art: October 2010 Archives

275x250.jpgUS artist Scott Cully looks set to break his own world record by carving the largest ever pumpkin.

Working at New York Botanical Garden, Cully will carve a new record breaking 1,810.5 pound pumpkin which was grown by Chris Stevens from Wisconsin.

It will take him two days to cut the pumpkin into shape, going at a pace of 100 pounds per hour.

Two other giant pumpkins on display at the Botanical Garden include one weighing 1,725 pounds and one weighing 1,674.5 pounds.

Something tells us the restaurant at the New York Botanical Garden will be serving pumpkin soup for quite a while.

275x250.jpg X-Factor judge Cheryl Cole has come face-to-face with her life-size waxwork after it was revealed at Madame Tussauds in London.

The normally outspoken 27-year-old Geordie even says she was so impressed by the £150,000 wax double - wearing a long red Jean-Paul Gaultier dress - when she first saw it, she was lost for words.

However, the sculptors themselves were less impressed. At the public unveiling they realised Cheryl had a new tattoo on her upper thigh, which she'd failed to tell them about.

While the tattoo would currently be covered, Madame Tussauds say they plan to add it for when wax Cheryl is put into a shorter skirt… though we suspect their artists are just using this as an excuse to get a closer look.

275x250.jpg A giant advertising billboard made from 110kg of cheese has been revealed in Covent Garden, London -- bizarrely to promote broadband internet services.

The 5m x 4m cheese sculpture features an image of Speedy Gonzales the cartoon mouse (the only link to cheese we can think of) and the text "Super Speedy Broadband."

Virgin Media say the billboard is made from 10 cheeses and took food artist, Prudence Staite and her 13-strong team eight days to create in a specially chilled studio.

Asked what they made of the advert, some passers-by thought it was 'grate' while others said it 'stinks' adding that the advertising men must be 'crackers'… sorry I camembert any more cheesy puns.

275x250.jpg The chances are her stay won't be as exciting as Ben Stiller's -- but it will certainly be longer. A woman has begun a month-long stay in a US museum.

After beating more than 1,500 applicants, Kate McGroarty has moved into the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry where she will live for 30 days.

During her stay the 24-year-old will have free run of the museum where she will be expected to mingle with visitors, but she also has private sleeping quarters.

The teacher and theatre artist, was picked as the museum resident because judges said she displayed "a true curiosity about science" … let's just hope she isn't too curious about what's beyond the exit door.

275x250.jpg Space lovers have been given the chance to take one small scent for man - by buying 'scratch-and-sniff' art which smells like the MOON.

The off-beat art works allow owners take a giant sniff for mankind by having a lasting whiff of the Moon in their house.

Boffins created the prints by working with Apollo 16 astronaut Charlie Duke, who said the moon dust-residue which attached to his space suit smelt 'like spent gunpowder'.  

Flavourist Steven Pearce took this description along with scientific reports of the make-up of the moon's surface, to produce the correct whiff. And it's not like you'll know if he got it wrong.


275x250.jpg Toast loving Laura Hadland has turned a photo of her mother-in-law into the world's largest toast mosaic - using a staggering 9,852 slices of bread.

The 27-year-old museum curator roped in 40 friends to help her make the massive mosaic out of 600 loaves of bread as an odd 50th birthday present.

Using nine toasters over six hours each slice was browned to a set degree before being carefully arranged to make the giant 32ft 8ins by 42ft 3ins picture of Sandra Whitfield.

Laura says her mother-in-law Sandra was amazed by the unique gift… and she now feels the toast of the town.

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A bizarre £15,000 stone sculpture of a giant Marmite jar has been unveiled in Staffordshire to celebrate the famous yeast spread.

Dubbed 'Monumite' and carved from Portland Stone, the Marmite shrine is positioned in the heart of Burton on Trent, overlooking the river.

A spokesperson said this is because Burton is Marmite’s spiritual home and a town which has been closely associated with the brewing industry for many centuries.

They now hope the odd sculpture will encourage fans of the love it or hate it salty spread to "congregate and worship" at the site.

Just one problem… where are those who make the "pilgrimage" meant to cook their toast?

275x250.jpg A UK based photographer has spent three years touring the world in a bid to find some of the most disgusting meals ever prepared.

And if dishes like stir-fried Tarantula and deep-fred frog are anything to go by, it looks like he has more than succeeded.

Neil Setchfield has now complied the results of his gastronomic horror world tour into a book which is considerably more gruesome than most cook books.

Highlights of this 'extreme global cuisine' include delicacies such as crispy Dragonflies on a stick (above) and Frog porridge.

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Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has unveiled his latest installation at Tate Modern's Turbine Hall - he's filled it with 100 million sunflower seeds.

But the bizarre work gets even stranger when you realise the seed husks, covering the east end of the Turbine Hall, are in fact a unique porcelain replicas.

Weiwei says the porcelain seeds were specially produced by hand for the commission in the city of Jingdezhen, China, and they took thousands of people two years to create.

Each ceramic seed was moulded, fired at 1300°C, hand-painted and then fired again at 800°C.

The artist says the work is representative of the Cultural Revolution... or it could just be used to confuse the world's hungriest parrot.

275x250.jpg Graffiti artist Banksy has helped create a controversial title sequence for an episode of The Simpsons - which takes a swipe at Fox.

The introduction starts off by panning across a graffiti covered Springfield before seeing Bart write "I must not write all over the walls" over the walls of his schoolroom.

But it's only after the family have settled down on the sofa, the minute-long opening takes a trademark Banksy turn to the sinister, with a sweatshop of foreign animators painting cells for the show.

Kittens are also shown being thrown into a wood chipper to produce the stuffing for Simpsons toys and unicorn, chained to the factory wall, is being used to punch holes in DVDs.


275x250.jpg Run for your lives, Piccadilly Circus has flooded, there's a shanty town encircling Buckingham Palace and camels are being used in the Horse Guard Parade.

Well not quite, but these are some of the nightmare possible futures faced by London according to artists Artists Robert Graves and Didier Madoc-Jones.

The duo considered what London could become if global warming, food scarcity and rising sea levels were to spiral out of control and created the photomontages.

Other terrifying images include city skyscrapers housing climate change refugees and Parliament Square being put to work as a rice paddy… we know, the idea of work getting done in Parliament Square is hard to believe.




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