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Underwater Sculpture Honoring Africans Thrown Overboard…

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–Artist, Jason DeCaires Taylor

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“Vicissitudes” Underwater sculpture in Grenada in honor of African Ancestors who were thrown overboard…RIP

This is located in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Grenada under water… Pass it along so more people will know about this wonderful work of art in honor of those who perished so tragically. Artist, Jason DeCaires Taylor

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“Comment from Viewer: Thanks! We appreciate your comments.
According to THE ARTIST:
1. “Vicissitudes depicts a circle of figures, all linked through holding hands. These are life-size casts taken from a group of children of diverse ethnic background. Circular in structure … the work both withstands strong currents and replicates one of the primary geometric shapes, evoking ideas of unity and continuum. … The sculpture proposes growth, chance, and natural transformation. It shows how time and environment impact on and shape the physical body. Children by nature are adaptive to their surroundings. Their use within the work highlights the importance of creating a sustainable and well-managed environment, a space for future generations.”
2. “Projects : T.A. Marryshow Community College
(depicts casts faces in the side of a large underwater stone)
In March 2007, a project was initiated with Helen Hayward of T.A. Marryshow Community College to produce a series of work for the Moliniere sculpture park.
Workshops were planned with A-level Art and Design students. Each student was required to produce a life cast of their face, to form an installation two metres deep around the shoreline of Moliniere Bay.
The project aimed to encourage local artists to contribute further works to the site and provide a arena for communities to appreciate and highlight the marine processes evident in their local environment.
The students were taught a range of skills including life-casting, cement casting and sculpting. The final pieces were installed by Jason on 25th April 2007.””

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Gabrielle Smith – Comment on “Vicissitudes” posted on “The NUBLK”
[News] Artist Jason de Caires Taylor clarifies intention of Underwater sculptures in Grenada originally thought to be a tribute to slavery

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We posted images of the underwater sculptures in Grenada by Jason de Caires Taylor. The pictures of the beautiful scenes of what was originally thought to be a tribute to fallen African slaves have been circulated on many websites. A few weeks ago I noticed that there were comments circulating that this indeed was not true and that the sculptures had nothing to do with slavery.
As a child of Grenadian parents, I was interested to find out the intention of the piece as the island of Grenada as with the majority of islands in the Caribbean have a very strong connection with the slave trade and you can still find remnants of this even today. It would be interesting to find out the discourse between the Grenadian government and the artist when they were first approached to have the sculptures placed there. After contacting the artist I received the following reply:
“It was never my intention to have any connection to the Middle passage, below is the original text. Although it was not my intention from the outset I am very encouraged how it has resonated differently within various communities and feel it is working as an art piece by questioning our identity, history and stimulating debate.”
– Jason de Caires Taylor
Although I do find it interesting that these particular sculptures were allowed to be placed on the island of Grenada I also have to respect the artists intention and commend the fact that now that he’s aware of what many take the sculptures to mean that he is now leaving the intention open to discussion.

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Underwater sculpture 1, “Vicissitudes” in Grenada, in honor of our African Ancestors who were thrown overboard the slave ships during the Middle Passage of the African Holocaust (see comments above).  Plus, Underwater sculptures 2,3 and 5 by artist Jason DeCaires Taylor

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.Click link below for history of artist Jason DeCaires Taylor and his sculptures:

http://www.underwatersculpture.com/

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Wooden Girl

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Wooden girl.  Amazing transformation.  You will be awed by the final ‘product’.
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You have got to watch this to the end, absolutely amazing

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forjameswoodengirl1Wooden Girl

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https://content.jwplatform. com/videos/fHLu8cvK-Kvp5pHRn. mp4

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Stephen Wiltshire’s Unbelievably Detailed Drawings Made From Memory (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

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Stephen Wiltshire spoke his first words, ‘pencil’ and ‘paper’ at five years old. At the age of eight, the late British Prime Minister Edward Heath commissioned Wiltshire to draw the Salisbury Cathedral.  At 11 years old Wiltshire drew a perfect, intensely detailed picture of the London cityscape after a single helicopter ride. Perhaps it is not surprising that Wiltshire was diagnosed with autism, when he was three years old.

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Imagine Stephen being an eye witness against you.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/07/stephen-wiltshires-detailed-drawings_n_1260041.html?icid=maing-grid7|myaol|dl18|sec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D135927

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Where Does He Keep All The Birds

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This is a great magic act!  Like Alfred Hitchcock said ‘you have to suffer through a commercial’. 😦

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Jaehoon Lim -2011 Le Plus Grand Cabaret Du Monde

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Eagle eyes!

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The Eyes of Eagles

An eagle’s flight from the top of the world’s tallest building to his handler below. An eagle was fitted with a camera and released from the top of the 2,715 foot Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai. 

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An eagle’s flight from the top of the world’s tallest building

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World Population: Every Globe Has its Thorn

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The data for the globe comes from SEDAC, NASA‘s Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center. Each spike represents the number of people living at that location. The populations are sampled at specific points, so the tallest spike doesn’t necessarily mean that area has the densest population. It could be that the spike just happened to coincide with the center of a city. Though having worked with world population data many times before, I’d say the spikes looks more or less as I would expect. Originally the populations were based on point samples. I’ve since updated the calculation to include the area around each point. The height of each spike now reflects the total population of the rectangular cell surrounding it (each cell measures 1.4° x 0.7°).

The graphic was made with WebGL, which, if you’re not familiar with it, is a relatively new and esoteric programming library for rendering 3D graphics. By sending instructions directly to your computer’s graphics card, it allows for web-based visuals that are far more complex than would otherwise be possible, opening new possibilities for visualizing data.

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The world’s population in 2015 (full screen version)

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http://metrocosm.com/3d-world-population-globe/

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‘Get Out’ Meets the Trump Family in Hilarious Funny or Die Parody

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While Jordan Peele’s box office smash Get Out continues to garner rave reviews, Funny or Die presents an even more terrifying portrayal of the horror film, centering around meeting the Trump family.

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‘Get Out’ Meets the Trump Family

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http://www.highsnobiety.com/2017/03/07/get-out-trump-parody/

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Six summer comedies we can’t wait to see, from ‘Rough Night’ to ‘Captain Underpants’

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Hot, heavy days call for easy, breezy laughs, and this summer’s comedies are eager to deliver. 

Our top picks run the gamut from unabashedly NSFW to super-duper kid-friendly, so no matter who you’re with, you’ll have something to smile about. 

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The comedies we’re dying to see.

 

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Click link below for article and list of comedies:

http://mashable.com/2017/04/11/summer-movie-preview-2017-comedy/?utm_cid=hp-hh-pri#c_K.RbahoaqP

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Jonathan Demme, ‘Silence of the Lambs’ director, dead at 73

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Filmmaker Jonathan Demme, whose Oscar-winning thriller “The Silence of the Lambs” terrified audiences and introduced one of the most indelible villains in movie history, died Wednesday morning in New York. He was 73.

He died of complications from esophageal cancer, according to a statement from his publicist.
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Demme won consistent acclaim as the director of such diverse movies as the Talking Heads concert film “Stop Making Sense”; “Philadelphia,” the 1993 drama starring Tom Hanks as a lawyer battling AIDS; and “Beloved,” the 1998 Oprah Winfrey movie based on Toni Morrison’s bestseller about a 19th century slave haunted by the ghost of her daughter.
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 But it’s “Silence of the Lambs” for which he was best known. The 1991 movie, based on Thomas Harris’ novel, swept the Academy Awards the following year, winning Oscars for best picture and its two stars, Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, whose Hannibal Lecter character became a cultural icon. Demme also won the Oscar for best director.

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Jonathan Demme at the New York Film Festival in 2012.

 Jonathan Demme at the New York Film Festival in 2012.

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http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/26/entertainment/jonathan-demme-death-trnd/index.html

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Photographer Creates Epic Outdoor Scenes Using Miniature Models And Landscapes

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Photographer Creates Epic Outdoor Scenes Using Miniature Models And Landscapes

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https://digitalsynopsis.com/design/miniature-photography-small-scale-landscape-models/

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