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A Roundup of Sharknado Tribute Art

Iain Heath/Ocher Jelly
Iain Heath/Ocher Jelly

The SyFy original movie Sharknado is so ridiculously over-the-top that it became an overnight sensation. Its unbelievable premise is so spectacular that the film will be shown in theaters this Friday at midnight -even after being shown on TV multiple times. Meanwhile, as we prepare for the annual Shark Week orgy on the Discovery Channel, the Sharknado meme still bubbles on the internet. Let's explore some of the art inspired by the preposterous Sharknado.

Sharknado Cake

Charm City Cakes has unveiled their latest masterpiece: the Sharknado cake! It's a miracle of both engineering and confectionary delight. What kind of party would one order a Sharknado cake for? It doesn't matter -I want to be invited!

Sculpture

Jody Travous Nee makes whimsical small sculptures, and had to make one of a scene from Sharknado, complete with chainsaw. Unfortunately, there was only one, and it was snapped up quickly.

Comic Con Costumes

Grant Imahara spotted this elaborate Sharknado headdress at Comic Con in San Diego last week. He called it "The best costume I've seen today." See more pictures of the wearer, who added more sharks as the weekend progressed, at Business Insider

It wasn't the only Sharknado costume at Comic Con. This one relied on movement to make its intended reference clear.

T-shirts

Many artists are making their Sharknado tributes available on t-shirts. Shelby, who is a fan of Shark Week, created this t-shirt design and sells them through the Etsy store I'm Shark Weak. You can select a light or dark tornado with contrasting sharks to go with your choice of t-shirt color.

LEGO Snarknado

LEGO Sharknado! It sounds almost poetic, doesn't it? LEGO artist Iain Heath, known as Ochre Jelly, couldn't resist turning the SyFy monster/disaster movie into a LEGO work.

Amazingly, this model actually stands up on its own (although its a bit wobbly, being very top-heavy). If I have the time I may add more sharks, improve the lettering, and strengthen it up enough to display at BrickCon.

Here's another Sharknado LEGO creation, from Digital Wizards

Nail Art

You can buy these Snarknado nail art decals from Etsy seller NailSpin. Wear them all through Shark Week!

Art Prints

The SyFy network collaborated with Gallery 1988 to create and sell three art prints centered around Sharknado at Comic Con. The print above is by Glen Brogan

This pinup style print, a riff on the Coppertone Girl, is by Anthony Petrie, as is the chainsaw scene below.

The theatrical showing of Sharknado this Friday may be an attempt to inspire a cult following, like The Rocky Horror Picture Show or The Room, but that kind of phenomenon really can't be engineered. At any rate, it could be a great way to put yourself in the proper mood for Shark Week!

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The Getty Center, Surrounded By Wildfires, Will Leave Its Art Where It Is
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The wildfires sweeping through California have left countless homeowners and businesses scrambling as the blazes continue to grow out of control in various locations throughout the state. While art lovers worried when they heard that Los Angeles's Getty Center would be closing its doors this week, as the fires closed part of the 405 Freeway, there was a bit of good news. According to museum officials, the priceless works housed inside the famed Getty Center are said to be perfectly secure and won't need to be evacuated from the facility.

“The safest place for the art is right here at the Getty,” Ron Hartwig, the Getty’s vice president of communications, told the Los Angeles Times. According to its website, the museum was closed on December 5 and December 6 “to protect the collections from smoke from fires in the region,” but as of now, the art inside is staying put.

Though every museum has its own way of protecting the priceless works inside it, the Los Angeles Times notes that the Getty Center was constructed in such a way as to protect its contents from the very kind of emergency it's currently facing. The air throughout the gallery is filtered by a system that forces it out, rather than a filtration method which would bring air in. This system will keep the smoke and air pollutants from getting into the facility, and by closing the museum this week, the Getty is preventing the harmful air from entering the building through any open doors.

There is also a water tank at the facility that holds 1 million gallons in reserve for just such an occasion, and any brush on the property is routinely cleared away to prevent the likelihood of a fire spreading. The Getty Villa, a separate campus located in the Pacific Palisades off the Pacific Coast Highway, was also closed out of concern for air quality this week.

The museum is currently working with the police and fire departments in the area to determine the need for future closures and the evacuation of any personnel. So far, the fires have claimed more than 83,000 acres of land, leading to the evacuation of thousands of people and the temporary closure of I-405, which runs right alongside the Getty near Los Angeles’s Bel-Air neighborhood.

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This 77-Year-Old Artist Saves Money on Art Supplies by 'Painting' in Microsoft Excel
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It takes a lot of creativity to turn a blank canvas into an inspired work of art. Japanese artist Tatsuo Horiuchi makes his pictures out of something that’s even more dull than a white page: an empty spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel.

When he retired, the 77-year-old Horiuchi, whose work was recently spotlighted by Great Big Story, decided he wanted to get into art. At the time, he was hesitant to spend money on painting supplies or even computer software, though, so he began experimenting with one of the programs that was already at his disposal.

Horiuchi's unique “painting” method shows that in the right hands, Excel’s graph-building features can be used to bring colorful landscapes to life. The tranquil ponds, dense forests, and blossoming flowers in his art are made by drawing shapes with the software's line tool, then adding shading with the bucket tool.

Since picking up the hobby in the 2000s, Horiuchi has been awarded multiple prizes for his creative work with Excel. Let that be inspiration for Microsoft loyalists who are still broken up about the death of Paint.

You can get a behind-the-scenes look at the artist's process in the video below.

[h/t Great Big Story]

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