Walking down the street in Linz, Austria, you might not expect to see a giant, glowing Rubik’s Cube sitting in your path. But right now, if you’re passing by the Ars Electronica building, that’s just what you’ll see. You may even be handed a small, all-white cube of your own and offered the chance to solve its colorful big brother.
The project is the work of artist and designer Javier Lloret, and it looks like a ton of fun — with a smattering of frustration. After all, playing a Rubik’s Cube that is also a building presents a couple of unique challenges, like being unable to see more than two sides of the cube at any one time.
Playing the cube, on the other hand, is entirely organic. However you twist or rotate the little white interface-cube, your movements are mimicked by the building. If you need to see the bottom of the cube, simply flip over the controller. Outfitted with a gyroscope, motion sensors and a Bluetooth link to a nearby laptop, the interface-cube makes the game at once fun and challenging. The best part of the installation just might be that, no matter how good you are at solving these puzzles, the other folks on the street will get one heck of a light show.
Wow! That was our reaction to seeing this picture of a light show aboard the International Space Station. After confirming with NASA that the images circulating lately on social media are real, we were directed to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), who co-ordinated this experiment.
The work is called “Auroral Oval Spiral Top” and was done in the Kibo module on May 12, 2011, JAXA said. This was the second version of the experiment, which initially ran April 30, 2009 during Expedition 19.
“Auroral Oval Spiral Top uses a spinning top that has arms illuminating with LED linear light sources and point light sources. Various movements of the spinning top floating in microgravity show aurora-like light traces,” JAXA stated on a web page about the experiment.
The project, JAXA added, is “designed to produce aurora-like luminescence traces using a spinning top with both linear and point light sources. In microgravity, the center of gravity of the spinning top continuously and randomly moves while it is spinning. Using the characteristics of the top in microgravity, the project tries to produce various light arts using its unexpected movements/spins, by changing attaching locations of its arms and weights.”
SON MYUNG HEE, detail / 2010 / Aluminum wire, fiberglass lifecasting.
Old gods that have been worshiped throughout our history but are no longer prayed to, how many more will be thrown into the wind?…
For many, reading a good book can be a religious experience, but this new bookstore in Zwolle, The Netherlands takes that idea to a whole new level. Architects BK. Architecten were tasked with converting this 15th century Dominican church into a modern bookstore with the addition of 700 square meters of shopping space. But there was one major catch: all the historical elements of the 547-year-old building including stained glass windows, pipe organ, ceiling paintings and expansive arches had to remain intact.
Incredibly, BK. Architecten managed to add three levels of retail space to the side wings of the church in a manner that the entire structure can one day be removed in order to restore the church to its original design. In addition only three colors of building materials were used to mimic the existing palette of the cathedral’s interior to further ensure that the bookstore would pay reverence to the original space.
In 1578 word spread of the discovery in Rome of a network of underground tombs containing the remains of thousands of early Christian martyrs. Many skeletons of these supposed saints were soon removed from their resting place and sent to Catholic churches in Europe to replace holy relics that were destroyed during the Protestant Reformation. Once in place the skeletons were then carefully reassembled and enshrined in costumes, wigs, jewels, crowns, gold lace, and armor as a physical reminder of the heavenly treasures that awaited in the afterlife.
Over the past few years photographer Paul Koudounaris who specializes in the photography of skeletal reliquaries, mummies and other aspects of death, managed to gain unprecendented access to various religious institutions to photograph many of these beautifully macabre shrines for the first time in history.
The glowing fish are constructed from jagged scales of ColorCore formica mounted on a wireframe.
Fullscreen view is recommended!
Shot over a period of three nights in April of this year, this timelapse from Sean Goebel shows the myriad telescopes at the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. The clear view at 14,000 feet is the premiere location for astronomy in the Northern Hemisphere. The lasers you see are called laser guide stars and they help astronomers correct the atmospheric distortion of light by creating an artificial “star” to use as a reference point.