breathtaking underground temple [pics]

i don’t even know what to say about this. it’s simply spectacular.

From the daily mail article:

“…in the foothills of the Alps in northern Italy, 30 miles from the ancient city of Turin, […] 100ft down and hidden from public view, lies an astonishing secret – one that has drawn comparisons with the fabled city of Atlantis and has been dubbed ‘the Eighth Wonder of the World’ by the Italian government.”

“It all began in the early Sixties when Oberto Airaudi [aka Falco] was aged ten. From an early age, he claims to have experienced visions of what he believed to be a past life, in which there were amazing temples. ‘My goal was to recreate the temples from my visions,’ he said”

“A house was built on the hillside and Falco moved in with several friends who shared his vision. Using hammers and picks, they began their dig to create the temples of Damanhur […] no planning permission had been granted, they decided to share their scheme only with like-minded people.”

“Volunteers, who flocked from around the world, worked in four-hour shifts for the next 16 years with no formal plans other than Falco’s sketches and visions, funding their scheme by setting up small businesses to serve the local community.”

“…weaving their way underneath the hillside are nine ornate temples, on five levels, whose scale and opulence take the breath away. Constructed like a three-dimensional book, narrating the history of humanity, they are linked by hundreds of metres of richly decorated tunnels and occupy almost 300,000 cubic feet”

i suggest reading the whole article.

amazing hyper-realistic sculptures by ron mueck

so the very next day after i posted the previous entry about hyper-realistic sculptor duane hansen, i click ‘stumble’ on my web browser and am instantly brought to another, arguably even more amazing hyper-realist sculptor.

his name is ron mueck, and he doesn’t do all his work to size, so i guess it’s not as hyper-realistic, but his stuff is definitely still jaw-dropping.

click here to see more pictures of his works.

click here to see a lil’ video on him.:

amazing hyper-realistic sculptures by duane hanson


i bet you’re saying to yourself, “who is that sad man in that picture?”

well, you’re wrong!

duane hanson is a ‘hyper-realist’ sculptor… actually you could say he’s THE ‘hyper-realist’ sculptor, but either way, he’s good, as demonstrated in this picture of one of his sculptures entitled “man on mower.” check out the full picture of it here.

for some reason most of the pictures of his works on the web look like they were taken of a 1970’s sears catalog, but luckily i was able to find at least one decent image. his attention to detail is amazing, and i really admire his focus. he does extremely life-like and intricate sculptures of people that many of us would immediately look away from or just ignore. it works on a voyeuristic level, but it also encourages us to look deeper into the things we take for granted, as these pictures are only really interesting once we realize that they were created by a man and not the universe.

this one is my favorite:

check out this little gallery and mini-biography on him.