Artist Creates Maple Tree Library for Studious Birds

Have you ever wondered what a library for birds would actually look like? Would it be incredibly well-organized or unbelievably messy? To Mark Dion it must look something like this. He created “Library for the Birds of Massachusetts” a thought-provoking installation for MASS MoCA back in 2005. He surrounded one maple tree with a smattering of books on subjects like science, biology, ornithology in addition to hunting paraphernalia, pictures, bird feeders, and hanging nets.

The most shocking of all is that he also made this home to 12 real-life Zebra finches who were calmly flying about. Visitors could actually walk inside the cylindrical steel aviary, becoming a part of the installation itself.

Whimsical as it may seem, Dion’s work has a serious undertone. The American fine artist work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. In essence, this installation is meant for us to question our own foundation of knowledge or how we collect and assemble pieces of information in our own heads.

Mark Dion will return to the MASS MoCA in March 2013 for The Octagon Room, another interesting installation that will blur the boundaries between art, society and history. Must continue to watch his work.

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January 20, 2017

Illustrated Online Cookbook Features Over 6,600 International Recipes for Free

Struggling with what to make for dinner tonight? They Draw & Cook (TDAC) will help you decide while delighting you with dazzling artwork. As the name implies, this website is a massive treasure trove of over 6,600 tasty dishes, desserts, and cocktails from around the world—all completely drawn, painted, or collaged. It’s a fun twist on the traditional recipe card.

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January 19, 2017

15 Street Artists Who Use the World as Their Playground

Street artists like Banksy and Space Invader have been playing with city dwellers for years, placing their work strategically for maximum impact. In fact, artists around the globe are constantly integrating their artwork into the landscape in unexpected ways. Working in large and small scale, the techniques and scope of work differ, but one thing they all have in common is their clever use of space.

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