Up Helly Aa: Scotland’s Fire Festival
Each year in Scotland, thousands of men bearing torches parade through the streets on the last Tuesday of January to mark the end of the Yule Season. Though only officially begun in 1881, the Up Helly Aa day fire festivals have their roots in ancient Anglo Saxon rites. Revelers pay homage to this history by dressing in full costume and electing a Jarl to head the festivities. The Jarl and his committee lead the torch-bearers through the town to a replica of a Viking longship, which they set ablaze with the torches. After the burning, townspeople retire to local public halls for a night of dancing and performances. The Wednesday after is taken as a day of recovery before “Hop Night” when the festivities continue until morning.
He shoots from the heart instead of the head
His mouth and his words they rarely connect
He looks to the past and where his tongue’s tread
And he knows he meant the opposite
But she holds him
Like an infant
Though it breaks her in half to know he’ll wake like a man
Sold on cold indifference
When he reaches for her she’s gone
She slips like the wind through blackened sails, but
Who are we to love at all?
And I hope you don’t mind
If I hang all of my hopes
I hang all my hopes on this time
Although I’ve been warned
I’ll probably get burned
I’d rather get burned than to not try
I feel so uncomfortable talking about feelings in general that just posting lyrics to songs that pull at my heart strings a little too much because the idea that I might relate to it makes me feel naked. Also it’s like not cool to have feelings on the internet. Oh well.
FLORAL SKULL LEATHER SCULPTURE
Artist Jacky Tsai - “Born in Shanghai, in 1984, Jacky Tsai came to London after completing a BA at the China Academy of Art to study at Central St Martins, quickly making an impact on the fashion world with his iconic Floral Skull design made for Alexander McQueen. Tsai’s vision is to create an unique marriage between traditional Eastern craftsmanship with contemporary Western pop art. His time at McQueen, where he worked in pattern design for the brand, created a fascination with fashion and textiles. Printing his striking images on silk, rather than paper, saw his floral skull image achieve critical acclaim.” (more)
Staudinger Franke - Icons of media technology. Blown, to have a look into.
Vacant Chicago Warehouse Burns, Becomes Frozen in Ice
On Tuesday evening, a vacant warehouse in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood caught fire. It took more than 200 firefighters the entire night to bring the blaze under control.
With Chicago facing some of the coldest temperatures of the season, the water used to battle the flames froze to the exterior of the building. The warehouse-turned-ice cube has attracted visitors from across the area, who have been documenting the uncommon sight through Instagram.
The five-alarm fire—the largest in Chicago since 2004—thankfully resulted in no injuries.
A Beautiful Walkable Map for Berlin’s 775th Anniversary
Though the exhibit is no longer on display, many visitors shared their photographs on Instagram. See more photos of the walkable map on the Schlossplatz location page!
In 2012, Berlin celebrated its 775th anniversary. Among the many festivities, several large open-air exhibitions were constructed, including a beautiful walkable map of Berlin, called City of Diversity, placed in front of the largest church in the city.
The walkable map was built as a celebration of Berlin’s many years of immigration history and diversity. It was constructed by a group of artists using a 1:775 scale and 274 stencils, featuring giant colored pins with fascinating explorable facts and stories about migration to Berlin on them. Each colored pin explored a different current or historic topic of diversity in the city, ranging from religion and politics to music and culture.