Extensive Pile of Noodles Produces an Emotional Reaction

In 2010, French sculptor, painter, and photographer Theo Mercier created this very emotional piece, entitled Le Solitaire. Seated on a chair, the sculpture is basically a big pile of noodles slumped over in the shape of a person. The large eyes staring out at nothing create a sense of terrible sadness. With very little detail, Mercier evokes in his viewers a sense of empathy and a desire to reach out and help this lonely being.

In reality, the surreal figure is nothing more than a pile of silicone coated cords. Using two large, blue eyes and an intentional body gesture, Mercier has created a sense of vulnerability, saying that this sculpture is “The one who is showed, who is watched, he is unique and alone because he is a monster. It tells a lot about the idea of exposure.”

Placed in the center of the room, Le Solitaire features neutral colors and a nondescript, blob shape. It’s incredible how the artist personified this imaginary creature out of such a simple, everyday material. The emotional reaction to the piece is inevitable and viewers will find that, regardless of appearances, even a sad little spaghetti blob needs to be loved.

Theo Mercier’s website
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January 24, 2017

Delicate and Dreamy Pastel Tattoos Are a Whimsical Way to Adorn the Skin

Hong Kong-based artist Mini Lau designs and creates wonderfully whimsical pastel tattoos. Delicately drawn with fine lines and candy-colored ink, each tiny illustration adorns the skin in a subtle yet striking manner reminiscent of a storybook. Lau is one of the three artists that make up Hello Tattoo, a shop that specializes in a range of styles, from tribal tattoos to mandala-inspired pieces. Lau’s aesthetic is categorized as Korean, a genre renowned for its tiny tattoos featuring watercolor-like shading.

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January 23, 2017

Compassionate Villagers Knit Giant Sweaters to Keep Rescue Elephants Warm

Thanks to some compassionate craftspeople, the rescue elephants living at the Wildlife SOS Conservation and Care Center in Mathura, India have been extra cozy during a recent bout of cold weather. In order to keep the pachyderms—who, prior to taking up residence at the sanctuary, tragically suffered neglect, abuse, and exploitation—happy and healthy, the villagers have dedicated their time to knitting colorful and colossal elephant sweaters.

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