Culture Buzz: Shadows of their former selves…

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These aren’t your mamma’s shadow puppets! Unless your mamma is a Javanese puppet master. The incredibly detailed puppets of Wayang Kulit, the ancient Indonesian brand of shadow theater, continue to enchant audiences to this day, bringing to life the magical stories of Hindu-Javanese folklore on a simple backlit cotton screen. Kulit means skin, and refers to the buffalo leather construction of the puppets that are painstakingly chiseled with very fine tools and supported with carefully shaped buffalo horn handles and control rods.
Got a sheet, a bright light and a buffalo? Then, by all means, TRY THIS AT HOME!
-Maybe use construction paper though :)

GO THERE! Scandinavian Subterranean Art!

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Warning: If you take a trip to Stockholm, you may never leave the subway. It is, after all, the longest art exhibit in the world

History Schmistory: January 17. Toot-Toot!

1929: Popeye the Sailor Man, a cartoon character created by Elzie Segar, first appears in the Thimble Theatre comic strip. Deluded children begin eating spinach with the hopes of growing freakishly large forearms.

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I’m Popeye the sailor man

GO THERE! A panoramic view of the past…

Ever wonder what it’s like to live in ancient times? Well, artist Yadegar Asisi’s fantastically intricate panoramic displays are so massive, they might make you feel a little like that guy from Assassin’s Creed. His most recent project, on display at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, takes us back to the ancient city’s heyday, 129 AD.

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Are you for real?

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Ray Villafane is not your mamma’s pumpkin carver (who is most likely you.) This sculptor used two giant 1600+ lbs pumpkins to make this zombie themed carving, the largest in the world.

GO THERE! Hang with puppets!

The World Puppetry Festival in the French Ardennes starts Friday, September 16th. Go there and bring us some souvenirs!

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Tech Magic!

An inspiring demonstration of magic, technology and lies that make truth… Just watch it.

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The Underwater Sculpture Park in Cancun, Mexico. Another great reason to learn how to snorkel.

History Schmistory: August 21. Mona Lisa Smuggle

1911: Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is stolen from the Louvre during business hours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The culprit: Vincenzo Peruggia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

His motive was to return the piece to Italy as a long overdue retaliation against France, whose former leader, Napoleon, stole boatloads of priceless art from Italy and sent it to Paris. A noble cause, but Leonardo actually brought the Mona Lisa to Paris himself in 1516, and it has been there ever since. Oh well, it’s the thought that counts. Vinny was arrested trying to sell it out of his closet.

Sister Windy would be ashamed!

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The Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, India, is an historic Hindu temple that will put your uncle Dave’s hideous “art car” to shame. …Not that it would be that difficult.

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