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Japanese artist and designer Yusuke Oono adds depth to an especially two dimensional medium: paper. Though paper art has existed for some time, it has especially blossomed as an art form over the past several years. Oono combines the art form with that of bookmaking to create a sort of diorama. Designs and images are cut from several pages and bound together much like a book. When the pages are spread a story nearly seems to unfold along with a visual scene. Oono’s book-like pieces appear to reference the ways stories leave the page and take form in our imagination.
On this day in 1931, the United States formally adopted 'The Star-Spangled Banner' as its national anthem. The song was written by Francis Scott Key, who was inspired after witnessing the defence of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. He was particularly moved by the sight of an American flag being raised over the fort in defiance of the British; this image inspired the poem which provides the lyrics to ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’. The tune came from a well-known 18th century British song. The anthem was a popular patriotic American song for many years, and was commonly used by the armed forces prior to its official adoption. In 1931, at the urging of many patriotic organisations, a congressional resolution was signed by President Hoover which affirmed Key’s song as America’s national anthem.
A book’s final sentence is the ribbon on a packaged plot, tied neatly and prettily before an author hands her story over to her readers’ imaginations for good. It’s a last chance for a good first impression.
"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." From The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Yes, she thought, laying down her brush in extreme fatigue, I have had my vision.” From To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
It’s that time of year again! The 86th Academy Awards ceremony airs this Sunday, March 2, at 6 p.m. Check out the official website for all things Oscar: recipe ideas for your very own Oscar viewing party, behind-the-scenes videos, red carpet galleries, an Oscar app for your smartphone, and more.