Saturday, October 16, 2010
A route through the mountain, the longest ever made. The first tunnel under the Gotthard was finished in 1882, linking Germany, Switzerland and Italy and was a record 15 kilometres long. Just over a century later, history has repeated itself. On October 15, 2010, the last breakthrough was made in the new rail tunnel, making the Gotthard the scene of a record once again. The tunnel will be fully open to traffic in 2017.
Still, I will always prefer to take the Gotthard pass, driving up, have lunch in Andermatt and then descend again on the other side.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Sam Scott Schiavo photographed 21 y/o model Stephan Wiesinger (Next Company) last week. Several shoots in one day, but this shoot in green is my absolute favourite. See the other results on Sam's blog.
This weekend Sam, Stephan and three other models are off to the Austrian mountains for an editorial shoot. I've seen the location and that made me very curious about the result!
These are two works by Jamie Salmon. Two sculptures to be exactly. Jamie is one of the best hyper-realist sculptors in my opinion, as these two masterpieces prove. The most stunning to me is the fact that these are larger than regular human beings, but not too large. They're large enough to amaze you.
The sculptures are made out of silicone, pigment, fiberglass, acrylic and hair. This sculpture is called "Desolation" and you can see how it was made by clicking here.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I absolutely fell in love with this house by Kotaro Ide of ARTechnic. Situated in the woods outside Nagano, Japan, this organic design beautifully blends into its environment. The concrete shell flows around the trees and the wooden terraces complete the whole thing by bringing nature inside. Stunning!
As you can see this house looks beautiful in every season of the year. And not only does it look beautiful in all seasons, it can handle the extreme climate in this part of Japan as well. Extreme colds and a high level of humidity are bad conditions for most structures. But the shell shape makes this house almost float above the ground resulting in a minimum contact with the ground it's been built on.
photos (c) Nacasa & Partners Inc.
images courtesy of Kotaro Ide/ARTechnic Japan