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Today's Halloween Interactive Google Doodle

Today's cute animated interactive Google Doodle created by Simon Rüger of Germany who made this little explanatory video:

Happy Halloween!

Add Some Personality To Your Plants With DIY Face Pots. Here's The Instructions And Supplies To Make Your Own.

Face Pots (which ought to be called Face Plants - at least in the US for the double entendre) are a charming and funny idea that you can easily make yourself. They make great gifts and party centerpieces. Depending on your choice of plant, the foliage makes hilarious " hair."

How To Make Them:

Links to all you need to make your own:
Various Houseplants
Clear Plastic Plants Pots
Classic Plant Pot
Photo Printer Paper
Potting soil

This great do-it-yourself idea was conceived of by Kazakhstan's independent creative marketing and pr agency GOOD! who is the source of the images.

Lip Service. Hand Painted Flatware With Hollywood Orifices by Andrea Mary Marshall.

The “Lip Service” dinner series by artist Andrea Mary Marshall consists of both “The Original Supper,” a set of hand painted spoons, and “The Marilyn Knives,” individual hand painted knives and both are available for purchase.

The Original Supper
“The Original Supper” is a thirteen piece set of double-sided, hand painted silverware inspired by 15th century Apostle Spoons, which included a decorative spoon for Jesus Christ and each of the twelve apostles seated at ‘The Last Supper.’

above: The thirteen Hollywood icons featured in “The Original Supper” are (from left to right): Shirley Temple, Dolly Parton, Joan Crawford, Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, Anna Nicole Smith, Madonna, Kim Kardashian, Elizabeth Taylor, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Cher and Britney Spears.

Replacing Jesus and his apostles are thirteen female Hollywood icons objectified by only their red lips and labia. Madonna is featured as Jesus Christ or the ‘Savior Spoon’ and Marilyn Monroe is represented by a knife, symbolizing Judas and ‘the kiss of death.’ This double-sided set serves up sex as ‘the original meal ticket’ and comments on the consumption and exploitation of sexuality in popular culture.

WARNING: The following images are graphic and not suitable for those under 18 years of age

Madonna Spoon (front and back):

Tina Turner Spoon (front and back):

Shirley Temple Spoon (front and back):

The Original Supper is a 13 piece set and comes with a black lacquered tray and black napkins. $6,500 USD (buy it here)

The Marilyn Knives
“The Marilyn Knives” is Marshall's edition of five hand painted dinner knives featuring Marilyn Monroe’s lips based on the Gene Korman publicity photograph made popular in Andy Warhol’s famed silk-screen portrait. Each set of lips is painted a different shade, from pink to red, as legend has it Marilyn Monroe wore five lipsticks at once to create her famous pout.

Marilyn Monroe With A Little Lettuce:

Marilyn Monroe With A Pubic Hair:

Marilyn Monroe With A Ruby Puby:

Marilyn Monroe With A Smudge Of Fudge:

Marilyn Monroe With Joan Crawford's Lipstick Stain:

The Marilyn Knives are sold separately, each comes with a black napkin. $850 USD each (buy them here)

Artist Andrea Mary Marshall is actually on this Month's cover of SCENE magazine:

About the artist:
Andrea Mary Marshall is a New York based artist. Her work consists mainly of self-portraits rendered as paintings, photographs, and film. Through self portraiture, Marshall examines the intersection of identity, female sexuality, and consumer culture in the context of the “ideal woman.” Her inaugural solo show, Toxic Women, was held at Allegra LaViola Gallery in New York City, in 2011. Her work has appeared in numerous group exhibitions, including 400 Women (Shoreditch Town Hall, London, UK), Grupo de los Diecseis Exhibition (Hacienda de los Morales, Mexico City), and Ni Una Mas (The Juarez Murders) (Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA). She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Parsons the New School for Design in 2006.

Brut for Bond. Bollinger Limited Edition Champagne 002 for 007.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of 007’s appearance on screen in Skyfall and the Bollinger / James Bond partnership, Champagne Bollinger  has launched a limited edition special presentation box of one of their great vintages from the last century, Bollinger La Grande Année 2002.

Champagne Bollinger has been Bond’s champagne of choice since its first appearance on screen in ‘Live and Let Die’ in 1973, when the Brocolli-Wilson family decided that Bollinger best represented Bond’s impeccable taste.

The presentation box, in the shape of a Walther PPK silencer, opens by aligning the three numbers 007 and by clicking on the gun logo button, revealing a bottle of Bollinger La Grande Année 2002, the most exceptional vintage in the last decade, according to Mathieu Kauffmann, Cellar Master at Champagne Bollinger.

The bottle, adorned in shiny black and hot stamped silver, is a collector’s item in itself, an elegant celebration of the 50th anniversary of James Bond on screen. The guilloche pattern on the label and the cap is repeated on the box, a veiled reference to the grip of the pistol. 30,000 bottles of Bollinger’s 002 for 007 have been produced.

Harrods of London was decked out in tribute to 007 for the whole of October. Bollinger aficionados attended a preview launch of the 002 for 007 presentation box.

From escalators to store windows via tasting areas, Bond’s favourite champagne enjoys pride of place in the legendary department store. On display are bottles of Mr Bond’s favourite cuvées –including the mythical Bollinger R.D. and an outsized version of the box dedicated to the latest Bond movie.

The Bollinger 002 for 007 presentation box is now for sale at (£150) and TheWhiskyExchange (£125), Sherry-Lehman ($199), at Zachy's  ($195) and in specialist shops and wine merchants all over the globe. TheWhiskyExchange can ship to most countries in the world (price is excluding shipping costs).

photos © Champagne Bollinger and Harrods

The 2012 ArtPrize Winner Adonna Khare And A Close Look At Her Mural.

above: detail from 'Elephants', the first place winner of the 2012 ArtPrize

ArtPrize has become the world’s largest art competition by combining $560,000 in total prizes with an open call for artists, venues, and critics. This year's first place winner, "Elephants" by Adonna Khare is an illustrated series of life sized Elephants, intertwined with a menagerie of animals. (Links to all the finalists are at the end of this post).

above: Adonna Khare and her winning piece, "Elephants"

The large mural was setup to function as a triptych and engage the viewers in the transformation of the work. The triptych is still a work in progress. Below are many images and details from the piece (courtesy of the both the artist and ArtPrize).

The Full Mural:

Left Panel:

Right Panel:

The Artist and the Center Panel:

Mural in progress from afar:

The Incredible Details

Detail (See No Evil):

Detail (Sleeping Chimp):

Detail (All chimps):

Detail (Chimp and Mini Giraffes)

Detail (Crane and balloon dogs):

Detail (tree):

As exhibited at ArtPrize in Michigan:


Links to the other ArtPrize finalists and juried awards:

2012 Top Ten
Second Place: "Song of Lift" by Martijn van Wagtendok
Third Place: "Rebirth of Spring" by Frits Hoendervanger
Fourth Place: "Stick-to-it-ive-ness: Unwavering pertinacity; perseverance" by Richard Morse
Fifth Place: "Lights in the Night" by Mark Carpenter and Dan Johnson
Sixth Place: "Life in Wood" by Dan Heffron
Seventh Place: "Origami" by Kumi Yamashita
Eighth Place: "The Chase" by Artistry of Wildlife
Ninth Place: "Return to Eden" by Sandra Bryant
Tenth Place: "City Band" by Chris LaPorte

2012 Juried Awards
Juried Grand Prize: "Displacement (13208 Klinger St)" by Design 99
Urban Space Award: "Flight" by Dale Rogers
2-D Award: "Habitat" by Alois Kronschlager
3-D Award: "More or Less" by ABCD 83
Venue Award: "SITE:LAB" at 54 Jefferson
Time/Performance Award: "Three Phases" by Complex Movements

About the artist:
Adonna Khare has been recognized by The Los Angeles Times, U-Press Telegram, and Edward Goldman on NPR

B.A. in Art from California State University Long Beach
M.F.A in Art from CSULB
2007 Award for Distinguished Acheivement in Creative Activity

Permanent collection of the Long Beach Museum of Art as well as numerous private collections throughout the world. Member of The Drawing Center New York.

Selected works can be obtained from the Lora Schlesinger Gallery at Bergamot Station, Santa Monica.

For a current pricelist please contact Adonna Khare.

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