Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House,

Some stories we’ve been reading this week:

  • In 1969, an art history student was scouring through castaways at a used furniture store when she came upon more than 2,500 strange watercolors and collages of flying machines alongside cryptic newspaper clippings, crudely sewn together with shoelaces and thread.
  • In 1964, a worker passing through the garden park noticed the famous sculpture of Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid had been beheaded. Horrified, he ran for the police.
  • In the annals of strange things done in the name of art, an Australian performance artist is quickly making a name for himself by growing a third ear on his arm.