I had more fun than I was expecting with this little screen toy Trassel (Swedish for tangle, you’ll see why) from interface designer Hakim El Hattab.
Last month I shared a video of Van Gogh’s Starry Night in Second Life. Here’s news of another reimagining of that iconic painting.
A 25-year-old PhD student just convinced Lego to mass-produce Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ as an official toy kit – Artnet News
The kit is the brainchild of Truman Cheng, a 25-year-old PhD student from Hong Kong, who submitted the idea to Lego Ideas, which allows fans of the colorful construction toys to share their suggestions for future Lego kits.
Vincent van Gogh: The Starry Night – LEGO Ideas
Clips and brackets form the swirling cloud; plates stack to form the hillsides and bushes; curve parts build up to become the cypress tree. My favorite part is the inclined plate stack on the right, capturing the angled brush strokes within the moon-lit cloud. … I love putting the minifigure before the 3D scenery. It is like watching the artist work on the painting in real time.
For your shelf of earthly delights
I don’t know about you, but I’m very tempted.
Collectable Hieronymus Bosch figurines – Dangerous Minds
I’m not a big knickknack person. I like to keep my home sparse in the “tiny objects” departament. But I must admit I really do dig these Hieronymus Bosch figurines. They’re kinda cool-looking in their own obviously weird way. I especially like the ones from Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights.
Those not familiar with this strange Dutch painter from the 1400s should start here.
Hieronymus Bosch review – a heavenly host of delights on the road to hell – The Guardian
The public face of Bosch, walking the streets of this little city, was that of a good townsman and Catholic. His private thoughts emerge in the most unexpected and miraculous of all the treasures assembled – his drawings. … They show us the secret Bosch, a man with a mind full of monsters. One drawing is called The Wood Has Ears, The Field Has Eyes – a saying inscribed as on Goya’s Caprichos. Human ears hang from the trees. Human eyes stare out of the ground. It is like a Magritte. Only much scarier.
And for a spectacular, in-depth look at his most famous painting, check out this interactive, incredibly detailed version from the team behind the documentary Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil.
Extraordinary interactive hi-res exhibit of Bosch’s ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’ – Colossal
Teaching art history online can be tough, despite a wealth of tools and technologies it’s difficult to create an environment that compares to a great teacher who can make artworks engaging to a live audience. However, this new interactive exhibit of Hieronymus Bosch’s famous Garden of Earthly Delights completely nails it. This is the internet we were promised.
Dreaming of past Christmas presents
Nostalgia overload! New Argos site lets you browse 45 years of winter catalogues
For many, flicking through the Argos catalogue was, and possibly still is, a pre-Christmas tradition. Immersing yourself in that weighty tome and imagining how nice it would be to get that special present for Christmas, perhaps even circling it, was all part of the big build up.
Now, the retail giant has created the ultimate tool for wistful nostalgia with its new Book Of Dreams website. Whether you want to look for the toys you never got for Christmas, see how much prices have changed or show your kids the sort of things you dreamt of unwrapping on December 25, you can take a very long stroll down memory lane.
For Proust, it was a madeleine. For me, it was those silly Kodak disc cameras and teak effect cassette storage cabinets from the 1982/83 Argos catalogue.
I wonder if the archive took its name from this Bill Bailey routine…
Aled Lewis’s Toy Stories
We’ve already introduced you to Aled Lewis’ Toy Stories quite a while ago. When we were browsing through his website the other day, we still couldn’t help but smile over his charming and humorous arrangements and thought it was time to provide you with a little update.
Need a hand with anything?
Most of the time, people don’t use the term “man hands” as a compliment, but massive manly mitts do have their uses. Just put on this set of two 35.6 cm long latex hands and the whole world will take notice. These are great for hailing a cab, high fives, directing traffic or getting noticed when volunteering for something.