The how-to for any spacefaring alien civilizations that encounter humanity’s 1977-launched “cosmic mix tape” (The Atlantic).
I’m a fan of anyone who makes sci-fi feel this present.
("Klövsjöreläet" and "Fjärrhandske,” respectively, by Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag.)
Rejected design for Central Park, circa 1857. Fraught with topiaries.
Click to zoom. Via Slate.
George Orwell’s birthday party
Dutch artists Thomas voor’t Hekke and Bas van Oerle (collectively known as FRONT404) celebrated George Orwell’s 110th birthday by topping local surveillance cameras with party hats.
"By putting these happy party hats on the surveillance cameras," they wrote, "we don’t just celebrate Orwell’s birthday. By making these inconspicuous cameras that we ignore in our daily lives catch the eye again, we also create awareness of how many cameras really watch us nowadays, and that the surveillance state described by Orwell is getting closer and closer to reality."
The newest member of our family is 47 years old and smells like a good book.
"The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn’t discriminate [against] people and doesn’t have a political connotation. The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them." — artist Florentijn Hofman