Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

CURIOSA DU JOUR

Posted in Curiosa & Forteana, Design by Suzanne on August 30th, 2005 | BBC Wikipedia

HUMAN CANNONBALLS


(via BoingBoing)

"The first recorded story of a person actually being shot from a cannon was in England, circa 1877. And yes, it was a girl, (14) called "Zazel" (Rossa Matilda Richter).

She went on to tour with the P.T. Barnum Circus. Unfortunately (as some stories are told), during one of her performances, she broke her back and had to spend the rest of her life in a back brace.

Since then, dozens of brave souls have been propelled from cannons at speeds up to 90 mph and as far as 201 feet at a height of 100 feet. They endure "G" forces of around 12 G's when hitting the net.

More than half of these entertainers were killed while performing their act, most by missing the net. New York State even issued a law prohibiting anyone from being shot from a cannon."

THE MECHANAMORPHIC SCULPTURE OF Wm. DUBIN


(via Cipango)

"In the late 1960s, having finished a day’s work in the studio, I went to the local magazine store, and, while looking at a group of model railroad magazines, I found my first issue of Model Engineer. Thus began a series of events which led to the sculptures pictured on this website.

I was a sculptor, working in hard woods at the time, but I was aware that I was missing something which carving wood didn’t offer. I understood this when I saw the photos of finished models and the plans for building them in M.E.

What I was missing was precision. This awareness affected me in a profound way."

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