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Incredible “Curtain Door” from India

Absolutely beautiful…that’s all I have to say…I don’t know what else to say. I guess I’m speechless!

From arplus.com:

“The Architectural Review’s Emerging Architecture Awards, sponsored by Ramboll and Austin-Smith:Lord, celebrates the best pieces of design by young architects from across the world.  The door alone to this diamond merchant’s residence in Surat, India, was judged enough to make it one of the four prize winners this year

At 5.2m high and 1.7m wide, the door is comprised of 40 sections of 254mm-thick Burma teak. Each section is carved so that the door integrates 160 pulleys, 80 ball bearings, a wire-rope and a counter weight hidden within the single pivot.

Stacked one above the other in the closed position, each plank can then rotate by a simple push causing the door to reconfigure into a sinusoidal curve.”

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Photo Project – American Soldier

The Denver Post put together this amazing website for a photo documentary following an American Soldier from high school graduation through his experience in the army in Iraq. Beautifully done, no matter what opinions you may have about the war.

From a Very Short List daily email:

For most of us, the realities of the Iraq war are limited to stark headlines and 30-second news clips. Occasionally, however, we get a bit more. Ian Fisher: American Soldier, a photo documentary by Denver Post photojournalist Craig Walker, offers a stark look into the enlisted life through the struggles of one (painfully young-looking) American soldier.

With more than 200 photographs divided into eight chapters, Walker’s series chronicles 27 months of Fisher’s life—beginning with his graduating high school in 2007 through his basic training, his time in Iraq and his eventual return home. The pictures are remarkable for their intimacy and detail—the harsh neon lighting of the recruitment office; the nervous recruits reciting the Oath of Enlistment; the cramped quarters of an armored Humvee; the broken Iraqi countryside.

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Amazing Concert Posters by Aesthetic Apparatus

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Aesthetic Apparatus is a Minneapolis based design company that designs custom concert posters. Internationally recognized for their work, they have won many major awards from I.D. to HOW to Print magazine’s design annuals.

You can view and purchase
their work on their website >>>
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1907 Color Photography by Russian Photographer

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Self-portrait of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii

From Library of Congregess website / www.loc.gov:
(Featured on Newsweek website >>>)

Born in Murom, Vladimir Province, Russia (originally believed to be St. Petersburg) in 1863 and educated as a chemist, Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii devoted his career to the advancement of photography. He studied with renowned scientists in St. Petersburg, Berlin, and Paris. His own original research yielded patents for producing color film slides and for projecting color motion pictures. Around 1907 Prokudin-Gorskii envisioned and formulated a plan to use the emerging technological advancements that had been made in color photography to systematically document the Russian Empire. Through such an ambitious project, his ultimate goal was to educate the schoolchildren of Russia with his “optical color projections” of the vast and diverse history, culture, and modernization of the empire. Outfitted with a specially equipped railroad car darkroom provided by Tsar Nicholas II, and in possession of two permits that granted him access to restricted areas and cooperation from the empire’s bureaucracy, Prokudin-Gorskii documented the Russian Empire around 1907 through 1915. He conducted many illustrated lectures of his work. Prokudin-Gorskii left Russia in 1918, after the Russian Revolution, and eventually settled in Paris, where he died in 1944.

Great Design: Polish Posters 1945-1989

Below are some images from the Daily Heller blog at Printmag.com. A new exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art displays posters from Polish artists from 1945-1989. The wonderfully creative and innovative pieces of art represented in poster form during the state controlled years of Poland tell a story of each artists’ political and social surroundings.

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Roman Cieslewicz’s 1963 “Friar Marek”

polishposters-3Mieczyslaw Gorowski’s 1982 “The Police”

40 Creative Graffiti Artworks

From Smashingmagazine.com:

Graffiti represents an art form that is unrestricted, one that rebels against conventional forms of artwork. Graffiti is intertwined into human history, dating back to the Roman Empires where they were plastered onto walls to make political statements and satirize current events.

Modern graffiti achieves many of the same things – to state a message that doesn’t necessarily fit into the norms of society. In this collection, for your inspiration and adoration, we present 40 remarkable graffiti and street artwork.

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Van Gogh’s ear may have been cut off by friend with a sword

From Telegraph.co.uk:

“He is known as the tortured genius who cut off his own ear as he struggled with mental illness after the breakdown of his friendship with a fellow artist.

“But a new study claims Vincent Van Gogh may have made up the story to protect painter Paul Gauguin who actually lopped it off with a sword during an argument.”

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Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh (1853-90) Photo: Samuel Courtauld Trust, Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery