Reverse glass painting is an art form that entails applying paint on to the rear face of a piece of glass to give it the finish of a polished mirror. The painting is seen by turning the glass over and looking through the glass.
11 retro-style popcorn machines tell us about the financial past of capitalism. Concept, by Ellie Harrison.
“Transactions” is a work by Ellie Harrison.
Each time Harrison bought something—small or large—she sent a text to this phone. The can of Coca-Cola dances with joy every time a message is received.
Located on the left bank of the Rhine, the Rheinhessen is the largest of 13 German wine regions.
“The Sound of Temperature Rising” is a public artwork by Christine Sun Kim. The work, in the form of a billboard in Los Angeles, focuses on climate change.
The “Tower of Babel,” by Pieter Bruegel (1563). The structure spiraled up in an endless procession of arches and ladders and scaffolds.
Emma Donoghue’s “Room.” It’s excellent.
As the autumnal days get shorter and shorter, the production of chlorophyll slows to a halt, eventually giving way to the true color of the leaf.
In “The Shallows,” Nicholas Carr asserts that the way we read today – “power browse”—has eroded our ability to deep read.
[In 2006, a researcher who studied the pattern of eye movements in people who read online found] that “the vast majority skimmed the text quickly, their eyes skipping down the page in a pattern that resembled the letter “F.”
As the time we spend scrolling through Web pages crowds out the time we spend reading books, the circuits that support those old intellectual functions and pursuits weaken and begin to break apart.
“An Apple House,” by Ceslovas Cesnakevicius. What could it be like to wake up inside a house like this?
“Café Riche,” by Jules-Alexandre Grün. The first edition of this poster was created in 1897 for the famous Parisian restaurant, Le Café Riche (which had a cavernous kitchen.)
The print edition of the Oxford English Dictionary—last published in 1989—has 20 volumes. It has more than 22,000 pages of entries and weighs 177 pounds. It is, as TIME observed, “a scholarly Everest.”
The three volumes of the “Hunger Games” trilogy.
This past May, animal rights organization, PETA, debuted an advertising campaign, featuring a smiling block of tofu, with this vegan message amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Tik-Tok and Billina of Oz
“A Study in Scarlet,” the story that introduced Sherlock Holmes and Watson, graced the cover of the November 1887 issue of Beeton’s Christmas Annual magazine.
The colorful logo of the Bureau of Land Management.
Passionflowers are pretty, but they release cyanide if their cell walls are broken by a biting insect or a fumbling human.
Manhattan, swallowed by glaciers, in “The Day After Tomorrow.”
A zither, a cousin of the guitar, whose strings are the same length as its soundboard.
What we throw into our oceans has consequences. That’s what Po Chien wants to make us aware of in his creation, “Selfish.”
In 1848, at the end of the Mexican-American War, the U.S. government received a huge piece of territory in the Southwest as part of the spoils. But mapping this land and building roads through it wasn’t easy because it was very dry country.
It was felt that it needed a beast of burden that could pack a heavy load and go a long way without a drink of water.
Camels were the answer. For a while, the army had a camel division, but was soon disbanded. But it left a legacy. The camel is the mascot of the town of Quartzsite, Arizona.
China’s FAST radio telescope, whose spherical dish is 1,640 feet in diameter, is, by far, the largest instrument of its kind in the world. It’s been custom-made to listen for messages from an extraterrestrial intelligence. So, if the aliens decide to phone us, China could be the first to hear the ring.
“Paris Street: Rainy Day,” by Gustave
Cowboy coffee, brewing in a kettle.