The Metropolitan Museum of Art contains many marvels of history and art. The Adeline Harris Sears Tumbling Block with Signatures quilt stands up to any of them for its uniqueness, artistry and unparalleled capture of the history and society of mid-19th century America. Quilts incorporating signatures weren’t new when the teenaged Adeline began her project in 1856, but they were community works, the product of families and churches working together to create a piece for an eve
Christmas, 1976, summer time in Australia and, according to Michael Browning, their manager, AC/DC “have got the shits”. What’s more, they reckon it’s all his fault. “It was very close to being all over,“ Browning says. “Things were progressing very well in London and Europe. We’d been through a whole thing with the Marquee where they broke all the house records. We'd done the Lock Up Your Daughters UK tour and the Reading festival. It was all shaping up really well.” Having
I make no attempt to hide it, but I do love a good heist (although the best heists are obviously ones we'll likely never hear of) but this theft in 1990 is one of a kind $500 million dollars worth of art taken in 81 minutes. This story first appeared in Bloomberg Business On the night of St. Patrick’s Day in 1990, Rick Abath was working the overnight shift as a security guard at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. While the rest of the city drank and partied and dr
If you’ve collected pebbles, you’d certainly recall getting fascinated by their different shapes, sizes, and colours. However, your interest may have not gone beyond just collecting them. But, here’s one pebble collector and artist, Erzsébet Szilajka, who sees every rock as a potential piece of her incredible pebble art. Says this Hungarian artist, “The colour and shape of the pebbles, the richness of their patterns and the beauty of nature inspire my pebble pictures and work
It's Christmas 1880, what do you get the child that has everything? How about nightmares delivered via an automated monkey pastry-chef that's serving the head of an equally nightmarish cat in a pastry pie. Made by the renowned French toy-makers Roullet & Decamps, around 1880. The automaton works by winding up a mechanism on the back, so that the monkey blinks his eyes, moves his head, snarls menacingly and lifts the pastry crust to reveal his macabre dish. If you really do fe
From the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, of course: There are of course many problems connected with life, of which some of the most popular are Why are people born? Why do they die? Why do they want to spend so much of the intervening time wearing digital watches? Many many millions of years ago a race of hyperintelligent, pandimensional beings (whose physical manifestation in their own pan-dimensional universe is not dissimilar to our own) got so fed up with the constant
First, speaking as a collector of Monopoly board games, one of the things geeks like me look forward to are the game pieces, and wham-bam, thank you ma’am, the ones created for Bowie Monopoly do not disappoint. There is Major Tom, an astronaut helmet, a rolled-up tie for Bowie’s 1993 album Black Tie White Noise, and a replica of the hat Bowie wore as Pierrot in the video for “Ashes to Ashes” and on the cover of Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), designed by Natasha Korniloff.
They had already established a blueprint. Now, all Metallica needed to do was create the next-level songs for their epochal third album, Master of Puppets, which they started writing in mid-1985 and released March 3, 1986. It was easier said than done, but Metallica were up to the challenge. They had the momentum of a successful album and world tour behind them, and the confidence of a world class athlete an hour before a big game. Still, what Metallica accomplished in just s