You have to give Cain Motter some credit.
Like millions of Americans, this Los Angeles-based artist has his share of credit card debt that he’s working to pay off. However, unlike all those other folks, he’s raising the money to pay off his cards by melting his cards — and any that he can find — into elaborate artistic statements about the evils of credit cards. He then sells his artwork for $1,200 apiece.
- Cain Mutinies Against Himself (talkingpointsmemo.com)
John Scott, 73, has been arrested in Los Angeles and charged with felony vandalism for sticking bills on any flat surface he could find that sent people to his web site where he sold T-shirts bearing the logo “Who is John Scott?” This makes John the oldest person by far ever charged with street vandalism in LA. His nearest competitor was 36.
Hey! A guy’s gotta make a living.
- Is graffiti vandalism or art? Calgary grapples with issue (calgaryherald.com)
A musician who lost both arms in a childhood accident and plays the piano with his toes has won “China’s Got Talent,” performing his version of James Blunt’s wistful love song “You’re Beautiful” to a packed audience at the Shanghai Stadium.
All three judges on the show Sunday praised 23-year-old Liu Wei for his determination, urging him to keep on pursuing his dreams, and the Beijing native said he would try, quipping, “At least I have a pair of perfect legs.”
More via Idaho Statesman.
- Armless Pianist Wins ‘China’s Got Talent’ (justjared.buzznet.com)
- Armless pianist that plays with his toes wins China’s Got Talent (mirror.co.uk)
- Amazing: the armless pianist who won China’s Got Talent (beliefnet.com)
On a recent trip to Anacortes, Washington, we came across this fire hydrant/drinking fountain/double hose bib contraption.
Rick Norsigian’s hobby of picking through piles of unwanted items at garage sales in search of antiques has paid off for the Fresno, California, painter.Two small boxes he bought 10 years ago for $45 — negotiated down from $70 — are now estimated to be worth at least $200 million, according to a Beverly Hills art appraiser.
Those boxes contained 65 glass negatives created by famed nature photographer Ansel Adams in the early period of his career. Experts believed the negatives were destroyed in a 1937 darkroom fire that destroyed 5,000 plates.
Yesterday we went to an exhibit of student art on our local college campus and when we were leaving we came across one of the several sculptures which are located in various areas of the campus. This nearly five feet tall praying mantis is nicely positioned in a shrubby area immediately outside a main entrance of the art gallery.
Photo credit: Oldster
A Beluga whale is making a big splash as an artist after picking up a paintbrush at an oceanarium in China.
Keepers at the Qingdao Polar Ocean World say Xiao Qiang started out when he simply grabbed a paint brush left behind buy a visitor and started playing with it.
Now the seven year old star’s paintings are changing hands for hundreds of pounds among fans.
The picture above is cropped slightly from an image copyright by Steven Kazlowski/Barcroft Media
Hellooooo, weirdtown! Not only did someone go through the trouble of carving a giant Steve Jobs head out of mozzarella cheese, they’ve also given detailed instructions on how to make your very own. In three varieties, no less!
It’s about 18 feet tall and looks like stainless steel.
The fork’s appearance a few days ago, tines firmly stuck into a little Caltrans-owned median, was a bit of a mystery at first.
“It’s a guerilla installation,” guessed Rochelle Branch, the city’s cultural affairs manager, who oversees the public art program. “I don’t know if it’s through Caltrans, but it is clever.”
The UK’s largest haul of Anglo-Saxon treasure has been discovered buried beneath a field in Staffordshire. Experts say the collection of 1,500 gold and silver pieces, which may date to the 7th Century, is unparalleled in size and worth “a seven figure sum”.
It has been declared treasure by South Staffordshire coroner Andrew Haigh, meaning it belongs to the Crown.
Terry Herbert, who found it on farmland using a metal detector, said it “was what metal detectorists dream of”…
The Staffordshire hoard contains about 5kg of gold and 2.5kg of silver, making it far bigger than the Sutton Hoo discovery in 1939 when 1.5kg of Anglo-Saxon gold was found near Woodbridge in Suffolk.
Lots more via BBC NEWS | UK
Through bleary, pre-coffee, eyes this morning I came upon a comment on a recent post (thanks, Col) and, as I usually do, followed it back and found one of the best sites I’ve seen in a long time. It’s full of great music and fun. Check out icompositions.com
You won’t be sorry. To use the vernacular from my time. Groovy, man!
These incredible pictures show what is thought to be the world’s largest free-floating soap bubble.
‘Bubbleologist’ Samsam Bubbleman created the giant ball of air using a top-secret mixture he has developed over 20 years.
More at Mail Online.
More pictures at the link.
There’s an interesting contest going on at a craft site that most people probably don’t know about. Take a look at it. You can find it here. Be sure to look at number 18 when you vote. You could say I have a special interest in it since my granddaughter did it.
The unusual thing is that the life sized bear is made of pine needles. He is the work of Richard Carpenter, an Idaho artist. You can see more of his work, and buy a piece, at this site: RICHARD CARPENTER- Mountain Originals.
Take a look. It’s worth your time.