March 31, 2012 § 2 Comments
Creativity has no limit, no borders, no specific medium. Each artist chooses his medium to express himself, to convey meaning or even to ease the pain. For Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto‘s his medium of choice is salt (more precisely tons of salt) and his story is a little bit different. He builds giant sculptures entirely out of salt and creates incredibly salt maze floor installations to commemorate his sister, who died at the age of 24 from brain cancer.
He perhaps found the healing power of salt, since, as alice says in My Modern Met “salt has a special place in the death rituals of Japan, and is often handed out to people at the end of funerals, so they can sprinkle it on themselves to ward off evil”.
As a way to deal with grief or not, we can’t stop staring and admiring his pieces of art.
At least, we won’t turn into a pillar of salt like Lot’s wife just by looking at these amazing pieces. See more after the jump
September 15, 2011 § Leave a comment
August 9, 2011 § Leave a comment
New Transit Yurikamome (新交通ゆりかもめ, formally the Tokyo Waterfront New Transit Waterfront Line, 東京臨海新交通臨海線): the first Tokyo transit line to be completely automated, which runs solely on computers and connects Odaiba to the mainland, passing through the Rainbow Bridge.
Photographer Appura Pai captured this journey with his long-exposure shots in the new high-speed rail.
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May 22, 2011 § 1 Comment
Does a book cover always reflect the essence of the book itself? And how the artistic outcome of the cover changes when the same book is translated in other languages? Check out some vintage book covers of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” from all around the world.
Super long list of book covers follows after the jump « Read the rest of this entry »
April 8, 2011 § Leave a comment
Mostly things from the past in this selection of links:
- “I first had a version of this at a Japanese monastery during a silent retreat—don’t ask, it’s a long story” and other pretentious quotes from Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook – eater
- Truly interesting: what is newsgathering, what is curating, what is piracy? – boingboing
- Nostalgia: Commodore 64 is back on the market (same exterior, new processor) – New York Times
- In other retro news, 100 Atari games come to the iPhone and iPad – boingboing
- And in other iPad news, here is a gallery of the best iPad self-portraits – mashable
- 600 year old stone markers Japan offer tsunami advice, like: “Always be prepared for unexpected tsunamis. Choose life over your possessions and valuables.” – GOOD.is