Pay by Phone (Vancouver, Canada).
These pictures of animals crossing roads are purty cute, but keep in mind: crossing roads is serious business, especially in Banff National Park where we’re located. In the Murmuration issue, we featured the work of Leanne Allison, a documentary filmmaker and her work on a new film Highway Wildings about specially designed animal crossings that are saving lives and building a healthier habitat.
Bonus: this piece was nominated for a National Magazine Award for “Best Online Editorial Package.” So, you know, maybe check it out.
A bunch of pictures with Animals crossing the road? A bunch of pictures with animals crossing the road.
2013 World Taxidermy Championships
If you are in Springfield, Illinois right now, count me incredibly jealous: the 2013 World Taxidermy and Fish Carving Championships started yesterday and run through the weekend. The WTC is the olympic equivalent of competitive animal preparation, and the event offers the sculptors and artists the opportunity to showcase their work, view advancements in taxidermy technology, and appreciate one another’s efforts over the last year. There are competitions for every division from Youth and Novice, to achievements in Freeze-Drying, and - of course - the Master Division, where the winner is awarded a $4,000 prize, some amazing live-mount eyes by Karl Lange and Tohickon (like the Rolls-Royce of glass-blown, hand-crafted eyes), and the honor of knowing you created the most beautiful taxidermy mount in the world.
There’s also the honorable Carl Akeley award granted to the sculptor who can best exhibit that, indeed, wildlife taxidermy is a valid form of art, and the practice is still alive and well today.
About the images:
Lowell Shapley keel-billed toucan won the Carl E. Akeley Award in 2011.
Ken Walker’s panda was awarded Best in Show in the Recreations category - the ‘panda’ is actually comprised of the dyed skins of multiple American black bear specimens, seeing as how giant pandas are protected.
Dennis Harris - “Air Zebra” Lion and zebra won Best in World at the 2009 WTC. The lioness is only supported in one area, where her tail touches the arm of the zebra. If that isn’t an incredible feat in animal engineering, I don’t know what is.
An essay from 2013 In(ter)ventions participant Nikki Reimer on her project “Improvising a Bone Graft” is up on The Rumpus.
My essay on writing an extended elegiac digital project for my brother is up on The Rumpus.
Are you obsessed with Google Earth as much as we are? Check out this Google Street View World blog where you can see crazy images of cats morphed into two-legged beasts. And then you can check out Boulderpavement’s new issue on Geography, which explores the world through photography, video, poetry, and more.
Remember the Toronto illustrator Ian Turner from our eight issue on murmuration (a flock of starlings)?
Well he has a dandy new website where you can see the mind-boggling amount of work he’s put out for magazines, books, websites and fun the last while. Here’s one more pic of his illustrations in Boulderpavement…just for the HECK of it!
A fascinating look at Edwardian magic relics.
Morbid Monday: Mummified Charms and Amulets of the Lovett Collection.
Displayed for the first time to the public in 1917, the mummified heart was once the property of Edward Lovett, an eccentric British erudite and wealthy chief cashier in the bank of the City of London who, in his spare time, was the most relentless archivist of his era. A member of the Folklore Society since 1900, Lovett had one very unusual obsession: once off work, he would spend his free time strolling through the slums of Edwardian London to collect evidence of magic and medicinal practices, vernacular beliefs that the century of industrialization and rational sciences hadn’t eliminated. From his urban explorations, conversation with street sellers, sailors, witches, and the working classes; Lovett accumulated an astonishing array of charms, an incredible collection of odds and ends that proved superstitions were an invisible, yet persistent, practice, even in modern England.
Read more about the magic relics of modern England here !