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Theo Jansen is a Creator from Holland who makes Beach Walking Beests from PVC.

Here is an excerpt from a BBC program about the Creator and His Creations.

I find it quite touching that he hopes that his Beests live on without him. But I wonder, will there be Beest Veterinarians who care and tend broken Beests? Will the Beests one day wonder who created them and what is their purpose on Life's Beach?

And I wonder, do the Beach Beests ever despair and walk into the Ocean and commit Seacide?

Life is a Pondering Thing.

The Library of Babel

One of my favorite short stories or speculations is The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges.

Mr. Borges describes the universe as being an infinite library and then discusses the implications of that.

If you remember the speculation about the randomness of creation, the hundred monkeys each with a typewriter and infinite supply of paper and ink and time, and the postulation that one of the monkeys will inevitably produce a play by Shakespeare, then you will find Mr. Borges' discussion of it in his essay-story.

The library is described as an infinite and random stacking of hexagon rooms and you begin to think of a beehive and the users of the library as the bees who in habit it and live there.

And you also think of the DNA helix and all of its many possibilities for life.

There are two small cubicles to the side of each hexagon room. One is for sleeping, standing up, and the other is for elimination. There are no coffee shops or food kiosks in the library and there is no need for them. All the food that the inhabitants need is in the books of the library. Food for Thought.

The offering for this post is a slide show of interesting bookstores which made me think of Mr. Borges and his library.


The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave

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Damien Hirst


Diamond Baretta Design


Mr. Galliano of Dior has made some anti-Semitic Comments and been fired from Christian Dior.
He made beautiful clothes, but he is an alcoholic who says ugly things when he is drunk. I have seen this sort of behavior in alcoholics/addicts that I have known. I hope that he acknowledges his sicknesses, both physical and spiritual, and goes for some healing. He has mending to do and amending to perform before he can make his clothes again.

Mr. Galliano will be prosecuted for his statements and conduct.
He acknowledges that he has some problems with alcohol and will seek treatment for it. He tenders a small apology.

The New Yorker has a series of articles on Mr. Galliano and his Fall From Fashionable Grace.
I was going to say "from Fashion's Grace" but the Goddess of Fashion graced him with his talent and she hasn't deserted him.
Mr. Galliano hasn't served her well.

A discussion of the French legal term "injure raciale".

Autumn/ Winter 2010


Carrie Mae Weems, The Louisiana Project 2003


Franz Messerschmidt


The Spanish Manner


Reining Horses


Fried Oaxaca Grasshopper


Louise Bourgeois


Chicxulub Meteor


Bright Star

June and July 2010


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Oct. 11th, 2010 04:56 am (UTC)
I'm going to check out Bright Star the next time I go to the redbox. I could never EAT a bug or a worm... but I have to admit that lobster does sort of look like a giant freaky bug.
Feb. 22nd, 2011 01:54 am (UTC)
On some food show, a man ate a tarantula and said that it tasted like crab.

Never ate a bug? Not even at a picnic? ;-)
Feb. 22nd, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
That is a nice behind the scenes picture of that beautiful Dior show. Wonder how those last big/wide dresses would have fitted in those narrow hallway those girls are standing in!

Is that a field of lavender *love those* or hyacinths *hate those smelly flowers*?
Feb. 22nd, 2011 01:52 am (UTC)

It looks like a lavander field to me. Hyacinths are shaped like ears of corn.

I'm not wild about the smell of geraniums. They smell like antiseptics to me.
Mar. 30th, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
Beautiful Symmetry and Skulls
That Diamond Baratta Design is SO beautiful. Watching the slide show, I felt happier than when I walk through the Ikea showroom and that's pretty happy.

Candice Olson from HGTV recently had an episode all about symmetry and asymmetry. I may have to steal some design ideas in the future.

Damien Hirst likes skulls doesn't he? I'd love to see an exhibition. Contemporary art is kind of hit and miss with me... well I guess maybe that's kind of the point. But his art is so vibrant and/or upsetting. Did you see the portrait of Micky Mouse, Ronald McDonald and the napalmed little girl from the Vietnam war? OUCH!

Your introductory page(s) is so much fun!

Apr. 2nd, 2011 04:23 am (UTC)
Re: Beautiful Symmetry and Skulls
That Diamond Baratta Design is SO beautiful.

I love the colors. Give me Color! No Beige.

But his art is so vibrant and/or upsetting. Did you see the portrait of Micky Mouse, Ronald McDonald and the napalmed little girl from the Vietnam war? OUCH!

I missed the American icon portrait. Give me a link if you will.

Mr. Hirst does like the anatomical art.

Have a slice of beef.

The Inside Man.

Your introductory page(s) is so much fun!

Thanks. When I see something that I like, I try to share.

Edited at 2011-04-02 04:24 am (UTC)
Apr. 2nd, 2011 04:56 am (UTC)
Re: Beautiful Symmetry and Skulls

Here they talk about the artwork. Second column, second paragraph. I thought it was his but it's just shown at an exhibition of his. It's by another artist.

Sorry about the chicken briefs and the unwanted Eraserhead flashbacks. ERASE it from your brain.

Here's Hirst with the artwork...

Apr. 2nd, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Beautiful Symmetry and Skulls

That's a kneadable eraser head by the way. ;-)


Oh, Mr. Hirst's attitude in that picture of Mickey and Donald and that poor suffering little girl. It's so bad that it is horribly funny. Kudos to the little girl who has overcome and done well.

Edited at 2011-04-02 09:30 pm (UTC)
Jun. 14th, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Beautiful Symmetry and Skulls
Damien Hirst's work doesn't do anything for me.
I do like the work of Ed Noten. http://www.tednoten.com/work/portfolio/beautiful-by-accident

That Diamond Baratta Design is SO beautiful.
It has a nice combination of modern and classic and it steel feels like it's really comfortable and inviting. I covet these chairs.

Making a mental note to see this book store the next time I'm in Maastricht. I'm betting I can touch the ceiling when I'm on the top floor of that store.

PS Is this by Escher?
Jun. 15th, 2011 03:30 am (UTC)
Re: Beautiful Symmetry and Skulls
I like that Ed Noten puts things in his purses. He even puts his purses in plastic purses.

That one necklace was rather pretty until I looked closely and saw that he had cigarette butts in plastic for one of the beads on it. Quite witty.

This one is an Escher.

The other one is an illustration from the book and the Illustrator, Erik Desmaizeries, I think. I like the illustrations in the book, I found them very appropriate and helpful when I was thinking about what I was reading.

Oh Yes, go to that bookstore and take pictures and post them and let me know. I'd love to see the altar and the communal table there. I've been to a couple of the bookstores mentioned: Powell Books and City Light Bookstore. Enjoyed them both.
Apr. 10th, 2011 08:19 am (UTC)
*jaw drops*
Isabelle de Borchgrave takes paper dolls to a whole new insanely fabulous level.
Jun. 10th, 2011 04:42 pm (UTC)
Re: *jaw drops*
I know.

I wish I had known her and her work when I was five and loved paper dolls.
Jun. 14th, 2011 03:06 pm (UTC)
Re: *jaw drops*
It's already difficult enough to make lace, let alone make it out of paper. Her work is gorgeous.
Jun. 14th, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC)
steel still.
Oct. 25th, 2011 05:29 am (UTC)
books, books, books!
I'm in heaven with your bookstore/library post. These slideshows and links are AMAZING!

I love the idea of the world as a beehive library. Magical thought.

There's an episode of Doctor Who that has a library planet.

I used to read a graphic novel series by Neil Gaiman called Sandman. In the Dream realm or wherever Sandman lived, there was a library that contained all the books that had never been written books by people who dreamed of being authors but for whatever reason never worked up the courage. Books dreamed up by beloved authors but never... actually written. This reminds me of that too. An artist talks about it on his blog: http://kleinletters.com/Blog/?p=4169

This also reminds me of Narnia's wood between the worlds from The Magician's Nephew. J.K. Rowling always thought of that place as a library or bookstore.

Wonderful post!
Oct. 25th, 2011 03:18 pm (UTC)
Re: books, books, books!

Oh that is a good association. Sandman by Neil Gaiman.

I've read the graphic novel(s) and enjoyed them too. Thanks for the thought, I'll include Dream and his library in my essay.

Thanks for the other links too.
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