Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Singing Ringing Tree

Here is a very interesting and brilliant sculpture which I stumbled upon on the Building Design architecture website. 

The Singing Ringing Tree is a tree-shaped wind musical sculpture that was designed and constructed by Tonkin Liu Ltd and is located at Crown Point site in an area overlooking the town of Burnley in Lancashire county in the north west of England. It was part of the Panopticons art and regeneration project: a series of four 21st century landmarks, or panopticons (structures providing a comprehensive view), across East Lancashire. 

The Singing Ringing Tree was constructed from galvanized steel pipes and was shaped and designed to produce sound that changes as the wind interacts with the pipes. 

The produced sound has a very eerie, unearthly, and horror-movie-like quality that is both gripping and mesmerizing.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Incredibly Detailed Cityscapes Drawn from Memory !!

Stephen Wiltshire is an incredible artist with a very unique talent. He has the the ability to draw very meticulous and detailed panoramic views of cityscapes from memory after flying over them in a helicopter ride for a few minutes, only !!

As a child, Stephen was mute and, therefore; had no language and did not relate to other humans. He was diagnosed as autistic at the age of three. At the age of five, it was discovered that Stephen enjoyed drawing a great deal and had a great talent. Drawing was his way of communicating with other. At the age of eight, he started drawing cityscapes from memory.

Stephen is a well known artist the world over for this incredible talent and had drawn several panoramic views of several cities such as Tokyo, London, New York, Dubai, Jerusalem, ..etc.

make sure to check out his webiste for a lot of other drawings.

I leave you with the following photos.


New York:




A street in New York:

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Same Old Blues by Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton is one of my favorite artists. I found this great performance of "Same Old Blues" on YouTube.

Not only is the song quite nice, but also Eric Clapton is a true god when it comes to playing the guitar.

Enjoy :)

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Giant Puppets Walk the Streets of Berlin

We all know what a marionette is. It is that small little cute puppet that is controlled from above by a puppeteer using wires. Marionette shows are always great fun.

Now, imagine if the puppet is so gigantic that it dwarfs the puppeteers and the viewers!!! This has to be an interesting experience.

The Royal De Lux, a French mechanical marionette theater company, in celebrating Germany’s 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, has put on one of the biggest shows on earth where an entire city is its center stage: The Berlin Reunion. The show featured two giant marionettes: a deep see diver named the Big Giant and his niece, the Little Giantess. According to the storyline, they were separated by a wall, land and sea monsters for many years. After returning from a long expedition to destroy the wall, the Big Giant and the Little Giantess roam the streets of Berlin, one from the east and the other from the west, looking for each other after the long separation.

The show displays outstanding work of creativity and beauty.

I leave you with a video of the show and some photos, courtesy of the Big Picture. (click on any photo for full size)

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