Thursday, February 16, 2017

'Midnight Plan├ętarium': The Watch That Lets You Wear the Universe on Your Wrist

French jewelry, watch and perfume maker Van Cleef & Arpels has included a marvelous watch in their series "Poetic Complications" called "Midnight Plan├ętarium".

The Midnight Planetarium watch offers the fascinating possibility of wearing the universe on your wrist. The dial reproduces the Sun in miniature, together with the six planets visible to the naked eye: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and the Earth. Thanks to an exclusive module, each planet moves on its own disc according to its real-life rotation time.

The price is set to $205,000.

Artist Walter Kershaw Was Britain's First Graffiti Artist

Walter Kershaw who lives in the town Rochdale, close to Manchester, England, is considered as the first graffiti artist in Britain.

Kershaw studied fine art at Durham and, while his star may have dimmed, he was a fairly regular presence on TV and radio in the 70s and 80s, interviewed by Russell Harty, Sue MacGregor and Janet Street-Porter. He has had murals commissioned in Sao Paulo, Mexico, Sarajevo and Los Angeles, but it's unlikely any of these could have had the shock value of his technicolour guerilla work on red-brick Lancashire back streets.

He tended to start work early, at 5am in the summer, and travelled with a friend on a motorbike just in case someone objected vehemently. Hodkinson marvels "about the guts it took – these were quite rough neighbourhoods. But people were really encouraging. They used to bring tea and butties out for him and his assistants. It was like having your house tattooed. He had a queue of people asking him to do their house next." Local councils were less keen, and Kershaw received a string of cease and desist letters, though no one ever pursued charges.

Watch the documentary "First Graffiti Artist" (1976) directed by Ian Potts who made it as a graduation movie from the Polytechnic of Central London Film School, today known as the University of Westminster.

'The High Five': Learn How the High Five Was Invented in This Short Documentary

We have all made one – the high five – but how did it originate and who invented it?!

The short "The High Five" directed by Michael Jacobs tells the interesting story about former American Major League Baseball players Glenn Lawrence Burke and Dusty Baker.

On October 2nd, 1977 Dusty Baker hit his 30th homerun of the season. As Baker rounded the bases, an excited rookie named Glenn Burke met him at home plate, raised his arm high in the air and slapped Baker's hand. It was the first high five recorded in the history of sports. A year later, Burke was forced out of baseball amid rumours of his sexual orientation.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Vintage Skiing Instructional Footage From 1941 for the United States Army Mountain Unit

Improve your skiing skills with this instructional footage from 1941 that was used in the training of the United States Army mountain unit.

Intense Free Solo Climb by Marc-Andre Leclerc

Intense free solo climb by Marc-Andre Leclerc. Music by Hippie Sabotage and the track "Waiting Too Long".

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Miniature Calendar: Miniature Figures Surrounded by Everyday Objects

My wife showed me the wonderful work of art director and artist Tatsuya Tanaka earlier this morning – the Miniature Calendar, that everyday gets updated with a new image of miniature figures surrounded by everyday objects.

'Vindur': Short Film That Displays the Spectacular Landscapes of Island

Watch the spectacular nature of Island in the short film "Vindur: Icelandic Landscapes" directed by Vadim Sherbakov and Ludmila Tregub.

'Saving Banksy' (2017): Is It Right to Sell or Remove Street Artist Banksy's Public Work?

The documentary "Saving Banksy" (2017) deals with street artist Banksy's work and the preservation of his public work. More often then not, Banksy's public paintings are either removed or taken down by private art collectors that hope they can sell them for a substantial amount of money.

I have seen two Banksy related documentaries before – the excellent "Exit Through the Gift Shop" from 2010 (YouTube link) and the HBO produced "Banksy Does New York" from 2014 (YouTube link).

After having seen the trailer for "Saving Banksy", I think it will provide the viewers with more material like the one found in "Banksy Does New York". When I watched the latter one, I felt that I wanted to watch so much more, since seeing the struggle between the private collectors of Banksy's work and the established art world was fascinating to observe.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Daily Links: Eric Clapton Documentary, the World's Finest Uncut Opal and Self-Help Books

In today's daily links, an upcoming documentary about rock and blues guitarist Eric Clapton, the world's finest uncut opal, self-help books and a photography newsletter.

Amazing Waves From the West Australian Coastline in the Short 'Mining Gold'

Look at those waves!!! The short "Mining Gold" directed by Chris Gurney and Tom Jennings in collaboration with Volte Wetsuits shows the West Australian coastline during the first day of the Southern Hemisphere winter.

Via Reid Gower.

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