Pinball – not the chaotic, button-mashing dingfest many assume it to be.
Rather – as this Vox mini-doc explains – a game of strategy where true players see patterns amid the noise and flashing lights.
Paperbridge by environmental artist Steve Messam: a free standing arch (no glue or fixings, just gravity and friction) spanning a stream at Grisedale Valley in Cumbria.
Constructed from 22,000 sheets of bright red paper, the ‘bridge’ weighs over 4.2 tonnes. Messam sez of it:
Paper is a simple material made from wood pulp and water. The intensity of colour used in the bridge contrasts with the verdant landscape making a bold statement of form and design. Alongside this the materials used have a resonance with the natural environment and the construction of the bridge also reflects local architectural forms, specifically pack horse bridges found throughout the area. All of the paper used in PaperBridge will be recovered and returned to the Burneside Mill for recycling into new paper once the project ends. This transparent cycle is part of the overall environmental narrative of the piece.
Jessica Elvidge of Earth Unplugged writes:
I noticed you posted Steve Mould’s self siphoning beads yesterday, and wondered if you might like to take a look at this update film we’ve filmed with Steve earlier this week. We at Earth Unplugged got in touch with Steve after his original self siphoning beads film posed a few questions about what exactly happens to make the chain seemingly defy gravity to exit the beaker. So we filmed it with our slow motion camera (a Photron BC2) and asked Steve if he could work out what exactly was happening to produce this behaviour.