Uh…who would ever suppose that the odd item is actually a wineglass? And what is more surprising is that the wine doesn’t spill out at all. You know why? Check the pictures below, and you’ll find that’s due to the equivalent atmospheric pressure inside the left spherical vessel and the glass on the right.
This unique home was designed by architect Robert Oshatz, who had it constructed off site and brought in by a barge to dock at its mooring site. The neighboring houses along the Willamette River of Portland, Oregon are in close proximity to the home, so the style of the house was contrived to allow for privacy. The home was designed as an open floor plan with a second story loft, allowing the homeowners a minimalistic style and the ability to move freely throughput the space. The curvilinear ceiling is constructed of douglas fir and the roof is finished with copper tiles. To keep the home afloat, the foundation of the home was made up of 34 by 80-foot locally sourced douglas fir logs, with rigid foam cubes placed under the logs to keep the home level. Cedar shingles decorate the homes exterior surfaces. The living space features a floor to ceiling glass panel that slides open to allow uninterrupted views of the river.
The large expanse of sliding glass windows, with curved glass above, allow unobtrusive views of the river. The total square footage of this floating home is 2,364 square-feet.
Brazilian cherry wood floors and stairs radiate warmth throughout the interior spaces.
The master retreat and bath are the only rooms located on the second floor loft to allow for privacy.
In keeping with the minimalistic style of the home, built-in cabinets and storage were created.
The home has been designed in harmony with the rippling of the water, taking on curvaceous geometrical shapes and forms throughout.
This image is a photomosaic of the famous painting ‘Starry Night’. The image is made with over 210.000 tiny photographs and a total size of over 1.500.000.000 points in other words it is a 1.5 Gigapixel Image. Click over the image (Zoom In) until you start to see the tiny images.
Rebecca Clark The Arizona Republic Feb. 2, 2010 12:54 PM
“Lady Universe,” by Lalla Benefield, is just one of the several pieces of art showcased in the African American Vibes of the City.
In a state that’s population is predominately Caucasian and Hispanic, sometimes other ethnic groups get little recognition for their contributions to Arizona culture. African American Vibes of the City: ‘Mixed Media Art Exhibition’
When: 6 to 8 p.m. opening reception Friday, Feb. 5. Exhibition through Feb. 27. Where: Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix. Admission: Free. Details: 602-262-4627, phoenix.gov/ PARKS/phxctr.html.
First Fridays art walk As such, 11 years ago, Larry Wilson, a local artist and a former arts coordinator for Phoenix saw a need to represent the African arts culture in the Valley, and created the exhibition “African American Vibes of the City.”
According to the 2008 census, Maricopa County reported less than 5 percent of its population as African-American.
“I created this event originally as an educational process,” Wilson said. “A lot of the Valley’s African-American artists didn’t know how to go about applying in the Scottsdale galleries and some of the bigger shows. I also wanted to give the African-American artists exposure, because many of them had never shown their art publicly.”
When the exhibition first began, seven African-American artists participated. This year, more than 35 are expected at “African American Vibes of the City” exhibition at the Phoenix Center for the Arts on Friday .
“A lot of the artists who started with us continue to show at this event,” Wilson said, “but we have also accrued a lot of young, fresh talent.”
Stacia Holmes, a recreational coordinator for Phoenix Center for the Arts, said the event has come to mean a great deal to the Valley’s African-American community.
“There are not a whole lot of galleries that cater to or specialize in artwork by African-Americans,” she said.
The event will feature both two- and three-dimensional works of art, such as photography, paintings, sculptures, ceramics and metals, from prominent Valley artists such as Lalla Benefield, Chinue Moore and Stephen Marc. Wilson will judge the artwork for creativity, style technique, degree of difficulty and originality.
“It is important to let the African-American community, especially the kids, know that if you have this kind of talent, it shouldn’t be swept under the rug,” Wilson said.
The exhibition will open with a free First Friday gallery reception 6 to 8 p.m. Friday during which visitors can tour the gallery, meet the artists and enjoy live music and refreshments.
“It is a unique event,” Wilson said. “There are no other venues on the First Friday tour that exclusively show African-American art.”