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?
My old friend Pascal brought this story to my attention, a wonderfully simple case of two passionate engineers – Martin Riddiford and Jim Reeves – connecting the dots to harness one of the most fundamental forces of the universe and make a difference to the world of billions.
Making a difference
1.5 billion people in the world have no access to electricity and rely on kerosene lamps to get light once the sun goes down. As a result, they inhale the equivalent of two packets of cigarettes a day, leading to a high rate of lung cancer. In addition, the running costs of fueling the lamps can consume 10 to 20% of their revenue. Replacing kerosene lamps with a reliable, clean, low-cost lighting solution is bound to make a difference.
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…
Frank Cammas has finally won the Route du Rhum transatlantic race. People will say that he had the biggest boat. Indeed, his Groupama 3 trimaran was so large that it could not get into the lock that closes the harbour of Saint Malo where all competitors gathered 10 days ago at the start of the race.
However, size was not a guarantee, far from it. Actually, taking such a boat on a solo race represented a significant risk. Read more…
In a modest way, I connected two dots. First, I went to Saint-Malo and saw the great racing trimarans waiting for the start of the 2010 Route du Rhum transatlantic race. Then I visited the temporary exhibition ‘Tous les bateaux du monde’ at the Paris Maritime Museum and got a powerful reminder that if multihull racing boats rose to prominence in the late 1960s, the first trimarans were built by indigenous Polynesians almost 4,000 years ago. As a matter of fact, much of the current terminology that describes the main components of trimarans (vaka = the main hull, ama = the outrigger, aka = the structure connecting the two) is inherited from the traditional Malay and Micronesian language group.
But, of course, someone had connected those two dots in a big way long before me, when I was only a few years old. In a classic case of making new with old, legend has it that ocean racing giant Read more…
While Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) is world-famous, The first communion, painted 12 years earlier, would only be recognised by experts or serious connaisseurs.
Back from a great two days of conferences at La cité de la réussite 2010 event in Paris, on the theme “Re-inventing everything?”. At one of the conferences, Michelin-starred chefs Alain Passard and Ferran Adria shared insights about their creativity.