Link Collection #18
Infinite Essence is my response to pervasive media images of black people dead and dying. Being gunned down by police officers, drowning and washing up on the shores of the Mediterranean, starving and suffering in award-winning photography. The trope of the black body as a site of death is everywhere.
Absolutely stunning work.
Honey & Lou Baking Co.
This bakery produces some breathtaking cookies, and the videos of them being decorated are surprisingly soothing.
Master Penman Jake Weidmann
As the world grows increasingly digital, storied art forms like penmanship are quickly dying out. Old masters pass away, leaving behind a gaping void. Enter Jake Weidmann, the youngest “Master Penman” in the United States by three generations. Weidmann’s work shows an attention to minute detail that only comes through years and years of practice. His finished pieces — which fuse calligraphy and fine art — remind us that handwriting can be beautiful.
A great five minute video.
The Costs of Building Pop Culture Structures
Fantasy and sci-fi structures not only serve as settings for their characters, but they also have transformed into massive cultural icons. You can’t reference Harry Potter without imagining the halls of Hogwarts, nor can you imagine intergalactic travel without the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek. Architecture is as every bit important to these movies and TV shows as the characters.
While it must have been fun to dream up these fictional structures, the creators didn’t have to worry about the real-life mechanics of building them, many of which defy the laws of physics and science. However, we can’t help but wonder the extent to which we could recreate these fictional buildings using modern technological and engineering capabilities.
To find out, we looked at materials, dimensions, and real-life counterparts to estimate the cost of five iconic structures from popular culture.
Here’s the full list of structures covered:
- Hogwarts (Harry Potter)
- Bat Cave (Batman)
- USS Enterprise (Star Trek)
- The Wall (Game of Thrones)
- Death Star (Star Wars)
Fun stuff to think about!
Emma Taylor Books
Book sculpture is my creative outlet to highlight an appreciation of the little things in life. A good book, a beautiful tree, a flower in full bloom. With my scissors, glue and paper, and led by the title of the books I chance upon in antique and charity shops, I am able to recreate plants, animals, architecture and literary scenes with all the details I love on a manageable scale.
Some incredible works of art.
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