No, THESE Are The 15 Weirdest Art Pieces. Ever.

Posted Jun 08, by Val Liarikos

Andy Warhol sent a sketch of a penis to the moon!

"Moon Museum" is a small ceramic wafer that contains sketches from six prominent 1960s artists. It was taken to the moon as part of the Apollo 12 mission. The artists chosen to be on the 3/4" x 1/2" tile were Robert Rauschenbeg, David Norvos, John Chamberlein, Clae Oldenburg, Forrest Myers and Andy Warhol.

The tiny wafer was covertly attached to a leg of the landing module, which was left on the moon after the mission. However, it's impossible to know if the wafer is actually there unless someone goes to look for it. It was Forrest Myers' idea. He tried to get it officially done through NASA, but when they didn't show much interest, he smuggled it on board.

Andy Warhol had a little fun with his drawing. Although officially he drew a stylized version of his initials. However, being the rebel that he was, the sketch can also be mistaken for a penis or a rocket ship.

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The Flaming Lips released a 24-hour-long song, sold on a hard drive encased in a real human skull for $5,000

The band The Flaming Lips, are known for their artistic stunts. As part of a year-long experimental album extravaganza, the Flaming Lips decided to outdo themselves when it came to bizarre behavior.

They decided that they would release a 24-hour long song. When asked what it was about, the band's frontman, Wayne Coyne, said it would be about life and death among other subjects. As if this wasn't unprecedented enough, the band also wants to encase the song in a human skull. It would be placed on a hard drive and placed in a human skull. The going rate for the oddity? $5,000.

Before the song was even finished, Coyne presold five of them. The Flaming Lips have also released a 6-hour song and a song made entirely of YouTube video clips.

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A painting by a chimp was passed off as modern art by a French artist. And critics loved it!

They say art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Some might even feel that a chimpanzee’s paintings are of the caliber of, say, French artist Pierre Brassau. Never heard of him? That’s because he’s not real! Let us explain. A Swedish journalist came up with the idea to display a series of paintings by renowned French artist Pierre Brassau. The catch was…there was no artist named Pierre Brassau. The paintings were all done by a chimp!

The journalist wanted to see if he could fool critics into thinking that the work was “modern avant-garde” masterpieces. It worked! One critic even said, “Brassau paints with powerful strokes, but also with clear determination. His brush strokes twist with furious fastidiousness. Pierre is an artist who performs with the delicacy of a ballet dancer.” When the hoax was revealed, the critic back-peddled and said he still thought the painting was the best in the exhibition. It was bought by a private collector for $90.

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There’s an art exhibit in Mexico that doubles as an artificial reef!

Jason DeCaires Taylor is a sculptor and artist who grew up in Europe and Asia to a Guyanese mother and an English father. Taylor is also an avid scuba diver, which played into his most daring and eerie project. He created 403 life-size human sculptures and placed them over 420 square meters of the sea floor. He chose to place them in the national marine park in Cancun, Mexico. The coral reefs in that area are suffering from over-fishing and over-visiting.

The spot is strategic, because it will take some of the heat off of the coral reef and draw attention to the art giving the coral reef time to recuperate. The piece is called “The Silent Revolution” and it will also work as an artificial reef that will bring forth much of the marine life. Only about 10 – 15% of the world’s sea bed has a solid enough substratum to allow reefs to form naturally.

DeCaires is not the first marine enthusiast to build an artificial reef, but he is certainly the first to incorporate the idea into an artistic expression. Using a special cement mix to encourage and attract coral growth, his various projects around the world are contributing to a progression which other artificial reefs have proven can successfully support entire marine ecosystems.

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There’s an ominous hum at a NYC subways station that’s actually an art exhibit!

Max Neuhaus’s Times Square is a rich harmonic sound texture emerging from the north end of the triangular pedestrian island located at Broadway between 45th and 46th Streets in New York City. Most people originally think the deep and ominous hum that comes through the subway grate is from a generator or some kind of New York City equipment being used underground. The art was installed on site from 1977 to 1992.

The Times Square Street Business Improvement District and Christine Burgin collaborated with MTA Arts for Transit and Dia to reinstate the project in May of 2002. Max Neuhaus, the artist, was a percussionist and interpreter of music in the 1960s who later became a pioneer in the field of sound art.

Over the past few decades he has created permanent sound art installations in the U.S. and Europe. He has also done short-term works throughout museums and spaces in the U.S. and Europe, as well as, many one-person exhibitions of his drawings.

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There is a road in Japan that plays a song as you drive over it!

It is officially called a “musical road” and it is pretty amazing. They are known to exist in Denmark, South Korea, and America, yet the road in Japan called Melody Road is perhaps the most famous.

The first road was created in Denmark in 1994 by two artists and quickly drew attention. In Japan, Shizuo Shinoda was driving a bulldozer when he accidentally scraped markings into the road. After driving over the markings he realized that he could create tunes that would vibrate up the car and make a song. In 2007, Hokkaido National Industrial Research Institute advanced Shinoda’s designs and then created the Melody Road.

They cut grooves into the concrete at certain intervals and discovered that the closer the grooves, the higher the pitch. The Japanese song “Miagete goran yoru no hoshi wo” plays when you drive over one 250 meter space and another plays “Memories of Summer.” Hokkaido Research plans to create several more because people enjoy driving on them so much. Would you? Tell us in the comments!

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Ancient Japanese poets would engage in poetry battles to display their wit and skill.

Renku is a Japanese form of collaborative linked verse poetry. At renku gatherings, participating poets take turns providing verses of 17 and 14 morae. Like the internet, renku distinguished itself through vulgarity and coarseness of wit. Initially, at renku gatherings, participants displayed their wit by spontaneously composing a verse in response to the verse that came before it. It was kind of like a rap battle.

The more interesting the connection between the two verses, the street cred the poet received. This practice first performed by the “waste youth” of the day, developed into a serious artistic tradition. It eventually gave birth to haiku.

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Salvador Dali would scribble on his own checks to prevent people from cashing them!

Apparently the famous and eccentric artist was fond of rich and extravagant things in life. It's well known that he would exaggerate and even lie in order to make his work seem more valuable than it was. For example, he once told someone that he had used the poison of a thousand wasps to dilute paint he used in a painting that he was asking $1 million for.

Sometimes he would take large groups of friends to restaurants and rack up huge bills. This is where he displayed a particular kind of ingenuity. When the bill came, he would write a personal check for the amount. Then, he would turn it over and quickly sketch something on the back. His thinking was that the restaurant owner would never cash something as valuable as a Dali original. He effectively wrote his own money!

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An artist creates clouds indoors to photograph them!

An artist creates clouds indoors to photograph them! A Dutch artist, Berndnaut Smilde uses a smog machine and carefully adjusted room temperature and humidity to provide the perfect conditions for clouds to form. They last long enough to photograph. Check out more pics at the source, and check out the awesome video below!

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The most expensive photo ever sold was photoshopped.

 

It’s called Rhein II, and was made by German visual artist Andreas Gursky in 1999. Last year, one of the prints was sold for $4.3 million, making the most expensive photograph ever sold. It is the second of a set of six photos of the River Rhine.

Gursky took the photo and removed details like buildings and people walking dogs. While that might make the price seem silly, or the photo not authentic, it seems to work for the betterment of the photo.

Gurksy justified it himself, saying "Paradoxically, this view of the Rhine cannot be obtained in situ, a fictitious construction was required to provide an accurate image of a modern river."

The image, which you can see on the right, has been described by arts writer Florence Waters as a "vibrant, beautiful and memorable – I should say unforgettable – contemporary twist on the romantic landscape.” Does it resonate with you at all?

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The Alien costume included real vertebrae; Rolls Royce auto-parts, latex and K-Y jelly!

It's hard to imagine a more iconic space monster than the so-called Xenomorph from Ridley Scott's 1979 Alien. The design of the creature was made specifically to evoke feelings of horror and sexuality. In fact, Fox was hesitant to let the designer, surrealist artist H.R. Giger, work on the movie because they thought his designs would be too disturbing for audiences. 

The costume was built using some rather strange materials. They used plasticine, parts from a Rolls-Royce motor, real vertebrae from dead snakes. Ironically, they also used latex and K-Y jelly, which ties nicely with the sex undercurrent that runs throughout the Alien franchise. The K-Y jelly was used not just to make the costume seem slimy, but also for the creature's saliva.  

Still, despite the horror that the design inspired, there was still a man underneath. A casting director saw a Nigerian design student named Bolaji Badejo while he was out for a drink in a bar. Badejo was 7'2", which was perfect for the dimensions they wanted the alien to be. They made a full plaster of his body and created the costume around it. He also attended t'ai chi and mime classes to create better movements for the alien. 

Via: fancydresscostumes.co.uk

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A man made a 100,000 toothpick sculpture of San Francisco.

His name is Scott Weaver, and he started the project almost forty years ago, in 1974. It's called "Rolling Through the Bay." As you can see by the image, it isn't a scale model of the city itself, but rather a sculpture of many of its landmarks. 

Weaver has included four "tours" of the city in his sculpture in the form of ping pong ball tracks that roll through the landmarks. The whole project took him about 3000 hours over the 35 year period, and though he claims to have used only Elmer's glue, he has used many kinds of toothpicks. 

According to Weaver, many of his friends and family collect toothpicks in their travels for him. Some of the toothpicks that make up the trees in Golden Gate Park are from Kenya, Morocco, Spain, and Italy. He had been working on the project for so many years that some of the toothpicks he used are from West Germany, which ceased to exist in 1990. He even used toothpicks from his wedding. 

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The world's longest novel is a 15,145 page work by a custodian from Chicago.

Henry Joseph Darger Jr. was a reclusive American writer and artist. Like is common among writers and artists, he struggled economically. He worked as a custodian in Chicago during the early and mid 1900s. His work was discovered by his landlords shortly before his death. Nathan Lerner, who was a prominent culture figure in Chicago, immediately recognized the value in Darger's work. 

When he passed, they took over his estate. His magnum opus is his novel called ‘In the Realms of the Unreal,’ which was 15,145 pages in length! The majority of the book is a section called "The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion," which tells the story of 7 princesses fighting against a regime of child slavery. 

The novel also includes numerous illustrations that have been pretty popular in the years after. Darger's work has been considered a prime example of outsider art. There have been many references in popular culture to his work, including comics, songs and videogames. 

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A University accidentally sold a $1 MILLION sculpture for little more than $150

UC Berkeley is feeling the heat for a massive mistake that led them to sell an incredibly valuable piece of art for less than the price of an iPod Touch.

The piece is a redwood carving from famous artist Sargent Johnson, one of the first African American sculptors from California to achieve wide renoun for his work. 

The pieceo of art was a pipe organ covering that was forgotten in storage after Berkeley took over the building it was housed in. An art dealer paid exactly $164.63 for the piece. 

Later, the piece was being sold at around $1 million, to the Huntington Library of San Marino. Even the smallest Sargent Johnson works have reached prices of over $100,000.

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An Iowa artist built a complete model of Hogwarts out of matchsticks.

Based on the movie version of the castle, artist Patrick "The Matchmaker" Acton spent nearly three years building his own model of the infamous School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The magnificent model was on display at the Matchstick Marvels Museum in Gladbrook, IA until 2006, when it was moved to Majorca, Spain to commemorate the opening of "The House of Katmandu." (Take a look! It's amazing!)

Acton has built around 60 matchstick models since 1977, but Hogwarts is by far his largest, containing over 602,000 sticks held together with 15 gallons of wood glue! His other creations include the U.S.S. Enterprise from Star Trek, the United States Capitol building, and the city Minas Tirith from The Lord of the Rings. Check out Acton's website for more of his beautiful matchstick creations.

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