Monthly Archives: December 2013

A letter and illustration by J.R.R. Tolkien and sent from…

A letter and illustration by J.R.R. Tolkien and sent from ‘Father Christmas’ to his children in 1925.

Tolkien first sent a Christmas letter to his three-year-old son in 1920. He continued this tradition, eventually sending letters to all four of his children, for the next twenty years. A transcript of Father Christmas’ rather shaky penmanship is on Letters of Note.

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Midday Traffic Time Collapsed and Reorganized by Color: San Diego Study #3

I’m very humbled that the VICE Creator’s Project has covered this series with a new video: http://youtu.be/iioPicXsAFg

The source footage for this video is a 4-minute shot from the Washington Street bridge above State Route 163 in San Diego captured at 2:39pm Oct 1, 2013. My aim is to reveal the color palette and color preferences of contemporary San Diego drivers in addition to traffic patterns and volumes. There are no CG elements, these are all real cars that have been removed from one sample and reorganized.

The source footage may be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/81846560

More details on the methodology + are here: http://cysfilm.com/?p=3345

The San Diego Studies is a series of short videos that collapse time to reveal otherwise unobservable rhythms and movement in the city. The project is supported my MOPA San Diego and the San Diego Foundation . For more information about this video please visit cysfilm.com and MOPA.org (more…)

Command and Control / 4 Minute Warning – Radiohead

COMMAND AND CONTROL / 4 MINUTE WARNING

This short film by Kevin Ford was inspired by Eric Schlosser’s new book, COMMAND AND CONTROL, and features a great Radiohead song about nuclear war, “4 Minute Warning.”

For more information please visit:

http://thepenguinpress.com/book/command-and-control/

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New Paper Hummingbirds by Cheong-ah Hwang

New Paper Hummingbirds by Cheong ah Hwang paper illustration birds

New Paper Hummingbirds by Cheong ah Hwang paper illustration birds

New Paper Hummingbirds by Cheong ah Hwang paper illustration birds

New Paper Hummingbirds by Cheong ah Hwang paper illustration birds

New Paper Hummingbirds by Cheong ah Hwang paper illustration birds

New Paper Hummingbirds by Cheong ah Hwang paper illustration birds
Hummingbird, 2010

Korean paper artist Cheong-ah Hwang who is currently based in Columbus, Ohio creates delicate paper sculptures that blur the line between 2D and 3D art using dimensional illusion. The paper is cut and layered to give the final object depth and form, but remains essentially a flat piece. You can see more of her new work including other paper illustrations over on Flickr.

By: Colossal
Via: Feedbin Starred Entries
Source: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/12/new-paper-hummingbirds-by-cheong-ah-hwang/

New clues to fate of lost Roanoke colony?

Last year, an intriguing new clue to the fate of the lost colony of Roanoke was found hidden under a patch on a 16th century map of Chesapeake Bay. The map in question was drawn by artist, cartographer and governor John White who founded the settlement on Roanoke Island that so famously disappeared when he was overseas attempting to secure supplies for them. It’s called La Virginea Pars (a partial map of the Virginia territory) and it is an impressively accurate survey of the east coast of North America from present-day Cape Henry, Virginia, to Cape Lookout, North Carolina. Originally made for Sir Walter Raleigh around 1585, the map has been owned by the British Museum since the mid-18th century.

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