The theme for the 58th Venice Biennale, which opened this month, is May You Live in Interesting Times.Here are art installations from pavillions of five countries that mirror the theme, with subjects ranging from news on social networks to beach boredom to the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi.Iceland: Chromo Sapiens - Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir has created a cave of colourful synthetic hair. The labyrinthlike artwork is a fuzzy abstraction of nature.
Vending machines have changed the face of the retail industry, making it easier for buyers and sellers to transact.Last week, Chinese tech major Xiaomi launched a vending machine for smartphones in Bengaluru. Did you know there are vending machines that sell cars and even gold? Check this out:Car no bar: Singapore has a 15-storey car vending machine set up by Autobahn Motors. Sales happen through a touchscreen that offers 60 high-end cars — from Ferraris to Bentleys.
The French government has promised to renovate the Notre Dame cathedral, which was ravaged by a fire last week, within five years and make it “more beautiful”.ET Magazine looks at some landmark rescue and restoration efforts that have returned our history to us.Somnath Temple, Gujarat: The temple is believed to be established by the Vallabhi kings around 649 CE. Its proximity to the confluence of three rivers added to its importance as a place of pilgrimage. The temple's structure has been destroyed several times. In 1026, Mahmud of Ghazni raided the temple and plundered its wealth, says historian Romila Thapar in Somanatha, The Many Voice of History. It is also said that the temple was attacked by Allauddin Khilji in 1297 AD, Mohammed Begeda in 1479, Mujaffar Shah II in 1503 and by Aurangazeb in 1701. The present day temple is believed to be the seventh structure and is built in the Chalukyan style of architecture.
London is set to get another skyscraper – which will be the city's tallest. The Tulip Tower will be shaped like the spring flower and rise to 1,000 ft or 305 m.Here are 5 other building designs inspired by flora & fauna:
A unique Ice Cafe -a restaurant build inside a giant Ice Stupa in Gya Meeru village is attracting thousands of visitors, including local and Tourists in the isolated village located on the Leh-Manal National Highway.