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11 Great Salvador Dali Art Mash Ups

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Mike Capp

While he never earned his own show (like Da Vinci), or even appeared in an episode of Doctor Who (like Van Gogh), Salvador Dali is undoubtedly one of the greatest artists in history—and he has plenty of geeky fans. Here are 11 great mash ups of the surrealist’s artwork paired with famous geek icons.

1. Soft Gremlins Fed After Midnight

Perhaps no other artist has made as many geek mash ups of Dali paintings as Mike Capp. He’s combined Pac-Man with The Persistence of Memory, blended Mario together with Soft Self-Portrait With Fried Bacon, and merged Batman’s face together with Sleep. I think Dali would be most impressed with Capp’s Gremlin tribute to Soft Construction With Boiled Beans, which is so weird in so many ways.

2. The Face of Logan

Back in April of 2009, Marvel decided to hold Wolverine Art Appreciation Month, and celebrated by releasing variant covers of many of their comics with Wolverine artworks inspired by famous artists. Their take on Dali was done by Paola Rivera and featured on the cover of Amazing Spider-Man #592.

3. Crucifixion of Weapon X

Paola Rivera’s variant Spider-Man cover isn’t the only Wolverine/Dali mash up around. In fact, Rob Pitts does an excellent job using imagery from Dali’s Crucifixion to show how much Logan is tied to the X-Men and how much he sacrifices for the group.

4. Les Elephant-ATs

How would Dali draw the famous AT-ATs and AT-STs from Star Wars? Most likely the same way he drew his elephants, with long, spindley legs that could never support that much weight. This tattoo, by Heinz Graynd, takes that basic concept and adds in other iconic Star Wars imagery like a melting Death Star and Jabba the Hutt.

5. The Temptation of Luke Skywalker

There’s just something about Dali and Star Wars that works together. Case in point: The Temptation of St. Anthony, by an unknown artist, that features lightsabers, Imperial Walkers, and Leia in her slave outfit.

6. Doctor Dali

FredrickJay designed this creation for TeeFury last year. You can no longer purchase the great tee, but we can still admire it for its great blend of Doctor Who and Dali. It seems totally fitting to Doctor Who to have unreadable clocks draped over everything.

7. Un Lapin Andalou

The melting clock imagery also works for the White Rabbit of Alice in Wonderland, who is constantly fretting about being late. DeviantArt user Charlie MegaLoMad really captures the feeling of time slipping through our hands in this clever mash up.

8. Hello Salvador

What do you get when you combine one of the greatest artists of all time with one of the most commercially successful icons of the last century? You get this wonderful Hello Kitty/Salvador Dali mash up tattooed by artist Danielle McKnight. I particularly like the flowers on the kitty mustaches—like Dali wore in his most famous portrait—and the melting bow tie on the kitty’s head.

9. Indiana Jones and the Land of Dali

London-based artist Aled Lewis created a series of famous paintings mixed together with '80s adventure video games for an art show at LA’s iam8bit gallery. His Dali-inspired piece was mixed together with the 1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure PC game.

10. The Persistence of Portal

Drew Northcott created this great mash up between Dali’s The Persistence of Memory and the game Portal and was soon approached by someone in Valve’s marketing department for a higher resolution version so it could be hung up in the company’s office. Now that’s something that would make any fan proud.

11. Ponies Reflecting Horses

For whatever reason, the most popular subject for Dali mash ups tends to be My Little Ponies. It was hard to choose just one great pony creation for this article, but this one, by DeviantArt user Love My Twins, manages to stand out above the rest because it incorporates a rather Dali-esque horse standing directly over a My Little Pony figure with one of Dali’s horse paintings standing in for its cutie mark.

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5 Things You Might Not Know About Ansel Adams

You probably know Ansel Adams—who was born on February 20, 1902—as the man who helped promote the National Park Service through his magnificent photographs. But there was a lot more to the shutterbug than his iconic, black-and-white vistas. Here are five lesser-known facts about the celebrated photographer.

1. AN EARTHQUAKE LED TO HIS DISTINCTIVE NOSE.

Adams was a four-year-old tot when the 1906 San Francisco earthquake struck his hometown. Although the boy managed to escape injury during the quake itself, an aftershock threw him face-first into a garden wall, breaking his nose. According to a 1979 interview with TIME, Adams said that doctors told his parents that it would be best to fix the nose when the boy matured. He joked, "But of course I never did mature, so I still have the nose." The nose became Adams' most striking physical feature. His buddy Cedric Wright liked to refer to Adams' honker as his "earthquake nose.

2. HE ALMOST BECAME A PIANIST.

Adams was an energetic, inattentive student, and that trait coupled with a possible case of dyslexia earned him the heave-ho from private schools. It was clear, however, that he was a sharp boy—when motivated.

When Adams was just 12 years old, he taught himself to play the piano and read music, and he quickly showed a great aptitude for it. For nearly a dozen years, Adams focused intensely on his piano training. He was still playful—he would end performances by jumping up and sitting on his piano—but he took his musical education seriously. Adams ultimately devoted over a decade to his study, but he eventually came to the realization that his hands simply weren't big enough for him to become a professional concert pianist. He decided to leave the keys for the camera after meeting photographer Paul Strand, much to his family's dismay.

3. HE HELPED CREATE A NATIONAL PARK.

If you've ever enjoyed Kings Canyon National Park in California, tip your cap to Adams. In the 1930s Adams took a series of photographs that eventually became the book Sierra Nevada: The John Muir Trail. When Adams sent a copy to Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes, the cabinet member showed it to Franklin Roosevelt. The photographs so delighted FDR that he wouldn't give the book back to Ickes. Adams sent Ickes a replacement copy, and FDR kept his with him in the White House.

After a few years, Ickes, Adams, and the Sierra Club successfully convinced Roosevelt to make Kings Canyon a national park in 1940. Roosevelt's designation specifically provided that the park be left totally undeveloped and roadless, so the only way FDR himself would ever experience it was through Adams' lenses.

4. HE WELCOMED COMMERCIAL ASSIGNMENTS.

While many of his contemporary fine art photographers shunned commercial assignments as crass or materialistic, Adams went out of his way to find paying gigs. If a company needed a camera for hire, Adams would generally show up, and as a result, he had some unlikely clients. According to The Ansel Adams Gallery, he snapped shots for everyone from IBM to AT&T to women's colleges to a dried fruit company. All of this commercial print work dismayed Adams's mentor Alfred Stieglitz and even worried Adams when he couldn't find time to work on his own projects. It did, however, keep the lights on.

5. HE AND GEORGIA O'KEEFFE WERE FRIENDS.

Adams and legendary painter O'Keeffe were pals and occasional traveling buddies who found common ground despite their very different artistic approaches. They met through their mutual friend/mentor Stieglitz—who eventually became O'Keeffe's husband—and became friends who traveled throughout the Southwest together during the 1930s. O'Keeffe would paint while Adams took photographs.

These journeys together led to some of the artists' best-known work, like Adams' portrait of O'Keeffe and a wrangler named Orville Cox, and while both artists revered nature and the American Southwest, Adams considered O'Keeffe the master when it came to capturing the area. 

“The Southwest is O’Keeffe’s land,” he wrote. “No one else has extracted from it such a style and color, or has revealed the essential forms so beautifully as she has in her paintings.”

The two remained close throughout their lives. Adams would visit O'Keeffe's ranch, and the two wrote to each other until Adams' death in 1984.

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A Cartographer Is Mapping All of the UK’s National Parks, J.R.R. Tolkien-Style
Peak District National Park
Peak District National Park
Dan Bell

Cartographer Dan Bell makes national parks into fantasy lands. Bell, who lives near Lake District National Park in England, is currently on a mission to draw every national park in the UK in the style of the maps in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Kottke.org reports.

The project began in September 2017, when Bell posted his own hand-drawn version of a Middle Earth map online. He received such a positive response that he decided to apply the fantasy style to real world locations. He has completed 11 out of the UK’s 15 parks so far. Once he finishes, he hopes to tackle the U.S. National Park system, too. (He already has Yellowstone National Park down.)

Bell has done various other maps in the same style, including ones for London and Game of Thrones’s Westeros, and he commissions, in case you have your own special locale that could use the Tolkien treatment. Check out a few of his park maps below.

A close-up of a map for Peak District National Park
Peak District National Park in central England
Dan Bell

A black-and-white illustration of Cairngorms National Park in the style of a 'Lord of the Rings' map.
Cairngorms National Park in Scotland
Dan Bell

A black-and-white illustration of Lake District National Park in the style of a 'Lord of the Rings' map.
Lake District National Park in England
Dan Bell

You can buy prints of the maps here.

[h/t Kottke.org]

All images by Dan Bell

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