Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Does PETA Have Too Much Free Time?

O.K. so PETA just has way too much free time on their hands! I respect the rights of people who choose to be vegetarians and care about animals and all that but, going after visual imagery in video games for promoting cruelty to animals, seriously? While we all know the strength and power that visual images can have, I think it more than fair to say that this is a ridiculous stretch of the imagination and that there are bigger fish to fry (or tofu) out there than a beloved cartoon character from a video game. Aren't there more important problems in the world than little old Mario? For more on this check out the article from yahoo, "PETA Slams Mario Over Use of a Fur Suit" written by Ben Silverman.

May inspiration and creativity be with you!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Simplicity Changed the World: the Roman Arch

Title: Pont du Gard

Date: 1st century BCE

Location: near Nimes, France

We tend to take the small things for granted in life and the art world. One innovation that truly revolutionized construction and architecture was the round stone arch. Although it had been developed earlier, about the 2nd-millennium BCE in Mesopotamia, the Romans were the first to apply the technique to a wide range of structures, and to tap its full potential for above ground structures.

The Pont du Gard near Nimes, France is an aqueduct: a channel constructed to supply water. However, this is no one trick pony. While the topmost layer safely and efficiently carried water down from the higher ground (can you say pricey mountain spring water?) the bottom level was wide enough to accommodate foot traffic and carts for people and soldiers that were traveling in or through the area. I found a great little video that shows you some of the features of the Pont du Gard, including some nice shots of the spaces left by the Romans to maintain the structure.

May inspiration and creativity be with you!

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