Tiger & Turtle – Magic Mountain

“Tiger & Turtle – Magic Mountain” is a large walk-in sculpture designed by Heike Mutter/Ulrich Genth. This gigantic roller coaster inspired installation has been on display to the open public (since November 13th) at Heinrich-Hildebrand-Hohe in Duisburg, Germany.

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Handmade Portraits: The Sword Maker

As one of Japan’s last remaining swordsmiths, Korehira Watanabe has honed his craft for 40 years while attempting to recreate the mythical Koto sword. While in college, Watanabe became inspired by another famous sword craftsman, Akihira Miyairi, who would then go on to become his master. It’s only in the last five years that Watanabe was finally be able to create something similar to the Koto, an instrument of destruction lauded for it’s abilities during the Heian and Kamakura Periods. In this beautiful short film, watch and learn about the dedication and patience that is needed to craft such a rudimentary, yet tough to master tool.

Most Expensive Photograph Ever Sold

German artist Andreas Gursky once again set the auction record for a photograph. After he previously set a record with his “99 Cent II Diptychon” photo at 3.3 Million USD, his ‘Rhine II’ work now sold at Christie’s for 4.3 Million USD. Gursky is known to only produce 6 copies of each of his photos, of which usually 5 end up in museum collections. In the case of the ‘Rhine II’ piece, the other copies are owned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London, Munich’s Pinakothek der Modern, and the Glenstone Collection in Potomac, Maryland. His works are all massive in size, in this case 143 inches by 73 inches. It took a long time for photographs to be appreciated as real art and for auction prices to reflect that, one can safely say at this point, that this discussion is off the table. (Via Telegraph)

RIP Jamie Pierre

Professional skier Jamie Pierre was killed Sunday afternoon by an avalanche he triggered while he and a friend were snowboarding at Utah’s Snowbird Ski Resort. The resort had not yet opened for the season and conditions throughout the area were hazardous in the aftermath of a major storm.
Pierre, 38, a backcountry specialist who had appeared in numerous films and in 2006 set a world record with a 255-foot cliff jump, was swept hundreds of feet over a rocky cliff at Snowbird’s South Chute area.