Another Building Facade

•October 26, 2010 • 8 Comments

This picture is available here on the wikipedia site. Unfortunately, there is no further information available about what part of the world it was created in, or even by whom. Sad because it is amazing!

building facade

Another ingenious building exterior. I love how the artist turned a boring, solid building exterior into a quaint French city street (complete with a Mona Lisa cafe!). Another brilliant work of art.

Is it melting?

•October 23, 2010 • 6 Comments

Check out these photos of a building in Paris, France, 9 Avenue George V to be exact. The were originally posted on Archéologie du futur a french blog whose name translates to “Archeology of the future”. Check out these amazing pictures of the exterior artwork on the flat building facade. I could stare at this forever, or atleast until my head started to hurt. According to the source, the artist’s inspiration was Salvadore Dali.

The artist’s knowledge of perspective and continuity blows me away. I just can’t fathom trying to paint this on a building. I’m going to call this a masterpiece.

Life imitating art?

•October 21, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I found an article about a balloon designed to transport an entire building long distances, and delivery can include remote locations. Anyone picturing the movie “Up” right about now? According to the source, the craft “is capable of carrying up to 150 tons as far as 1,240 miles.” 150 tons, wow. 150 tons is equal to 300,000 pounds, or 1877 people or 1 blue whale. Here are the pictures:

Can you imagine using something like this to evacuate a large amount of people from hurricane Katrinaesque locations? This balloon is truly remarkable and unique.

Impossible Triangle

•October 18, 2010 • 4 Comments

So you know that impossible triangle that you see where the perspective shifts & each side seems to be on top of both of the other sides? Well if you don’t know what I’m talking about, here is an image:

According to the wikipedia, it is known as a Penrose Triangle and, “It was first created by the Swedish artist Oscar Reutersvärd in 1934.” So while it is possible on paper, is it possible in 3D? Behold:

This sculpture can be found in Perth, Australia, it is an “open” sculpture that becomes the penrose triangle if viewed from the correct angle as shown in the second picture. Another artist has created a penrose triangle using a slightly different approach.

This sculpture is located in Ophoven, Belgium. From one angle the sculpture looks like an abstract, from another the penrose triangle is viewable, very cool.

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The self-driving car

•October 16, 2010 • 2 Comments

A car that drives itself? That is something truly out of the pages of a Harry Potter book (see Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets). I’d love to see some magic like this come to life. Google has announced that they have built a car that drives itself with the use of “video cameras, radar sensors and a laser range finder to “see” other traffic.” Sounds amazing, but does it work? “Our automated cars, manned by trained operators, just drove from our Mountain View campus to our Santa Monica office and on to Hollywood Boulevard. They’ve driven down Lombard Street, crossed the Golden Gate bridge, navigated the Pacific Coast Highway, and even made it all the way around Lake Tahoe. All in all, our self-driving cars have logged over 140,000 miles.”
I can’t wait to see one of these cars actually driving down the road, and the thought of seeing these in mass production is exciting. Google said its main objective is to cut down on the 1.2 million traffic fatalities each year. Thank you Google, we love you too.
Additionally, Google hopes that the new cars will allow more cars on the road at once and that the self-driving aspect will increase productivity by allowing people to work in the car while “driving” to work. Isn’t this how most traffic accidents occur in the first place? I’ve seen somewhere that distracted driving is the number one cause of traffic accidents. No pictures are available yet, so far Google is just creating some buzz about the new product. I’ll post more when they release more information.

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Tennis in the sky

•October 14, 2010 • 2 Comments

The Burj Al Arab Hotel helipad in Dubai converted their helipad into a temporary tennis court. The court was 692 feet high in the air, making it the highest tennis court on record. It was also constructed with real grass, however the engineers have not divulged how they were able to get the grass to grow. The only players to utilize this court were Roger Federer & Andre Agassi in 2005.

Tennis court

Well I’m not a tennis pro, but I have been in high places before. I wonder how long the feeling of playing tennis on top of the world would last until the sickening realization of how far you would fall before you hit the ground would set in. It’s got to be amazing-at least initially-to see nothing but sky in front of you.

The part of this that I find really incredible… the reason it ended up on my site is because I want to know how they were able to grow grass & install the net all temporarily, since this was transformed back into a helipad. I understand elevators can bring things like dirt, grass seed or even sod up and out, but how do you water it & keep it alive when it’s on a slab of concrete? Also, the thinking behind the idea is very cool. Ask me where to put a tennis court, I wouldn’t have said “on a helicopter pad”.

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