Angel mosaic revealed at Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity

Angel mosaic revealed at Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity

Angel mosaic portraitThe BBC have recently done a video report that Italian restoration workers at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem have been showing off a stunning mosaic of an angel that was previously hidden beneath plaster.

Tensions between different Christian denominations have long delayed the repairs at the church.

But the Palestinian Authority brokered a deal between them enabling restoration work to start three years ago.

Google Street View tours the Guggenheim Museum

Google Street View tours the Guggenheim Museum

One of the museums I would love to revisit is the Guggenheim Museum in New York.  Unfortunately it isn’t the most affordable trip from the UK, which is why a new online tour of the museum will be a welcome addition to Google Street View.

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Captured using tripod-mounted cameras, Street View trolley cameras and even drones, anyone with Internet access can explore the museum’s well-known spiral staircase, which has been featured in scores of movies.

By navigating to a special Google-created site, users can virtually stroll through the museum’s halls and peer up through the structure’s Frank Lloyd Wright–designed circular skylight (known in the museum as the oculus).

Woman creates entire Nativity scene out of cheese!

 

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What you see above is made entirely of 40 kilograms of cheddar cheese and cocktail sticks.

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Prudence Staite, is a food artist who spent five days to make a cheese version of the Nativity – the stable, Mary, Joseph, Jesus, the Three Wise Men, two donkeys, two sheep and a cow. Even the straw is made of cheese–in this case, finely shaved cheese. The Daily Telegraph describes how Staite did it:

She first softened the cheese in a special food processor, then formed each of her figures before putting all of the characters into the fridge again to firm up for display.

The tiny crib that contains the baby even includes shaved cheese as straw.

According to Staite, all the figures were equally tricky to make as the detail on their faces was so small. Her solution: A tiny magnifying glass.

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In this video for SWNS, Staite explains how she was able to craft this edible wonder.

London’s aeroplane flights visualised

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Air traffic control company NATS handles 2 million flights in UK airspace every year, with 1.2 million of those arriving at or departing from one of the five main London airports.  That makes more than 3,000 flights daily on just six runways.

When those flight plans are turned into colourful trails, they merge into a mesmerising visualisation of aviation over a 24-hour period:

Amazing artist

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Paul Smith was born in the 1920s with cerebral palsy, instead of allowing that to limit his life, he persevered.  In a society which at that time didn’t support people with cerebral palsy at age 16, he learned to speak, and at 32 he learned to walk.

What’s even more amazing is the way he started to paint using an old typewriter:

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Edvard Munch’s The Scream Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

 

Edvard Munch The Scream Ice Bucket ChallengeAt one shocking moment, the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch suddenly felt the icy existential horror of the human experience. Then he wrote:

I was walking along the road with two friends
The Sun was setting – the Sky turned blood-red.
And I felt a wave of Sadness – I paused
tired to Death – Above the blue-black
Fjord and City Blood and Flaming tongues hovered
My friends walked on – I stayed
behind – quaking with Angst – I
felt the great Scream in Nature
So I challenge the Mona Lisa and Whistler’s Mother

Via: Neatorama

1953 Volkswagen Beetle Crunched Into a Shiny Sphere

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Look what Indonesian artist Ichwan Noor has done to a heap of car parts, a few scraps of aluminum and some carefully crafted pieces of polyester. This tightly compressed sphere resembles a brand-new 1953 Volkswagen Beetle that was somehow balled up into a globular mass of shiny yellow goodness.

Part of the Art Basel show that recently took place in Hong Kong, the artwork is a strong statement by Noor that’s resonating worldwide.  According to Hong Kong art site Juxtapose, Noor created this monstrous piece by “transforming, fusing and morphing” a vintage 1953 Volkswagen Beetle into this insane art installation.

The Japan Times says Noor has done this spherical trick with five different Volkswagen Beetles.

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Disney’s Paperman

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The Disney animated short Paperman is up for an Oscar this year. The technique used to produce it is a combination of hand-drawn art and computer animation, giving it the feel of a classic Disney film.

Paperman‘s seemingly seamless way of blending the personality of hand-drawn animation with CGI in the physical space of the story is the result of new in-house software called Meander, a vector-based drawing program that allows for manipulation of the line after the fact — something that Kahrs described as “just like painting on the surface of the CG.”

In practice, it successfully blends the best of both forms of animation together in way they’ve never been seen before. Depicting George and Meg as flat, drawn characters keeps them safely out of the uncanny valley that even the best CGI sometimes can’t avoid and somehow makes them seem more real; other sequences, like the multiple paper airplanes zooming through the air, would be far less convincing and far more time-consuming if rendered without the help of computer generated imagery.

The plot? Boy meets girl, of course.