Rat king in the scientific museum Mauritianum Altenburg, Germany:
Rat kings are phenomena said to arise when a number of rats become intertwined at their tails, which become stuck together with blood, dirt, ice, excrement or simply knotted. The animals reputedly grow together while joined at the tails. The numbers of rats that are joined together can vary, but naturally rat kings formed from a larger number of rats are rarer. The phenomenon is particularly associated with Germany, where the majority of instances have been reported. Historically, there are various superstitions surrounding rat kings, and they were often seen as an extremely bad omen, particularly associated with plagues. MORE.
Jean François Nicéron, La Perspective Curieuse (The Curious Perspective), 1638.
"When you look deeply into your anger, you will see that the person you call your enemy is also suffering. As soon as you see that, the capacity of accepting and having compassion for them is there."
Thich Nhat Hanh (via thecalminside)
Ink, Graphite, Spray Paint, Inkjet on Paper
Museum Monday: The New York Times features artists Robert Irwin and James Turrell on the occasion of their small but powerful exhibition at the Villa Menafoglio Litta Panza in Varese, Italy. The exhibition includes James Turrell’s new immersive installation Sight Unseen, which produces the feeling of floating inside a cloud, as well as Robert Irwin’s Varese Portal Room, which evokes his fascination with perception and reality. The exhibition, entitled Aisthesis: The Origin of Sensations, takes its cue from the ancient Greek word for “feeling” and continues through November 2.