Posts Tagged ‘art’

Wind map

May 9, 2012

This art project uses data from the US Digital National Forecast Database to produce a zoomable map showing an animated tracery of lines to depict wind direction and speed.


The Scream

May 7, 2012

It was on this day in 1994 that Edvard Munch’s masterpiece The Scream was recovered after having being stolen three months earlier from the National Gallery in Oslo. Last week a pastel version of the work became the most expensive artwork to be sold at auction, fetching an astonishing £74m.

You can learn more about the artist and his work here at the Munch Museum in Oslo.

Snow Circles

February 27, 2012

A while ago on TOTD we featured the strange phenomenon that is crop circles. Today we bring you snow circles – stunning creations which are a little less enigmatic as we know who created them, Simon Beck.

Simon spends time trudging about in the snow to create these truly cool works of art. Check them out here

and see more examples on his facebook page


Prehistoric Man

February 24, 2012

Recently, Thing of the Day watched a very interesting film called Cave of Forgotten Dreams, directed by Werner Herzog, all about cave paintings in Southern France. Here is something from a recent BBC series, Walking with Cavemen that has a quiz to see how much you know about early mankind:


February 13, 2012

Think of this as a classy version of Mr Potato Head. Drag the Picasso-style features (faces, eyes, noses etc.) onto the blank canvas, add your signature and save for others to enjoy. Endless fun!

[Thanks to GF for this suggestion]

University of Portsmouth art collection

December 10, 2011

The BBC recently featured three of the paintings we have here in the Library:

Why not come and visit and view the many others that decorate the walls.  There’s a handout on the subject at the reception desk if you want a short guide.


November 18, 2011

VADS (Visual Arts Data Service) is the online resource for visual arts, comprising over 100,000 images that are freely available and copyright cleared for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK. The images cover a wide range of subjects such as fashion, ceramics, furniture, plastics, posters and stained glass.

Faber Castell

November 8, 2011

An amazing art work produced by just one line


 Also, an excellent example of viral marketing as this is essentially an advert that people want to see.

1000th posting on Thing of the Day!

October 21, 2011

After four years of rounding up the “bizarre and brilliant of the web” the Library blog reaches a milestone today with the publication of our 1000th posting. To celebrate this achievement we thought it might be fun to have a look back at some past TOTD favourites with a list of our ‘Top 10’ sites. So, in no particular order…

  1. Giant Lego Boulder
  2. Anamorphic Illusions
  3. Draw a Stickman
  4. Sodaplay
  5. Flurrious
  6. Wordle
  7. The Ugly Dance
  8. 21 Accents
  9. Galaxy Zoo and our very first entry in October 2007:
  10. Le Book

And in case you just had to have a new one:

Jemma Foster’s collection of 12 illustrated short stories made from recycled cardboard and painted by hand in Argentina.

Many thanks to all who’ve contributed links and ideas over the years.  Keep them coming!

Junkyard Poet

September 21, 2011

TOTD was in the village of Lizio, Brittany, recently. Deciding to skip the local insectarium (apparently the cafe actually serves crickets and meal worms!), it was decided to pay a visit to the Poet Ferrailleur where you can watch extraordinary animated sculptures made from scrap metal. There was a cinema too. Expecting a 5-minute introduction to the site, there followed instead two incomprehensible art house films that one is probably meant to take seriously. There are clips of “The Secret of Mermoz” on the website.