17 August 2014
The Japanese have a wonderful relationship with their manhole covers: they treat them as art. Here is a selection of the ornate, the artistic and the slightly bizarre.
10 August 2014
28 June 2014
7 June 2014
19 May 2014
Tafoni – you may not have heard the term but the chance are, if you have visited an ocean shore, (or less likely a desert!) that you have seen them with your own eyes. Essentially they are caves (mostly in miniature) and their formation can often result in beautiful patterns. Yet why are they formed in the first place?
21 April 2014
11 January 2014
Yet it hasn’t had the world’s cryptozoologists rushing to France.
It is the new work by Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping and its message is more environmental than pseudo-scientific.
4 January 2014
5 December 2013
Nelson Mandela: 18 July 1918 - 5 December 2013When I was a teenager in the early 1980s I think my first encounter with the name Nelson Mandela was probably through a badge. Although my memory is a little fuzzy about exactly when, it was most likely 1983, the year before the Special AKA band released what is still in most Top 20 Political Songs lists – Free Nelson Mandela. The song made it in to the top ten in the UK hit parade. The badge, though, with its typically 80s font, was ubiquitous.
Image Credit Flickr User Ben Sutherland
As well as being worn to protest the on-going incarceration of the South African politician by his own government, the badge was also another way for us to show our displeasure with our own: Maggie Thatcher and her cohorts were currently smashing their way through UK industry like a wrecking ball. The only pictures we got to see of Nelson Mandela were those taken before his trial and imprisonment – and that had been in 1962, over twenty years previously. The man could already be representative of causes other than his own – a kind of marker of general political and personal duty: this transference from individual to universal symbol is something that few others have achieved.
Image Credit Flickr User Vilseskogen
The potency of this charisma was bound to find outlets through artistic expression both of the monumental and the personal kind. After his release and his inevitable rise to political power, Mandela’s face became (and I do not use the word without hesitation) iconographic, even in life. He became a living, breathing symbol of the struggle for personal liberty, for freedom of speech, for universal education and suffrage – and more: I could probably leave a space here and each of you could fill in the gap with your own reason for admiring this man, surely one of the most pivotal in contemporary world history.
29 October 2013
31 August 2013
29 August 2013
Taylor Gonzales on Kuriositas before so it's great to see this new piece. If you are not sure who Neil deGrasse Tyson is, then you are perhaps not on the right website! He is an American astrophysicist and science communicator. You may have seen him on a number of TV shows, including The Daily Show and the Colbert Report. He has also appeared as himself on Stargate: Atlantis and The Big Bang Theory.
Tyson's research has focused on observations in cosmology, stellar evolution, galactic astronomy and stellar formation. He has held numerous positions at institutions including University of Maryland, Princeton University, the American Museum of Natural History, and Hayden Planetarium.
We thought you might like to see Taylor's portrait of him - we think it's wonderful!
19 August 2013
29 July 2013
13 July 2013
From Galileo through Newton to Einstein and beyond The Story of Physics gives you (almost) everything you ever wanted to know but were way too bored at school to ask… There's even a cameo by that darned cat...
8 July 2013
7 July 2013
The Beach Captain was created by Tom Akerman, a freelance camera operator and editor based in South London. It is done with great fondness for Ron and his way of life and let’s face it: there should always be room for people like the South Bank’s Beach Captain on this planet!
3 July 2013
30 June 2013