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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Artist re-creates Robert Capa portrait using 5500 toy soldiers

Artist Joe Black re-created a portrait by famous photographer Robert Capa using toy soldiers. Lots and lots of them. Using unusual materials is something Black has done in the past, employing items such as Lego and badges, all with stunning results. Here's what Black has to say about the Capa portrait entitled "Made in China":
 Produced using more than 5500 toy soldiers. The portrait is of a Chinese soldier boy taken by photographer Robert Capa. The image was used on the front cover of LIFE magazine, January 1938 to cover the Sino Japanese War. The toy soldiers are manufactured in China, hence the title “Made in China”.

Here's the Made in China portrait:

And here's some close-ups so you can see how the image was made:

"If it’s small enough I’ll stick it down." Quote from Joe Black.

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Top ten sex scandals of 2011

1. Presidential candidate Herman Cain was on a roll when repeated accusations of sexual harassment were brought forward by several women. Cain finally folded his presidential bid under extreme duress from media coverage and perhaps from Mrs. Cain.

Herman Cain

2. The former head of the IMF Dominique Strauss-Kahn was forced to resign his position after a hotel chamber maid in New york accused him of sexually assaulting her at the Sofitel Hotel, when she came in to clean the room. Charges were dropped when credibility issues about the maid surfaced. Strauss-Kahn was involved in a lawsuit brought on by French journalist and writer Tristan Banon, but Banon dropped the charges in October.


3. The most disturbing sex scandal of the year happened at Penn State, where assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting ten boys. It quickly came to light that allegations about Sandusky's behavior were reported to university authorities years before, and effectively swept under the carpet. Coach Joe Paterno, a long time legend in the world of college ball and the University president Graham Spanier were fired as a result. Sandusky steadfastly maintains he is completely innocent.

4. Justin Bieber was pushed into the headlines when 20-year-old Mariah Yeater alleged the Biebs fathered her 4-month-old son. Bieber immediately said he would take a DNA test. Text messages were exposed that Yeater had sent, indicated that the father was someone else and Yeater withdrew her paternity suit, after her lawyers quit and advised her to lay off the Bieber.

5. No more bunga bunga parties for ex-Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi after the avalanche of sex scandals finally buried him and forced his resignation, including allegedly paying for sex with 17-year-old Moroccan belly dancer Karima El Mahroug, known as "Ruby the heart stealer.

Bunga bunga

6. Who can forget pencil thin Former Congressman Anthony Weiner, who denied and later admitted sending sexually suggestive photos of himself to several women through his Twitter account.

7. Former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger was terminated by wife Maria Shriver, after finding out about Arnold's secret love child that he fathered more than a decade before, with a long time member of their household staff. Schwarzenegger had been keeping his mistress and child in a house located in a high-end suburban neighbourhood.

Arnold the Inseminator

8. Indiana House of Representatives Phillip Hinkle offered to pay teenage boy Kameryn Gibson $140 for a 'really good time.' The Indianapolis Star came published emails between Hinkle and Gibson, which detailed plans to meet at a downtown Indianapolis hotel. The Star reported that when the pair met in person Hinkle exposed himself to the boy."I don't know what was going through my mind," he later told a television reporter.

9. Former Congressman Chris Lee was forced to resign after a report from Gawker emerged that the Congressman had sent a shirtless picture of himself flexing his muscles to a woman he connected with on Craigslist. Lee is married and has a young child.

The Congressman sans shirt

10. And finally, let's not forget about Mr. Demi Moore. Ashton Kutcher aparently had sex with 22-year-old Sarah Leal on the eve of his and Demi Moore’s sixth wedding anniversary. Demi filed for divorce in November. Reports have since surfaced suggesting the pair had an open marriage and were into threesomes.

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