Volunteers filled 1.5 million balloons with helium, and released them all at once:
“When the rain came, it wet the balloons and caused them to descend without popping . . . The floating balloons made finding the head of someone fighting to stay above water impossible.”
Oh, my heart: “Point Break” by Maxine Gambus for Éditions du livre.
Images in milliseconds of the first atomic bomb test via Rudy Godinez/Nuclear Weapon Archive. ALSO: Jacques Hymans’ writing in Foreign Affairs on “failed” nuclear programs:
“This was probably one of the most expensive undertakings in the history of mankind in terms of dollars spent to material produced.”
12-volume, 2,450-page book with the name of every nuclear bomb detonation in the world, ever, by Andrea Pinheiro.
Stools made from discarded Christmas trees, by Fabien Cappello.
Pomegranate (2006) by Ori Gersht; Bodegón con paquetes, Homenaje a Sánchez Cotán (1966) by Claudio Bravo via Mutual Art; Quince, Cabbage, Melon and Cucumber (1602) by Juan Sánchez Cotán.
ALSO: Recipe for Spanish curtido with pickled melon, using all the ingredients in the painting.
Painted panels, hit with a hammer, by Matthew Deleget.
Embroidery on linen by Hildur Bjarnadottir via Stitch Kitchen at Pulliam Gallery:
“. . . the densely embroidered image, a central greenish splat, parodies in a painstakingly repetitive technique the spontaneous gesture of Abstract Expressionism.”
From the “Launch” series by Jone Kvie via Kunstnerforbundet.
Ernesto Caivano via Guild & Greyshkul/Richard Heller Gallery/Tomio Koyama Gallery:
“There are a lot of things that might be fallen apart in the world.”
Fawn Krieger‘s Ruin Value, referencing the Hitler-era German architectural theory of creating buildings that will leave behind pleasing ruins. Selling for $40/lb. at SOLOWAY. Via anaba:
“. . . the very prospect of realizing is accompanied by the anticipation it will one day collapse, or simply fail and remain. Failing as an intentional built-in to realization . . .”
3,190 debossed marks to fill in day by day, representing the nine years spent imprisoned by the longest-serving Guantanamo Bay detainees. “The Imprisoned Calendar” by The Best Part via Public School.
10 Crack Commandments (2010) by Swyndle & Hawks.
Burnt furniture preserved in epoxy by Maarten Baas via sky le blog via the best time of the day.
By Joel Lardner via Postcard Exhibition.
If ever there was an argument against free will, it might be sinkholes. Via 99¢ Dreams. ALSO: Promenade irrationnelle (2006) from the series, “Exploration rationnelle des fonds sous-marins” by Philippe Ramette.
Someday I will meet someone who reminds me of these pale blue paintings of explosions, and I will love her from afar. Watercolors by Rebecca Bird via Kopeokin Gallery.
These makes me think of B.M., one of the people I will definitely thank if I ever give a speech at a televised awards ceremony. Abandoned houses slowly being taken back by nature, photographed by James Griffioen.
1960s Penguin Crime book covers designed by Romek Marber via Casual Optimist. Have his carcase is available in my etsy shop. From Eye:
“Seen as a series . . . Marber’s images add up to a multifaceted graphic response to the darker side of human behaviour. If his grid represents an attempt to maintain social order, the images held in place below it express what happens when the criminal impulse goes unchecked. These classic covers functioned as an exemplary Modern identity, while embodying our conflicting urges towards order and chaos.”
Mohammed (on the right) preaching his final sermon to his earliest converts, from a medieval-era manuscript of The Remaining Signs of Past Centuries by the Muslim scholar Abu Rayhan Biruni, who has a crater on the moon named after him. Via the amazing Mohammed Image Archive.
Photographs of active minefields by Simon Menner.
“The knowledge of the invisibility of land mines is the terror creating part of these machines. . . . If it is known that there are mines buried in the ground the whole area loses its innocence.”
Pipe cleaner Guns and Dealer by Don Porcella at Stux Gallery via MAO.
A new-to-me depiction of Judith with the head of Holofernes by Artemesia Gentisleschi via aristobrat. Gentisleschi’s painting of Judith actually cutting his head off is one of my all-time favorite paintings.
Every so often, a project comes along that makes light of the things I take too seriously, and I am grateful for that. Turning books into confetti by Pascual Sisto (in this case, Difference and Repetition by Gilles Deleuze).