Since the Evolution Store has become a favorite new place to screen shop, I’m dying to see the real deal in Soho. It’s essentially a one-stop-shop for natural history curiosities. Your Articulated Sabertooth Cat Skeleton (Tarpit Finish) might be on aisle five, across from your usual assortment of homonids. Perhaps pick up a Cerebrospinal Fluid Circulation model to bone up on your reanimation techniques? or for the liberal arts major in your family, his or her very own Yorick to soliloquize with?
via Jon Rawlinson
I thought I knew how to eat a chicken wing. Then I saw this. Now I wonder how many other things there are that I think I know how to do but don’t.
Willard Wigan’s work – creating sculptures so small, sometimes in the eye of a needle, that they’re often invisible to the naked eye – started with his childhood. Undiagnosed but severely dyslexic, his feelings of insignificance gave him an appreciation for the unseen. Hiding in a shed while avoiding school, he began making home for his friends the ants, then shoes, then hats.
His creations grew smaller and smaller as he honed his craft, learning to enter a meditative state in which his heartbeat is slowed to reduce movement in his hands. He holds his breath and sculpts between heart beats.
I’m not sure it ever occurred to me on my own to visit a fishbowl of any size unless I was picking one something for dinner. Jon Rawlinson‘s gorgeous video of the Kuroshio Sea (hat tip boing boing) at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium may be changing my mind. It’s home to several whale sharks which have grown up to 40 feet long in the wild. Read the rest of this entry »