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3 Queens Statue in Denmark

COPENHAGEN — The statue of the woman is nearly 23 feet tall. Her head is wrapped and she stares straight ahead while sitting barefoot, but regally, in a wide-backed chair, clutching a torch in one hand and a tool used to cut sugar cane in the other.

In Denmark, where most of the public statues represent white men, two artists on Saturday unveiled the striking statue in tribute to a 19th-century rebel queen who had led a fiery revolt against Danish colonial rule in the Caribbean.

They said it was Denmark’s first public monument to a black woman.

The sculpture was inspired by Mary Thomas, known as one of “the three queens.” Thomas, along with two other female leaders, unleashed an uprising in 1878 called the “Fireburn.” Fifty plantations and most of the town of Frederiksted in St. Croix were burned, in what has been called the largest labor revolt in Danish colonial history.

“This project is about challenging Denmark’s collective memory and changing it,” the Virgin Islands artist La Vaughn Belle, one of two principal forces behind the statue, said in a statement.

Read the full article at NYTimes

Pedro Bell : The Psychedelic Artist

Pedro Bell, a Chicago artist who helped create the powerfully trippy mythos for George Clinton and Funkadelic, designing colorful album covers that looked as if they might have been birthed in outer space, has died, according to Clinton and bassist Bootsy Collins.

It was psychedelic from a black perspective,” Mr. Bell said in a 2009 interview with the Chicago Sun-Times.

At the time, he was suffering from multiple health problems, had fallen on hard times and was living at the Hyde Park Arms, a single-room-occupancy hotel at 53rd Street and Harper Avenue.

He was near-blind and on dialysis as a result of kidney damage from hypertension and “recently beat an eviction order on a court technicality.”

The details of his death weren’t immediately clear.

In the interview, Mr. Bell said he hadn’t profited financially from his artistic association with some of the primogenitors of Afrofuturistic funk and soul.

Talking about how he started, he said he offered to create art for Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic after hearing their music on WXFM, known as Triad, an underground 1970s Chicago radio station. “I found the record company and sent a letter and said I wanted to do stuff,” he said, and began by doing concert posters and playbills.

In a post Tuesday night, the Facebook page for George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic referred to him by his artist’s name, Sir Lleb — that’s Bell spelled backward: “RIP to Funkadelic album cover illustrator Pedro Bell (1950-2019). Rest easy, Sir Lleb!”

In additional posts on Wednesday, it said: “He rose above it all. Pedro Bell aka Sir Lleb. (1950-2019)” and “One of the great aspects of Pedro’s artistry is the fact that many of his illustrations come from actual pictures. Mainly promo shots. Art imitates life which imitates Funk! Now that’s Zeep! Rest well, Sir Lleb!

Going by Sir Lleb, Mr. Bell would write album liner notes using punny phraseology and terms like “Funkapus” and “Thumpasaurus.”

Robert Harris, manager of the Hyde Park Arms, said Wednesday he remembered Mr. Bell and his undulating artwork even though he moved out years ago. 

“He was a nice guy,” Harris said. “Everybody got along with him.”

 Jean Lachat / Sun-Times

Collins tweeted: “We lost the Master Mind behind the Graphic’s & Artwork of Funkadelic. Mr. Pedro Bell is an American artist and illustrator best known for his elaborate cover designs and other artwork for numerous Funkadelic and George Clinton solo albums. Thxs for yr service our brother.”

His work was included with pieces by Andy Warhol and Ed Paschke in a 2007-2008 exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, “Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock ’n’ Roll Since 1967.”

Read the full article at Chicago Times

Amerigo Gazaway – Bizarre Tribe – A Quest to The Pharcyde – Instr.

This one is for the HHH

Bizarre Tribe – A Quest to The Pharcyde by Amerigo Gazaway Instrumental Version Unofficial Release © Gummy Soul Records (2012) Tracklist : 1 – Tour Guide 0:00

2 – Runnin’ 0:36

3 – Ya Mama And Stuff 5:38

4 – Soul Flower (We’ve Got) 10:24

5 – Bonita Keeps On Passin’ Me By 15:31

6 – Otha Otha Fish 21:40

7 – 4 Better Or 4 Worse 26:56

8 – Award Tour Guide 31:36

9 – Trust, Part II 32:08

10 – It Ain’t Nothing Like (feat. Kriminul) 35:52

11 – Interlude 40:16

12 – Lyrics 2 Let It Go 41:29

13 – Doin’ Time (Sublime feat. The Pharcyde) 44:31

14 – Pharcyde Of The Moon (Bonus : Bizarre Tribe feat. Black Moon) 49:45

Ancient Evidence Rockets Were Built Before 1900s

 

This is the Ganesha Ratha in India, a monolithic structure which was carved around 7th century A.D. What do you see? It definitely looks like A Rocket spacecraft, with a wide cylindrical base and a sharp aerodynamic top standing erect on the temple tower. Notice the similarity of the design to our modern day rockets sent into space. Remember that these carvings were done 1200 years ago, although we know that the first rocket spacecraft was launched only in 1957. There are no temples or structures whatsoever that resemble this cylindrical carving in Mahabalipuram. However, there is a perfect cylindrical tank made out of solid granite a few hundred feet away, which would perfectly hold something like this. This huge monolithic rock has been drilled to make a perfect cylindrical hole. Was this constructed to hold and launch a rocket? At the very top of the tower, you can see a strange figure with three antennas on its head. If it were only two antennas on the sides, we can easily dismiss it as a mythical figure with 2 horns. If you look closely, you can see that this is a helmet. A figure like this is not described anywhere in the Hindu scriptures or in other Hindu temples. Just to give you an example, this is a carving of a Hindu God, and this is definitely not a Hindu God. It must have been a very important figure, because they carved it at the very top. Could this be an extraterrestrial taking off using the rocket spacecraft? Note that there is a similar figure mounted right on top of the rocket spacecraft. If these are not ancient astronauts, what else could it be? But, this is a temple carved for the Hindu God Ganesha. That’s why it is called Ganesha Ratha. Why put an 8 feet Elephant God statue inside the temple if this is all about ancient astronauts, Right? Not really, it turns out that the statue of the Hindu god was placed inside the structure less than 50 years ago! No one knows what was originally inside. In fact, the name Ganesha Ratha itself was given shortly after putting in the idol 50 years ago. Before that time, people simply referred to this structure as the “Vimana” which means an “aircraft” in Sanskrit. Is this just a coincidence that the structure with a spacecraft and an astronaut carved on it was called a Vimana? For further proof that this entire structure was not built for religious purposes, let’s look into a similar chamber in another structure nearby. What is inside this chamber? Nothing! No carvings and no sign of any existence of statues installed, only a flat rock bed. What could have been inside 1200 years ago? What was the original purpose of making such extraordinary monolithic structures? If they had only managed to install a door made of solid rock or steel, they could have used it for a wide variety of activities including scientific experiments. But what if I told you that they did have doors installed? Look at the slots carved inside the chamber. These rectangular slots inside the entrance were obviously carved for doors. So, now we know that doors were used in these structures and they must have been removed at a later time. Remember that the entire structure is made of granite, which emits radon, a radioactive gas. Were these structures used for experimenting with radioactive material? This is definitely a possibility, as the thick rock walls would protect and prevent others from getting hurt. If an air tight steel door was installed in the doorway, it would have been an ideal place for testing radioactive elements. Let us get back to the carvings on the tower. We can see multiple faces carved within circles, like vignette photographs in a museum. Why are these faces carved on the tower? They are definitely not depictions of Gods. And these are not Indian Kings either. The Indian King Narasimhavarman who supposedly built this place has his face carved in a sphinx nearby that shows him with a big mustache and a round nose. These faces look very different from his face. What about these two faces? The one on the right looks very much like a Caucasian face. Note how similar it is to a photograph of a European or an American. Let us take a look at the entire monolithic structure. We can all agree that the entire Vimana has a very aerodynamic structure. Was it built as a model for an actual flying machine? After all, isn’t that what a Vimana means? In fact, archeologists agree they do not know the actual purpose of any of the many Vimanas or Rathas in Mahabalipuram. None of these Vimanas have a primary God’s statue inside them. So are all these Giant monolithic Vimanas, models for flying machines? What do you think?

 

KAWS EXHIBIT

 

After being teased late last month, the fourth stop of  KAWS‘ HOLIDAYsculpture has made its way to Mount Fuji, Japan. On display until July 24, the large-scale outdoor exhibition is centered around a 40-meter-long inflatable COMPANION figure and a unique camping experience. Around 2,000 campers will be staying at the foot of the inflatable figure at the Fumotoppara Camping Ground sponsored by Herschel Supply.

This time around, KAWS’ iconic COMPANION figure has taken a relaxed position by the greatest symbol of Japan’s natural beauty. Created in collaboration with longtime collaborator AllRightsReserved, the exhibition will be opened with a drone performance by the SKYMAGIC drone team which will spotlight KAWS’ signature works, against the picturesque and tranquil scenery.

The KAWS:HOLIDAY JAPAN will be on display from July 18 to 24.

Fumotoppara Camping Ground
156 Fumoto
Fujinomiya, Shizuoka 418-0109
Japan

 

Rain Water Home Design

Architecture company develops a roof that collects rainwater and cools your house at the same time

A brilliant new bowl-shaped roof serves a double purpose for people living in hot, arid climates — providing free water and free air conditioning.

The “Concave Roof” is designed to “help even the smallest quantities of rain flow down the roof and eventually coalesce into bigger drops, just right for harvesting before they evaporate,” the architects told Arch Daily.

The shape of the roof is perfect not only for maximizing water collection but also for providing shade and airflow between itself and the interior layer of roof, helping keep the house below cool.

The “bowl roof” also provides a second cooling feature. The water it collects is stored in tanks in the walls of the house, cooling the walls and insulating the house.

The Iranian architecture company BMDesign Studios hopes the design will help provide water security in a part of the world that receives less than a third of the global average for annual rainfall.

The company is working on a school building as a prototype, which is expected to be able to collect and store over 7000 gallons of water with 10,000 square feet of rooftop.

 Source – ReturnToNow