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VIDEO: Full-size car made of Legos powered by compressed air

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Thursday, 02 January 2014 17:46

The plastic car is composed of a half-million Lego pieces.

MELBOURNE, Australia – Imagine a full-size car made of Lego pieces and powered by compressed air. The hot rod, which tops out at a blistering 30 kilometers per hour, is the brainchild of Raul Oaida, a 20-year-old self-taught technology genius from Romania, and Steve Sammartino, a Melbourne entrepreneur.

Oaida and Sammartino met on the Internet and formed the Super Awesome Micro Project. With the support of 40 patrons they produced this car made out of a half-million Lego pieces.

View their video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ObE4_nMCjE#t=5

 


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The plastic car is composed of a half-million Lego pieces.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 January 2014 09:48
 

VIDEO: 'Chihuly in Seattle' features interview with famed glass artist

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Monday, 05 November 2012 09:57

 Dale Chihuly, Artist

RICHMOND, Va. - Today, Nov. 5, 2012, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VFMA) launches "Chihuly in Seattle” on its YouTube channel. Filmed by May Lily Lee in August 2012 at the Chihuly Studio in Seattle, the video includes an interview with renowned artist Dale Chihuly, whose exhibition "Chihuly at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts" is on view at the museum through February 10, 2013.

The video is made possible with the help of VMFA's promotional partner, WCVE, Community Idea Stations.

The exhibition "Chihuly at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts" is organized by VMFA in cooperation with Dale Chihuly. The presenting sponsor is Altria Group. Major sponsors of the exhibition are The Richard S. Reynolds Foundation, and Fred T. and Roddy P. Tattersall. Contributing sponsors include Eda Hofstead Cabaniss, Mrs. Frances M. Dulaney, Frances Lewis, and Andy and Ginny Lewis, True and Charlie Luck, Steve and Kathie Markel, Norfolk Southern Corporation, RBC Wealth Management, The Anne Carter and Walter R. Robins, Jr. Foundation and Dr. and Mrs. Harry A. Wellons, Jr. The Banner Exhibition Program at VMFA is made possible by the Julia Louise Reynolds Fund. Media partners are Richmond Magazine and NBC12

About Dale Chihuly:

Born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, Dale Chihuly was introduced to glass while studying interior design at the University of Washington. After graduating in 1965, Chihuly enrolled in the first glass program in the country, at the University of Wisconsin. He continued his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he later established the glass program and taught for more than a decade.

In 1968, after receiving a Fulbright Fellowship, he went to work at the Venini glass factory in Venice. There he observed the team approach to blowing glass, which is critical to the way he works today. In 1971, Chihuly cofounded Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State. With this international glass center, Chihuly has led the avant-garde in the development of glass as a fine art.

His work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide. He has been the recipient of many awards, including 11honorary doctorates and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Chihuly has created more than a dozen well-known series of works, among them Cylinders and Baskets in the 1970s; Seaforms, Macchia, Venetians, and Persians in the 1980s; Niijima Floats and Chandeliers in the 1990s; and Fiori in the 2000s. He is also celebrated for large architectural installations. In 1986, he was honored with a solo exhibition, Dale Chihuly objets de verre, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Palais du Louvre, in Paris. In 1995, he began Chihuly Over Venice, for which he created sculptures at glass factories in Finland, Ireland and Mexico, then installed them over the canals and piazzas of Venice.

In 1999, Chihuly mounted a challenging exhibition, Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem; more than 1 million visitors attended the Tower of David Museum to view his installations. In 2001, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London curated the exhibition Chihuly at the V&A. Chihuly’s lifelong affinity for glass houses has grown into a series of exhibitions within botanical settings. His Garden Cycle began in 2001 at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago. Chihuly exhibited at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, near London, in 2005. Other major exhibition venues include the de Young Museum in San Francisco, in 2008, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 2011. Chihuly Garden and Glass opened at Seattle Center in 2012.

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts:

VMFA’s permanent collection encompasses more than 33,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years of world history. Its collections of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, English silver, Fabergé, and the art of South Asia are among the finest in the nation. With acclaimed holdings in American, British Sporting, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist, and Modern and Contemporary art – and additional strengths in African, Ancient, East Asian, and European – VMFA ranks as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus fun after-hours events. VMFA’s Statewide Partnership program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. VMFA is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free. For additional information, telephone 804-340-1400 or visit www.vmfa.museum.

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Persian Ceiling, 2002 40 x 6’ © Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo: Terry Rishel

 Tangerine Macchia with Celadon Lip Wrap, 2000, 26 x 37 x 38

Temperature House Tumbleweed, 2006, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Photo: Terry Rishel

Blue Ridge Chandelier (detail), 2012, 216 x 160 x 84” Photo: Nathaniel Willson

Last Updated on Monday, 05 November 2012 10:33
 

VIDEO: Chihuly installation under way at Virginia museum

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Thursday, 09 August 2012 12:40

‘Mille Fiori,’ 2011 127 x 696 x 94 inches, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mass. Photo by Scott Mitchell Leen © 2012 The Chihuly Studio, Seattle.

RICHMOND, Va. – A team from Dale Chihuly’s Seattle studio is in Richmond this week to install Red Reeds, in VMFA’s 60-foot-long reflecting pond. The internationally renowned artist created 200 red glass reeds as part of this fall’s exhibition, “Chihuly at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts,” opening Oct. 20.

The reeds were blown by team Chihuly in Finland because of the excellent clarity of glass and to take advantage of the bigger annealing ovens used to facilitate the curing of these large-scaled elements, which are as much as 10 feet high.

Water lilies, lotus and grasses will be positioned throughout the installation. Chihuly’s work is frequently informed by nature and the artist has exhibited his work at major botantical gardens and natural settings internationally.

The full Chihuly presentation at VMFA is the artist’s third major U.S. museum exhibition in recent years. Chihuly is recognized for his ambitious architectural installations around the world. Ninety-seven exhibitions in seven countries have presented artworks by the artist during the last decade, which have been enjoyed by more than 10 million visitors. He is credited with revolutionizing the studio glass movement and elevating the medium of glass from the realm of craft to fine art.

The exhibition will run through Feb. 10. For details visit www.vmfa.museum.

View a video of Chilhuly and his team Playing with Fire. The YouTube link is:

http://www.vmfa.museum/exhibitions/chihuly.aspx



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 ‘Mille Fiori,’ 2011 127 x 696 x 94 inches, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mass. Photo by Scott Mitchell Leen © 2012 The Chihuly Studio, Seattle.

‘Blue Polyvitro Crystals,’ 2005, © Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, Fla. Photo by Terry Rishel. 

‘Persian Ceiling,’ 2008, 290 x 178 inches, © de Young Museum, San Francisco. Photo by Teresa Nouri Rishel.

Float Boat, 2008, 41 inches x 14 feet 3 inches x 58 inches, © de Young Museum, San Francisco. Photo by Terry Rishel.

‘Ikebana Grouping,’ 2008, © de Young Museum, San Francisco. Photo by Terry Rishel

Dale Chihuly, ‘Macchia Forest’ (detail), Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle, 2012. Photo by Terry Rishel.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 November 2012 10:29
 

VIDEO: London show features art by chimps, apes, elephants

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Written by AFP Wire Service   
Friday, 03 February 2012 11:52

'Flower Pot,' painted by Boon Mi, a former logging elephant from Thailand. Image copyright AFP.

LONDON – Can animals be creative? Chimpanzees, elephants and apes are involved in one of London's most unusual art exhibitions. The animals, rather than being the subjects, are in fact the artists.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 May 2012 10:05
 

VIDEO: High Noon auctions Pancho Villa saddle for $718K

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Written by Auction House PR   
Tuesday, 31 January 2012 09:37

Silver-laden Pancho Villa saddle that sold for $718,000 at High Noon's Jan. 28 auction. Image courtesy of High Noon.

MESA, Ariz. — On Saturday evening, Jan. 28, 2012, the much-anticipated High Noon Western Americana Auction was held in Mesa, Ariz., before a standing-room only crowd inside the ballroom of the Marriott Mesa Hotel. Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

The key offering of the sale, which received worldwide media attention, was the rare, historic, silver-embroidered saddle that belonged to the infamous Mexican renegade and revolutionary hero Pancho Villa. The saddle was offered without reserve.

The magnificent saddle was created for Villa by renowned Mexican artisans prior to his assassination in 1923. It would be last saddle he owned.

Smothered in silver-wrapped threads over leather stump work with boldly domed silver conchos, the saddle bears the marks of the craftsmen who made it. Each silver stirrup is carved with the styled initials of Francisco Villa (Villa’s given name).

The saddle's consignors were present in the audience as the historic relic of the Old West was announced. With a presale estimate of $150,000 to $250,000, auctioneer Troy Black opened the bidding at $125,000. Bids quickly escalated before boiling down to a two-bidder war at the $500,000 level. The competition continued till the hammer dropped on the winning bid of $718,000 (inclusive of 15% buyer's premium) -- a new world record for a saddle at auction.

Applause and cheers filled the ballroom in honor of the new owner, a passionate South Texas-based collector who plans to display the saddle in a museum yet to be named.

Overall, the Annual High Noon Western Americana auction realized nearly $2 million on just 300 lots of Western and Native Americana, fine art, artifacts, historic property and Hollywood memorabilia.

Click here to view the fully illustrated catalog for this sale, complete with prices realized.

Click below to view a video of the actual proceedings as the Pancho Villa saddle was auctioned:



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Silver-laden Pancho Villa saddle that sold for $718,000 at High Noon's Jan. 28 auction. Image courtesy of High Noon.

Silver detail on Pancho Villa saddle. Image courtesy of High Noon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 09:22
 

VIDEO: Views and commentary from the Winter Antiques Show

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Written by AFP Wire Service   
Monday, 23 January 2012 12:42

Image copyright AFP.

NEW YORK – Sumptuous relics of times past are on display and available to purchase at the Winter Antiques Show in New York this week. Dealers from around the world have come to the 58th edition of the event, which is held at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 May 2012 09:43
 

VIDEO: Enter the dragon, symbol of Chinese New Year 4710

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Monday, 23 January 2012 11:50

19th-century Chinese school color engraving on wood of a Japanese dragon. Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris.

HONG KONG - The Chinese Lunar New Year 4710, which begins today, ushers in the Year of the Dragon. The only mythical character in the Chinese zodiac, the dragon is considered the most powerful creature of all represented in the calendar.

In Chinese culture, dragon years are widely believed to be good for marriage, birth and achieving great success, but they also have their dark side -- the mythical creature holds potent powers over water and rain, bringing good harvests but also floods and other natural disasters.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 May 2012 09:43
 

VIDEO: Britain remembers Scott of the Antarctic

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Tuesday, 13 December 2011 14:40

Photo credit: AFP

CAMBRIDGE, England - Laying bare their dejection and determination, the story of Robert Scott's bid to become the first to reach the South Pole is being told by the men themselves, 100 years on from the ill-fated expedition.

Letters, diaries and photographs from the Terra Nova expedition are on show in Britain to mark the centenary of Captain Scott's doomed attempt, many being seen for the first time.

Click below to view an AFP video report about this fascinating exhibition, with commentary from naturalist Sir David Attenborough:



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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 May 2012 10:06
 

VIDEO: Christie's takes Elizabeth Taylor's jewels on world tour

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Wednesday, 30 November 2011 12:27

Studio publicity portrait of film star Elizabeth Taylor in a glamorous pose.

HONG KONG (AP) - A sampling of Elizabeth Taylor's jewels has been touring the world so people can see them up close before they're sold at auction in a few weeks.

That was something Taylor wanted.

An executive with Christie's auction house said Christie's and Taylor had been "planning this sale for a very long time," adding that "[Taylor] wanted to share the jewelry with everybody else."

The jewels spent Thanksgiving weekend in Hong Kong. Now they'll be taken to New York where they'll be on display starting Saturday.

The auction is Dec.13-16 and includes not only her jewels, but also art, designer clothing and other things Taylor owned. Some of the money will go to her AIDS foundation.

Elizabeth Taylor died in March.

Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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Studio publicity portrait of film star Elizabeth Taylor in a glamorous pose.

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The legendary jewelry and fashion collections of Elizabeth Taylor, the so-called "Crown Jewels of Hollywood," went on glittering display Thursday in New York before a hotly anticipated auction. Click below to view mages and hear soundbites from the press preview at Christie's New York gallery. Video copyright AFP:



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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 May 2012 10:06
 

VIDEO: Report from NY Comic Con, pop culture haven

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Written by TIFFANY MAMONE & BRIDGET BROSNAN for ACN   
Tuesday, 18 October 2011 10:24

This pup came as a canine version of the Green Lantern. Image copyright Auction Central News.

NEW YORK (ACNI) - The New York Comic Con took place this past weekend- October 13th to October 16th, 2011 - at the Javits Center. ‪As stated on Comic Con's website, NYCC is the ‬East Coast's biggest popular culture convention, bringing together fans with interests in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies and television.

At this year's mega event there were panels and autograph sessions, plus sneak peeks at films and television shows. It is a place for fans to feel at home in an environment where they are surrounded by their fellow fanboys and girls, and the superstar artists and creators of visual pop culture.

We arrived at the Javits Center on West 34th Street on Friday, October 14th, to a huge crowd of people, lined up and waiting to enter. Our first stop upon arrival was the Marvel booth, where we met with Matthew Senreich, the co-creator and executive producer of Robot Chicken. Robot Chicken, for those who may not be familiar with it, is an American stop-motion animated TV series that airs on Cartoon Network. As he walked through Comic Con, Senreich was very unassuming, giving fans a wave and a smile when they shouted out his name.

After finding a less-crowded area off the main floor, we sat down to chat with Matt about the upcoming season and what surprises fans can expect to see in the future. We asked him about previous guest stars and learned about an upcoming 100th episode special involving a collaboration with DC Comics. He spoke about how he and Seth Green, along with co-head writers Douglas Goldstein and Tom Root, continue to keep the show fresh and funny after five seasons. He explained, "We're just a bunch of friends hanging out in the writer's room making each other laugh. And if we're able to do that, we hope the rest of the world is laughing with us." After saying our goodbyes and thanking Matt for his time, we all proceeded downstairs to enjoy the rest of Comic Con.

We made our way to the North Pavilion to visit the Propworx team, including CEO Alec Peters, Curtis Short, Dean Newbury and Damaris Degen. Propworx Inc. serves the movie and television industry by selling the assets of movie and TV productions in high-end auctions created specifically for that property.

Propworx's upcoming sale, "Iron Man 2 & The Incredible Hulk Auction," will take place on October 22nd, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com. The Propworx team had had many of the items from the auction on display at their booth, and we were able to see Tony Stark's suitcase used in the Iron Man film, as well as various costumes and props.

Back on the show floor, we visited numerous booths and took a look around before getting to meet with Daniel Simmons Jr., an abstract expressionist painter. He is the older brother of hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons and rapper/Run DMC legend Joseph Simmons (a k a "Rev. Run"). Daniel Simmons is also the co-founder and chairman of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (since 1995), which provides disadvantaged urban youth with arts access and education. On top of that, he is a comic book fan. Mr. Simmons was kind enough to take some time to speak withLiveAuctioneers CEO Julian R. Ellison regarding his love of comics and his experience at the convention. He said he often purchases his comics at Metropolis Comics and Collectibles here in New York City but loves to come to New York Comic Con for "impulse buys."

Mr. Simmons noted that Metropolis had recently sold a comic book for $1.5 million and observed that as the economy goes down, comics often increase in value.

Julian Ellison agreed with Mr. Simmons and added his own perspective: "I'm thinking about what's going on in the world with the economy," he said, "but at this particular event you would never think there was anything wrong with the world at all. This is just incredible."

Our visit to Comic Con was great fun. Creative costumes were abundant, and the crowds were out in full force. Regardless of what might have been happening downtown on Wall Street, the mood at the Javits Center was nothing but optimistic, which points to only a positive future for pop culture.

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LiveAuctioneers CEO, Julian R. Ellison talks comics and economy with artist Danny Simmons Jr. Video copyright Auction Central News.


This pup came as a canine version of the Green Lantern. Image copyright Auction Central News. California auction house Propworx's Curtis Short (left) & Dean Newbury (center) with LiveAuctioneers CEO Julian R. Ellison (right). Image copyright Auction Central News. LiveAuctioneers CEO Julian R. Ellison (right) talks comics with abstract expressionist artist Daniel Simmons Jr. Image copyright Auction Central News. ACN reporters Tiffany Mamone (left) and Bridget Brosnan (right) being silly with Robot Chicken co-creator Matthew Senreich. Image copyright Auction Central News. CEO of LiveAuctioneers Julian R. Ellison (left), co-creator of Robot Chicken Matthew Senreich (center), ACN reporter Bridget Brosnan (right). Image copyright Auction Central News. Even Superman attended New York Comic Con. Image copyright Auction Central News. The DeLorean from the film 'Back to the Future,' accompanied by a Michael J. Fox impersonator. Image copyright Auction Central News. Sesame Street's Oscar the Grouch looking exceptionally happy this year. Image copyright Auction Central News. An Archie Comics banner hanging from the Javits Center ceiling. Image copyright Auction Central News. New York Comic Con goers. Image copyright Auction Central News. Zombies were huge at New York Comic Con this year. Image copyright Auction Central News.

 

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 May 2012 10:09
 

VIDEO: Photographer captures 9/11 memories on film

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Friday, 09 September 2011 12:31
Image copyright AFP

NEW YORK - For the past 10 years, photographer Jonathan Hyman has captured shots of frescos, altars, and other folklore memorials commemorating the September 11 attacks. His New York exhibit illustrates how people across the US grieved through art.

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