I found this trippy-beautiful animal video display at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. It shows just how lovely the natural world is and is just the tip of the iceberg for how many amazing displays and exhibits the aquarium has.
Within the building, there is an entire reef that is home to 20 black tip fin sharks, rays, and my favorite, a tiger shark. There is also a huge pool for dolphins, a shark alley, and an enormous rainforest, just to name a few of the biggest features.
The artistry that is pulled off by the exhibits department is incredible. Also, this video is just cool!
The color discharge of the first five Noble Gases, respectively being Helium, Neon, Argon, Krypton, and Xenon.
This piece, January 23, 2010, by Kathryn Andrews is little more than chrome and party balloons, yet it’s fascinatingly layered in associations. Balloons are cherished by children, made into pets and companions simply by their imaginations. As party props, balloons radiate cheer for just pennies a pop.
The chrome silver lends a seductive shine to a window-like feature that may or may not look like prison bars. What to make of this piece, that is, by nature of the helium gas, dissipating, changing, rising, and falling, but yet can always be reborn?
The artist stipulates what the owner of this piece can do to it, including adding new balloons on the birthday of the artwork, it’s name, January 23, and using balloons that do or do not look like the original.
One could count years with this piece. One can contemplate a 6-terabiy hard drive that has 50% greater storage capacity and uses 20% less power. One could imagine the feeling of being a child again, or different ways to judge temporality, value of objects, and happiness. Or not.
January 23, 2010
Chromed steel and balloons
66 x 56 1/2 x 10 in. (167.6 x 143.5 x 25.4)
Two times a day, a motorcycle engine revs inside the New Museum, setting into motion the enormous fly wheel of John Burden’s The Big Wheel (1979). An attendant first revs the tiny 1968 motorcycle’s engine, then pushes the bike’s tire against the iron orb. The gears are run through, then the bike is pulled away and the ignition cut. The energy from the bike’s engine is transferred to the 3-ton wheel, keeping it spinning for up to 3 hours. The inherent danger of the piece begs us to question excepted norms, while at the same time creating a sense of awe in the power and simplicity of this unique physical phenomenon.