November 17, 2007

Of Skylines & Silhouettes

  • Claasen & Partner make the Berlin Bulb, depicting the city’s skyline on illuminated glass. Paris, Munich, and other cities are due to follow.  In a related vein, see also their Moby Dick Tub Tattoo. [Via]
  • Mounir Fatmi has created three variations of Save Manhattan–skylines comprised variously of books, VHS tapes, and speakers.  Two copies of the Koran cast shadows that recall the Twin Towers.  (Click the small black dots beneath the image to see & read more.) [Via]
  • I’d love to see The Adventures of Prince Achmed–the oldest surviving feature-length animated film, made in Germany in 1926 using silhouette animation.  Assorted stills are scattered around the Web. [Via Maria Brenny]
  • Speaking of German silhouettes, Axel Broetje’s animated Fische und Schiffe won a 2007 Adobe Design Achievement award for student work.
Posted by John Nack at 9:47 PM on November 17, 2007


  • imajes — 2:52 AM on November 18, 2007

    Fische und Schiffe – a well deserved winner. This piece of work illustrates nicely, that it is story and not 3D animation/special effects that ultimately captures the viewer.
    I’ll be sending that link to the nieces!

  • Bert Vanderveen — 6:58 AM on November 18, 2007

    John, There’s a retail-DVD of The Adventures of Prince Achmed to be found in the online shop of the British Film Institute. (I bought it last year and it is wonderful).
    [Cool, thanks! –J.]

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