Michelangelo bronze sculpture discovery in England


This video from Cambridge University in England says about itself:

Michelangelo bronzes discovered

2 February 2015

It was thought that no bronzes by Michelangelo had survived – now experts believe they have found not one, but two – with a tiny detail in a 500-year-old drawing providing vital evidence. – See more here.

They are naked, beautiful, muscular and ride triumphantly on two ferocious panthers. And now the secret of who created these magnificent metre-high bronze male nudes could well be solved. A team of international experts led by the University of Cambridge and Fitzwilliam Museum has gathered compelling evidence that argues that these masterpieces, which have spent over a century in relative obscurity, are early works by Michelangelo, made just after he completed the marble David and as he was about to embark on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

If the attribution is correct, they are the only surviving Michelangelo bronzes in the world.

Snowmen, snow camels banned in Saudi Arabia


This February 2014 video is called Snowfall Blankets North-Western Region of Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia is not only the country in the world practicing the death penalty by beheading. It is also the only country where women are punished for driving cars.

And, as far as I know, also the only country where making snowmen, or snow camels (or snow turtles) is illegal.

Snow camel in Saudi Arabia

From Gulf News in the United Arab emirates:

Saudi fatwa banning snowmen triggers heated debate

By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief

Published: 10:21 January 12, 2015

Manama: Saudis in the northern areas drew on their imagination and sense of fun as they braved the cold weather to build snow camels in a rare tribute to the local culture.

One citizen in the Province of Tarif used his snow camel to promote the colours of local teams, drawing praise from the fans, while another opted for the traditional ghitra and agal to cover the head of the snowman he built.

However, it was not all fun for Saudis after a religious scholar said that building snowmen or snow animals was not acceptable in Islam.

The fatwa, by Mohammad Saleh Al Minjed, said that building snowmen or any replica of an animal, even if it is for fun or recreation, could not be condoned. Only lifeless things, such as ships, fruit and buildings could be imitated, the fatwa said. …

No date was mentioned about when the fatwa was issued, but it was widely circulated on social networks, triggering a wide and often heated online debate mainly among Gulf nationals. …

However, Mishaal, an angry blogger, blasted the fatwa.

“We have snow for fleeting days, maybe even hours, and there is always someone who wants to rob us of the joy and the fun,” he posted. “It seems that the only thing left for us is to sit down and drink coffee,” he said.

Saudi men make a snowman in the Aleghan Heights, in the Tabuk region

See also here.

Snow camel in the Netherlands

This photo shows a snow camel in the Netherlands.

Snow sea turtle built in Minnesota, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

7 January 2015

12 foot tall Giant Snow Sea Turtle. Minnesota Snow Sculpture.

Made by Austin, Trevor & Connor Bartz.

By Ryan Grenoble in the USA about this:

Brothers Build A MASSIVE Snow Sea Turtle, Put Your Snowman To Shame

01/11/2015 12:09 pm EST

Oh, you built a snowman? That’s cute.

While you were busy getting into snowball fights over the holiday break, these brothers were busy turning their front yard in New Brighton, Minnesota, into a sea turtle — a massive one made of snow.

Bartz brothers Austin, Trevor and Connor worked on the turtle from Nov. 14 through Jan. 7, reports KARE 11. The final work was 12 feet tall, 37 feet long and 31 feet wide.

Impressive as the turtle is, it’s just the latest in a series of animal-themed snow sculptures.

Once, the trio built a shark so big they could ride it.

They’ve also constructed a walrus.

And — because, why not? — a pufferfish.

Anne Frank statue in Argentina


Anne Frank statue, Merweedeplein, Amsterdam

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Anne Frank statue unveiled in Argentina

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 21:39

In Argentina, a statue of Anne Frank has been unveiled. The statue is in Buenos Aires on the Plaza Reina de Holanda.

The artwork is a replica of the bronze statue which stands on the Merwedeplein in the Amsterdam Rivierenbuurt neighbourhood, by sculptress Jet Schepp. The 74-year old artist was present at the unveiling in Argentina.

The statue of Anne Frank has been put there on the International Human Rights Day. The monument is a joint initiative including the Argentine Ministry of Education, the Dutch Embassy in Argentina and Centro Ana Frank Argentina.

The statue at the Amsterdam Merwedeplein was unveiled in 2005. Anne Frank lived for almost ten years at the square before the Frank family went into hiding in 1942 at the Prinsengracht.