“Singing, Ringing Tree,” played by the wind in Lancashire (photograph by Mark Tighe)
Other than the ubiquitous wind-chimes sounding on your balcony, there are a variety of instruments that are played only by the wind, ranging from those small enough to sit on your windowsill to massive pieces of modern art and poorly-designed skyscrapers.
While known in ancient Greece, India, and China, the Aeolian harp (“Aeolian” from the ancient Greek god and “keeper of the winds,” Aeolus) was “rediscovered” in Europe during the 1650s, by Athanasius Kircher, a German Jesuit priest, and went on to become a popular feature in Romantic-era households.
The idea is simple: a number of strings (usually an even number) are strung over a sound chamber, and the instrument is then left somewhere with a strong breeze.
The wind does the rest.
Oodena Celebration Circle (photograph by AJ Batac)
The Forks is a community meeting place in Winnipeg, and the impressive-looking Forks mark the autumnal equinox and the summer and winter solstices. The location is believed to date back 6,000 years as a place of gathering.
Between her colorful street art creations and her graphite on paper illustrations, the talented French artist Amandine Urruty reveals an incredible dreamlike universe, populated by fantastical creatures, hidden meanings, symbols and references to pop culture or mythology.
Some beautiful and very detailed artworks that will tickle your imagination as much as your analytical skills!
For this holiday season, Swedish 3D artist Caroline Eriksson decided to make an impressive present for ‘The Hobbit’ fans.
She created this amazing gingerbread sculpture of legendary Smaug – a fictional fearless and greedy dragon from J.R.R. Tolkien’s trilogy. The gingerbread masterpiece took her many hours to bake and construct.
Making the dragon was not an easy task – the artist had to add loads of syrup and flour to the dough to make the material thick and support the whole structure of the massive sculpture.
According to Afftonbladed, Eriksson plans to keep the dragon till it collapses by itself – it would be too cruel to eat her two weeks worth of work.
The Smaug is not the first of Eriksson’s gingerbread sculptures.
Last year, she won the first prize in the 2013 Mill Gingerbread Competition in Norway with her wonderful Optimus Prime from ‘The Transformers.’
More info: carolinedenise.com, Facebook (h/t: laughingsquid, aftonbladet)
A mural of a scene from Mughal-E-Azam in Mumbai, created for the Bollywood Art Project (all photographs by the author)
Walls in India are hardly ever bare; it’s a difficult task to find a wall in the country that isn’t covered in fly-posters, paan spittle, or colorful graffiti.
But one Indian suburb is taking this latter example to an extreme.
Bandra, a suburb located in West Mumbai, was originally developed as a trading post for the Portuguese in the 16th century, but today is known for its diverse street art. I
n the streets surrounding its array of unique restaurants and hip cafes, it is impossible to visit without stumbling across the work of talented artists living and working within the area.
However, Bandra hasn’t always been Mumbai’s street art capital.
In 2008, four artists from the National Institute of Design started the Wall Project.
The initiative aimed to add a bit of color to Bandra by turning its dull and vacant walls into vibrant pieces of art, thereby rejuvenating several areas that had long been in ruin.
Over the last few years they have given the suburb a terrific makeover — one that reflects the diverse range of people and perspectives within the community, whilst transforming its damaged and decrepit walls.
Street murals are an incredible example of someone’s artistry.
To have a large canvas and utilize most (if not all) of it to create something that will make people’s heads turn is a challenge. Some murals serve as commentary, while others are playful and surreal.
But what brings them all together is the fact that someone devoted a lot of their time to creating something that will hopefully be seen and shared by people across the world.
Houston, Texas, is home to a lot of murals. From local artists to world-renowned street artists and muralists, this Texas city features murals that are dedicated to historical figures, local business, and the Houston lifestyle.
In honor of this public art, we have chosen some of the coolest murals in Houston right now.