Walter Dymond, groundskeeper of Harold Lloyd’s estate, Greenacres, with the Lloyd Christmas tree. He was responsible for the construction of the Christmas tree from two trees (wiring the branches of one into the other), and placed the ornaments where Mr Lloyd directed. Harold and his wife Mildred decorated it every year from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, and collected thousands of ornaments for it from all over the world. It was 20 feet tall, 9 feet wide and almost 30 feet around. The tree was fire-proofed and remained up, all year ‘round. – (1972)
I love TED talks!
This is one of my favorites. It’s conceptually a brilliant performance art piece. It also appeals to the juvenile prankster part of my brain.
How do you stage an international art show with work from 100 different artists? If you’re Shea Hembrey, you invent all of the artists and artwork yourself — from large-scale outdoor installations to tiny paintings drawn with a single-haired brush. Watch this funny, mind-bending talk to see the explosion of creativity and diversity of skills a single artist is capable of.
See the video below.
When Galen Dively fixes breakfast, he gets a revelation every morning. He’s the creator of “Jesus Toast”, a metal stencil fitted into an everyday toaster, for your religious and pop culture edification.
He also has created a lovely Mary toaster and, just in time for the holidays, if you buy 3 Jesus toasters you get a Mary toaster absolutely free. Yes, indeed.
If you don’t want to spring for a toaster devoted completely to the Lord Jesus Christ, then hustle on down to Archie McPhee’s Jesus Toaster Tattoo.
Don’t even want to buy a cheap plastic stencil? Try a do-it-yourself holy image of the Christ. Spread butter in an enlightened style. Toast. Worship.
Not sure you want to break bread with Jesus. How about rocker Ted Nugent?
Love toast? Take your passion extra-large.
Toast Art by Maurice Bennett
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“Bumber By Number” is an interactive and fully immersive Paint-by-Number art exhibit curated by Marlow Harris and JoDavid for the 2011 Bumbershoot Arts Festival.
The show features an interactive audience participatory paint-by-number homage to Edouard Manet’s “The Picnic” (“Le Dejeuner sur L’Herbe”) by artist Ryan Feddersen. In addition, bask in the glory of Victoria BC artist Bill Blair’s amazing life-size paint-by-number banners and guitars, and local Seattle artists create incredible canvases of altered vintage Paint-by-Numbers.
Ryan Feddersen has created a tableau complete with hand-cast wax crayons used to bring her murals to life.
Canadian artist Bill Blair creates Stories for Paint-by-Number and paints huge 9′x7′ foot Paint-by-Number backdrops.
Over 40 modern, contemporary, abstract and pop surrealist artists were given vintage completed Paint-by-Number paintings and asked to alter them in their own style.
Here is Janet Galore’s “Blue Boy”, prior to transformation.
Seattle artist Troy Gua chose two clowns he called “Father and Son”.
Pop culture cutie Lisa Petrucci adds her own personal style to this tiger painting.
Fantagraphics favorite Jim Woodring puts his own twist on this bucolic covered bridge scene:
Detail of Mike’s work:
Jim Dever’s Duck’s Revenge is for sale with all proceeds to benefit Camp Corey:
Nancy Guppy’s piece is an homage to Robert Hardgrave:
And her completed piece:
And Robert Hardgrave himself took a staid and formal arrangement of flowers…..
And re-created the piece in an unusual and unexpected way.
Seattle artist Mary Iverson was recently featured in Juxtapoz Magazine.
“Bag Painter” Chris Crites, chose a classic ship to alter:
And added his own personal style to the piece:
• Curated by:
• Featured Artists:
• Special Guest Artists and PRICE LIST will be posted on the Bumber-by-Number website.
High-Resolution photos by Jodavid on Flickr
MORE PHOTOS HERE: Seattle Twist Bumber-by-Number
• WHEN and WHERE?
Bumber By Number and other Visual Arts exhibits are open 11am – 8pm, 9/3 – 9/5, and the Location of the exhibit is the Seattle Center Pavilion (just east of Key Arena)
Free Visual Arts Preview, Thursday, September 1st, 3pm – 9pm, – Mayor’s Arts Awards are 4-6pm
• The dates and times of Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival are 9/3 – 9/5, 11am – 11pm at Seattle Center.
Please visit their website for information…
A visit to our Paint-by-Number Salon on Treasure Hunter’s Roadshow hosted by Andy St. Claire.
The International Banana Club was founded back in 1972 by Ken Bannister, T.B. (Top Banana). This clubs purpose is to keep you smiling, get you more attention and recognition, give you a vehicle to keep spirits up and stay in good health.
What looks like a banana-is curio shop to us, serves as a networking vehicle for the founder and other members.
After all, the banana is the only fruit shaped like a smile
A giant statue of a lady in Hamburg, Germany can be seen floating at Alster Lake with its knees up, several international news sites reported on Thursday, August 4, 2011. Oliver Voss’ “The Bather” Credit
This bathtub couch started as cast iron clawfoot bathtub and has been converted to a fashionable and comfortable sofa for the new millennium. Ruff House Art starts out with old cast iron bathtubs, which were found in nearly every home at the start of the 20th century, and were often thrown out when the house was remodeled, and converts them to groovy furniture
This amazing Dune House is located in Atlantic Beach, Florida.
This design by architect William Morgan adopts a Lord of the Rings aesthetic with a very different initial inspiration. The project is actually built into the earth, making two separate townhouse apartments carved into a sand dune. The apartments are entered at street level and a common stair leads to the upper floor’s entryway, bedroom and bath. On the main lower floor, the living, dining and kitchen with mostly built-in furniture open oceanside to a covered terrace at beach level.
The building was constructed in 1975 using swimming pool technology, a gunite-concrete shell anchored to a cast concrete floor. It’s also one of the original green roofs, as it’s topped by a mantle of earth stabilized by native landscaping which helps to maintain a 70-degree temperature inside.
The Cave, located in Richland, Missouri, is the nation’s only restaurant located in (you guessed it) a cave, serving American steakhouse/seafood and Italian fare. The space may not get much natural light, but it has waterfalls, fish ponds, and even a view of the Gasconade River.
The space began as a natural cave that served as a dance hall in the 1920s, situated three stories up on a limestone bluff at a campground (visitors can still rent the cabins). Back then it was not spacious enough for 225 to dine, as it is today; the rest was carved and blasted out over the course of four years.
If UNUSUAL is what you’re looking for, step right this way…
Our friend, Steve, is a great guy who has a thing about collecting unusual treasures to surround him in his home. The collection is incredible, astonishing, visually overwhelming, and sometimes disarming in nature. We’ve posted several times in the past about Steve’s passion for finding items which are unique, yet compliment other items in his multi-layered mix of visual spectacle. Today’s post is a video filmed by Unusual Life’s Marlow Harris. To say his home is a museum of wondrous treasures is an understatement. Marlow’s new video captures of the true essence of Steve’s incredibly strange home. Enjoy!
Steve invites you to take a tour of his Weird House in Seattle
Here are links to our previous posts featuring Steve and his home with many more photos and videos…
Dick and Jane’s Spot was created by artists Dick Elliot and Jane Orleman in Ellensburg, Washington. Dick Elliott died on November 19, 2008, but the dream lives on in downtown Ellensburg. Jane was kind enough to show us around recently and she continues to live her life creatively and artfully in this beautiful home.
I was also able to make a short video of the exterior of the home the last time I was here. Jane told me that she has made provisions after her passing to leave her amazing home to the Yakima Valley Historical Society.