May 29, 2011

Iron Wire Sculptures | Amazing Sculptures from chicken wire

Italian sculptor Mattia Trotta creates amazing sculptures from wire meshes, which at first glance, I mistook to be that by Ivan Lovatt who works with almost the same materials. While Ivan Lovatt creates sculptures from chicken wire, Mattia Trotta uses steel. Both artist also employ different techniques.
Trotta starts from a skeleton of steel wrapped around with wire. One by one, these wires are tangled and compacted to fill the casing. As a skilled tailor who, with needle and thread, sew a dress that fits perfectly on the body, Mattia Trotta with iron creates a kind of dress that can give fullness and thickness to thought and emotion, as he himself says: "Every wire and twist is given a reason to exist.”
Brought to completion the iron figure undergoes further treatment with acid to prevent corrosion and to extract the natural shades and colors of the wires.




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May 19, 2011

Provocative edition of Plastic Toy Soldiers (Casualties Of War)

edition of Plastic Toy Soldiers

These tiny sculptures, created by Dorothy, were designed for a Colorado Springs Gazette article entitled “Casualties of War.” The two-part article in which these toy soldiers were featured focused on a single battalion based at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, who since returning from duty in Iraq had been involved in brawls, beatings, rapes, drunk driving, drug deals, domestic violence, shootings, stabbings, kidnapping and suicides. Returning soldiers were committing murder at a rate 20 times greater than other young American males.

A separate investigation into the high suicide rate among veterans published in the New York Times in October 2010 revealed that three times as many California veterans and active service members were dying soon after returning home than those being killed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.

The soldiers have been generating a lot of interest in the USA and Canada and the art collective has been contacted by a number of war veterans making them both proud and humble. The toy soldiers were also recently featured in an article in the Irish Times.

Here's a look at the provocative edition of small molded plastic soldiers:
edition of Plastic Toy Soldiers
edition of Plastic Toy Soldiers
edition of Plastic Toy Soldiers
edition of Plastic Toy Soldiers
Casualties Of War
Plastic Toy Soldiers.
Plastic Toy Soldiers.
Plastic Toy Soldiers.
Not for sale.
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May 18, 2011

20 Beautiful Moats Around the World | Extensive water defences

A moat is a deep, broad ditch, typically filled with water, that surrounds a castle, building or town. Historically, it provided a preliminary line of defence. In some places moats evolved into more extensive water defences, including natural or Artificial lakes, dams and sluices. In later castles the moat or water defences may have been largely ornamental.

Regardless, moats are an impressive sight to behold, and any building that calls for such design is likely quite important and/or expensive. While many of the moats are found in Europe, we also check out Asia and even touch down in Miami for a contemporary spin on this largely medieval phenomenon. Enjoy!

Bodiam Castle – East Sussex England

Matsumoto Castle, Japan
Matsumoto Castle moats
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Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat moats
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Burg Gudneau, Germany
Burg Gudneau moats
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Caerphilly Castle, United Kingdom
Caerphilly Castle moats

Forbidden City – Beijing, China

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Beloeil Castle, Belgium
Beloeil Castle moats
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Egeskov Castle, Denmark
Egeskov Castle moats
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Vadstena Castle, Sweden
Vadstena Castle moats
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Bodiam Castle – East Sussex, England
Bodiam Castle moats
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Château de Chambord, France

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Château de Chenonceau, France
Château de Chenonceau moats
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Muiderslot Castle, Netherlands
Muiderslot Castle moats
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Oerebro Castle, Sweden
Oerebro Castle moats
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Leeds Castle, England
Leeds Castle moats

Bodelschwingh Castle – Dortmund, Germany
Bodelschwingh Castle moats
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Frederiksborg Palace, Denmark
Frederiksborg Palace moats

Fagaras Castle, Romania
Fagaras Castle, Romania moats

Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban (National Assembly Building), Bangladesh
Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban moats
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Home of Charles Sieger – Miami, Florida
moats Extensive water defences
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May 11, 2011

Can you find something strange of this photo?

Can you find something strange of this photo?

can you?

Here is the answer!
the truth is........
What the *@^(#@#, she's a man!!!!
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