Saturday, October 23, 2010


Created by Candaş Şişman and inspired by the designs of Turkish artist İlhan Koman, this animation is all kinds of hypnotic, arty goodness.

Imagine this combination of images and sound used in Koman's sculptures as an installation displayed on a forty foot screen.... morphtastic!

F L U X from candas sisman on Vimeo.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Vapor Cones

Under the right atmospheric conditions combined with a sudden drop in air pressure, the elements may be conducive for visible condensation to form around an aircraft that is traveling at transonic speed. This phenomenon is known as "Prandtl-Glauert Singularity"; also referred to as a "vapor cone", "shock collar" or "shock egg", and is often accompanied by a sonic boom.

Here's what Wiki has to say about Vapor Cones...

These condensation clouds are frequently seen during Space Shuttle launches around 25 to 33 seconds after launch when the vehicle is traveling at transonic speeds. These effects are also visible in archival footage of some nuclear tests. Scientists observing the Operation Crossroads nuclear tests in 1946 named the transitory cloud a "Wilson Cloud" for its superficial similarity to the Wilson Cloud Chamber effect.

Since heat does not leave the affected air mass, this change of pressure is adiabatic, with an associated change of temperature. In humid air, the drop in temperature in the most rarefied portion of the shock wave (close to the aircraft) can bring the air temperature below its dew point, at which moisture condenses to form a visible cloud of microscopic water droplets. Since the pressure effect of the wave is reduced by its expansion (the same pressure effect is spread over a larger radius), the vapor effect also has a limited radius. Such vapor can also be seen in low pressure regions during high–g subsonic maneuvers in humid conditions.

The effect is also noticeable in modern super-high-bypass turbofan jet engines when operating at takeoff power, due to the low pressure and transonic fan blades in the engine inlet.

The following photographs depict the pairing of science and photographic art in a moment of impeccable timing. 

F/A-18F Super Hornet


F/A-18F Super Hornet

F-16 Fighting Falcon

F-22 Raptor

Space Shuttle Atlantis

Here's more on the subject, old-school style.

For a cool aviation blog, visit...

For some of the best aircraft photography around, visit Mike Lynaugh's website @

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Car Part Art by James Corbett

Since 1999, Aussie James Corbett has been sculpting life-like pieces made with vintage car parts. James discovered his talent while running an auto recycling business in Brisbane, and with positive encouragement from friends and family he began creating sculptures of cars, bikes, animals and birds.

After his first successful exhibition in Brisbane in June 1999, James achieved a 3 year stint as a feature artist at the Brisbane International Motor Show. Since then, he's received worldwide recognition and acclaim through his many commissions, exhibitions and subsequent awards; his sculptures being considered one of the finest examples of assemblage art today.

No car part is bent into shape when incorporating it into the sculpture. The original integrity of the part is preserved.

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"Spread Your Love" by Hamed Kohan

This tire design called "Spread Your Love" by Hamed Kohan with its heart-shaped tread tracks would be sure to set me on course for the nearest water puddle or oil leak. The design is one entry among three thousand in Designboom's recent competition, "Seoul Cycle Design 2010".

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" Alice in Wonderland "

Made in 1903, 37 years after Lewis Carroll wrote "Alice in Wonderland" and 8 years after the birth of cinema, the first film version of Alice has recently been restored by BFI National Archive. This adaption was based on the original illustrations by Sir John Tenniel.

Directed by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow, Hepworth cast his wife in dual roles as the Red Queen and the White Rabbit, while he himself makes an appearance as the Frog Footman.

At the time, Alice in Wonderland was the longest running film coming in at 800 ft. and 12 minutes, of which 8 minutes have survived.

To find out more about the film, visit...

Van Gogh Pops!

As it turns out, Vincent Van Gogh's paintings are fabulous subjects for the "tilt-shift" photo manipulation treatment. Just for fun, here's what Artcyclopedia came up with...

Tilt-Shift Maker @