Chaos Theory is a very important area of mathematics which can explain a lot of what we see in the real world. A pendulum with one mass is relatively easy to explain mathematically, and it behaves nicely. However if you put another mass in there, it behaves chaotically. Technically, this means that if you change the starting positions only slightly, the state of the system a short time later can change drastically. The weather is chaotic- a small error in measuring it today could be the difference between rain and no rain in a weeks days time. Watch these two pendulum systems quickly diverge, though they both start off with nearly the same settings. [more] [code]
After breaking a bone and getting stuck with an itchy cast for six weeks, some people make the best of it by decorating that cast. mental_floss assembled a great collection of examples of people turning an unfortunate occurrence into an awesome opportunity for self-expression.
Nicholas Frausto decorated his mother’s cast with Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night. Artist Zak Kinsella used the Doctor’s TARDIS to transform his friend Laura Keeney’s cast into one capable of traveling through time and space. J. Giz Patterson used spray paint, paint pens and metal spikes to turn his cast into a punked out x-ray. And, perhaps best of all, Katie of Love Paper Paint helped turn her injured son into his Iron Man, his favourite superhero.
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Just like Hong Kong’s Duddell’s, a restaurant-cum-creative hub which was recently featured here on Yatzer, Casa Cubo is yet another multifunctional development created with the promotion of the arts in mind. Commissioned by a couple of art collectors (who decided to remain anonymous), this minimalist three-storey building was designed by Isay Weinfeld, one of Brazil’s most prominent architects. Located in the affluent Jardins neighbourhood in São Paulo, Casa Cubo’s intended dual functionality comprises a private gallery dedicated to showcasing the owners’ art collection and a fully-equipped guesthouse.
Split across three floors, the uniformly white interior with its sombre polished concrete floors provides the perfect blank canvas to showcase the impressive array of works which include lead-and-fiberglass suspended sculptures byAntony Gormley, Marina Abramovic’s quietly unnerving Double Edge ladder, Tony Cragg’s voluptuous sculpture Secretions as well as Mona Hatoum’s Traffic suitcases, displayed against the backdrop of Tracey Emin’s quilt Message of Ascension. Apart from the artworks, Casa Cubo is also home to an impressive collection of midcentury furniture by a number of much-acclaimed designers such as Lina Bo Bardi, José Zanine Caldas,Gio Ponti and Alvar Aalto on display in the house’s two main areas: a high-ceilinged living room/lounge and an open-plan library located on the mezzanine above.
Surrounded by lush greenery, the house also features two distinctly different but equally striking floating staircases; a zigzagging steel staircase connecting the ground floor with the library and Weinfeld’s specially designed spiral Brazilian ironwood floating staircase which leads from the library to the three private bedrooms and a living room upstairs.
The 715-square-meters house was completed in September 2011.
photo © Fernando Guerra, FG+SG Architectural Photography.
The Arte Sella, looks to be one of the most magical, fairytale woodlands in the world. Since 1986 this astounding destination in the Sella Valley in Italy has been dotting the landscape with the amazing works of over 200 contemporary artists from all over the world. A future holiday destination for sure!