Posts Tagged ‘fantasy’

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

Today I am going to post a blog about one of my guilty pleasures. So don’t judge me, okay?

The third book in the Inheritance Cycle is the best yet! Photo from alagaesia.com.

The third book in the Inheritance Cycle is the best yet! Photo from alagaesia.com.

I have read the first two books in the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. I am just about to finish the third. You may know each individual books by their true names: Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr.

If you’re thinking of the movie Eragon right now, STOP IT. It was horrible and didn’t live up to the book at all. Seriously guys, read the book. You’ll be hooked on this stuff. It’s technically a children’s literature adventure series, but, like Harry Potter, many adults are now reading it.

Paolini weaves a web of a distant land called Alagaesia, in which dwarves, elves, and humans all live together in sometimes not-so-perfect harmony. Of course, all this comes after the main character, Eragon, finds a dragon egg in the middle of the forest. Little does he know, it holds his destiny. 

So now, three books later, I’m still just as engrossed as I was in the first novel. There are intense battle scenes, colorful characters, and a fantasy world that has sucked me in. Sometimes I even daydream of riding on a dragon…

But here is my beef. The fourth and final book in the series does not have a release date. It doesn’t even have a title or book cover yet. So what I’m thinking is that it won’t come out until some time next year when all the information I’ve read has been lost inside my jumbled brain.

Come on Chris, chop chop! I need to know what happens at the end of the series! The only consolation is that he usually provides you with a little synopsis at the beginning of each novel to let you know what already happened in previous books. Looks like I’m going to have to rely on that!

The most interesting that about the series is that Paolini might well be a genius. He finished writing the first book, Eragon, when he was only fifteen years old. So young for a 760 page book. Kudos, Chris.

You can find out information about the series, the author, and what is to come at Alagaesia.com. But keep in mind that they’re not giving away too much about the series. Brisingr!

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