Monday, August 20, 2012

7 great architecture artworks around the globe

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Towering Thumb


Celebrated as France’s answer to Andy Warhol, César Baldaccini created a lifetime of incredible sculptures including the French cinema’s equivalent of the Oscar statuette, the César. His art can be admired at various museums in France and around the world, but one of his most popular works stands out on a street in downtown Paris. Le Pouce (‘The Thumb’) is an over-sized sculpture on display in the La Défense quarter of the City of Light. Tipping the scales at 18 tons, Baldaccini modeled this 40-foot high digit after his own thumb. 


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Big Cherry and Spoon

Come to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and you’ll find a king-sized spoon—garnished with a huge cherry—lying leisurely across a quaint reflecting pool. Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen designed “Spoonbridge and Cherry” to serve as a fountain sculpture; the cherry’s stem emits a cascade of water causing the bright red fruit to shimmer in the summer sun. In winter, when the fountain is quiet,  fallen snow turns the sculpture into a delightful ice cream sundae. 

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Oversized Silver Dog


Come to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and you’ll find a king-sized spoon—garnished with a huge cherry—lying leisurely across a quaint reflecting pool. Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen designed “Spoonbridge and Cherry” to serve as a fountain sculpture; the cherry’s stem emits a cascade of water causing the bright red fruit to shimmer in the summer sun. In winter, when the fountain is quiet,  fallen snow turns the sculpture into a delightful ice cream sundae. 

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Large Flying Bowling Pins

The city of Eindhoven found a playful way to turn the commute to its downtown core into a more enchanting journey. Along the park-like median at the crossroads of Kennedylaan and Fellenoord Avenues, drivers and pedestrians discover the unexpected delight of a giant game of bowling in full swing. Bright yellow bowling pins take flight in the midst of a successful strike. By converting an otherwise stale, grassy boulevard into a fanciful sculpture exhibit, artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Brugeen’s ‘Flying Pins’ scores full points.  

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Giant Pineapple

The city of Eindhoven found a playful way to turn the commute to its downtown core into a more enchanting journey. Along the park-like median at the crossroads of Kennedylaan and Fellenoord Avenues, drivers and pedestrians discover the unexpected delight of a giant game of bowling in full swing. Bright yellow bowling pins take flight in the midst of a successful strike. By converting an otherwise stale, grassy boulevard into a fanciful sculpture exhibit, artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Brugeen’s ‘Flying Pins’ scores full points.  


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Monster Saw

It’s no surprise that the spectacular buildings that comprise the Tokyo International Exhibition Center—or Tokyo Big Sight—are accessorized by several pieces of distinctive public art. Topping the list of eye-catching sculptures is the massive 50-foot high, red-handled handsaw sticking out of the ground in front of the main entrance hall. Created by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen, the saw attracts art lovers, curious onlookers, and tourists with a sense of humor.

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Gigantic Dreaming Girl 

Halfway between Liverpool and Manchester, the 65-foot high face of a sleeping girl towers above the busy M62 highway. With her eyes closed and serene expression, ‘Dream’ appears to be lost in a deep reverie. Built on the former site of the Sutton Manor Colliery, Jaume Plensa’s artwork symbolizes the future and all that is possible.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Rule The Event World With Geopieces Virtual Property


Some sites let you track what’s going on, some sites let you see what your friends are up to, and some sites let you write reviews about places and events but what about one that does all three? Geopieces let’s you do just that, providing a comprehensive platform for sharing your location, your events, and what you think about them.

But wait! There’s a twist! Going beyond standard events sites, Geopieces has added a sort of game element, giving you 5,000 free “Geocredits” when you sign up, with which you can “buy” parts of the map and own virtual property. You can purchase more credits later or earn them by people visiting real life places that you recommend. It’s like a Yelp/Foursquare/Facebook/Second Life amalgam.

Co-founder Jörg Eibl took a coffee break and chatted it up with KillerStartups aboutrainbow-eating unicorns, swimming, and just why his website is awesome.


How’d you come up with the name for your company?

After countless hours and dashboards full of names we just went for it. It’s hard to get a hold on a name but let me tell you a secret for those who are still searching for theirs: Call it knuffel or anything else that can be pronounced and that has a free .com domain. If the project is good, people will remember.

What’s the very first thing you do at work everyday?

Coffee, accept no substitutes.

How many people did you start the company with and how many people work for you now?

We started the company with two people, the financier and me. Now my brother joined the ranks and is in charge of all the online marketing.



Remember the early days starting up? Maybe you can share one anecdote that describe the struggle you went through?

Trying to tie the loose ends together to fit it into a nice clean idea can be a massive pain. But every hour spent shaves of countless hours of writing code over and over again. You will have to do this eventually to keep up with the latest and greatest technology anyways so why [not] start early?

How do you handle frustration? When/how was the last time you dealt with frustration?

If you don’t get frustrated, someone in the team is not working for the cause. It’s bound to happen, because if there is no friction you will not get new and fresh ideas to actually make your project better. If you do get frustrated refer to question 2.

What’s your office environment like? Is it the kind of place where everyone is bumpin’ away to house music or is it more traditional?

Traditional, no. House, no. Let’s say everyone has headphones and that’s good.


How do you picture your company in 5 years?

Having a team of brilliant people. I have too many ideas to implement and there is not enough time. There is never enough time if you plan on sleeping or eating.

Who or what inspires YOU? Role models? Quotes? Running? Video games? Snack food? Give us the deets, dude!

I started to swim regularly. That helps with stress and anything repetitive will free your mind to think of new great things, even taking a long shower.

How’d you fund this venture? VC? Self-funding? Crowd-funded? Where’d you get the money, man?

We are self-funded. Looking for an investor though. It really helps when you co-founder is already invested in traditional businesses and helps you build a new one from the start.


Got any great bootstrapping tips for the lean startups out there?

First get your idea straight. Make a business plan. I know it’s hard but only then can you estimate what you will need to accomplish your goals. Doing anything before that is just a waste of time.

Do you consider yourself a successful entrepreneur right now? If not, what’s it gonna take to make you feel successful?

I don’t know what others think is successful. I think we are doing pretty well. Doing all that we have accomplished with the relatively small money footprint, that’s what I would call successful. Achieving something awesome with tons of money just isn’t the spirit.

Website you couldn’t live without and why?

Youtube. I’m always searching for new music and inspirations. This site is on a tab 24/7 a day.

Mobile App you’re in love with and why?

Google Analytics App. Because it can make your day or destroy your motivationwith the movement of a curve.

Dogs or cats?

Rainbow eating unicorns because if you want a unique pet you better start making your own. (Patent courtesy of the internet)

iOS or Android?

Android. Trust me, I’m an engineer.


Number 1 country you’ve always wanted to visit but haven’t yet?

I have never been to Canada. Thailand also has pretty awesome spots.

What’s the greatest thing about your company/website/idea?

You can geo-tag your content and events everywhere on the map. And if you feel like a landlord you can start trading geopieces. First geopiece is free. Content, of course, is always free.

Where can our readers get ahold of you?



Friday, August 10, 2012

The Hardy Tree

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The Hardy Tree is one of London's quirkier spots. If you happen across it without knowing anything about it, you'll certainly be baffled, possibly even a little shocked. So what is it all about?

Essentially what you have is a cluster of gravestones placed around a large tree.

The story goes that before becoming a successful novelist, Thomas Hardy lived in London studying architecture for five years from 1862. 

Hardy's mentor was a man by the name of Arthur Blomfield, and it was he who was handed a somewhat grizzly task by the Bishop of London.

The construction of the Midland Railway line in the 1860s saw its route pass through a part of the churchyard. 

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This meant that many bodies had to be exhumed, and some tombs dismantled. Arthur Blomfield evidently and quite understandably wasn't too keen on the whole idea of dealing with the deceased, so what did he do? He asked Thomas Hardy, of course. 

Now it's quite likely that Hardy was hardly pleased to be handed the task, but he had little choice but to go ahead with the job asked of him.

Hardy carried out his duty in 1865 (he would have been about 25 years old then), supervising the removal of bodies and such like. 

As the track was laid down, cutting through part of the churchyard, Hardy helped to organise the shifting of many of the gravestones, and had them placed around what today is a sizeable ash tree. It's not certain what happened to the bodies.

The cluster of gravestones is an odd sight, to say the least. But knowing that one of the world's most famous novelists was involved in its creation makes it all the more fascinating and well worth a look.


Thursday, August 2, 2012

A Map Journey of Beautiful Places around the world



There used to be dark times in the past. No internet or smart phones where in existance, no GPS that gave away your position or helped you to navigate. You had to take a map and plan your trip ahead in order not to miss out.

Hours and Hours of time where lost by tracking and marking your stations on the map, creating a mess of marks on maps and afterwards you had to spend time to organize your photos by stop.

What if you could mark your favourite places on the world map and build your own bucket list of places you just have to visit?

So I set out to document my favourite places on the world map by using www.geopieces.com

Below you can check out some of my favourite spots or follow the link to see my whole story on the world map.

or follow Tonberry :)

Monument Valley

Monument Valley
Over the years, Monument Valley has been the setting for more Western movies than any other site in the United States. Unique sandstone formations, the Navajo Indian Nation and the Four Corners Monument define this vast, open desert region. Some of Utah's great hikes are found here.

The area is part of the Colorado Plateau. The floor is largely siltstone or sand and over time erosion has created a beautiful panorama, deposited by the meandering rivers that carved the valley. The valley's vivid red color comes from iron oxide exposed in the weathered siltstone. The darker, blue-gray rocks in the valley get their color from manganese oxide.

Waitomo Cave

Waitomo Cave
These limestone formations stand as one of New Zealand's most inspiring natural wonders and a must-see destination.

The caves are famous for their glow worm population which is unique to the New Zealand Island. These creatures accumulate in thousands in the caves and radiate their eery light around the caves cutting into the darkness and providing a gloomy experience of cave exploration.

You can also satisfy your thrill-seeking behaviour in the caves and engage in activities such as rafting in the black waters of the canyons, climbing into large cave mouths or go on a horse trekking expidition.

Annapurna Mountain Range

Annapurna Mountain Range
Deep in the mountain ranges of Kali Gandaki lies the Annapurna, a representation of a hindi goddess.

As the easiest to climb in the Nepal mountain range this location offers a great chance to take a trip through monasteries and nature and have the trekking adventure of your lifetime.

Monday, July 30, 2012


Sharing on the World Map


You always wanted to share your life and find interesting places, content and offers by a single click on the map? Find all the best places, events and information around you? We are trying to tackle the problem from a new angle, it gives you the chance to shape the world around you and create your own content on the world map. Make a difference on the world map, share the best information and stay updated on what your friends are doing.



The new website Geopieces aims to fill that important niche in the market -  offering Users their personal platform to search, create and share location specific info directly on the world map.

What they let you do on the website is placing Media Pins anywhere on the world map so you can show what you are up to. In order to make it more fun you can add images, videos, a lot of text, links and even set a date for an event. It is a bit like squidoo and foursquare combined. But you can roam around on the world map and it does not restrict you to simple check-ins. 





Create your own Stories and leave Notes on the Map


Anything can be shared on Geopieces, from quick updates to complex blog and media files.
In addition to choosing a place on the map you must also choose the type of content you want to create:


  • You can share a quick Update with the Status Pin
  • Publicize an Event and set the Date with the Event Pin
  • Write your own Blog Entry with the Blog Pin
  • Post a Picture with the Picture Pin
  • Integrate a video with the Video Pin
  • Share a Link with the Link Pin



Every Pin has a unique appearance which helps you find the content you are looking for and makes browsing and searching easier.
You can also choose a category for your Pin to show the world what your contribution is all about!






Search it

Just mark your point of interest on the Map and see what is new in the area! Looking for very specific content? Set a filter for the type of content you are looking for and get recommendations based on your favorite categories!
Or use the search option to show content that matches your search terms! You can also follow other users to see what they are up to! Keep track of your friends or learn what other people around the world are up to! You can also browse the “Trends” section for a more comprehensive overview of the Pins.

Share it

You can share all Pins across Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Social Bookmarking Plattforms.


Own a Piece of the World

The Geopieces marketplace will give users a way to make money off of their virtual property based on the visits to their map real estate. Buying a piece of the world will also help you highlight your content, which can be directly added to your piece of the world, the aptly named Geopiece.

The goal of Geopieces is to create the world´s greatest marketplace for virtual estate and give users the chance to present their business and their life in a real location based sense. This is achieved by splitting the whole world map into squared virtual properties based on the cartesian coordinate system. These resulting Geopieces can be bought, sold and traded on the marketplace and you can earn interest on your property if people like to visit your piece.

Currently most of the best places on the world map are still up for grabs and each new user receives enough credits to buy one Geopiece for free. The price per piece is currently $1 but this is a limited time offer. There is already a trend that claimed Geopieces end up in the market for up to 50 times of the original price. So you should better grab your favourite place really quick.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Sharing on Google Maps

All the great things in your life

Sharing on Google MapsSo one day I decided to have some delicious cake at Cafe Landtmann in Vienna, because it is close to my home and my heart and I love the cake, oh god how I love the cake. To make all my friends green with envy I wanted to tell the world: " Hey I have cake and you don´t!". Geopieces was born in this blissful moment.

What we let you do on the website is placing Media Pins anywhere on the world map so you can show what you are up to. In order to make it more fun you can add images, videos, a lot of text, links and even set a date for an event. It is a bit like squidoo but you can roam around on the world map.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Geopieces World Map


Geopieces.com : First User Based Content Network on the World Map

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Austrian web company Geopieces Technology is pleased to announce the Open Beta launch of a new map based social content network.
Geopieces.com is a site of immense use to share your life and find interesting places, content and offers by a single click. It is your online directory for all the best places, events and information around you. Geopieces does not give you a simple content angle it gives you the chance to shape the world around you and create your own content on the world map. Shape the world, share the best information and stay updated on what your friends are doing.

Geopieces aims to fill an important niche in the market -  offering Users their personal platform to search, create and share location specific info directly on the world map.

“There are lots of sites out there offering map based applications” says Bernd Eibl marketing director of Geopieces, “but on closer inspection, all you are being offered is a template that restricts the abilities of users to really express themselves, a formulaic framework that lacks individuality and real insight.”

“Our major motivation to launch Geopieces,” according to him, ”is the fact that common location based services do not offer the user the opportunity to really help shape the places and information on the map according to their specific needs and interests.”

The Geopieces Team has designed a unique way of sharing content that ensures that users have the ability to make their own mark on the world.

The most unique step in this unique approach is to offer the user the freedom to share their content anywhere on the map, going beyond the possibilities of check-ins or reviews of predetermined locations.  

“We think there is a real need for a location based service that gives the user a vast range of options to really let them show what is important in their region and to discover what is going on around the globe,” says Bernd Eibl. “The next steps will be to offer users map-layers to search the map for their favourites and enable the user to own virtual property on the map, the so called Geopiece.”

To find out more, visit www.geopieces.com or you can email an enquiry to feedback@geopieces.com


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