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Largest Lego tower constructed in Brazil.

Brazil smashed Chile’s record by completing the world’s largest Lego tower. The tower was erected at a Sao Paulo shopping center and reaches the height of 102 feet and 3 inches. This breaks the previous record set in Santiago, Chile by over 9 inches. The tower is composed of 500,000 individual blocks, the last of which Brazilian soccer great Cafu snapped into place Saturday.

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Street art popping up in urban areas and the struggle between public art and vandalism laws.

What’s the difference between street art and graffiti? Is there a difference? Is the only difference the fact that the artist paid money to have a piece of paper saying it was different? The word graffiti has bad connotations that people can’t shake off but what if the only thing different between street art and graffiti is the mindset of the person viewing it? Some cities see the value of having street artists, illustrators, and graphic designers recreating bland public spaces and sprucing up old buildings, bridges, and car parks. This is a way to improve an area without spending big bucks on renovating a structure. The addition of vibrant, colorful murals completely transforms the face of a city and can uplift the spirit of a person.

What is Street Art? – PureGraffiti

Why Street Art Matters – The Cool Hunter

It’s also a way to keep other, non- desirable graffiti (gang tags, racial or ethnic slurs) from appearing. Whether it’s a 3D picture painted on the ground, one so real looking you feel like it is jumping out at you, or a colorful riot of paint across a wall, street art is an art form that many people are warming up to. Some people are making quite the name for themselves using this medium. Peter Gibson, known by his alias Roadsworth, has been creating street art in Montreal since the fall of 2001. In the fall of 2004 he was arrested and charged with 53 counts of mischief but he received a relatively lenient sentence which he attributes to public support. Today, he continues to spread his art around the streets of his hometown.

Pedestrian Street Art by Peter Gibson

http://roadsworth.com

De Buillion Street and Saint-Joseph Street, Montreal, Quebec. July 2004.

Saint-Laurent Blvd. and Duluth Ave., Montreal, Quebec. July 2004

Location not given but I love owls, so I kept on here.

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The movie “UP” gets the real-life treatment.

Did you love the Disney/Pixar’s movie “UP”? Most people did, including these guys. The National Geographic Channel created a real-life version of the flying house by using 300 helium filled weather balloons to launch a 16’x16’x18’ house (about the size of a large children’s play house) 10,000 feet into the air from a private airfield east of Los Angeles, in the Mojave Desert. A team of scientists, engineers, and two world-class balloon pilots set a new world record for the largest balloon cluster flight ever attempted. The event will be part of a new Nat-Geo series called “How Hard Can it Be?” premiering in autumn this year.

The inside of the “house” used for the flight is little more than a shell with just enough support to be held by the balloons. The flying house was able to stay up in the air for over an hour. I wonder how they got it down?

A Real-Life Version of the Animated Film “UP”

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Finding the invisible man: Liu Bolin’s amazing artwork.

They are calling Liu Bolin the invisible man. (He’d be harder to spot if he wasn’t standing dead center in the photos.) Liu Bolin is a Chinese artist known for photographs of himself painted to blend in with the background. Liu uses himself as a blank canvas and paints his body to merge as seamlessly as possible with what is behind him. With the help of two assistances, it often can take more than 10 hours to complete a scene as Liu strives to get them just right. This frequently means that people walking by while he is carrying out his performances often have no idea he is there until he moves.

The photos are said to be a statement of how life in a city affects people, making them blind to their fellow man and surroundings. Liu adds that the inspiration behind his work was a sense of not fitting in to modern society and was a silent protest against the persecution of artists. The Chinese authorities shut down Liu’s art studio in Beijing in 2005. Liu states: “At the time, contemporary art was in quick development in Beijing, but the government decided it did not want artists like us to gather and live together.”

Born in 1973 in Shandong, China, Liu Bolin graduated from the Sculpture Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.

Hiding in the City No. 69


Hiding in the City No. 71


Hiding in the City No.93

Eli Klein Fine Art

The art of being invisible: Hidden Liu Bolin’s amazing illusions

Now you see me, now you don’t: The artist who turns himself into the Invisible Man

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Thank you!

You are all making me blush! Thank you for the comments and the emails about my blog and I’m overjoyed that you like it. Thank you so much!

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I almost forgot!

Oh! I almost forgot…

¡Happy New Year!

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The end of the world is coming! On May 21, 2011?

The world is going to end in about five months. According to a movement of Christians loosely connected by radio broadcasts and the internet (All praise of World Wide Web, damn it!), they say the world shall end on May 21, 2011. Roughly about five months from now. People who believe this interpretation of the Bible have been getting their message out with billboards and bus stop benches. Marie Exley, a 32-year-old Army veteran, has organized traveling columns of RVs carrying the message from city to city. Harold Camping, the leader of an independent Christian ministry in Oakland, California, is the man who calculated the May 21 date based on his reading of the Bible.

End of Days in May? Believers enter final stretch. – MSN

Wait, I thought the end of the world was supposed to be 2012? I thought the Mayan calendar ended in 2012 and the world would just stop revolving like somebody flicked a switch? (This isn’t true. The Maya calendar doesn’t end on December 21, 2012 like some say. But the date was significant to the Maya. “It’s the time when the largest grand cycle in the Mayan calendar – 1,872,000 days or 5,125.37 years – overturns and a new cycle begins,” said Anthony Aveni, a Maya expert and archaeoastronomer at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. The Maya kept time on a scale few other cultures have considered.)

There has been many dates selected for the end of the world and, as you can see by the fact you are reading this now, the world has yet to end. Despite our best efforts to kill ourselves. Recently there was a TV program put out by National Geographic called Aftermath: Population Zero where we are shown what would happen to Earth if we just disappeared. All of our towering skyscrapers and concrete roads would slowly erode and be taken over by nature. New York would be a forest and Las Vegas would return to the desert. After 500 years of humans being gone, only our most hardy and lasting structures would still survive. After a 1,000 years of our absence even those, the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower, would crumble into ruin.

So, if a whole bunch of people end up disappearing on May 21, 2011, taken up in the Rapture, then we can worry. But since Harold Camping’s first prediction of Jesus Christ’s return in 1994 didn’t come true, I wouldn’t be holding my breath that he’s right this time.

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Pictures of the cubicle decorations.

Janet's Down the Chimney, complete with Janet sitting in her chair. Notice the parachuting Santa.


Cathy & Sarah's entrance to Christmas Town. Notice their face smooched up against the ‘windows’.


Laura’s gingerbread house with mailbox for letters to Santa.


Kristin's Winter Wonderland, complete with Kristin in her chair. She won.


Close up of window for Kristin's Winter Wonderland.

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