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Day December 10, 2008

The Shimmering Cube

“She observed a cube shimmering in the air below.”

I’ve recently gone attic mining. Even if you have an attic — or know where one may be found — there’s a good chance you’ve never ventured into its depths. Rightly so, I say, for there are unseen dangers. I speak, of course, of the awful old books which migrate into the attic when they have finished poisoning the bookshelves in the living room. If there is interest, I shall endeavor to provide examples tomorrow.

There are some small compensations. As it happens, mysterious cases also migrate to attics. Please note the clever camouflage adopted by these fine examples!

Kazu Kibuishi

If you’re not familiar with Kazu Kibuishi’s excellent artwork, I urge you to check out Bolt City, Amulet, Flight, and Copper right away. Like, right now. His work is inspiring, thoughtful, humorous — and certainly part of the reason I started posting my own work online.

(For those who are already familiar with Mr. Kibuishi’s work, he just recently posted a new Copper comic. Hooray!)

Bookmarks for December 10th

  • Hartness Secret Tunnel and Equatorial Turret Telescope Observatory … – “The Hartness House was built by former Governor of Vermont, engineer, chief executive officer, inventor and wealthy industrialist James Hartness. This country inn is unique in that it features its own museum, astronomy observatory and antique telescope with a unique equatorial drive system. More unusual is the secret tunnel system built by Hartness to access the observatory, museum and his secret workshop.” More successful people should build secret things with their money — then, we could develop a profession around their discovery.
  • Zeppelin! – Frankfurt am Main – “This series of photographs shows memories of the ILA, International Airship Exposition, held in Frankfurt from July until October 1909, as well a pictures of the most famous Zeppelin of all, the LZ-129, Hindenburg.” A wonderful collection of photographs which conveys well the elegance and beauty of the airship. In my artwork, airships are almost always representative of lost dreams and unattainable wishes. Their absence from our skies represents both technological regression and a denial of the spirit which took us to the air in the first place.