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Last day on Earth - Sergei, Aidyn and Andreas are about to fly this ship to the Space Station. Godspeed, gents.
(photo via TheNitroBlade)
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According to Bellerby & Co. Globemakers studio: “In the modern age, with the advent of GPS in addition to the abundance of mass-produced globes and maps, the art of globe-making has seemingly long disappeared. Only two workshops in the world still make modern handcrafted globes; one of them is us….. Bellerby & Co. Globemakers, a studio based in London, England.”
“Our studio began in 2008 when Peter Bellerby struggled to find a quality globe for his father’s 80th birthday present. Faced with a choice between cheaply made modern globes or fragile, expensive antique reproductions, Peter decided to try and make his own. The process turned out to be more complicated and costly then he imagined. After two years of trying to create the perfect globe, Peter turned this newfound passion into an artisan business.”
“We now have a small team of dedicated Globemakers constructing high-quality, handmade, terrestrial and celestial globes. With bespoke cartography, each globe is made to order and essentially one-of-a-kind. From the various bases, to the painting, to the mapmaking, each piece is expertly crafted in-house using both traditional and modern techniques. We ship worldwide and undertake bespoke commissions of all sorts.”
Via Bored Panda
Sasha Korban was born in Kirovske of Donetsk Region, Ukraine. In 2006-2011 he worked as a miner at the “Donbass Komsomolets” mine. For the first time he tried to create street art as far back as in 2002. But he thinks that the start of his conscious work on the street as a graffiti artist was in 2009.
Peculiarity of his creative work is representation of “characters”, namely portraits and not tags or typography. He participated in different Ukrainian graffiti festival. In August 2014 he moved to Kyiv. In parallel with graffiti works he started to create easel works for galleries.
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According to Danila Tkachenko: “The project “Restricted Areas” is about utopian strive of humans for technological progress. Humans are always trying to own ever more than they have – this is the source of technical progress, which was the means to create various commodities, standards, as well as the tools of violence in order to keep the power over others.”
Photo above: The world’s largest diesel submarine.
“Better, higher, stronger – these ideals often express the main ideology of the governments, for these goals they are ready to sacrifice almost everything. While the individual is supposed to become a tool for reaching the set goals, and receive in exchange the higher level of comfort.”
Photo above: Test bench for missiles.
“I travel in search of places which used to have great importance for the technical progress – and which are now deserted. Those places lost their significance together with the utopian ideology which is now obsolete. Secret cities that cannot be found on maps, forgotten scientific triumphs, abandoned buildings of almost inhuman complexity. The perfect technocratic future that never came.”
Photo above: Airplane – amphibia with vertical take-off VVA14. The USSR built only two of them in 1976, one of which has crashed during transportation.
“Any progress comes to its end earlier or later, it can happen due to different reasons – nuclear war, economic crisis or natural disaster.. For me it’s interesting to witness what is left after.”
Photo above: Secret city Chelyabinsk-40, which was not marked on the maps until 1994. The first Soviet nuclear bomb was created there. In 1964 there was the first nuclear catastrophe, one of the largest in history and equal in scale to Chernobyl. It stayed secret thanks to the fact that wind was blowing east. It is still impossible to enter the city unless one has special permission or relatives living there.
Former residential buildings in a deserted polar scientific town specialised on biological research.
Former mining town which has been closed and made a bombing trial field. The building on the photo shows the cultural center, one of the objects for bombing.
Sarcophagus over a closed shaft which is 4 km deep – was one of the deepest scientific shafts in the world at the time.
Scientific storage at far North.
Antenna built for interplanetary connection. The Soviet Union was planning to build bases on other planets, and prepared facilities for connection which were never used and are deserted now.
Tropospheric antenna in the north of Russia – the type of connection which has become obsolete. There were many of them built in far North, all of them deserted at the moment.
City where rocket engines were being produced in Soviet times. Was a closed city until 1992.
Water contamination test at the lake around the previously closed scientific city Chelyabinsk-40. In 1964 there was the first nuclear catastrophe, one of the largest in history and equal in scale to Chernobyl, but it stayed secret. The city is surrounded by the lakes which are until now contaminated with radiation.
Pumpjacks on a spent oil field.
Monument to the Conquerors of Space. The rocket on top was made according to the design of German V-2 missile.
Man buys ad time on digital billboards, displays pictures of nature.
A Japanese paradise flycatcher feeding its baby. This migratory species is suspected to be in moderately rapid decline as a result of habitat degradation and loss on its wintering grounds.
Now THAT is a kitchen!
(photos via itsjustjollyranchers)
#MachineTranslation gem from a fan:
The source said ‘stuffed aubergines’; the MT thought it was 'taxidermied aubergines’. Awesome.
Pavement makes cities hotter, some more than others. NASA satellites measure the differences.
According to an author: “First, note the quarter placed in the images for a size reference. The board for this set was made from jointed pieces of Red Oak.”
“Individual chambers were made for each .50 caliber bullet shell chess piece. Antique watch gears and hands adorn the sides of the board. Intricate wood burning details are found all over the set. Each set will have its own unique artwork. Holes were bored into the sides and gears were set inside. You can make general requests if you like, and I will do my best to integrate them into my work. While etsy only has space for 5 images, I have shown the best angles I can.”
“Antique typewriter parts were used for the retaining rails to hold the pieces in. ( Your set may have a different part for the retaining rails, and it may have two rails per side.) The retaining rails are hinged to allow access to pieces. A custom made pin catch/ hasp locks the rail in place. The entire set is clear coated. The board has been dark weathered to give a unique rustic appearance.”
“All shell brass is tumble cleaned and individually inspected before use. Made from used/spent .50 caliber BMG bullet shells, the light side is wire brushed brass, and the dark side is weathered/ black painted brass. Cuts, bends and curls give each piece their proper designation. All pieces are then clear coated. ”
Davenport Wilson House Shane Thompson Architects
This is a house informed by a strong dialogue with our clients and an appreciation of their personal experience of living in this place over many years and their love of its landscape.
It is situated on an elevated semi-rural site in Brookfield on the western outskirts of Brisbane. The design integrates remnants of the existing garden and responds to wonderful southern, eastern and western views over nearby green hills and valleys. We have also been responsive to the clients’ wish for a family place for varying activities built with natural materials.
Its form and character are derived from the rural tradition of the pragmatic utilitarian buildings of the area, where simple timber structures, clad in battens or timber slabs with openings to serve particular functional needs are part of that local vernacular.
Images and text via Shane Thompson Architects
Contact Light, 2014, Oil and linen, 60 x 45 inches
Heavily tinted blue paintings form space stations, spacesuits, and rockets just after blast. Michael Kagan paints these large-scale works to celebrate the man-made object—machinery that both protects and holds the possibility of instantly killing those that operate the equipment from the inside. To paint the large works, Kagan utilizes an impasto technique with thick strokes that are deliberate and unique, showing an aggression in his application of oil paint on linen.
The New York-based artist focuses on iconic images in his practice, switching back and forth between abstract and representational styles. “The painting is finished when it can fall apart and come back together depending on how it is read and the closeness to the work,” said Kagan about his work. “Each painting is an image, a snapshot, a flash moment, a quick read that is locked into memory by the iconic silhouettes.”
Kagan exhibited this series of space-based paintings last year at Joshua Liner Gallery in an exhibition titled Thunder in the Distance. He was also recently commissioned by The Smithsonian to create three large paintings inspired by their air and space archives. You can see more of his work on his Instagram here. (via Fubiz)
One Day This Will All Be Yours, 2014, Oil and linen, 60 x 80 inches
Reflector, 2014, Oil and linen, 36 x 36 inches
We Live On In The Thoughts Of Others, 2014, Oil and linen, 36 x 36 inches
Apollo, 2010, Oil and linen, 60 x 34 inches
Supersonic, 2014, Oil and linen, 72 x 54 inches
Mankind, 2014, Oil and linen, 96 x 54 inches
With All The Fucking Force, 2011, Oil and linen, 60 x 80 inches
When you see your waiter walk by with someone else’s food, and you’re just sitting there eating bread. (gif via gifak)