Thursday, October 4, 2007
some of these are deliberate, others aren’t.
however each illusion relies on some form of architecture and all create an effect which deserves to be mentioned.
1. this incredible picture was captured by a flickr user in california whilst at work. a fog descended just as the sun set behind the building in shot. the result - one of the spookiest photographs of a building you’ll ever witness.
2. The lichtenstein house is an extremely deceiving illusion created by roy lichtenstein.
as the angle upon which it’s viewed changes, the house shifts in an unusual way by playing with perspective. the best way to try and understand it is by watching the video clip below the photos.
3. the following selection of buildings have the uncanny ability to look 2d simply due to the angle of one of the building’s corners.
the effect is some extremely fragile looking constructions, seemingly impossible to enter for a human being.
unknown building, paris…
bossone research centre, philadelphia…
john hancock tower, boston…
unknown building, hamburg
4. the stairway to nowhere.
an art exhibit in munich, this stairway reminds me of m.c.escher and looks just as mental from the side.
5. not strictly an illusion but a great photo of the olympic stadium in montreal.
so who copied who?
6. the next illusions were created by swiss artist felice varini and are really fucking clever. the required result can only be viewed from one place in the room and the illusion is created using a projected image which is then painted onto the relevant surfaces.
here’s an example on film…
7. one of the classic optical illusions has bizarrely been applied to the building shown below.
in case you’re unaware of the trick, all of the orange lines are parallel.
8. this is the painted floor of sunshine city in tokyo.
it just illustrates the power of shading. one of the simplest illusions to create but also one of the most effective.
9. a car park in seattle.
are the levels of the car park horizontal or sloping?
Posted by gjblass at 12:23 PM
by Warren McLaren, Sydney on 09.28.07
There we were, ruminating on just what gizmos creative minds will dream up to win fame and glory (plus cash and bike) in the Specialized Innovate or Die competition, and in a totally unrelated web search, happened upon the 'B.O.B. Mower,' which looks like a customised Sunlawn mower, attached to B.O.B. bike trailer linkage.
All the fossil-fuel-free goodness of a push (reel) lawnmower with the superior strength of legs over arms in a bicycle. Genius! Whether it works or not we don’t know. But just the idea makes us feel better. And, of course, all good design is just evolutionary so it stands to reason the idea has been developed before.
Posted by gjblass at 11:56 AM
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Posted by Chismillionaire at 11:54 AM
October 3, 2007
Rare wines found in forgotten cellar are expected to fetch thousands
ST AUSTELL Fine and vintage wines found in a disused store room at a
brewery are expected to fetch thousands of pounds at auction. The 370
bottles, some 130 years old, were unearthed in an unlocked cellar at the St
Austell Brewery in Cornwall.
The rarest is a Sauternes, produced in the middle of the First World War.
There is also a 1916 Château Rieussec, few of which ever left France, a 1950
Mouton Rothschild and a 1961 RauzanSégla, which is widely regarded as one of
the best wines of the 20th century. The oldest bottle is an 1875 cognac,
thought to be from the personal collection of Walter Hicks, who founded the
brewery in 1851.
The wines were found in an anteroom by Xenia Irwin, 40, a wine merchant and
master of wine. She said: “I could never have dreamt of making such an
exceptional discovery. Their historical value is inestimable.
“The door was very stiff but unlocked so anyone could have gone in there, but
it clearly hadn’t been entered in decades.”
Experts from Sotheby’s are now valuing the wine, which is expected to be
auctioned later this month.
Posted by gjblass at 11:45 AM
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