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The Yatzer Round-up #9 | Editor’s Picks

This is the latest edition of The Yatzer Round-up — our irregular column featuring creative projects and products worth sharing. From an idea to carrying your solid-brass fountain pen around to black furniture embroidered with pewter thread, here’s a selection of innovative and beautiful design stories from around the world. Do you want to be part of the Round-Up? Then submit your project following our submission guidelines.

Globe Exhibition of Collectible Design by Aybar Gallery

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History of Piles: To the Victor, the (Pointy) Spoils (1919)

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“To the victor, the (pointy) spoils” was found in  Illustrated World in their June 1919 issue. (As it runs out, the word “pointy” is a lot older than I thought, the OED finding it in   K. Digby Two Treat. i. xv. 130, from  1644: I haue seen some very high, and pointy spire steeples do the like.)  It seems as though the captured “Hun” helmets with spikes were collected and pyramided for a war relief benefit/fund-raiser. I guesstimate that it took around 2,000 helmets to complete this display–it also reminds me quite a bit of a famous photo of buffalo skulls piled 20 feet high, waiting to be loaded onto a train car in about 1870 to be hauled away for processing into fertilizer. There’s nothing in common between the two besides the composition and the pointy parts, as the buffalo were slaughtered for many reasons all of which are terrible and none of which had to do with war, where the German helmets came from. 



WWI Project Hun Helmet 1919 detail


Buffalo skulls

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WWI Project Hun Helmet 1919

 Here’s another view of perhaps the same bit, evidently located just beyond Grand Central:

WWI Project Pyramid of captured German helmets, New York, 1918 (1)


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Worlds Under Glass: 33 Miniature Cities & Architectural Sculptures

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Sheltered by glass vessels like tiny self-contained biomes, these miniature buildings and cities seem to have their own atmospheres and variable gravity, with houses teetering on the edges of cliffs or springing out of clouds in the sky. Artists craft small-scale structures from balsa wood, paper, cardboard and other materials and house them under domes, bottles, teapots and Victorian terrariums.

Balsa Wood Architecture by Vera van Wolferen

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Often incorporated into animations, Vera van Wolferen’s tiny balsa wood structures can also be structures telling their own stories. A recent series of structures perches tiny dwellings on stilts or stretches them several stories into the ‘sky’ beneath a glass dome, often emerging from cotton ‘clouds.’

Paper Cities by Ayumi Shibata

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Slivers of two-dimensional cities and landscapes curl around each other within glass vessels in rosebud-like arrangements or stack up into faux hillsides to create a three-dimensional whole in these works by Ayumi Shibata. The artist uses traditional Japanese paper cutting techniques, noting that the Japanese word for ‘paper’ is ‘Kami,’ which can also mean ‘god,’ ‘spirit’ or ‘divinity.’

“Kami move freely beyond time, universe and places, appearing during events, as well as in our houses and our bodies,” she says. “These spirits also dwell in paper. In the religion of Shinto, white paper is considered a sacred material.”

Micro Matter by Rosa de Jong

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Enclosed within glass domes or test tubes, Rosa de Jong’s ‘Micro Matter’ sculptures bring unfathomably small worlds to life, each one seemingly floating in its own low-gravity atmosphere. The works often feature dilapidated homes, farm buildings, mines and construction sites, exploring the ways in which built environments interact with nature. The sculptures are created in a way that’s similar to building a ship in a bottle, snugly inserting the pieces to fit their vessels just right.

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A Big Head of Nothing (1865)

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This advertisement to subscribe to the Phrenological Journal appeared in November, 1865, with promises of profuse understanding of the connection of the nervous and mental life and its connection to, well, bumps on the head. There was also the promise of higher intellectual life by infusing the journal with devotion to psychology, ethnology, physiology, and of course physiognomy. It is interesting to note that four of the five endorsements come from religious newspapers, G_d knows why.

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American Agriculturalist 1865 phreology

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The Met Makes 375,000 Public Domain Images Available

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced Tuesday that more than 375,000 of the Museum’s “public-domain artworks” are now available for unrestricted use. From a report: “We have been working toward the goal of sharing our images with the public for a number of years,” said Thomas P. Campbell, director and CEO of the Met, in a statement. “Our comprehensive and diverse museum collection spans 5,000 years of world culture and our core mission is to be open and accessible for all who wish to study and enjoy the works of art in our care.” The image collection covers photographs, paintings, and sculptures, among other works. Images now available for both scholarly and commercial purposes include Emanuel Leutze’s famous painting Washington Crossing the Delaware; photographs by Walker Evans, Alfred Steiglitz, and Dorothea Lange; and even some Vincent van Gogh paintings.

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Surreal dolls reveal the dark fantasy worlds that live under their ‘skin’

‘Forbidden Fruit,’ by doll artist Mari Shimizu.
Fantasy doll maker Mari Shimizu hails from Amakusa, Kumamoto Japan where after graduating from Tama Art University, she dedicated herself to creating and photographing her intricate ball-joint dolls. Shimizu is deeply inspired by the Surrealist movement, especially Nazi-hating…

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Extreme Results of an Extremist Populist Presidential Candidate (1872)

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So thought the great Thomas Nast, who in his enormous endeavors at Harper’s Weekly drew this political statement as a small corner-filler for the weekly issue of October 12, 1872. The fear for him was the resurrected Phoenix of Tammany Hall and the K.K.K. as a result of electing Horace Greeley to the presidency of the U.S., and he was no effort in making his statement with any nod to the subtle. We can clearly see the characteristics of each group emblazoned on the wings of the Phoenix–less visible in the background are the ruins of the “Colored orphan asylum” and “school houses”, targets of the despicable Klan. The election was only weeks away at this point, and Greeley was running as a splinter Liberal Republican, and was trounced by Ulysses Grant in the electoral college. As it turns out, Greeley would be dead three weeks later. 

Nast 1872 CSA Tammany

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Shooting an Eclipse in Turkey, 1894

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Astronomy shooting an eclipse

I came across this interesting image in L’Astronomie, revue mensuelle d’Astronomie Populaire, published in Paris in 1894, and edited by the  profoundly busy Camille Flammarion. The description and image is credited to the French author/adventurer Pierre Loti, and it describes the Turks of Constantinople shooting at the Moon (” Les Turcs tirent des coups de feu sur notre satellite”) in observance of the the fight of light versus darkness exemplified no doubt by the constellation Draco, the dragon, or Ouroboros, or serpent consuming itself, or some such.  During an eclipse it was believed going into the dim past that Draco was consuming the sources of light, and that in order to stop it from doing so observers would make as much noise as possible to scare the thing away.  Loti notes that this practice probably  has been observed since the time of The Prophet, though it is probably older than that.

I’ve never seen an image depicting people shooting at the Moon with rifles (there are some famous examples of this with the first motion picture version of Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon) and so I’m sharing it–perhaps someone out there will help with the deeper interpretation of what is going on.  

  • “L’une des dernières éclipses de Lune a été l objet d une observation d un genre spécial à Constantinople par M Pierre Loti l élégant auteur de Madame Chrysanthème, auquel nous devons le dessin fort original reproduit ici. Les Turcs tirent des coups de feu sur notre satellite pour le délivrer du Dragon qui le ronge antique dragon astrologique qui a laissé des vestiges dans les signes astronomiques modernes mêmes nœud période draconitique etc. La dernière éclipse a sans doute été l objet d une cérémonie du même genre chez les disciples de Mahomet….”–Populaire Astronomie, pg 17.


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classical painted portraits wander the city streets of modern-day naples

alexey kondakov has integrated historical artworks of angels, muses and mythological creatures into the streets and sights of naples.

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