
As those who have been keeping track of the woes of Detroit may know, the governor's satrap has called for Christie's to value the contents of the municipally owned art museum, which houses what sounds like a pretty irreplaceable collection. Not, he says, to sell it, but the locals are understandably dubious. Anyway, there has been some literally firey protest (no, not the destructive kind)... From the Detroit News

September 13, 2013 at 1:49 pm
Breathing fire over threat to DIA's collection

Detroit — In the dead of night Thursday, a 40-foot dragon snuck up to the north lawn of the Detroit Institute of Arts and left a blazing message to the city: "Save the Art."

The 20-foot-tall dragon is made of found objects and recycled steel and tires. Mounted on a dump truck chasis, the giant art car is the creation of artist Ryan C. Doyle of Detroit and Hong Kong based LED artist Teddy Lo. It is mobile and immense. And it can shoot a 20-foot burst of flame from its nostrils.

Detroit sculptor Doyle and about a dozen friends and assistants drove the dragon, Gon KiRin, or Light Dragon in Mandarin (Lo's native tongue), down Woodward Avenue about 9 p.m. Thursday to the DIA, where he and his aides stuck a sign made of steel letters wrapped in fabric into the lawn and doused it in kerosene.

Moments later, they drove Gon KiRin up to the curb and let loose its fiery breath, igniting the sign that read: "#Save the Art." (more)

Check out the article, if only for the gorgeous video of Gon KiRin in action!

The dragon's been around a few years now; started out at Burning Man and will be at Art Prize in Grand Rapids later this month. Hopefully - they're running a kickstarter to help fund the trip.
kayshapero: Lynx looking thoughtful (Lynx)
Before every filker and their cats send me this link.... :)

Beached Whale Art in Greenwich, London

Saturday, June 22, 2013

The latest piece of outdoors installation art in London has caused a few raised eyebrows to say the least.  A life-size fiberglass sculpture of a beached whale has been placed on the bank of the River Thames at Greenwich, in London.

This from Kuriositas (who else), and the rest of the article includes LOTS more pictures.
kayshapero: (Tag)
Rapid City, South Dakota embarked on a public art project in 2000, consisting of statues of all past presidents of the United States on various street corners downtown. They've caught up to George W Bush, and I gather Mr Obama's is in the works and will appear after the next election. My favorite is the one of Thomas Jefferson (see below) but they're all pretty good.

kayshapero: (HINABN)
Hey, steampunkers! Get a load of THIS....

The Forevertron of Dr Evermor

Wisconsin may seem an unlikely place for a Victorian inventor from England to take up home, but that is exactly what Dr Evermor did. You can still see a myriad of his inventions on display in the small town of Sumpter. By far the largest of his creations, the Forevertron, takes pride of place at the center of this amazing collection. Dr Evermor used his colossal contrivance and disappeared before the turn of the new, twentieth century.

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