Category Archives: art

A moving hummingbird sculpture: make your own

We’ll finish up today with two light items. First, another find by Matthew Cobb: an amazing and complex wooden sculpture of a hummingbird sipping from a flower. Apparently it’s anatomically correct: And if you want to make one (proceed at your own risk), you can read about the sculpture and buy the plans (for $99!) here. […]

A Mancunian New Year

by Matthew Cobb New Year’s Eve in UK cities can be a pretty horrendous experience. The Manchester Evening News has just published a delightful selection of photos by Joel Goodman, showing what happened last night. They are generally pretty grim, but this photo, taken on Withy Grove, stands out. As various people on Tw*tter have […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Don’t expect much substantive today, as I may take a birthday break and actually have some fun. Remember to send in your wildlife photographs (landscapes count, too)! They’re slowly accumulating, so the tank has risen about my comfort level. Today we’re featuring Jacques Hausser’s photographs of cerambycid (“longhorn”) beetles. They show the variety of this family, […]

Unique artwork: Darwin on the Beagle, painted during the voyage

The Torygraph has published a jocular painting and the story behind it: it’s apparently the only depiction of the young Charles Darwin on his five-year H. M. S. Beagle voyage beginning in 1831. It was created by the official Beagle artist. Hannah Furness, the art correspondent, gives the tale. But first, the painting and its title: The […]

An amazing 3D illusion

We’ll finish off the week with a topic beloved of Matthew Cobb: optical illusions. A German artist named Stefan Pabst specializes in doing drawings that look amazingly three-dimensional, as well as speed drawings (his YouTube site is here; be sure to check out the 3D Eiffel Tower, just put up to honor the victims of […]

Art with microbes (and enzymes)

Reader Su called my attention to this really clever contest that garnered some amazing entries. I love it because it represents the fusion of art and science. What you’ll see below are the winners (and some other entries) in the American Society for Microbiology’s “Agar Art” contest, as shown by Stumbleupon (see also here). If you […]

Arizona, part deux

The first of the Arizona travelogues was yesterday’s post on Kelly Houle’s art, which I saw when we visited the home she shares with her husband Ken and her son Benny in Mesa. After looking at the art, we took the short drive to Tempe to pick up Ben Goren.  The thermometer in the car gave […]

The art of Kelly Houle: biology, tiny books, and The Origin of Species

Kelly Houle is the Official Website Artist and Calligrapher™, and we’ve encountered her several times before. She is, for example, engaged in the Illuminated Origin of Species Project, in which she, over at least a decade, will both reproduce Darwin’s Origin in calligraphy and then illuminate it with natural history drawings, just as medieval monks wrote […]

Hieronymous Bosch’s 500-year-old butt song from Hell

This is a testimony to the tenacity of human endeavor born of curiosity. Below is Hieronymous Bosch’s great, great painting, “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” which I had the pleasure of seeing (with no other gawkers around) when I visited the Prado about a year and a half ago. It was painted between 1490 and 1510. […]

Spot the humans!

We’ve featured Johannes Stötter’s work before (see here), in which he body-paints naked women and puts them in poses that make them look amazingly like animals. I’ve featured the frog below, but no harm in seeing it again. But several readers also called my attention to his producing a chameleon using two painted women, as […]


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