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A giant inflatable naked puppet with lots of detachable body parts recently died, then had a baby and lactated all over children in Melbourne.
For two hours, that (and much more) happened in a live art show put on by Snuff Puppets, a radical large-scale puppet company based in Footscray, Australia. The show is called “Everybody,” which is short for the show’s four separate acts: "Everybody’s Born," "Everybody Cries," "Everybody Shits," and "Everybody Dies." Needless to say, it commenced to very mixed reactions from parents in Melbourne.
The puppet was made to represent “the essential humanness of everybody.” (But last we checked, it isn’t possible for most people to take their boobs off.) It’s experimental live art at its finest and weirdest. The complex, high-tech design was handmade by Snuff Puppets and incorporates roaming human body parts, each being a character with its own storyline of sorts. The cast included: Mouth, Eye, Poop, Foot, Ear, Nose, Brain, Lungs, Baby, Penis, Vagina, Butt, Skin, Heart, Hand, Guts, Boob and Hair. With special guest appearances by Pig and Brick. (Spoiler Alert: Brick falls on the puppet’s head and kills it. But that’s how the show starts, so it’s not really a spoiler.)
Skyscrapers, much like people, come in all shapes and sizes. Why, just compare the sturdy, apple-bottomed shape of the middle-aged Empire State Building to the bean pole-like reediness of the adolescent Freedom Tower. But when it comes to architectural personification, you’d be hard-pressed to compare a building specifically to Beyoncé — unless, that is, you’re in Melbourne, Australia.
As reported by design website Dezeen, Australian architecture firm Elenberg Fraser just revealed the plans for a 741-foot Melbourne skyscraper that is consciously adopting superstar singer Beyoncé’s callipygous curvature.
According to the designers, the curvaceous figure is structurally more efficient than the blockish template of most skyscrapers. But the Melbourne studio also admits that there was a very specific aesthetic inspiration too. "For those more on the art than science side, we will reveal that the form does pay homage to something more aesthetic – we're going to trust you've seen the music video for Beyoncé's Ghost," said the studio, according to Fortune.
The bootylicious 68-story Premier Tower will contain 660 apartments along with a 160-room hotel. If the firm’s smart, maybe the building will include a penthouse decorated with blue ivy, old Destiny’s Child CDs, and, for good measure, name-recognition technology — because you've gotta say your name (say your name).
But has this form of flattery extended beyond praise and into straight up creeper territory? It’s one thing to paint a picture of your muse, but it’s another thing to erect skyscraper.
[Images via Elenberg Fraser]
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Well this is getting kind of tired. In March Big Ash Problems caused by erupting volcanoes grounding flights throughout Japan. Then in May it was Europe's turn, with the ash cloud from Iceland's Grimsvotn eruption disrupting air travel first in Scotland and then in other parts of the continent.
Now the Puyehue volcano in Chile has blown its top. First the ash cloud first wrecked havoc on Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. Then over the weekend it traveled across the Pacific and shut down airports from Melbourne to New Zealand. With some flights still grounded indefinitely, 2011 is shaping up to be even worse than 2010, the year of vengeful air travel volcano gods.
Director Spike Jonze chose to film "Where The Wild Things Are" on location with puppets, rather than in front of a blue screen; an expensive gamble that paid off, considering the movie brought in 32.5 million dollars this weekend. To get the location just right for his adaptation of the beloved children's book, Jonze considered locations in Argentina, Hawaii, New Zealand and California before settling on Melbourne, Australia. Here's a look at where you can go "wild" in Melbourne.
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Jonze took full advantage of Melbourne's unique surroundings for the film. He used a burnt-out forest near Gembrook, just outside of Melbourne, as the movie's primary location. He also filmed scenes at the cliffs of Bushrangers Bay in Victoria and among the boulders of the You-Yangs. The You-Yangs are a series of granite peaks that rise dramatically in the Werribee lava plains and can be explored on foot or by bike. The You-Yangs Regional Park is perfect for a day of hiking, biking or picnicking off the beaten path. The park is open daily until sunset, mountain bikes can be rented via All About Mountain Bike Tours.