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Architecture Of Flesh

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A bonus OBT (One Beautiful Thing) today:
This is a post by Contra Spem Spero… Et Rideo (Latin for “Hope against hope . . . and smile”) very appropriately entitled “Architecture of Flesh.” It’s a very well-written article, and I’m fascinated by these images. I would absolutely volunteer if I was certain I wouldn’t 1. run into anyone I know and 2. be identifiable. Would you?

Contra Spem Spero... Et Rideo

tunick88Volunteer participants pose naked inside the Stadschouwburg theatre in Belgium during a photo session with Spencer Tunick in the northern Belgian city of Bruges. (Reuters/Peter Maenhoudt)

“Individuals en masse, without their clothing, grouped together, metamorphose into a new shape.” (– Spencer Tunick)

For 20 years now, New York-based photographer Spencer Tunick has been creating human art installations all over the world, calling together volunteers by the hundreds or thousands. He asks them to remove their clothes, in order to photograph them in massive groups. And they do.

His aim is an architecture of flesh where a great number of human bodies blends with the landscape, or juxtaposes with urban structures.

Warning:  Since the nudity is central to Tunick’s art, the following photos are not screened out all depict naked human bodies.

tunickNaked volunteers pose for the US photographer Spencer Tunick on the largest glacier in the Alps, Aletsch glacier, in Switzerland, as…

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Etsomnia™ Volume XXII: A Leg to Stand On

Unless you're married to a copy, I don't recommend wearing these on a date. I bought three pairs. By Komawo

Unless you’re married to a cop, I don’t recommend wearing these on a date. (I bought three pairs.) By Komawo

Et·som·ni·a (/etˈsämnēə/), noun, 1. a sleep disorder caused by obsessive Etsy browsing. 2. the surprising arrival of weird handmade merchandise ordered when one is only half conscious. (True story.)

I decided that Etsy critique didn’t feel right on Christmas day, so Etsomnia day is coming a little early this week!
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Bonus Friday-Before-Christmas Post: Monks’ Hallelujah!

Since this has been around since 2008, I can’t imagine that there are too many people who haven’t seen it. I typically post it on Facebook every Christmas, and after rewatching it on my commute this morning and remembering just how brilliant it is, I thought it was worth a share.

These are high school students. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. With a great imagination. Behold ths Silent Monks Christmas Show.