For this month we explore landscapes created with junk food, insane Steampunk calculators, and a vampire hunting kit.
Junk Food Landscapes
Always on the look out for the latest and most surreal items this world has to offer, I was stunned by how artists Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman used junk food to recreate classic photographs by Carleton Watkins. Look at how the food artists recreated a 1869 photograph of the Farallon Islands photographs.
And now the Ciurej/Lochman version, titled Cola Sea (from the series Processed Views 2013).
The artists use processed food to point out just how far our food has diverged from nature. They state: “As we move further away from the sources of our food, we head into uncharted territory replete with unintended consequences for the environment and for our health.”
Most of use think of calculators are objects from the computer age. Who can blame us when adding apps are available on smartphones or even Google.
Check out these truly gorgeous beauties from an age where objects were crafted by hand. The calculator, built by Johann Helfrich Müller in 1784, evokes stempunk passion with it’s brass knobs and dials. Check out this close up the workings:
To view more of these marvelous mechanical wonders, visit this site.
A Love Story Through Coffee
Although this short film features a food product, and thus might fall under the category of propaganda, it’s so charming that it captures my heart. The characters, a boy and a girl, are dusted onto the tops of 1000 cups of cappuccino. The story shows their courtship, love, and family. The commercial is for Ajinomoto General Foods’ Maxim Stick drink flavoring. Watch and enjoy.