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:

  • It started out as a joke… Meet the couple trying to sell their large collection of clown paintings. Sadly, there is not enough wall space in our office.
  • Foamhenge is a one-to-one scale replica of Stonehenge–made of foam. For the past twelve years it’s been one of the biggest attractions to the town of Natural Bridge in Virginia, but the property will be repurposed as a state park and the sculpture needs a new house. Sadly, there’s not enough room in our offices.
  • It goes without saying that we’re big supporters of digitization, but a professor in the history of cartography points out that no matter how detailed a scan is, “As soon as you turn a primary source into an image, you start to lose something.”

  • A French designer got tired of illegible graffiti, so he took matters into his own hands.
  • When we look at computer-created art, we can’t help but ask ourselves who made it? Followed immediately by is it really art?
  • Which segues nicely into this project in which a computer algorithm clones the styles of famous artists and turns them into video filters, making the footage look like living paintings.
  • You might not want to take this new tour of the Metropolitan Museum on an empty stomach, as it starts out with menus in which the drinks, the hors d’œuvre, the entree, and dessert are all art.
  • We’ve heard of interactive art, but this takes the cake: A special paint that sends your, ahem, stream right back at you could be the key to ending San Francisco’s notorious public urination problem.
  • Even Da Vinci’s doodles are on a much higher plane than ours: a long-dismissed page of his scribbled notes from 1493 turned out to be the first written demonstration of the laws of friction.