An Art Project Is Taking Photos Over A Thousand Years (Cool Weird Awesome 373)

The strangeness of this year has been messing with our internal clocks and our sense of how days, weeks and months go. But sometimes it's good to rethink how we understand time, like though Tahoe Timescape, a project to take photographs over one thousand years. Plus: New York City is where King Kong ran wild in the movies, but a new statue could help rebuild the relationship between NYC and big apes.

By |2020-09-03T07:39:06-04:00September 3rd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Why Is It So Hard To Tell A Real Rembrandt Painting From A Copy? (Cool Weird Awesome 372)

Decades ago researchers announced a Rembrandt painting was not actually by Rembrandt at all. But on Sunday, researchers said they'd looked again and the painting probably was an actual Rembrandt. There are lots of challenges to verifying whether a Rembrandt is really his work or just a simulation. Plus: an interactive online map of continental drift can show you where a town or city used to be hundreds of millions of years ago.

By |2020-09-02T08:02:56-04:00September 2nd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

A Brick House Could Also Be A Power House (Cool Weird Awesome 360)

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have found a way to cover bricks with a special coating so they can store electricity, essentially turning bricks into batteries. Good news for the third little pig! Plus: Koji Kasatani is wowing the world with hyperrealistic, playful art made from ceramic bananas.

By |2020-08-17T08:18:00-04:00August 17th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

That’s No Moon, It’s An Underwater “Space Station” (Cool Weird Awesome 358)

Fabien Cousteau is looking to build PROTEUS, a 4,000 square foot underwater research station that has research facilities, a multimedia production studio and an underwater greenhouse. A much more productive use of underwater space than Dr. No and SPECTRE had. Plus: the Racine Art Museum has brought back the annual Peeps Art Exhibition, and this year's submissions are extremely sweet. 

By |2020-08-13T07:48:23-04:00August 13th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

A City In New Zealand Has Its Own Wizard (Cool Weird Awesome 355)

There is at least one person in the world who's paid to be a wizard. The city of Christchurch, New Zealand, contracts with him to "provide acts of wizardry and other wizard-like-services as part of promotional work for the city of Christchurch." Plus: there's a museum exhibit in Switzerland featuring works of art that showcase imaginary or invented languages.

By |2020-08-11T07:54:09-04:00August 10th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

The Speed Camera That Thought It Caught A Car Going 437 MPH (Cool Weird Awesome 341)

There was a story out of Italy where a driver got a ticket for driving 437 miles per hour. Since that's almost three times as fast as the car could legitimately go, it's believed to have been a malfunction of a local speed camera. Plus: the creations of cabinet maker Henk Verhoeff aren't malfunctioning, they're meant to be, as the artist put it, "broken and weird."

By |2020-07-14T08:00:01-04:00July 14th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Let’s All Ride Inside A Monowheel (Cool Weird Awesome 299)

Imagine a unicycle, but there's no seat, the wheel is much bigger and you ride inside it. That's a monowheel, and while it may not be a casual rider's cup of tea, extreme sports people are way into them. Plus: how would you like to recreate a piece of art in your house that's made of fortune cookies?

By |2020-05-15T07:59:31-04:00May 15th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Running The Mars Rover From Home Is The Coolest Remote Work Ever (Cool Weird Awesome 282)

Like people in other industries who have the means to do so, the scientists who operate the Curiosity Rover are working away from their office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in southern California. Though technically when you run a craft that's on another planet, you're always working remotely. Plus: artist Greg Olijnyk makes intricate sculptures of robots, telescopes, ships and more out of plain old cardboard.

By |2020-04-22T08:58:51-04:00April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , , |

When Food Becomes The Artist’s Muse (Cool Weird Awesome 277)

Artist Itsuo Kobayashi has been keeping an illustrated food diary since 1980, drawing and describing each meal, the ingredients, the price and how it made him feel. Plus: for National Banana Day, we go to - where else - the International Banana Museum in California.

By |2020-04-15T08:54:36-04:00April 15th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The World Shuts Down, But “Art Doesn’t Stop” (Cool Weird Awesome 259)

Staff at a museum in Turin, Italy called Castello di Rivoli have been working marathon days to digitize their entire collection so that art lovers who can't see the pieces in person can still enjoy them online. Plus: a volunteers at a thrift shop in North Carolina spots something unusual in a stack of paintings - a work by none other than Salvador Dali!

By |2020-03-16T07:26:17-04:00March 16th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |