Matches became something really conventional for us but it turns out that this attribute came to stay in our pockets and by-the-kitchen-range drawers not that long ago.
More than one inventive Herostratus had tried to create “fire sticks” of some kind since 13th century. There were no patents back then so it is hard to positively state who the first to come up with matches was. Their manufactory production dates back to 19th century. In 1805 French chemist Jean Chancel had wood attached with a killer cocktail: sulfur, potassium chlorate and acid to create a prototype of what now is preserved in a 5-centimeter-long box. The world rejoiced and the ball started rolling – as soon as in 1813 in Austria world’s first matches’ manufacture “Milliard & Viko” began its operation.
Since then “not a child’s play” was subject for improvement. Heads changed – everything, from wax to incomprehensible gum arabic was on fire. So it went on until 1855 when Swedish chemist Johan Lundström hit upon the idea of applying red phosphorus to matches and flint paper; it made the product safe and non-emitting awful mixture of smells. This invention earned Lundström a medal of World Exhibition in Paris and in Sweden one true “matches boom” began. 20 years later about 120 “fire-producing” factories operated in the country.
Probably, the last significant stage in the history of matches was production of their container. In 1889 an American Joshua Pusey came up with the idea of it and was getting ready for a patent when Diamond Match Company outdid the innovator by adding igniting surface and applying it outside the box, which was far more comfortable than what Pusey suggested, and he thought of locating it inside.
Well, and then matchboxes started being used as… advertising space while matches themselves became instruments for creation of amazing things. For instance, Ford company graphically demonstrated that their “trucks” wouldn’t let anyone down and there would be enough room for everything in the trunk. Creative employees of Property Consultancy real estate agency promises to find such a dwelling that would be as efficient as possible regardless of dimensions. Several years ago a famous fast food chain decided to be in the trend, too, so they turned matches into potatoes free. Or vice versa – whatever you prefer.
But not only western companies learned how to use matchboxes as advertising. Ukrainian touristic company proves that while on vacation not only you should forget but even burn everything that steals your time and deprives you of pleasures. Russian Troika agency came up with as decent a masterpiece. They decided that the best promo is graphic demonstration. Scale is far from the original – so what? On the upside, a customer can feel the commodity.
Still, not every one likes promoting and selling own goods. Some people create amazing things using matches. Like Bulgarian artist Plamen Ignatov does. He spent 15 years of his life on replication of Rila Monastery using them. Alongside large amount of time, 6 million matchsticks were spent on the copy.
British oil rig worker David Reynolds is slightly behind. He spend about a million matches and 10 years on his armada that includes Titanic, Queen Mary, HMS Victory and other famous ships. Creation of British Tolkienists is just as captivating and remarkable. Their matchstick city from The Lord of the Rings seems to be full of elves, hobbits and living a certain life of its own. In conclusion it is worth saying that fire and art are… well, five centimeters apart, tops.
You often got convinced that skilful hands of a master who puts life into his creation, can transform humble tree stump into a charming violin, piece of plaster becomes an ancient sculpture, and even clay tile looks like a work of fine art.
Only dancing and wearing mask, Korean peasants were able to express their disgust towards rudeness or greed of the hosts or apply to some deity with extraordinary request. Keeping anonymity, the people played out the scenes from life, cried, and laughed. At the end of the performance the destiny awarded the good characters and punished villains.
At the sight of Flemish lacework it is hard to shake the feeling that miraculous flowers, artfully braided into a wreath of a pattern, were born from loose sparks that had escaped a magic wand. On the inside of the beauty there are efforts and days of jetsam girls, stolen from life by labyrinth of openwork loops.
Magic dance of a snake in time with flute’s melody often described in Eastern fairy tales and depicted in movies is no fiction but a true symbol of those countries. In Egypt, India, African countries and some other states slithering tribe are tamed to make a spectacular entertainment out of it. Profession of reptile charmers exists there; it is believed to be as nearly as the most amazing on Earth.
What is it that characterizes any nation without much words and long explanations? Dances, of course, because it is these movements, refined over centuries, that can tell a foreigner about other peoples much more than thick history books. If you carefully watch and feel the way people dance in different countries, their mind set will become much more comprehensible. And these aren’t mere words.
We have amber flowing through our veins, joke the Balts. They believe that a sunny stone comes from tear drops of their goddess Jūratė. According to legend, she was careless enough to fall in love with a mere mortal fisherman named Kastytis who day by day cast his nets to the Baltic Sea.
Dirty cars are like a host for an artist. One may treat such art differently. Someone will wrinkle his nose and disdainfully wrestle his clothes. Others necessarily want to put a finger in such a picture in order to check the fragility of the "canvas" and smear its outlines. However, others will definitely make a selfie. However, nobody can pass by.
Land-art is not simply the landscape design but also the whole direction in art which in thee 21-st century considered one of the most important when only lazy people do not speak about the ‘green technologies’ and environment. The names of stars of such an activity have sturdily come into the speech of the tutors, critics, and connoisseurs, especially they outline Patrick Dougherti.
When I, as a little girl, for the first time passed my hand over trimmed bush, my palm got scratched with sharp edges of twigs and lasting arborvitae fragrance hit my nose. Mesmerized, I was not able to take my eyes away from the cones, balls and squares that surrounded me in the park of a small resort town. I felt like being inside a fairy tale, where behind the leaves I could notice a smile of the Cheshire Cat.
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