May 30, 2017

Miscellany #69

The Golden Egg in the Arctic in Sweden’s Lapland

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It’s actually a rather brilliant design for a social structure for townspeople to meet and talk, while also serving as a fully functioning sauna.  The Solar Egg created by the artists Mats Bigert and Lars Bergström, is designed for harsh Kiruna’s town Arctic climate, where it goes from 24-hour-a-day darkness in the winter to the opposite with the sun around the clock in summer.

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The Moon Trees

“Scattered around our planet are hundreds of creatures that have been to the Moon and back again. None of them are human.”—NASA

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The mysterious narwhal, with its strange protruding tusk, is called the ‘unicorn of the sea’

The tusk is actually a canine tooth which spirals anti-clockwise up to nine feet forward from the head of adult males and contains thousands of nerve endings which help narwhal sense tiny movements around them. Tusks washing up on the shore are thought to have inspired tales of unicorns. Now footage captured using aerial drones has found that the narwhals actually use the tusk to stun Arctic cod, rendering them immobile and thus easier to capture and eat.

England’s 500-year-old angel roofs are striking – and all but unknownslideshow at link

Think of medieval England’s finest gems, and castles probably come to mind first. But the country has another type of treasure that few people know about: angel roofs. Built between 1395 and the English Reformation of the mid-1500s, these roofs are decorated with intricately carved wooden angels. Only 170 survive today.

...The angels at Westminster Hall aren’t just decorative. Projecting out from the walls, they support vertical hammer posts and help hold up the entire roof structure, which is no mean feat: the roof’s oak alone weighs some 600 tons.

Because so little of the art from England’s medieval churches survived the Reformation makes these cherubim “the largest surviving body of major English medieval wood sculpture”, writes photographer and expert Michael Rimmer in his book The Angel Roofs of East Anglia: Unseen Masterpieces of the Middle Ages.

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When England broke with the Roman Catholic Church during the English Reformation. In that period, reformers attacked – and destroyed – all forms of medieval religious imagery, including the countless numbers of paintings, statues and other decorations that once made England’s medieval churches bright and colorful. It’s thought that more than 90% of religious imagery from England’s Middle Ages was lost by the mid-17th Century.
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