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Blog Archive for the ‘Long Term Art’ Category

Spiral Jetty: Land art vs short term gain

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 6th, 02008

I just saw this press release from the Dia Center for the Arts that the site of the Spiral Jetty (Smithson’s 1970 seminal land art piece on the Great Salt Lake in UT) is being threatened by oil drilling interests. If you would like to voice your opinion on it before the deadline on Feb…  Read More

How to build the Eiffel Tower

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on January 31st, 02008

Since we are hoping to build a monument of cultural significance, it was great to come across this wonderful collection of blueprints and process photos from the building of the Eiffel Tower in the 01880s. What is particularly inspiring is that they built it before widespread use of electricity, the telephone, and the automobile, making…  Read More

Art by accident

by Stuart Candy on January 25th, 02008

Can art by accident be bred And if it were would art be dead? There is a classic thought experiment made famous by French mathematician Émile Borel, the “infinite monkey theorem“, which states — and I paraphrase — that with enough monkeys pounding away for enough time at enough keyboards (and sustained, presumably, by a…  Read More

First Photo from Space

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 19th, 02007

Above is the first known image ever taken from space and our first image of the really ‘big here’. It was shot from a captured German V2 rocket launched after WWII from White Sands missile range. You can find more about the effort in this excellent article in Air & Space magazine (also the really…  Read More

The ultimate present

by Stuart Candy on December 15th, 02007

Ori Gersht :: Time After Time: Blow Up No. 12 (02007) :: Image at Mummery+Schnelle Featured in the September/October edition of Art on Paper magazine, the work of Israel-born, London-based photographer Ori Gersht. His series “Time After Time” (02007) features floral still lifes in the process of exploding, with a surreal and vivid beauty. The…  Read More

Half Earth Catalog

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 13th, 02007

This excellent Toles cartoon from the October 14th Washington Post was sent in by Paul Saffo.

100 Year Photo Blog

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 28th, 02007

   I came across this wonderful blog of historical photos recently.  The photo above was taken in 1858 of the temple at Karnak.  It is interesting to look up modern photos on Flickr of these same things.  For instance the columns in the above photos seem to have all been excavated in the last 150…  Read More

1,000 Year Clock of planted trees

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 7th, 02007

Paolo Savagione (lead engineer on our Clock Project) sent in this nifty video of a 1000 year forestry-clock idea in France. We have talked about ideas like this for the 10,000 Year Clock, but this is the first simulation of such an idea I have seen. I think however that there might be more successful…  Read More

The Battle of Anghiari

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on October 23rd, 02007

Peter Paul Rubens‘s copy of a copy of Da Vinci’s The Battle of Anghiari I just received this update on the lost Davinci painting The Battle of Anghiari from Davide Bocelli, a Long Now member and long time friend of the Foundation in Italy… This is a good reminder how difficult it can be to…  Read More

3000 frames per second is slow…

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on August 13th, 02007

In the 15.08 issue of Wired is an interesting story on photographer David Michalek who seems to have pushed the tech of hi res – hi frame count film equipment to a new level, in ordeer to create is most recent piece of dancers in ultra slow motion. I always find it ironic that the…  Read More