Fighting windmills

weird short stories and other things

“A windmill is a machine that converts the energy of wind into rotational energy by means of vanes called sails. Originally, windmills were developed for milling grain for food production. In the course of history, the windmill machinery was adapted to many other industrial uses. An important non-milling use is to pump water, either for land drainage or to extract groundwater”.  (Wikipedia)

Struck by the wing of a windmill” is a Dutch expression for somebody who is (slightly) mad.

Fighting windmills” is also of Dutch origin

Both expressions must have been known by the writer of the Don Quixote (Don Quichote) adventures (James Baldwin) and his fight with those “giants”. Pictured (below at the end of the story) is a South African windmill (for pumping water from a borehole) and their blades are sharp …

VERY early the next morning, the knight and his squire…

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Sydney Cloud Tsunami in Pictures

Art exists because life is not enough.

A few days ago, happened a meteorological phenomenon, fascinating and scaring at once, on the Australian coasts of New South Wales, in Sydney. Producing at the beginning of a thunderstorm, a “tsunami cloud” of several kilometers poured everywhere in the sky, above the city and the beaches. Pictures with apocalyptic atmospheres were shared on social medias ; here’s a selection.

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New Surrealist Sculptures by Ellen Jewett

This just made my day!

Art exists because life is not enough.

Ellen Jewett effortlessly blends animals with elements from their environments, creating ceramic pieces that often balance unexpected species together in a singular piece. Each work is highly detailed—flowers, leaves, and vines wrapping themselves around animals from coyotes to chameleons.

By focusing on negative spaces within the animals’ bodies, Jewett strips away the weight of her objects, a quality that is usually inextricably linked to the medium of sculpture. She constructs her ceramic pieces using an additive technique, beginning with the innermost parts of the sculptures and layering outward. As periphery components of the animals’ surroundings are added to the piece, a narrative begins to form. These additional pieces Jewett describes as being beautiful, grotesque, or fantastical and add to the object’s exploration of domestication, death, growth, visibility, and wildness.

Jewett’s materials are just as important as her process—only using clay, paints, finishes, and glazes that are free from toxic properties…

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