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Posted by Mark Frauenfelder, March 19, 2007 10:38 AM
The gypsum crystals in the Naica Mine of Chihuahua, Mexico are up to 50
feet long. At 150 degrees F, the cave is hot enough to kill would-be
April 2000, brothers Juan and Pedro Sanchez were drilling a new tunnel
when they made a truly spectacular discovery. While Naica miners are
accustomed to finding crystals, Juan and Pedro were absolutely amazed
by the cavern that they found. The brothers immediately informed the
engineer in charge, Roberto Gonzalez. Ing. Gonzalez realized that they
had discovered a natural treasure and quickly rerouted the tunnel.
During this phase some damage was done as several miners tried to
remove pieces of the mega-crystals, so the mining company soon
installed an iron door to protect the find. Later, one of the workers,
with the intention of stealing crystals, managed to get in through a
narrow hole. He tried to take some plastic bags filled with fresh air
inside, but the strategy didn’t work. He lost consciousness and later
was found thoroughly baked.
Steve Worth, curator of that bottomless cornucopia of stunning
mid-century art and illustration, the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive
Project Blog, says: "I just posted a fun batch of scifi, horror and
related Mexican lobby cards from the late 50s and early
60s. I’m asking the readers to analyze the images and
suggest visual techniques the artists use to try to
entice moviegoers to buy a ticket. Fun stuff!"
Posted by Mark Frauenfelder, May 10, 2005 5:57 PM
I hadn’t heard about artist Miguel Covarrubias (1904-1957) until I read about him at Shane Glines wonderful Cartoon Retro site. He was a Mexican artist and he traveled to Bali and wrote a book
about it, which is still available. Not many examples of his work are
on the Web, but I really like what I can find. His work reminds me a
little of Boris Artzybasheff‘s.
Posted by Xeni Jardin, November 7, 2005 7:54 PM
Malcolm Venville’s photos of 150 Mexico City wrestlers are on display
at Equator Books in Venice (Los Angeles area) through the end of
November. Link to gallery info. The photographer appeared on NPR "Day to Day" (disclaimer: I’m a contributor) today, Link
to archived audio. I’m guessing he did not show up for the interview
taping in a luchador mask, but one never knows, do one? These photos,
and the characters behind them, are wonderful. These guys have names
like Astro Boy, Super Pinocho 3000, Raziel, Super Porky and Coco Verde
("green coconut"), the green clown. (Thanks, Michael Doig)
Reader comment: David Gallardo says,
Lucha libre seems to be getting a lot of press lately.
Maybe it’s some sort of zeitgeist thing? The first recent mention I
heard of it was at a friend’s small El Paso-based publishing company,
Cinco Puntos Press, late last year or early this year, when I noticed
they had a book under production at the time called Lucha Libre: The Man in the Silver Mask. They specialize in regional (US/Mexico border) books and bilingual (Spanish/English) books for kids, Lucha Libre being one of the latter. It came out a few months ago & it’s terrrific. My 5 year old son loves it. Link to book info.
(BTW, I don’t have a financial interest in Cinco Puntos, just a fan
& friend. They’re a really great small publishing company
publishing really interesting, timely multicultural books. You might
have heard of them when they made the front page of the NY Times a few
years; they published a children’s book by Subcomandante Marcos of the
Zapatista Army in Chiapas and had their NEA grant for the book yanked
Reader comment: Greg Howell says,
There’s also the Cartoon Network series called “Mucha
Lucha.” It’s been on the air for over a year, and is generally
entertaining to the young folks at home (boys under 10 yrs). Link
Reader comment: Jesse Irwin nos escribe,
"La Arena" is a rich online resource for Lucha Libre history, featuring detailed profiles of about 300 luchadors. Link.
Reader comment: Y el Sr. Bali Hai nos dice:
You recently updated your post on Lucha photography to
include a link to Mucha Lucha on Cartoon Network. You may be interested
to know that the show’s creators, Eddie Mort and Lili Chin have their
own, excellent, pop-culture weblog: Link
Rankin, photographer and founder of Dazed and Confused magazine,
created an incredible photographic series of more than a dozen
decontextualized irises. Scrolling horizontally back and forth across
these images is quite trance-inducing. The project is called Eyescapes.
Link (Thanks, Lindsay Tiemeyer!)