A list of intriguing things
One: Imagine sculptures so delicate that they look like lace—each cut out of a single piece of paper. US artist Maude White uses a simple craft knife to create stunning works marked by painstaking detail. Her favourite subjects are drawn from nature—like this eagle below—or the gorgeous flowers above. You can see more examples on her Insta account or website.
Two: Here’s something to keep in mind if you’re ever travelling to or through Denver international airport. This is an aviation destination like no other—a magnet for the most bizarre conspiracy theories—featuring everything from the Illuminati to aliens. A big reason is the totally batshit artwork.
Like this mural titled ‘Children of the World Dream of Peace’—where “a gas masked soldier wreaks havoc with a gun and a sword. There is also a caravan of refugees trudging onward away from him, a hiding child with a teddy bear, a dead child in someone’s arms, and ruins everywhere.” This one has inspired the theory that Denver airport is designed to be a sanctuary during a mass extinction event that will take place soon.
Not helping matters: This towering demon horse with glowing red eyes—that reportedly fell on its creator and killed him. Its name: Bluecifer. Denver Post has a definitive guide to the airport’s spookiest exhibits—including underground bunkers and skulls. New York Times profiles its sinister reputation.
Three: Many Italians are outraged by a €9 million tourism campaign titled ‘Open to Meraviglia’ (Open to Wonder). The reason: the cheeky campaign riffs on Sandro Botticelli’s most famous painting ‘Birth of Venus’—and turns the goddess into—shock & horror—a social media influencer with her own Insta account. The ‘before’:
TIME magazine has more on the backlash.