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11 Great Salvador Dali Art Mash Ups

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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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Cephalopod Fossil Sketch in Australia Can Be Seen From Space

Australia is home to some of the most singular creatures alive today, but a new piece of outdoor art pays homage to an organism that last inhabited the continent 65 million years ago. As the Townsville Bulletin reports, an etching of a prehistoric ammonite has appeared in a barren field in Queensland.

Ammonites are the ancestors of the cephalopods that currently populate the world’s oceans. They had sharp beaks, dexterous tentacles, and spiraling shells that could grow more than 3 feet in diameter. The inland sea where the ammonites once thrived has since dried up, leaving only fossils as evidence of their existence. The newly plowed dirt mural acts as a larger-than-life reminder of the ancient animals.

To make a drawing big enough to be seen from space, mathematician David Kennedy plotted the image into a path consisting of more than 600 “way points.” Then, using a former War World II airfield as his canvas, the property’s owner Rob Ievers plowed the massive 1230-foot-by-820-foot artwork into the ground with his tractor.

The project was funded by Soil Science Australia, an organization that uses soil art to raise awareness of the importance of farming. The sketch doubles as a paleotourist attraction for the local area, which is home to Australia's "dinosaur trail" of museums and other fossil-related attractions. But to see the craftsmanship in all its glory, visitors will need to find a way to view it from above.

[h/t Townsville Bulletin]

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8 Things You Might Not Know About the Louvre
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It might be the most iconic art museum in the world. Located in Paris, the Louvre (officially the Musée du Louvre) has admitted thousands of cultural artifacts and millions of admirers since opening its doors in 1793. A guided tour is always best, but if you can’t make it to the Right Bank of the Seine, check out these eight facts about the landmark’s past, present, and future.

1. IT WAS CONCEIVED AS A CASTLE FORTRESS.

Before French King Philip II left for the Crusades in 1190, he ordered the fortification of the Seine area along the western border of Paris against any antagonists. Crowning the structure was a castle that featured a moat and defensive towers; it also housed a prison for undesirables. Over time, other construction urbanized the area, reducing the need for a combat-ready tower. In the 1500s, King Francis I built his residence on the same site. An art lover, Francis’s home and its collection of pieces hinted at what the Louvre would eventually become. In 1793, part of the Louvre became a public museum.

2. IT BECAME AN ARTIST RETREAT.

Before art was on open display for public consumption, the Louvre invited artists to stay and work on site and treat the building like a creative retreat. In 1608, Henri IV began offering artists both studio and living space in the Louvre. They could sculpt, paint, and generally do as they wished—but by the 18th century, the surplus of distinguished squatters had left the property a bit of a mess, and their residency was eventually phased out.

3. NAPOLEON RENAMED IT AFTER HIMSELF.

Crowned emperor in 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte wasn’t above a little self-glorification. Having spearheaded the transformation of the Louvre from a cultural hub to his own tributary, he had the name changed to the Musée Napoléon and hung the Mona Lisa in his bedroom. The banner lasted until his defeat in 1815.

4. AN ARTIST MADE ITS FAMED PYRAMID VANISH.

In a move right out of David Copperfield’s playbook, in 2016 French artist JR was able to execute an impressive optical illusion using the three-story glass pyramid that sits outside the front of the Louvre. The surface was pasted with black-and-white photographs of surrounding buildings, making it seem like the construct had disappeared entirely. The performance piece was left up for about a month.

5. THE MONA LISA WAS SWIPED FROM THEM.

Art heists in movies are typically pretty glamorous affairs, with gentlemen thieves and Swiss-watch planning. But when crooks lifted the Mona Lisa from its perch in the Louvre in 1911, it was a fairly indelicate operation. Three Italian handymen hid in the museum overnight, then removed the painting from the wall and bid a retreat out the door in full view of the public. One of them tried selling it over two years later, but a suspicious dealer phoned police. The ensuing media coverage is thought to be one of the reasons the painting has become one of the most famous in the world.

6. THEY ONCE CLOSED BECAUSE OF PICKPOCKETS.

In 2013, nearly half of the museum’s 450 employees refused to come to work because of a nagging pest on the premises: pickpockets. Employees said that the adolescent criminals—admission is free for those under 18—distracted and robbed American tourists and showed only disdain for Louvre workers who tried to intervene. Authorities agreed to increase security measures, and they returned to their posts.

7. THEY HAVE RESIDENT “COPYISTS.”

Few museums sanction forgeries of any type, but the Louvre recognizes the curious subculture of artists who enjoy trying to replicate famous works. Every day from 9:30 to 1:30, “copyists” are allowed to set up easels and study paintings while working on their own replicas. The appeal for the artists is to try to gain insight into the process behind masterpieces; the museum insists that the canvas size not be exactly the same, and that they’re not signed.

8. AN APP CAN HELP YOU FIND AN EXIT.

With more than 8 million visitors annually, the Louvre can often feel congested to tourists unfamiliar with its layout. In 2016, the museum began offering an app that guides users around, offering them a pre-planned tour or an exit strategy. Lost? Hang a left at the Picasso, then a right at the Michelangelo.

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