Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Art of Rips, Tears and Repairs

Damage to a Picasso is just the latest museum-goer accident

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Picasso painting "The Actor," which suffered damage last Friday, wasn't the first valuable piece of artwork harmed accidentally by a museum-goer or owner. Kids, dogs and adults who lost their balance have left their mark in recent years.

The Met painting was torn when a woman attending an adult-education class lost her balance and fell onto the large canvas. The New York museum is assessing a 6-inch tear, and the museum has said it should be repaired in time for a big Picasso show in April. (Though the Met won't confirm the value of the Picasso, or any of its art, some reports have valued "The Actor" at well over $100 million.)

Falling for Noguchi

In 2004, the Noguchi Museum in Queens lent a bronze sculpture to an exhibition hall in Sapporo, Japan, for a show of Noguchi's photos, drawings and sculptures. A museum patron wasn't feeling well and lost her balance, falling on the bronze sculpture, "Wakai-Hito," which she knocked over and damaged. The sculpture was on loan from a private collector, says Amy Hau, the museum's administrative director: "Accidents happen." Ms. Hau declined to estimate the price of the work but said it was of "significant value." It has since been fixed.

Wynn's Errant Elbow

In 2006, casino mogul Steve Wynn was showing off his famous Picasso painting, "Le Rêve," to friends when he accidentally poked a hole in the painting with his elbow. It was a costly mistake: He was just about to sell the piece to hedge-funder and art collector Steven Cohen for $139 million. The 6-inch rip in the canvas was eventually repaired, but the sale was called off.

Renaissance Crash

The Met had another recent accident: In 2008 a 15th-century terra-cotta relief sculpture by Italian artist Andrea della Robbia came loose from its wall mounts and fell onto a stone floor. It was damaged in the fall and is still undergoing repairs. The museum won't say how much the sculpture was worth, but in 2004 a terra-cotta relief sculpture by the artist sold for $206,000 at auction in Venice.

Climbing the 'Standing Woman'

The galleries of the Milwaukee Art Museum were the venue for a "Martinifest" in 2006, which included all-you-can-drink martinis for $30. Drunken revelers climbed, groped and vomited on a 7-foot-tall, bronze cast sculpture of a voluptuous female called "Standing Woman" by Gaston Lachaise. In December, an 18-inch bronze sculpture by the artist sold for $278,500 at auction.

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Old Farmer's Advice

Old Farmer's Advice

Old Farmer's Advice

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.  

Keep skunks and bankers at a distance. 

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump. 

A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled. 

Meanness don't jes' happen overnight. 

Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads. 

Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you. 

It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge. 

You cannot unsay a cruel word. 

Every path has a few puddles. 

When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty. 

The best sermons are lived, not preached.

Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway. 

Don't judge folks by their relatives. 

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer. 

Live a good, honorable life.. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time. 

Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't bothering you none.. 

Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance. 

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'. 

Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got. 

The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'. 

Always drink upstream from the herd. 

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment. 

Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in. 

If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.. 

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. 
Speak kindly. Leave the rest to Chance. 

Don't pick a fight with an old man.. If he is too old to fight,
he'll just kill you.


When you quit laughing, you quit living.

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Cat Meets Bear

Thursday, January 28, 2010

How to wrap a cat

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Kazoo Player

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Make your own mossarium!

mossarium, doing nicely

Moss is awesome! And simple to keep alive even if you travel.

Moss had its heyday back at the turn of the last century when both the US and the UK had their own bryological societies and people built mosseries into their homes where they could enjoy the greenery year round. It's simple to build a mini-mossery, or mossarium, in your own home.

You need

- a jar with a lid, this is a great use for stinky former-candle jars that you can't put food in

- rocks/pebbles

- water with activated charcoal [you can get an aquarium filter cartridge and split it apart and save the charcoal, add a few grains to your water]

- Spanish moss for drainage [available at craft or garden shops]

- MOSS [with some dirt on the bottom of it]
- frippery, to taste


Assembly is straightforward. Put rocks in the bottom of your jar. Pour in small amount of charcoal water. Put Spanish moss on top of it. Add moss. Add frippery such as birch bark, flowers, twigs, pinecones, ceramic frogs. Put the lid on. Put it somewhere out of direct sunlight. Add a tablespoon of water every few months if it looks like it's getting dry.


More mosstalk at lifehacker and this steampunk forum thread. For help with moss identifcation, read The British moss-flora (1905) or The moss flora of New York City and vicinity. (1911) You might also enjoy this moss poem from 1860.

moss, still awesome

Not enough moss near you? You can buy a moss kit on Etsy, or maybe just some other attractive moss options [my fave is here]

Guestblogger Jessamyn West is a moderator at MetaFilter and a library technologist in Central Vermont who blogs at

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Crop Art - Rice Fields of Japan

Stunning crop art has sprung up across rice fields in Japan. But this is no alien creation - the designs have been cleverly planted. Farmers creating the huge displays use no ink or dye. Instead, different colours of rice plants have been precisely and strategically arranged and grown in the paddy fields.

As summer progresses and the plants shoot up, the detailed artwork begins to emerge.

A Sengoku warrior on horseback has been created from hundreds of thousands of rice plants, the colours created by using different varieties, in Inakadate in Japan

The largest and finest work is grown in the Aomori village of Inakadate, 600 miles north of Toyko, where the tradition began in 1993. The village has now earned a reputation for its agricultural artistry and this year the enormous pictures of Napoleon and a Sengoku-period warrior, both on horseback, are visible in a pair of fields adjacent to the town hall. 

More than 150,000 vistors come to Inakadate, where just 8,700 people live, every summer to see the extraordinary murals.

Each year hundreds of volunteers and villagers plant four different varieties of rice in late May across huge swathes of paddy fields.





Every year, farmers in the rural town Inakadate, Japan creates rice field art by using red rice

in with their regular rice in special patterns. A few others fields in rural Japan also followed the trend of this beautiful rice field art.

Check out different stages of the rice field art from start to harvesting with 16 more pics after the jump.

Source: Inakadate

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

What to do when you are bored at work or at home...

1. Kill a few Flies.

. Put them in the sun to dry for one hour.

3. Once they are dry, pick up a pencil and paper...

    let your imagination flow.

Here are a few examples...


Hey Stretch!

The flying Wallenzas!

No pushing

Pass the SPF 15

I REALLY had to go

Can you see it now?

Damn lines

A new world record

Makes me wonder, where does someone work that has this many flies available?

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Unbelieveable Football Stunts

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What Is A Golf Ball Worth?






From Berkeley County South Carolina ...

Don't go fishing for your golf ball .... 


What is a Golf Ball Worth??????????





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