These beautiful sculptures are part of an ongoing figurative series by Japanese artist Mihoko Ogaki entitled Milky Ways. This awesome fusion of the the beauty and mystery of the night sky with the mortal human form is an exploration of the ideas of life, death, and rebirth.
The fibre-reinforced plastic sculptures depict people either dying or already dead. Their forms have been embedded with bright LEDs that project fields of stars against the walls, floor, and ceiling of a darkened space.
“In a bright room, the dying bodies appear morbid and in pain, but, when the lights go off, the suffering seems to disappear into a delightful, twinkling display. One review states, “Ogaki takes the emotions of our human condition and gives them a physical presence.” The sparkling figures create an environment of tranquility, in which viewers are encouraged to calmly, and without distress, contemplate the human condition of life and death.”
Visit Mihoko Ogaki’s website for more images of these marvelous installations.
Kotaku’s Brian Ashcraft recently posted an amazing collection of awesome real life versions of the Catbus from the wonderful anime film My Neighbor Totoro, created by Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki.
If you aren’t familiar with the movie (in which case we highly recommend you seek it out), the Catbus is “a large creature, depicted as a grinning male cat with a hollow body that serves as a bus, complete with windows and seats coated with fur, and a large bushy tail.”
These homemade versions were photographed all over Japan and these are just a few of our favourites. Head over to Kotaku to view them all.
Two brothers from Chechnya. That was the official word early morning on Friday April 19th, 2013 as to who were behind the Boston marathon bombings. “Chechens.”
So, naturally, who do some brilliant citizens of the United States of America blame? The CZECH REPUBLIC, of course!
Here are those…
shameful and embarrassing….
Ok, no balls around Kaka, but it-had-to-be-done