A list of intriguing things
One: Imagine a museum exhibit with relics from our time—rather than a distant past—except they are entirely fictional. Example: the 1981 DeLorean from the ‘Back to the Future’. Or a corroded astronaut space suit (see: lead image). These pieces of ‘fictional archaeology’ “are cast to look like relics that future generations will excavate and study in the same way we have with Egyptian mummies or centuries-old shipwrecks.” Fast Company has more on the artist Daniel Arsham. See the Delorean below—and more photos here.
Two: What if we could literally grow our clothes? Zena Holloway’s collection—wittily named ‘Rootfull’—is made of wheatgrass roots grown in templates carved from beeswax. According to Holloway: “Each growing cycle produces a different result, so no two pieces ever grow the same. The challenge is to sew, cut, tease, join, pluck, set, and reset until the root has found the optimal form.” The results are gorgeous and wearable (we hope)! But for an added touch of awesomeness, the roots form “a kind of botanical skeleton, trapping carbon, and therefore [become] a tiny part of the solution to the complex problem of climate change.” Scale magazine has more on her work—or check out this video on the making of ‘Rootful’. See our fave example below. You can also see more at Holloway’s website.
Three: We are greatly amused by this hallowed Kyoto University tradition—which allows students to treat their graduation ceremony as, well, Halloween. Over the years, everyone from Volodomyr Zelenskyy to Jesus Christ and Pokémon has clambered on stage to claim their degree. And plush toys are always a favourite—hey, this is Japan! Now, most students stick to traditional attire but the costumes get all the attention—and for good reason. You can see some examples over at Bored Panda. Buzzfeed News has more on the tradition.