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archiemcphee:

Behold the awesomeness that is Long Ma the fire-breathing dragon-horse, the latest creation by French artist François Delarozière and his art production company La Machine. The 46-ton kinetic sculpture stands almost 40 feet tall and features articulated limbs that can gallop, rear up, and fold beneath him when he wants to sit down. His neck rises and falls and his wonderfully expressive face features eyes that open and close. Best of all, his chest swells from the pressure building in his lungs before he exhales fantastic plumes of smoke from his nostrils and jets of fire from his mouth.

This marvelous interactive sculpture was just debuted in the French city of Nantes and will soon be traveling to Beijing where he’ll be presented in October as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and China. Long Ma is based on a creature from Chinese mythology, Longma, a fabled winged horse with dragon scales, and will be the hero of a performance entitled “Long Ma Jing Shen” or “The Spirit of the Horse Dragon” during which he’ll face off against a giant spider.

Click here and here for video footage of Long Ma in all his fiery glory.

Visit the La Machine Facebook page for additional images.

[via Kotaku:Screenburn and Laughing Squid]

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uispeccoll:

Miniature Monday!  (I made it…).
This tiny mini blank book is chained to its larger relative, and fits in the little recess in the cover. 
Statement from the artist’s website: (Click here!)
"Until fairly recently all books were prized possessions — medieval libraries chained books to the shelves to prevent theft. In those days each volume was crafted with precision, elaborately decorated and embellished with precious stones and metals. I aim to make my books just as precious as those medieval manuscripts."
[Chained book on a book].  [Asheville, NC : Dan Essig, 1999]
Catalog: N7433.4.E55 C5 1999a 
See all of our Miniature Monday posts.

uispeccoll:

Miniature Monday!  (I made it…).

This tiny mini blank book is chained to its larger relative, and fits in the little recess in the cover. 

Statement from the artist’s website: (Click here!)

"Until fairly recently all books were prized possessions — medieval libraries chained books to the shelves to prevent theft. In those days each volume was crafted with precision, elaborately decorated and embellished with precious stones and metals. I aim to make my books just as precious as those medieval manuscripts."

[Chained book on a book].  [Asheville, NC : Dan Essig, 1999]

Catalog: N7433.4.E55 C5 1999a 

See all of our Miniature Monday posts.