A young boy befriends an old man, much to his parents’ consternation. However, the boy and the old man have a bond – a fascination with space travel. Together, they transform a vintage vacuum cleaner into a rocketship for a surprising journey. This heartwarming short film was written and directed by Alfred Thomas Catalfo and was inspired by the rocketship sculptures of artist David Random. This may leave you with a lump in your throat…
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Pavement art is, by its very nature, ephemeral. Fortunately we live in the age of the camera and so the works of maddonari (as they are otherwise more formally called) can be preserved. at least digitally. Yet although we can record the images, what of the artist? Do you ever want to put a face and a story to the picture?
Tracy Lee Stum (left) is one of the foremost 3D street artists in the world.
As you might imagine, the desire to illustrate her world followed approximately three seconds after birth. Perhaps an exaggeration but Tracy started to depict, portray and represent before she properly knew the meaning of the words, literally as soon as she could grasp chalk or crayon.
Have you ever heard of Thaddeus Lowe? No, I hadn’t but a quick check on Wikipedia verified that he did actually live and everything that you see here actually happened. It tells the little known story of Lowe – aeronaut, scientist and inventor who came to prominence during the American Civil War when he performed aerial reconnaissance on the Confederate troops on behalf of the Union Army – in a balloon. Unfortunately his endeavors were not too well received and he had to resign in 1863.
This very amusing animated short was written, directed, animated and narrated by Kelly Jones who also wrote the accompanying song which is probably going to be in my head all day now – for which I don’t know whether to thank Ms Jones or invoice her.
Looks like the boys and girls over at Google Maps have a sense of humor. If you ask for directions from The Shire to Mordorthen you are given a fairly explicit warning. Perhaps it was just as well that Frodo didn’t have a smart phone – Samwise Gamgee would have swallowed his tongue. Then again…