I have always loved tiny toy people in their miniature plastic worlds. I was addicted to such stuff as a kid, and can’t seem to stop myself from buying it for my own offspring, but this–this is beyond mere child’s play. This transcends play into something almost Holy.
Just take a look at the moving Lego Pirate theater this guy in Athens, Greece, has made with Lego Mindstorms NXT and Lego Duplo pirate figures. Astounding. Then go to his site and get further blown away by his many “NXTfied”creations, including a Bionicle Robot Head, a revolving Christmas Tree, a Holo3Cycle, and so much more. (via BoingBoing via GeekDad).
The Wall Street Journal reports on the new works of art the Obamas are adding to the White House walls, their political implications, and the potential market effects for the artists they’ve selected (particular the lesser-known ones). From the article:
The Obamas are sending ripples through the art world as they put the call out to museums, galleries and private collectors that they’d like to borrow modern art by African-American, Asian, Hispanic and female artists for the White House. In a sharp departure from the 19th-century still lifes, pastorals and portraits that dominate the White House’s public rooms, they are choosing bold, abstract art works.
The Obamas have great taste, no? A few examples…(the Ruscha is my favorite pick…so great!).
Has anyone gone to see the new Star Trek movie? Nichelle Nichols was a totally better Uhura than Zoe Saldana. She just looks so bad ass in that pic.
Here are some of the stories from this past week. Have a great three day weekend!
- Stolen Moore Now Scrap Metal, Police Say: Bronze sculpture had been missing since December 2005.
- Proximity has posted photos from this years Version Fest and the Chicago Art Parade.
- Studio 360 had BAS pal Lori Waxman discuss reinventing the critic.
- RISD cuts budget to deal with their increasingly low endowment. Museum will be closed for the month of August.
- The future of art museums.
- Frank Lloyd Wright LEGO of The Guggenheim. I was excited at first but $55! It its not even that large.
- The National Portrait Gallery has a video tour of the Francis Alÿs Fabiola installation.
- BTW, Canada was sort of sucking ass this week with two lame news stories. Let us also remember that there are no Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup Conference Finals. Take that Duncan!