Was only a matter of time.
Completed in 1660, Charles Le Brun’s painting of Everhard Jabach and His Family had seen better days. The 355-year-old family portrait was covered in a badly tinted varnish, had multiple superficial scratches and structural damage had split the painting nearly in half. This video documents the 10-month restoration at the Metropolitan Museum of Art lead by Michael Gallagher that involved retouching, structural work, re-varnishing, and numerous other conservation techniques to bring this giant painting back to life. The Met also documented the process in some 20+ blog posts over on their website. (via Sploid)
via David Pelaez
(photos by divinelyminely)
Does anyone still trust Cisco?
How can this possibly NOT suck?
Nice end indeed! :)
Nice way to end the weekend.
#marvista #losangeles #california #sunset #cloudporn #beautiful (at Mar Vista, Los Angeles)
Seems like a really bad idea to me.
Over the last year, Belgian painter and sculpturor Stefaan De Croock aka Strook (previously) began working with repurposed wood panels, doors, and furniture to construct giant faces on the side of buildings. The recycled wood surfaces are cut into precise geometric shapes and pieced together like a tangram puzzle, leaving the original paint and textures untouched. His most recent piece, Elsewhere, was a collaboration with his 69-year-old dad for Mechelen Muurt. You can see more of Strook’s paintings, sculptures, and other artworks on his website. (via Colossal Submissions)
Dang. I had a hard enough time throwing NORMAL size pots. Amazing.
Master of the miniature Jon Almeda creates tiny hand thrown ceramics at 1″ scale that are every bit as detailed and perfect as their much larger counterparts. The Washington-based artist makes vases, bowls, and even tea kettles tiny enough to sit atop a coin or toothbrush. Despite their fragile beginnings, the pieces are sturdy enough to endure standard glazing and firing to emerge as fully finished ceramics. Almeda uses a custom designed motorized curio wheel that affords the precise control needed to execute minute handbuilding techniques need for each object.
throw like a girl
got stopped outside the grocery store by 4 (count ‘em 4) teenaged girls in softball gear raising money for their trip to the state championships.
i am morally obligated to push cash into their blue and white decorated bucket because:
i tend to make a lot of fun of the burbs, but now that we’ve been here for two and a half years, i’m finding myself drawn to these small acts of community. and not even in an ironic way.
i even feel a little sense of pride in the hand-made bracelet they gave me.
man, am i going soft or what?
I've been there and this is AMAZING!
The twinkling lights dotting the ceiling of this dazzling cave system are the work of arachnocampa luminosa, a bioluminescent gnat larva (also called a glowworm) found throughout the island nation of New Zealand. It is believed that the light, emitted mostly from females, is how the insects find mates. These long-exposure photos by local photographer Joseph Michael capture small communities of worms amongst 30 million-year-old limestone formations on North Island. You can see more shots from the project titled Luminosity, here.
#marvista #losangeles #california #birdwatching #hawk #streetlight (at Mar Vista, Los Angeles)