“To begin with, the army seemed like a relevant social entity for this series. The army already has a uniform and a color. The individual is subsumed by the larger military corps. This allows me to put these characters into action in nature. I often position myself high above these little men in brightly colored suits. They can make one think of little toy soldiers shot in a hyperrealist panorama.”—Jean-Yves Lemoigne
Lucien Shapiro‘s sculptures are a bit frightening. These baseball bats-turned-weapons seem to be pulled out of a post-apocalyptic neo-dark ages. In fact, these sculptures are part of the larger Urban Obsessions series. Like the title implies, the weapons suggest a sort of violent desperation, an urban restlessness taken to its hyperbolic end. Also, the sculptures of Urban Obsessions are nearly ritualistic like implements of a a post-modern tribal religion. -BEAUTIFUL DECAY-
Have you ever wondered what happens to decommissioned machines and other similar facilities that people once used? Some of these objects are being recycled, and many of them are piling up on the so-called Object Graveyards and there waiting to be completely eaten by the ravages of time.
Places of natural decomposition of such objects can be unusual tourist destinations and sites to capture amazing photos.
Want to scare the living crap out of somebody? Well nothing better than a grenade explosion sound at 110 decibles. You can set the “explosion” timer to 5, 30 or 60 seconds then BOOM it happens. Battery powered and ready to scare.
Whatever the occasion – be it New Year’s Eve, the 4th of July, the Olympics, or simply a summer festival – there’s nothing quite like a good fireworks display to brighten up the celebrations. Now just imagine these popular pyrotechnic displays reflected in a body of water like a lake for added effect! But of course you don’t have to imagine… We’ve found 20 incredible examples of dazzling firework reflections. Double the fun!
On May 3, 1964, The Miami News ran this fanciful illustration of the man-machine of tomorrow, abutting this article explaining why plastic-organed cyborgs will not land on the Moon. (Short answer: cost, reality, human spirit blabbity-blah.)
A typical Hollywood alien is “soft, squishy and big on mucus,” in the words of Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif. These sci-fi lumps of goo are inclined to abduct us, probe us, hover above us and even walk among us (in disguise, of course). But far beyond Hollywood’s limited scope, aliens might really exist. What are they like, and how would they actually handle a human encounter? -CONTINUED-
New Zealand artist and photographer Geoffrey H. Short hired special effects experts from the film industry to set up explosions on the black sands of the New Zealand coast. They mixed fossil fuel and gunpowder and set the explosions in mid-air to cause minimum damage to the environment, while Short caught them in his camera. Geoffrey H. Short said in a statement, “I am not trying to tell people what they should think, rather I am making art objects which I hope will make people think.”
The end is near! So they have been saying for thousands of years and the Earth keeps spinning towards a future uncertain in the eyes of the human race. Many have dreams of fears they have locked away in their brains that escape during sleep to form random images that call to some to have their own perspective of how our time or our civilizations will come to an end. This has been the case for so many believers, no matter what religion they may follow and all of them have their own version of the end of the world.
Spanish drivers were treated to an amusing sight at the weekend – a truck electronically towing a chain of cars behind it.
What they were witnessing was the first real-world test of ”platooning” technology, which places a vehicle at the head of a convoy, with a string of automatically driving cars trailing behind it. -CONTINUED-
Most people are afraid of zombies, and for good reason – they want to eat your head. Whether they are scaring the stuffing out of you in the cinema or soaking up some of your precious bullets in a video game, zombies have become very much the monster of the moment.
If you want to look deeply into it, the zombie has been used as an allegorical symbol of humanity’s blind ambition to eradicate itself as well as a great metaphor for the West’s reliance on mass consumerism. On the surface, however, shambling from one terrified survivor to the next, the zombie can only mean one thing – trouble. -ARTICLE CONTINUED-
Video game designers sit somewhere between creative geniuses and lunatic asylum escapees, and nowhere is this more obvious than in the outrageous firearms they create for our pleasure. Not being constrained by relative physics or common sense seems to fit these individuals quite well, as usually, the more outlandish the gun, the more fun it is to shoot.
Imagine if you will the Earth covered in a mist of gas from a nearby comet that envelopes the Earth’s atmosphere in a pea soup green mist. Or maybe a Voodoo priest blowing a certain type of powder at you, then it looks like you die and you wake up inside of a coffin buried alive. Also there is this possibility that you could catch a virus that was made by man to cure a specific disease and you become more of a scientific answer to the problem of a zombie apocalypse.