In the city of Harbin in China it gets cold during the winter, scratch that, really cold with temps 20 degrees (C.) below 0. So to stay warm the locals keep themselves busy every year by hosting the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. Artists and engineers get together to build massive structures out of ice – a small town if you will, consisting of churches, pyramids, pagodas and palaces. The structures are filled with modern amenities like elevators and escalators. Multicolored lights are installed inside the sculptures, making them look very beautiful in the dark. The ice festival has been held in Harbin every year since 1985, and it only continues to get bigger and more impressive every year.

In the city of Harbin in China it gets cold during the winter, scratch that, really cold with temps 20 degrees (C.) below 0. So to stay warm the locals keep themselves busy every year by hosting the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. Artists and engineers get together to build massive structures out of ice – a small town if you will, consisting of churches, pyramids, pagodas and palaces. The structures are filled with modern amenities like elevators and escalators. Multicolored lights are installed inside the sculptures, making them look very beautiful in the dark. The ice festival has been held in Harbin every year since 1985, and it only continues to get bigger and more impressive every year.

Amazing carved book landscapes……




For the better part of three decades multidisciplinary artist Guy Laramee has worked as a stage writer, director, composer, a fabricator of musical instruments, a singer, sculptor, painter and writer. Among his sculptural works are two incredible series of carved book landscapes and structures entitled Biblios and The Great Wall, where the dense pages of old books are excavated to reveal serene mountains, plateaus, and ancient structures. Of these works he says:

So I carve landscapes out of books and I paint Romantic landscapes. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains. They erode a bit more and they become hills. Then they flatten and become fields where apparently nothing is happening. Piles of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say anything, that which simply IS. Fogs and clouds erase everything we know, everything we think we are.

Laramee’s next show will be in April of 2012 at the Galerie d’Art d’Outremont in Montreal. 

Amazing carved book landscapes……

For the better part of three decades multidisciplinary artist Guy Laramee has worked as a stage writer, director, composer, a fabricator of musical instruments, a singer, sculptor, painter and writer. Among his sculptural works are two incredible series of carved book landscapes and structures entitled Biblios and The Great Wall, where the dense pages of old books are excavated to reveal serene mountains, plateaus, and ancient structures. Of these works he says:

So I carve landscapes out of books and I paint Romantic landscapes. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains. They erode a bit more and they become hills. Then they flatten and become fields where apparently nothing is happening. Piles of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say anything, that which simply IS. Fogs and clouds erase everything we know, everything we think we are.

Laramee’s next show will be in April of 2012 at the Galerie d’Art d’Outremont in Montreal. 

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On June 11th 1963, Thích Quảng Đức, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, sat down in the middle of a busy intersection in Saigon, covered himself in gasoline and He then ignited a match, and set himself on fire. Đức burned to death in a matter of minutes, and he was immortalized in a famous photograph taken by a reporter who was in Vietnam in order to photograph the war. All those who saw this spectacle were taken by the fact that Duc did not make a sound while burning to death. Đức was protesting President Ngô Đình Diệm’s administration for oppressing the Buddhist religion.

On June 11th 1963, Thích Quảng Đức, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, sat down in the middle of a busy intersection in Saigon, covered himself in gasoline and He then ignited a match, and set himself on fire. Đức burned to death in a matter of minutes, and he was immortalized in a famous photograph taken by a reporter who was in Vietnam in order to photograph the war. All those who saw this spectacle were taken by the fact that Duc did not make a sound while burning to death. Đức was protesting President Ngô Đình Diệm’s administration for oppressing the Buddhist religion.

Our trip to the Mansfield State Reformatory

The cornerstone laid on November 4, 1886 evolved into this magnificent Chateauesque structure. Cleveland architect Levi T. Scofield designed the Ohio State Reformatory using a combination of three architectural styles; Victorian Gothic, Richardsonian Romanesque and Queen Anne. This was done to encourage inmates back to a “rebirth” of their spiritual lives. The architecture itself inspired them to turn away from their sinful lifestyle, and toward repentance. This grand structure is comprised of more than 250,000 square feet and houses the world’s largest free-standing steel cell block.

Air Force One, The Shawshank Redemption, Tango and Cash, and Harry adn Walter go to New York have all been filmed there, along with parts of T.V shows like Ghost Hunters, and Scariest places on Earth. Music videos have also been filmed here, like Godmsacks and Marilyn Mansons. 

My husband I took a trip there last September, it was awesome. Here are some of my pictures from it. 

In any light, with all doors open, the light from all the windows casts a perfect X. It is said to be in the excat middle of the prison because the building is so bisymmetrical. Because the achitect, Scofield, was so paricular, it is probably so

In “Shawshank” Andy crawls through 5 footballs fields worth of sewer pipe to escape the prison. In fact, it was about 4 foot of pipe, made to look sewer-y with dirt and choclate syrup. The pipe is on display at the prison. During the discovery of Andys escape, Warden Norton looks into the hole. Here, Rexs does his best Warden Norton impression….
  











George Washingtons camp bed from Valley Forge.
Again, I felt almost unreal being so near this. There are people in history, such as Washington, and Lincoln, that have become such a part of legend and myth that they no longer really seem like they were ever real, living people. 
Seeing this cot, with its thin mattress, and the very crude and basic implements he had to cook with made the Father of Our Country seem human again

Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI