While I was reading about the influence of golden-age Vienna on modern medicine and painters like Gustav Klimt, I discovered that Klimt’s trademark patterns (the “blobs” and orbs you see above, from Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I) were influenced by early studies of cells under the microscope. Continue reading…
In its ninth year now, the Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition has once more brought together some of the most extraordinary microscope images of life science subjects from around the world. Seeing these tiny, nearly hidden objects magnified so greatly, so vividly, can bring home the reality of the invisible microscopic worlds all around us. The winning entries will be on display at the New York Hall of Science through August 31st. The competition sponsors have been gracious enough to share some of the top images here, displaying a compelling mix of art and science.
How much time would this take??! Wow!
Artist Simon Beck must really love the cold weather! Along the frozen lakes of Savoie, France, he spends days plodding through the snow in raquettes (snowshoes), creating these sensational patterns of snow art. Working for 5-9 hours a day, each final piece is typically the size of three soccer fields! The geometric forms range in mathematical patterns and shapes that create stunning, sometimes 3D, designs when viewed from higher levels.
How long these magnificent geometric forms survive is completely dependent on the weather. Beck designs and redesigns the patterns as new snow falls, sometimes unable to finish a piece due to significant overnight accumulations. Interestingly enough, he said, ‘The main reason for making them was because I can no longer run properly due to problems with my feet, so plodding about on level snow is the least painful way of getting exercise. Gradually, the reason has become photographing them, and I am considering buying a better camera.” Spectacular art for the sake of exercise!
On any given day, one wouldn’t expect to see a giant, luminous fish in the sky, let alone one made of dining utensils. However, entering at Heddon Street in Central London, you’ll be able to view just that! The piece known as Cutlery Fish is a woven installation by designer Ian McChesney made of forks. In an attempt to set a marker and draw attention to the fact that this particular street features a multitude of restaurants, the landowner commissioned McChesney’s project in collaboration with his public art advisers at Plan Projects.
Inspired by the children’s book “Swimmy” by Leo Lionni. the hanging sculpture mimics the shape of a fish through its entwinement of over 1,000 forks. The shiny silver pattern looks down on the passersby in the district populated by numerous eateries, suspended by cables so fine that they are nearly invisible to the human eye on ground-level. It appears as though the metallic figure is swimming in the air without assistance. An added visual bonus is the illusion of how each fork seems like a tiny silvery fish in a massive school of fish. What a remarkable sight as you enter the food quarter of Regent Street!