French photographer Léo Caillard has teamed up with digital imaging retoucher Alexis Persani to give the Louvre Greek sculptures a modern look. Of course, the museum would not let them do it for real, so they shot photos of dressed models posing like the statues and photoshopped the pics of clothed people and naked statues to get a stunning result. All of a sudden, statues that are masterpieces but antiquated come to life with amazing freshness. Judging by comments all over the web, it sounds like this would be a great way of reigniting the public’s interest for classical art.
After such a convincing prototype, will the Louvre let it happen for real?
A new Pegasus roams the countryside of Macedonia. In the heart of the wine region, near Kavadarci, a donkey quietly grazes while recharging its batteries through the two solar panels deployed on its wings. As its owners lead it through the hills, Pegasus offers its 1000W batteries to anyone who might need them and allows his human companions to recharge their laptops and cameras when they camp at night.
Imagined by Philémon and Arnaud Verley, two artists from Lille, France, Pegasus is an experiment rather than an innovation. It has a use but no market. Yet the experiment illustrates brillantly how art and technology can team up to sketch out a different future where power generation could become portable and distributed amongst users.
Today, I went to Musée Marmottan in Paris, on the recommendation of a Russian whom I met in Toronto last year – by the way, thanks for the tip, Natalia. Flying to Canada was quite a detour to learn about a place that lies only 10 minutes walk from my home. In itself, that convoluted way offered the first lesson of the visit: discovery may be in waiting in your backyard – not that the museum lies literally in my backyard:) – but you have to get out and may even have to travel the world to make the chance connections that will lead to it.
Crowdsourcing is not just for new entrants challenging established players; the latter can also leverage crowdsourcing to their advantage, enabling users to design new products and testing the demand at the same time.
And for the younger generation, this is simply a normal way of doing things. That’s the key lesson I learned this morning as I heard my youngest son explain the genesis of his Lego Minecraft set.
Faced with the challenge of boosting its lunch-time sales, Korea’s supermarket Emart came up with an innovative response: ‘The Sunny Sale’. In every major city in Korea Emart have placed a large 3D sculpture, which, specifically between 12:00 and 13:00, projects shadows on itself in such a way that a QR code appears. Customers who scan the QR code on their smartphone can get a discount coupon for immediate shopping. Read more…
Returning from the MIT Energy Initiative conference in Rome, I roam the small exhibition at Leonardo Da Vinci airport, where prototypes of some of Leonardo’s many flying machines have been built according to his designs.
As I study the last one, a curious device called ‘flapping wing’ (right) designed to lift the board and the person standing on it who actions the lever, I stumble on this instruction that Leonardo wrote next to his drawing:
“Necessity is the mother of invention.” Plato.
My son came back from a trip during which he broke a guitar string that he could not replace. He was actually delighted with the experience, having had to invent a different way of playing the instrument, discovering new harmonies. With one string missing, he had to work out the other to a whole new level. Read more…