Saturday, November 1, 2008
Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain. The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, and is sometimes regarded as the “Celtic New Year”.
Traditionally, the festival was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundary between the alive and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops. The festivals would frequently involve bonfires, into which bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Costumes and masks were also worn at the festivals in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or placate them.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
This is called "Interface" by Michael Lipman. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Ian Lovatt's sculpture called " Ordinary Extraordinary" (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Ruth Bellotti and Steve Rosewell's piece called "Soldier Scale 1:1" (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images AsiaPac)
"Close To Land's End" by Alex Asch (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images AsiaPac)
"On The Beach" by Tim Kyle (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images AsiaPac)
"Imag_ne" by Emma Anna (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images AsiaPac)