Cloud Index, a work of art for the new Crossrail station at Paddington, London:
Crossrail is proud to announce the appointment of artist Spencer Finch for Paddington station. His proposal, A Cloud Index, intends to create an index of clouds embedded within the glass of the centrepiece of the new station: the 120m long canopy.
The result will create both a picture of a the sky in the tradition of English landscape painting by artists such as Constable and Turner, but also a taxonomy of more than 25 different types of clouds. The image will interact with the environment, changing with the different light and weather conditions. On a clear day, the clouds on the glass will float in the blue sky and on cloudy days they will overlap and interact with the real clouds, casting soft, ever-changing shadows into the station.
"I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.”
SHOPPED TATTOOS: ICONIC CELEBRITIES GET DIGITAL TATTOOS
Ever wonder how Marilyn Monroe would’ve looked inked up? Wonder no more. Seattle-based artist Cheyenne Randall has a thing for tattoos and celebrities, and with his tremendous Photoshop skills, you’d swear Elizabeth Taylor had “MJ” written on her breasts.Cheyenne has dozens of pictures up on his ‘Shopped Tattoos‘ Tumbler site. There’s Dustin Hoffman with a chest full of new age art; Brigitte Bardot with a massive neck tat of a rose; Bob Marley with a lion; Run-DMC walking the streets of New York with the late Jam Master Jay and DMC’s knuckles showing “R-I-P-J”; Patrick Swayze with a range of tattoos referencing his movies (“Nobody puts baby in the corner”); and a permed-out Prince with a bevy of images on his petite body. Good stuff.
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