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I Contain Multitudes

Glenys Barton’s “Within” is a bronze sculpture about two and a half feet high. A pamphlet for an exhibition in London, Ontario explained its meaning: The outer calm of the immaculate features contrasts with the inner activity, a metaphor for stresses within the mind that are more often than not at odds with the way in [...]

Sculpture of H.P. Lovecraft with Tentacles

Lee Joyner’s bronze bust of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft is ready to slither off its base. It’s one of many sculptures he’s made of the Cthulhu mythos. Link | Artist’s Website

The New Single-Medal Countries (and Two That Left the List)

A few weeks ago, we gave you 21 countries that have only won a single Olympic medal. Now that the London Games are through, it’s time to update our list with the countries that netted their first-ever medal this summer, and the two countries that have now moved into multiple medal territory. First-time medals Bahrain Getty Images Bahrain thought [...]

6 Olympians Who Don’t Keep Their Medals in a Sock Drawer

For being such rare, magical creatures, gold medals seem to get second-rate treatment once they land in the hands of Olympians. You’d be surprised how many athletes either misplace them or shove them in a sock drawer. Here are a few athletes who got a little more creative with theirs. 1. Carl Lewis: His Father’s [...]

The 21 Countries With One Olympic Medal

Earlier today, we quizzed you on the countries that have won more than 100 Olympic medals. Now it’s time for the other side of the equation. Twenty-one countries have won just one medal. Here are the stories of the national heroes who brought them home. Afghanistan OMAR SOBHANI/Reuters/Landov Despite making appearances at 12 Olympic Games since 1936, Afghanistan [...]

Ribbon Man

This is a bronze sculpture by Sukhi Barber. That is possible to make such an object self-supporting is mind-blowing. One of Barber’s major themes is “the transcendence of our limiting view of a solid reality.” So, appropriately, this sculpture is entitled “Appearance/Emptiness.” Artist’s Website -via Colossal

2,400 year-old soup unearthed in China

Liquid found inside an ancient bronze cooking pot is believed to be a sample of 2,400 year-old soup. The find was made near the ancient capital of Xia…

2,400-year-old Soup

You’d think soup would completely dry up after a couple of thousand years, but a pot of still-liquid soup was found by a team of archaeologists in China. It was sealed inside a bronze cooking pot at a dig near Xian. The soup and bones were discovered in a small, sealed bronze vessel in a tomb [...]

4,000-year-old flowers found at grave site

Proof has been found for the first time ever that pre-historic people would have placed flowers at the graves of their deceased. A bronze age dig …

Peter Jansen’s Sculptures in Motion

Dutch artist Peter Jansen creates polyamide and bronze sculptures that look like a split second in time. They don’t actually move, but they look like they are in motion. Perhaps appropriately, he started out as a physics student rather than as an artist. Link via Dyscario