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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

I’ve found something extremely weird to share with you today — sculptures that aren’t really sculptures…because they don’t stand still. Instead, Dutch artist Theo Jansen has created sculptures that actually move with the power of the wind.

He calls his creations ‘strandbeest’ or beach animals. They act like a new kind of species he developed on his own through the power of art, physics, engineering, and creativity.

According to Oddity Central, Jansen’s strandbeest ‘can use the power of the elements to move, store this energy for later use, and protect themselves in case of danger…In their creator’s vision of the future, the strandbeest will, at one point, develop muscles and brains that will allow them to perform complex actions.’

At this point, they are mostly powered by wind. The fact that they actually store that power for future use is a green idea that our society has started to tap into more recently.

Showing you a picture of this creation is helpful, but you don’t really get the full effect unless you see a video of the strandbeest in action…

Jansen, who is a former physicist, has held nothing back in making his art. In fact, his work might lead us to believe that going mobile with the power of wind has some validity to it. The strandbeest has already been featured at several festivals, including Burning Man, an art and expression festival in the Nevada Desert.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Over the years, we have seen some amazing, groundbreaking musical performances. Some will go down in history. Others will hold a special place in our hearts.

Throughout quite a few of those performances, rock ‘n roll photographer Jim Marshall was there, taking pictures of some of the most famous faces in music entertainment. With his recent death at 74 years old, we remember his life and his images.

Marshall, who died in his sleep on Tuesday night, focused on the unique personalities of the human beings in his photos. His black and white images cut to the core of some of the well-known musicians from the 60s and 70s. Some of the photos were taken during musical performances, while others focused on musicians offstage.

According to the New York Times, his most famous pictures were of Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar on fire. He captured a raw energy coming from Jimi as he doused the instrument in gasoline. Others include the famous image of Johnny Cash giving the middle finger and Janis Joplin backstage with a bottle of Southern Comfort.

View a slide show of his photographs here.

Because of his reputation he was able to get access to many of the most prestigious shows. In some cases, he was the only photographer allowed in certain venues.

That being said, we thank him for his historical journey into the lives of famous musicians. We now have great rock ‘n roll images that we will never forget.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

This Monday, Tim Burton, along with French actress Marion Cotillard, was awarded with a very high honor among the French entertainment industry. He was added to France’s cultural honor roll, which the director is very proud of.

During a ceremony in Paris, Burton was given a medallion and made an official officer in France’s National Order of Arts and Letters. This couldn’t come at a better time for the quirky movie afficionado. With his latest release of Alice in Wonderland, he’s got millions of fans eating out of his hands.

The Associated Press reported the following statements made by Burton about the high honor: 

“From the beginning of my career, I always felt a very special place in my heart (for) France,” he told the crowd of journalists and fans. “Because whether or not you liked the movies, I always felt that the French were looking for the poetry, looking for the meaning, looking for the things I was trying to do.

“France has such a special place in my heart and I feel much more at home here than I do in my own country, and I always have,” he said, adding: “I thank you very much.”

That last comment has brought some controversy to people from the United States, but we’ll let that slide here. Come on, let the guy enjoy his honor!

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Holy butt cheeks!

Artist Spencer Tunick has created a new installation in his already strange line of artwork. This time, he has decided to place 5,000 people around the base of the Sydney Opera House in Australia — did I mention they’re all completely naked?

This is not unusual for the artist. He has done similar work like this in over 75 locations around the world, including Mexico City and Canada. He strives to study the human form and also aims at breaking the boundaries between what’s considered public and private.

By focusing on a solid mass of human beings, he can give them the appearance of one who entity, which sends us a message that together, we are very similar to one another, regardless of our sexual orientation.

The latest photo from Sydney is being called “Mardi Gras: The Base” and pays homage to people of all sexual orientations. In fact, the installation was commissioned by the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

The interesting thing about this project was that Tunick only asked for around 2,000 people to join in for the photo shoot, but a whopping 5,000 showed up instead. Rather than turning them away, he embraced the popularity of his art and invited them to be a part of his message.

View more images from this installation at Oddity Central.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Adolf Hitler. Mass murderer. Racist. Monster. Evil. Deranged. Painter?

I had no idea that Hitler used to be a painter before he decided to turn into a heartless bastard and exterminate millions of people. But apparently, he was. He created watercolors, no less.

A watercolor painting, completed by Hitler in 1910, is set to be auctioned off in Britain next month. The painting, showing a church and mountainous scenery in the background, is signed by Hitler himself. But here’s the weird thing…on the back, it says “Studio Medico Sigmund Freud Vienne,” which has some experts thinking that Sigmund Freud, famous psychologist, owned the painting. (The inscription on the back was the name of Freud’s practice.)

Some people believe that this could have been one of Freud’s ‘waiting room’ art pieces. Most likely, the young assassin sold the painting to Freud or to one of his assistants when he was visiting Vienna.

Still, there is much dispute on the circumstances surrounding the artwork. In an article from AOL News, Peter Nömaier, spokesman for the Freud Museum, said that Freud took all his belongings with him when he left the city and doubts very much that an original Hitler painting would not have been taken earlier by Austrian police.

But that still makes you wonder, could these two have been connected in some way? Perhaps they were acquaintances. It remains a mystery.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

When life hands you lemons, you don’t make lemonade. You have a lemon festival and make tons of giant sculptures out of them instead!

The town of Menton, in France, has started a yearly tradition that has sparked the interest of art lovers and curious people alike. It is said that over 200,000 people attend each year.

This year, the Menton Lemon Festival started on February 12 and it will finish up on March 3. The theme of the citrus festival is ‘Menton Does Cinema’ so naturally, all the lemon (and orange) sculptures relate back to film in some way. From the pictures on Oddity Central, it seems a lot of work has gone into this.

According to the site, chefs from all over the area are huge fans of the lemons because of their sweetness and flavor. I think I’d be more inclined to be a fan of the people who assemble all the lemons into one sculpture! The result is fantastic and this certainly is a new spin on the favorite fruit.

Why can’t we do something cool like this in the US? I’d rather make sculptures than lemonade anyway. Or perhaps we could make lemonade after the sculptures have ripened a bit, eh?

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

First off, Happy Valentine’s Day to all you people in love out there. Even if you’re not in love with anyone in particular, do something special today to love yourself or someone else!

This picture was taken by Minnesota Aviation.

A farmer in Minnesota named Bruce Andersland has proclaimed his love to his wife in a very strange way — by telling her that love stinks. She couldn’t be more amused. See, he made a half mile wide heart out of manure and presented it to her to show her how much he cares.

He started creating the stinky masterpiece with his manure spreader on Wednesday and didn’t finish until later in the day on Thursday. The two have been married for 37 years and seem to be very much in love. (Well, yah…manure sure says ‘I care.’)

According to the Associated Press, his wife said ‘it’s the biggest and most original Valentine she has ever received. She says some people might think it’s gross, but she says it’s cute and “Why not do something fun with what you got?”‘

Now what I want to know is, who here thinks they can top that Valentine? It would take a lot more manure to top that one.

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