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Google Doodle Celebrates Moby-Dick’s 161st Berthday Plus Listen to the Big Read! by Peter A. Mello

 

 

We love Moby-Dick at Sea-Fever so it was fun to stumble upon Google’s Doodle celebrating the 161st birthday of it’s publication in England. We can celebrate again next month because it was published in the US on November 14, 1851!

As a present to Sea-Fever readers, here’s the 1st chapter of the Moby-Dick Big Read. Here’s what’s that’s all about:

…an online version of Melville’s magisterial tome: each of its 135 chapters read out aloud, by a mixture of the celebrated and the unknown, to be broadcast online in a sequence of 135 downloads, publicly and freely accessible.

They started posting a chapter a day on Sept. 16, 2012. Tilda Swinton spins an awesome yarn in Chapter 1 – Loomings. There are many other interesting readers and the artwork on the website is definitely worth a visit.

Of course, if you need any help deciphering Melville’s lexicon, there’s no better place to go than Meg Guroff’s awesome PowerMobyDick website.

 



Ghost of the Titanic? by Peter A. Mello
April 15, 2012, 10:22 pm
Filed under: life, maritime, maritime art, maritime heritage

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Here’s an amazing image by Swiss light artist Gerry Hofstetter projected onto an iceberg.

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Closer to home, this plaque is affixed to the side of a house across the street from where we live.

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Francis Davis Millet was an extraordinary man. Here’s his entry on Encyclopedia Titanica.



Turning Garbage into Art: Beach Plastic by Richard Land and Judith Selby Lang by Peter A. Mello

Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang collect tons of plastic debris off a beach near their Norther California home and clean, categorize and store it before using it to create beautiful artwork.

Explore their website Beach Plastic

via Colossal



The Restoration and Reconstruction of Verbeeck’s Battle by Peter A. Mello
July 24, 2011, 1:08 pm
Filed under: maritime art | Tags: , , ,

Interesting video of the restoration and reconstruction of an amazing maritime painting at the National Gallery.



No Tankers Poster by Peter A. Mello
June 19, 2011, 8:55 pm
Filed under: Environment, maritime art

Love this poster.



FotoFriday: Surfin’ Snappin’ Learnin’ by Peter A. Mello

Alright, it’s mid February and the winter doldrums probably have you down a bit. Here’s a perfect educational boondoggle if there ever was one. The School of Visual Arts has a study aboard program which offers Action Surf Photography in Rincon Puerto Rico from March 5 – 13.

Pack your camera bag dude! Surf’s up! (Good luck getting your parents to pay for this)



Dock-u-mentaries: Films about the Working Waterfront by Peter A. Mello

Dock-u-mentaries

New Bedford’s Working Waterfront Festival recently announced an interesting new program: Dock-U-Mentaries, a monthly film series presented in conjunction with New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. (download PDF flyer)

Films will be presented free of charge at 7pm on the third Friday of each month at the Corson Maritime Learning Center (33 William Street) in downtown New Bedford.

The first program takes place on Friday, January 21st featuring:

  • Pearl of the Atlantic – a 1960s era film produced by the New Bedford Seafood Council to promote scallops AND
  • A narrated slide show of the contemporary Port of New Bedford and its workers, presented by photographer Phil Mello.

Working Waterfront Festival and National Park team up for Dock-U-Mentaries – New Bedford Standard Times – Jan. 10, 2011



Birch Tide by Sam Moyer (public art) by Peter A. Mello
November 9, 2010, 10:00 am
Filed under: maritime art | Tags: ,

I love art, especially public art in places that surprise you. I also love art that’s influenced by the sea. This covers it.

Birch Tide by Sam Moyer | Total Recall for Public Art Fund NYC 2010

This work is by Sam Moyer and is part of an exhibition organized by the Public Art Fund in NYC and titled Total Recall From the website:

Covering more than 50 tree trunks in the middle of MetroTech Center Commons, Sam Moyer’s work creates the illusion of a forest of birch trees with their easily recognizable silvery bark. Upon closer inspection, this bark reveals itself to be an image of the North Sea transposed on aluminum planks. Thus, she transplants nature from sea to land, layering species over species and allowing numerous realities to co-exist harmoniously. A multi-layered viewing experience, from some perspectives the work is revealed while from others it disappears completely.

Moyer was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1983. She received her BFA from Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington D.C., in 2005 and her MFA from Yale University, New Haven, in 2007. She was most recently included in the exhibition Greater New York at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City (2010). Recent exhibitions include the solo presentation of work entitledShape Shifters, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York (2010) and group shows at Max Hans Daniel, Berlin, Germany; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City; and the St. Louis Museum of Contemporary Art, Missouri.

Moyer lives and works in Brooklyn.

Photo credit: Public Art Fund on Flickr.com


Bonus Moby-Monday: Conan and the Whale by Peter A. Mello
November 8, 2010, 5:36 pm
Filed under: maritime, maritime art | Tags: , ,

Conan and the Twitter Whale

Remember Jonah and the Whale? The web 2.0 version is Conan and the Fail Whale.

Conan’s new show launches tonight and Twitter Fail Whale artist Yiying Lu created this graphic to celebrate it.

More about this on Mashable and Conan’s website (http://www.teamcoco.com/)

You can follow Conan on Twitter: http://twitter.com/conanobrien He’s funny.



Oil and Water Do Not Mix! by Peter A. Mello
November 3, 2010, 11:03 am
Filed under: Environment, maritime art | Tags:

I love this poster and the story behind it.  (see video below)

Oil and Water Poster in support of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

Buy the poster and support the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.

Flag dip to Brainpicker on Twitter




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