Patent Backgrounds

I was poking around in the Google patent database and realized a lot of the artwork scans are huge high-res images. So I grabbed a couple of favourites and made HD-resolution deskop backgrounds. I can confirm that they look pretty rad on my laptop! 🙂

You’re free to download them as use them as you please! (The patent artwork is public domain!)

SNES Controller 1920×1080

Famicom 1920×1080

Gameboy 1920×1080

Gameboy Handheld 1920×1080

MMMMAKEEEEE

I stopped by the Ottawa School of Art gallery as I was wandering through the market again yesterday (primarily to return a book I’d bought, but I happened to bring a camera with me) and stumbled on Christos Pantieras’ amazing installation called “AM I WORTH IT” – a bajillion letter tiles cast in cement, then grouted with loose fine sand. Periodically words seem to crawl out of the background, you’re invited to walk around on the tiles and take it in from different perspectives. Really loved this work – I wonder what will happen to all the cement letters when he’s done!?

Fire and Ice

I was in the market early for a birthday brunch (mine!) the other day, so I wandered around with my camera taking pictures of the sheets of ice left behind from a freezing rainstorm melting off the statues. This one caught a glint of the sun peeking out between clouds and it looks a bit like embers glowing under glass.

Ludic Fields

Another neat Artengine project – a few spots around town now sport “Ludic Fields” sculptures that break the world down into twisted funhouse-mirror shards and light up at night. 🙂 I was lucky to catch the installation of the one next to the Rideau, but there’s also a set to explore at Baseline and Blair stations. The three sculptures are connected to eachother – when you activate the lights in one location the other locations all respond with their own lightshows. I like the twisty reflections!