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Let's Make Spin Art!

It's Saturday. It's summer. Let's make some Spin Art, shall we?

Abraham De La Torre Makes Exquisite Spin Art

Abraham De La Torre is an American painter who specializes in Spin Art. He's even listed on Wikipedia's Spin Art page in the "Fine Art" section. Here's one of his Spin Art demos (there are lots more on his YouTube channel):

Giant Spin Art

These folks made their own Spin Art platform, capable of handling objects up to 60 inches square. I won't be offended if you skip ahead -- though you'll miss the slow-downs throughout, showing you the art in various stages of completion.

Time Lapse Spin Art

Spin Artists Bob and Pete Goldstein make the magic in this short clip. Music by The Shins.

John Cusack and Damien Hirst Make Spin Art

The unlikely duo of John Cusack and modern artist Damien Hirst actually makes some pretty good Spin Art. Price? If you have to ask, you can't afford it.

Washing Machine Spin Art

The video can be slow at times, but here's evidence of how a washing machine (running either on "spin" or "agitate") can be used to create Spin Art. Be forewarned: you're gonna get paint in and around the machine, so you might not want to try this at home. At the end of the video, there's some bonus footage involving throwing odd items into a dryer -- including a bowling ball. Whoa.

Making a Spin Art Bike

Got a bicycle, a tub, and some engineering skills? Make a Spin Art bike!

Ernie Learns About Spin Art

Ernie (of Bert &... fame) learns a bit about the craft from master Spin Artist Nicole.

More

If you're curious about spin art techniques and history (including a list of fine artists who work in spin), check out Wikipedia's page on Spin Art. Best over-enthusiastic line from that page: "Since the canvas is usually rotating at a high rate, it is difficult if not impossible to view the image on the canvas until the platform has stopped spinning, thus creating a sense of surprise and uncertainty during the creation process." Indeed, professor!

Also fun: you can buy your own Spin Art machine for twelve bucks. It's tiny, but hey.

Time lapse Spin Art image by Bob Goldstein, via Wikimedia Commons.

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Art Lovers in England, Rejoice: France's Famous Bayeux Tapestry is Coming to the UK
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One of France’s most prized national treasures, the Bayeux Tapestry, is officially heading to England for exhibition. The loan will mark the first time the fragile 11th century work has left France in nearly 1000 years, according to The Washington Post.

French president Emmanuel Macron announced news of the loan in mid-January, viewed by some as a gesture to smooth post-Brexit relations with Britain, ABC reports. The tapestry depicts the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, a historically important event replete with guts and glory.

Stretching for 210 feet, the Bayeux Tapestry’s nine embroidered panels tell the tale of Harold, Earl of Wessex, who swore an oath to support the right of William, Duke of Normandy, to the English throne once King Edward (a.k.a. Edward the Confessor) died without an heir. But after Edward's funeral at Westminster Abbey, Harold breaks his oath to William so he could be crowned king instead. Believing he was the rightful ruler, William—today remembered as William the Conqueror—decides to wage war and ultimately defeats Harold at the Battle of Hastings.

The historical narrative has endured for centuries, but the tapestry's provenance has been lost to time. Experts think that the artwork may have been created in England, shortly after the Battle of Hastings, although it’s unclear who designed and embroidered the scenes. Its original owner, Bishop Odo of Bayeux, the half-brother of William the Conqueror, may have commissioned the Bayeux Tapestry. He became Earl of Kent after the Battle of Hastings, and this new title would have afforded him access to skilled artisans, The Guardian explains.

The Bayeux Tapestry is currently on display in the town of Bayeux in Normandy. It likely won’t leave France until 2020, after conservators ensure that it’s safe to move the artwork. According to The Telegraph, the tapestry might be be displayed at the British Museum in 2022.

[h/t The Washington Post]

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This Snow Sculpture of a Car Was So Convincing Cops Tried to Write It a Ticket
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Photo composite, Mental Floss. Car, ticket, Simon Laprise. Background, iStock.

Winter is a frustrating time to be on the road, but one artist in Montreal has found a way to make the best of it. As CBS affiliate WGCL-TV reports, his snow sculpture of a DeLorean DMC-12 was so convincing that even the police were fooled.

Simon Laprise of L.S.D Laprise Simon Designs assembled the prank car using snow outside his home in Montreal. He positioned it so it appeared to be parked along the side of the road, and with the weather Montreal has been having lately, a car buried under snow wasn’t an unusual sight.

A police officer spotted the car and was prepared to write it a ticket before noticing it wasn’t what it seemed. He called in backup to confirm that the car wasn’t a car at all.

Instead of getting mad, the officers shared a good laugh over it. “You made our night hahahahaha :)" they wrote on a fake ticket left on the snow sculpture.

The masterpiece was plowed over the next morning, but you can appreciate Laprise’s handiwork in the photos below.

Snow sculpture.

Snow sculpture of car.

Snow sculpture of car.

Note written in French.

[h/t WGCL-TV]

All images courtesy of Simon Laprise.

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