New York City artist and illustrator Jason Polan has set himself an incredibly ambitious goal… to draw every person, that’s about eight and a half million people, in the city. There’s in the order of three and a half thousand people in the town where I’m writing this, and even drawing that number of people would seem like a monumental challenge.
I am trying to draw every person in New York. I will be drawing people everyday and posting as frequently as I can. It is possible that I will draw you without you knowing it. I draw in Subway stations and museums and restaurants and on street corners. I try not to be in the way when I am drawing or be too noticeable.
We’re probably more used to projections being cast onto larger surfaces. Cinema screens. Whiteboards. Or in the case of, say, Vivid Sydney, buildings, and whatever other structures, that projected light and images can shine onto.
How about something a little smaller though? Such as a grain of rice? Couldn’t possibly happen? If you think that, then you’ve obviously not heard of Rice Mapping…
In Japan, rice is more than a mere food source. It has spiritual significance for the Japanese due to its use as an offering to deities in rituals and ceremonies. We took on the challenge of distilling Japanese aesthetics onto this cultural symbol. We created the world’s smallest projection mapping that brings together Japan’s ancient values and state-of-the-art technology. As it is being viewed, the texture of the “rice” begins to change so that it is no longer just rice.
To me, watercolour paintings are a memento of a simpler, bygone, time. And maybe that’s the way it should be, the technique takes its origins from the Paleolithic age after all. That’s not to say watercolour artworks don’t cut it in today’s world. Far from it.
Marco Sodano is one artist who creates artworks, based on well known portrait paintings, using LEGO bricks. If you’d like to have a try, Legoizer could be for you. Upload a photo that you wish to recreate with LEGO bricks, and Legoizer will return a list of the sorts of bricks, and their colours, that you’ll need.
An age old question, in the making at least, how to best profit from a time machine. In this instance, you can take something of value from the present, somewhere into the past, and exchange it for something that stands to become valuable later on.
Something like the Mona Lisa, painted during the early years of the sixteen century, by Leonardo da Vinci, makes a good example to work with here. Only problem is, if da Vinci, or the Gherardini family, who commissioned the work, were prepared to part with the portrait, what could you offer them as payment?
The problem is establishing clear title to the painting, once you got back home. It wouldn’t turn up on any register as stolen, but still you would spend a lot of time talking to the FBI and Interpol. The IRS would want to know whether this was a long-term or short-term capital gain, and you couldn’t just cite Einstein back to them. They also would think you must have had a lot of unreported back income.
So much for that as a get rich fast scheme. It might just be better to visit your younger self, and have them bet on the outcome of horse races, football games, and the like. You won’t need a fancy sports almanac either, you should be able to find the results and scores you need by way of a good search engine.
Is this photo collection, by Paris based photographer Julien Mauve, indicative of the sort of snaps we ourselves may take, if Mars ever becomes a – and so much for one way trips there – tourist destination?
A scavenger hunt to find works of art? That’s a new one on me, that much is certain. That’s what you can do though if you’re in Nashville, capital of US state Tennessee. The scavenger hunt is but part of the attraction however, and you’ll need to keep your eyes open as the works themselves are no larger than a brick.
One day he noticed half a brick missing in the coffee house wall. The staff had started putting little things in it: a little table, a portrait of someone, an alien figurine. “The moment I saw it,” Griffith says, “I went home and painted a tiny little piece and made a tiny little frame and put it in there without asking.”