Russia’s Hermitage Museum holds more than three million works of art, and is the largest museum in the world. It’s also, likely the only museum with its own staff of stray cat security guards. The 65 badass, mice-killing cats to roam its grounds at night, killing vermin and protecting the museum’s precious works from harm. The felines have been there almost as long as the museum itself, and are taken care of by donations from museum workers and have a dedicated caregiver.
Recently, a series of portraits commemorating the cats was commissioned and produced by Uzbek artist Eldar Zakirov. The series, “Cats of Hermitage,” places the fancy felines in traditional Russian garb. The portraits will be featured in an upcoming issue of Hermitage Magazine. Check out a few others after the jump. [ArtInfo] Keep reading »
What? There’s nothing wrong with this picture. It’s just a boy showing his love for his chicken companion. [Chicken Crap]
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Russell Greenberg from Cameo by RUX has created his idea of a modern cameo. He carves resin bangles and 18-karat gold and platinum rings into 3D portraits of anyone’s profile. And all he needs is a photograph. While personalized jewelry is usually an awesome gift, these bangles are so clunky they’re ugly. And really no one is going to notice it’s someone’s profile. A large amount of craftsmanship and work goes into each of these pieces, I’m sure, but I can think of many more things to spend $350 on rather than a portrait bracelet. The rings are actually beautiful, though, and would make a meaningful wedding band, but cost $1,700 a pop. What do you think? Are these portrait bangles and rings awesome gifts or a phenomenal waste of money? [Refinery 29] Keep reading »