Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
In his set of lithographs entitled Neo-Ruins, Japanese artist Hisaharu Motoda portrays vivid and exceptionally detailed scenes of a post-apocalyptic Tokyo. The images exude a sense of silence, an absence of human life, and an alarming vulnerability of the places we think to be invincible. Motoda says: “There is a Japanese saying ‘anything is impermanent’... I feel beauty on such fragile things, and would like to express it in my work.”
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Read about the emptied prairie in North Dakota.
"In the early 20th century, railroads lured settlers into North Dakota with promises of homesteads. Towns were planted everywhere. Houses rose from the sweep of the plains, many, like this one, with a story no one can trace. People believed rain would follow the plow. But they were wrong."
[from National Geographic]
The Ghosts of Antarctica: Abandoned Stations and Huts
[dark roasted blend]