Star Wars versus Aliens

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Guillem H. Pongiluppi is a thirty-something Spanish artist with a whole bunch of colorful talents to his palette. He’s a painter, illustrator, a matte and concept artist who’s worked on best-selling games, films and TV shows—from David Jones’ Warcraft to international productions for National Geographic and the BBC. He’s a cool guy.

He is also a fan of the movies Star Wars and Aliens. And what better way to share your love of something great than to create a series of fantastic fan art paintings that mash these two movies up into a series called Star Wars vs. Aliens.

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A Forest in a Stadium!

Wörthersee Stadion is a multi-purpose stadium in Klagenfurt, Austria. It is the home ground of Austria Klagenfurt. The stadium is situated within the Sportpark Klagenfurt campus of several other sports venues. Its name refers to the nearby Wörthersee lake.

The stadium was the site of Klaus Littmann’s For Forest–The Unending Attraction of Nature, Austria’s largest public art installation which took place from 8 September to 27 October 2019. The exhibition, inspired by Max Peintner’s pencil drawing The Unending Attraction of Nature from the 1970s and landscaped by architect Enzo Enea, was a 300-tree Central European forest occupying an entire football pitch. The project was a warning that nature in general and specifically forests might be confined to specially designated spaces if humanity continued to take it for granted. Partly funded by sponsors who each contributed €5,000, it was open to the public free of charge daily from 10am to 10pm CET. Austria Klagenfurt home matches were temporarily played at the adjacent Karawankenblick Stadion. The trees were replanted in locations near the campus following the exhibition’s conclusion.

Wild and Crazy Statues from around the World  

Mustangs, Las Colinas, Texas

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Expansion, New York

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The Monument of an Anonymous Passerby, Wroclaw, Poland

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Salmon Sculpture, Portland, Oregon

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People of the River by Chong Fah Cheong, Singapore

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The Knotted Gun, Turtle Bay, New York

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 Break Through From Your Mold, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Black Ghost, Klaipeda, Lithuania

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Les Voyageurs, Marseilles, France

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 Nelson Mandela, South Africa

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 De Vaartkapoen, Brussels, Belgium

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 Cattle Drive, Dallas, Texas, USA

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Hippo Sculptures, Taipei, Taiwan

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 Mihai Eminescu, Onesti, Romania

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 Man Hanging Out, Prague, Czech Republic

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Rundle Mall Pigs, Adelaide, Australia

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Kelpies, Grangemouth, UK (To put this into scale, note the man at the bottom, middle).

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Boxing gloves. Pan Am Boxing Club, Winnipeg, Canada.

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Computers and Soldiers


As desktop towers have given way to today’s sleek laptops and even sleeker mobile devices, all glued shut to preclude even the possibility of tinkering, we’ve lost something valuable: the art of the case mod. Thankfully, over in Japan, Hiroto Ikeuchi is keeping the craft alive in spectacular fashion.

Ikeuchi spent the better part of the last year building this incredible machine, a creation that isn’t so much a case mod as full-blown diorama. It’s a deliriously detailed little world that just happens to take place in and around a functioning computer. It also redefines the idea of what it means to have a cluttered desk.

Ikeuchi, a designer by trade, likes to call it his “secret base.” Inspired by mecha anime like Gundam and Macross, every surface is packed with something to discover. Soldiers tend to intricate, forbidding machinery. Mechs await repair. The work seamlessly blends plastic toys, gizmo components, and scraps of other materials with the computer itself. Atop the tower, the shell of a DSLR is repurposed as a laser cannon.

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Sendai Daikannon Statue

Sendai Daikannon, officially known as the Sendai Tendou Byakue Daikannon,is a large statue of Byakue Kannon bearing a gem in her hand located in Sendai, Japan.

It is among the tallest statues in the world, and is the tallest statue of a goddess in Japan. As of 2018, it is the fifth tallest statue in the world at 100 metres (330 ft). At the time of its completion in 1991, it was the tallest statue in the world, but has since been surpassed for that title.

The statue depicts a manifestation of the Bodhisattva Kannon known as Byakue Kannon, meaning “White-robed Kannon”, bearing the cintamani gem (如意宝珠, Nyoihōju) in her hand.

There is a small entry fee to enter the statue itself. Inside on the first floor are many large statues of Buddha and mythical kings. Visitors take an elevator to the 12th level then walk down the stairs and ramps to the ground. At each level there are eight Buddhas displayed in timber cabinets, 108 in all.


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