Friday, 4 March 2011

art by the numbers

I know I'm not so good with numbers even so I can feel a subtle
fascination with them besides my math marks in old schooldays
were good enough but when it comes to merge numbers 
with art I'm thrilled to pieces.

The famed Mona Lisa (better known in Italy as 'La Gioconda') 
has been skillfully replicated in king-size scale to launch 
the annual  “The Rocks Aroma Festival” in Sydney, 
the biggest coffee festival in Australia, stunningly 
gathering 3,604 plastic cups of coffee.

all photos by Alison Lyons/Solent via Daily Mail
The different shades of color were created by adding varying
quantities of milk to each cup of black coffee, it took a team
of 8 people 3 hours to complete and was seen by 129,000
people: you may call this 'Mocha Lisa' and I'm a true coffee 
lover but it's pretty impressive, isn't it?

Damien Hirst's 'For the love of God', unmentioned photographer
Guess you've seen this diamond encrusted skull called
”For the love of God” by British controversial superstar
artist Damien Hirst which is entirely covered by 8,601
flawless pavé-set diamonds weighing a total of 1,106.18
carats currently on display in Florence's Palazzo Vecchio.
An upscale and quite a bit sinister 'memento mori' .

photo by Epa/Rungroj Yongrit
This unusual sculpture is made with 204,000 soup cans
to mark the opening of this year's edition of Bangkok's
”Health Food and Ingredients” Festival, Tahiland's major
event for food and related equipment for processing and
packaging, focused on consumers' growing consciousness.

photo by

British designer Stuart Haygarth realized his 1.5 meter wide
'Tide Chandelier' in 2004 by collecting and assembling 1,080
different plastic items found on the beach of Dungeness,
on the Kent coastline, which is part of a larger work 
based on 'man made' debris: have you seen 
such a playful hanging light so far? photos by Dwayne Oyler
Artist Michael Kalish used 1,306 pear-shaped punching
bags with 6 miles of stainless steel cables and 2,500 pounds
of aluminium pipe to build his 22-foot-high installation portraying
the 3-time heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali (Cassius
Marcellus Clay) which has been exhibited in L.A.'s Nokia Plaza. photo by Caters
While working at a church doing bronze reliefs depicting 
the life of Saint Catherine, Californian artist Andrew Myers 
came up with the idea to create something out of screws 
and 6 months later he completed his first piece.
”I can use between 8,000 and 10,000 screws per portrait 
and each one takes months to complete” he said talking 
about his original portraits which fetched up to $9,000 
but, despite the stiff price tag, he swears to be 
not a high earner “...household screws are cheap 
if you need to hang a few pictures, but when you 
need to buy tens of thousands of them, the price soon 
adds up”. Well, maybe it's not financially rewarding 
but his kind of art is truly unique and screwin' up!


  1. Gorgeous! I love the punching bags art and I must confess that I would jump into that Mona Lisa coffee art, I usually say that coffee is my best friend, specially before my Biology classes.

  2. Dearest Elisabetta,

    Wow, what an impressive 'La Gioconda' that turned out to be! Love all your pictures. Tahiland of course you mean Thailand...
    Have a look at my Italian Cooking Class with my dear friend/lady chef Maria Runggaldier from Bolzano, Italy.
    LOVE the food from your country and the fashion, the jewelry, the shoes and the lingerie +++

    Have a wonderful weekend!