Thursday, May 25, 2017

Link Round-Up: May 25, 2017

"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" by Jonathan Burton
Limited edition prints available for purchase from Bottleneck Gallery. US$50

CNC Routing A 12 Foot Wide Piece Of Window Art

This Gorgeous 10-Second Milky Way Photo Was Shot Hand-Held

How many ways can you destroy a piano? Piano smashing contests were a UK fad in the 1960s, eventually crossing over to the US. Teams used sledgehammers to destroy an upright piano to the point where pieces of the piano could be passed through a 9-inch diameter hole. Infrequent piano smashing contests have been held in recent years although Guinness World Records has retired the category from active competition. Using sledgehammers is one thing, but composer Annea Lockwood has several creative ways to dispose of pianos.

In the days before widespread high-resolution graphics, many of us were familiar with ASCII Art, either on screen or printed out. But there were predecessors in the form of typewriter art. And going through newspaper ads in old issues of the New York Times and the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Jacob Harris has found 19th-century examples of typeset images made of letters, as well as larger characters composed of smaller ones.  Of course, it's anachronistic to refer to this as "ASCII Art" since the ASCII standards committee didn't even get to work until 1960.

The Mexican Pago en Especie program allows artists to pay their taxes with art instead of money. It started informally in the 1950s and was codified in the 1970s. The program includes a jury system to ensure that the country is getting a good value and has amassed a collection of more than 7,000 pieces of art. It even survived a recent bout of tax reform.  I personally think that this is a brilliant idea.  There are a lot of starving artists in this country producing art that will one day be considered masterpieces.

A site entirely dedicated to dad jokes? Yes, please!

This App Is Designed To Identify Pantone Colors From The World Around You

Watch Hudson Yards’ 4,000-Ton Kinetic Roof In Action

Watch the recorded livestream of las weekend's Maker Faire Bay Area 2017

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