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   xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Oct 5 11:25 PM

Oct 6th, 2017: The Fragile Giant

Of course he isn’t real. I take that back, he is real just not a real live Elephant.
Artist Jonty Hurwitz made him by multiphoton lithography… think 3-D printing technique.
Called The Fragile Giant and measuring only 0.157 mm (0.0062 in) tall.

Isn’t he cute? He’s also the smallest man-made object ever filmed.
He was filmed image by image with a scanning electron microscope.

The link says it was created to raise awareness about the plight of elephants threatened by ivory poaching and trafficking.
OK, that’s definitely a worthy cause I support. But I see statements like that so often. It seems to be SOP for any artsy project
to associate itself, attach itself, by claiming a worthy cause as the motivation.

Maybe I’m too cynical, but it seems an insurance policy, so if anyone says something derogatory about the piece/performance,
they can be attacked for being anti good cause. Anyway cute Elephant


glatt  Friday Oct 6 08:38 AM

That's extremely detailed for such a small object. They should show it standing in a pile of table salt, or on an actual finger.

limey  Friday Oct 6 12:20 PM

They did. Look at the inset pic!

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Gravdigr  Friday Oct 6 12:38 PM

Auction it off, donate the money, that's what will help the cause.


Diaphone Jim  Friday Oct 6 12:56 PM

That is simply over-the-top amazing.
Elephants themselves are amazing creatures. It has been their incredible bad luck to have something that a few assholes want.

xoxoxoBruce  Friday Oct 6 02:48 PM

True, Elephants have displayed more social skills, memory, and reasoning resembling critical thinking, than the other animals studied including our cousin tree hangars.

Griff  Friday Oct 6 03:13 PM

Wait we can do this but we can't have functional politics,... weird.

xoxoxoBruce  Friday Oct 6 03:26 PM

Functional politics requires looking at the big picture. Maybe outlawing electron microscopes because scientists are not trustworthy. I heard that somewhere.

tombstone  Friday Oct 6 04:06 PM


Oh Bruce, that's perfect!

CujoDeSockpuppet  Friday Oct 6 07:53 PM

Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
True, Elephants have displayed more social skills, memory, and reasoning resembling critical thinking, than the other animals studied including our cousin tree hangars.
There are dolphins and whales too.

Leus  Friday Oct 6 11:19 PM

That's impressive technology.


Fuck modern artsy wankers. Art shouldn't need a title, let alone 2,000 words to make it so -- random photographs, or some string hanging from the ceiling, or a dark room with some boring movie on loop, or some sticks haphardly glued together, that stuff need a fucking manual to "appreciate" it.

My work explores the relationship between Pre-raphaelite tenets and UFO sightings.

With influences as diverse as Caravaggio and Andy Warhol, new combinations are manufactured from both traditional and modern textures.

Ever since I was a teenager I have been fascinated by the theoretical limits of the zeitgeist. What starts out as vision soon becomes finessed into a carnival of defeat, leaving only a sense of unreality and the inevitability of a new reality.

As subtle replicas become clarified through boundaried and academic practice, the viewer is left with a clue to the possibilities of our era.
Fucking hate that shit.

xoxoxoBruce  Friday Oct 6 11:35 PM

But Leus, I read recently of a gallery or museum, can't remember the details, didn't adequately label an art installation and came in the following morning to find the janitors had trashed it overnight.

Diaphone Jim  Saturday Oct 7 12:57 PM

They say elephants can't jump, but I have seen pictures of them dancing.
Rough calculations show that about 600 of these little beauties could dance on the head of a pin. Of at least fit, so maybe a hundred would have room to dance.

Don't care much for artsy wankers myself, otherwise I don't think I know what he said.

Gravdigr  Saturday Oct 7 02:19 PM

Originally Posted by Diaphone Jim View Post
...otherwise I don't think I know what he said.

Your reply here?

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