A woman walks through British Artist Antony Gormley's new installation, Breathing Room III, at London's White Cube Gallery.
A ''maze'' of stacked blocks of cast iron also feature in the display at the White Cube gallery in central London, as part of the artist's latest examination of the relationship between architecture and the human body.
ORIGINAL CAPTION: A burning forest is seen near village Dolginino, Russia on August 4, 2010. (Artyom Korotayev/ AFP/ Getty) Russians try to stop fire spreading near the village Golovanovo, Ryazan region, on August 5, 2010. (Natalia Kolesnikova/ AFP/ Getty) A Russian man walks through smoke on a road near the village of Mokhovoye, Russia on August 3, 2010. (Andrey Smirnov/ AFP/ Getty) A Russian woman wears a mask as she stands in the burnt out village of Mokhovoye, Lukhovitsi municipal district, some 130 kilometers from Moscow, on August 3, 2010. (Andrey Smirnov/ AFP/ Getty)
No photos but some pretty amazing art work of Alex Grey.
'In my portrait of Dr. Hofmann, the eye of transcendental spirit in the upper left hand corner of the painting releases spiralic streams of primordial rainbow spheres of potential, one of which becomes a compassionate alchemical angel, whose tears drip down to anoint or 'create' the LSD molecule that the doctor holds in his hands, and a demon, here identified with Nazi power tugs or pushes at it. LSD opens a visionary gateway to the heart, as shown by the spiral of fractally infinitizing eyes resembling the stripey eye-spheres of the molecule, swirling into the center of the chest. On St. Albert's shoulder blade is a portrait of Paracelsus, the Alchemist of Basel, 500 years ago, who is credited with founding modern Chemistry, yet his alchemical goal was to discover the Philosopher's Stone. Alchemy was the art and science of the transmutation of the elements, like turning lead into gold and the identification of the soul of the alchemist with the chemical transformations as a metaphor of their journey ti enlightenment. Modern Chemistry took the psyche and mystery out of the material weighed and measured world, reducing the world to a heap of atoms. LSD brought psyche back, front and center to the chemical material world. That is partly why I believe that LSD is the Philosopher's Stone, the discovery of which, also in the town of Basel, is the result of an alchemical process put in motion by the great Paracelsus. In the portrait, I painted a lot of LSD personalities and symbolism in the aura of Dr. Hofmann. Some of these people were Dr Hofmann's friends, like Aldous Huxley, Gordon Wasson, Maria Sabina and Richard Evans Schultes. Each of these people had a special connection to psychedelics. Huxley wrote fearlessly about the psychedelic experience in The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell, which also talks about Visionary states and works of art.'
In the early part of the 20th century French-Jewish capitalist Albert Kahn set about to collect a photographic record of the world, the images were held in an 'Archive of the Planet'. Before the 1929 stock market crash he was able to amass a collection of 180,000 metres of b/w film and more than 72,000 autochrome plates, the first industrial process for true colour photography
Autochrome was the first industrial process for true colour photography. When the Lumière brothers launched it commercially in June 1907, it was a photograhic revolution - black and white came to life in colour. Autochromes consist of fine layers of microscopic grains of potato starch dyed either red-orange, green or violet blue combined with black carbon particles, spread over a glass plate where it is combined with a black and white photographic emulsion. All colours can be reproduced from three primary colours.
If you ever thought car security wasn't dramatic enough, this Tesla-coil automobile protector should satisfy your desire for spectacle. Attaching a 4-inch coil to a boom on the roof of his car, Australian Peter Terren created what is no doubt the coolest-looking theft deterrent to ever be built into a motor vehice. Terren captured the photo above, showing the coil's ring of electricity (which he calls the Eye of Sauron, after the character in The Lord of the Rings), with time-lapse photography.
Putting aside for a second that such a security system would be about one one-thousandth legal, the Eye would certainly scare away any casual thieves, though determined ones could probably disable it easily enough (just off the top of my head, pulling down the boom with a rope). Nonetheless, it's definitely the most wicked form of vehicle security we've ever seen — even if it's not as effective as a MagnaVolt. — Peter Pachal
Hong Kong's human battery hens: Claustrophobic images show how slum families squeeze their lives into the tiniest apartments
Like battery hens: A family of four tries to get on with everyday life despite living in a room where there is barely space to move in the urban slums of Hong Kong
No room to swing a cat: An elderly gentleman writes a letter completely surrounded by his life's possessions. It's not clear from the angle of this image where he sleeps or how he gets in and out
Hemmed in: A man takes a nap on his bed which fills most of the tiny 4ft x 7ft room. These bird's-eye images have been taken by a social group documenting the plight of the Hong Kong's most underprivileged people
Dinner is served... in the bedroom: Three people have been forced to share this closet-like space because rent is so high and public housing waiting lists so long
Utility room: A man washes his clothes while sitting on his bed next to his 'kitchen'. Hundreds of thousands of people still live in caged homes like this in Hong Kong
Pile it high: A woman sits in the only available space in her room. Campaign groups say many Hong Kong residents are being neglected by the city's decision-makers
Life of grime: The Society for Community Organization has released these images to 'promote respect for people's rights and equality for all members of society'
No standard of living: A man tucks into a takeaway as the walls of his room flake off around him. He has no proper bed to speak of
Human battery hens: With a land mass of 1,104sq km and a population of 7 million, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world
Slums: Apartments in the district of Kowloon City, where some of the aerial pictures were taken. The wealth to poverty imbalance in the city is among the world's worst