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DNA Sculpture Constructed with Shopping Carts

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the not-dumped-in-river dept.

Education 145

Roland Piquepaille writes "The U.K. supermarket chain Somerfield decided last year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the discovery of DNA in an original way. It commissioned British artist Abigail Fallis to create a sculpture of a DNA double helix made of shopping carts and to display it during the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign of 2004. The sculpture, named DNA DL90, is 31 feet high and weighs more than three tons. It is on display since April 2004 at "Sculpture at Goodwood," the 21st century British sculpture park in Surrey. This photo gallery contains several pictures of this original artwork."

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145 comments

yeah but (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177426)

can the construct a first post out of shopping carts? i think not.

Re:yeah but (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177553)

This is not a troll. This is silly, offtopic, and a catchphrase that has been beaten to death. None of these things are trolls. Choosing appropriate moderations is not simply a matter of modding down anything you don't like with the first option on the list.

I've never understood this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177626)

When I have mod points I never mod down posts just because they're first posts...what a waste of mod points. If they're that assanine, just leave them a score 0 where they're most likely to get lost in the shuffle.

What kind of flaming retard wastes a mod point on a dull post that was already posted at score 0?

BTW, s/the/she/ on my first post. Sorry bout the typo.

Re:yeah but (-1, Offtopic)

Trespass (225077) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177645)

The moderation down of my previous post as 'offtopic' is a good example of a correct and levelheaded moderation.

In an ongoing effort to provide a modicum of interest and challenge for you, the Slashdot reader, this post will be both offtopic, a troll, as well as flamebait. Your patience is appreciated, as always.

All jews have hairy toes.
A negro ate my model airplane collection.
Cmdr Taco likes string cheese A BIT TOO MUCH IN MY OPINION.

Further, Bill Gates is cool, and you are not.

NOTE: These inappropriate posts are for testing purposes only, and no guarantee of trollishness is expressed or implied.

Re:yeah but (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177660)

you are a dipshit.

Well, yeah... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177675)

I'm posting here, aren't I?

Curses! My identity is discovered! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177663)

Oops, forgot to post anonymously.

Well, you win this time GI Joe! Cobra will return to fight another day!

Does it Roll? (4, Funny)

buzzoff (744687) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177437)

That would be awesome!

Re:Does it Roll? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177582)

The 50th Ani was last year.

http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/univ/science/dna/

Re:Does it Roll? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177593)

Better question:

Does it belong on Slashdot?!

Seriously, can we moderate down the banana head that OK'd this for ANY part of Slashdot? What his next article, they guy who makes keychains from old circuit boards?

Fallis: On Y Fronts and Post Industrial Society (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177854)

'I am not just an artist who makes a load of old pants', insists Abigail Fallis with characteristically double-edged humour. '

underpants by Abigail Fallis [britart.com]

Re:Does it Roll? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178185)

If we knock it over (cordite) and then set it in motion (semtex) I'd say the answer is yes. (end up in prison)

let's get this out of the way: (5, Funny)

Guano_Jim (157555) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177444)

Yes, obviously they built their webserver out of shopping carts too.

Re:let's get this out of the way: (1)

eegad (588763) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177630)

Yes, obviously they built their webserver out of shopping carts too.

But the lack of a squeaky, jammed wheel indicates it isn't IIS.

Dear Mr. Editor, (-1, Troll)

strictnein (318940) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177448)

See any serious problems with this story? Email our on-duty editor.

Just one small problem sir. This isn't fucking news. Are we going to report on every stupid piece of ridiculous artwork now? What next? Caffeine molecules made out of mountain dew vending machines? Sarin gas molecules made out of Iraqi Artillery shells [nytimes.com] ?

Slashdot: were ugly ass sculpture now qualifies as tech news

Re:Dear Mr. Editor, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177551)

You are so right. But then, by the number of posts I see here by you bitching and moaning about the "quality" of the "news" here, I would guess you have a very very sad life made up exclusively of viewing bad slashdot sories...

Re:Dear Mr. Editor, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177588)

Beyond that, I'm not sure I'd really call it "artwork". It's certainly a feat of engineering and construction, but it appears to have been commissioned entirely by the supermarket, and it's not clear what the point of it is supposed to be (unless it's a sly commentary [slashdot.org] , which I rather doubt).

Ramming two concepts together at high speed does not an artistic statement make. I guess it's just another example of the oxymoron of "corporate art"...

Re:Dear Mr. Editor, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177631)

Then again, it appears she may be more savvy [sculpture.org.uk] than her patrons. Either that or cultivating some spindoctoring skills herself.

Re:Dear Mr. Editor, (1)

virid (34014) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177632)

What next? Caffeine molecules made out of mountain dew vending machines?

Wait. You're saying youwouldn't want to see that??

/.ing a charity. (5, Funny)

Valar (167606) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177451)

I believe this might be an all time low.

Re:/.ing a charity. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177528)

I believe this might be an all time low.

looks like they're standing on their on 2 legs to me.

Re:/.ing a charity. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177656)

Four wheels.

(One of them stuck)

Re:/.ing a charity. (1)

MrRuslan (767128) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177780)

I think slashdotting a hotroded Apple LisaII was lower...that poor lisa prolly exploded.

Is weblogs stealing (-1, Offtopic)

satanami69 (209636) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177453)

Or are is it just a coincidence that they have the same image header as Groklaw? [groklaw.net]

Re:Is weblogs stealing (2, Interesting)

Doctor7 (669966) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177536)

I believe it's a default theme on the software (geeklog?) that's used for both sites.

what the hell (0, Flamebait)

itsdave (105030) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177454)

is there going to be a slashdot article on every blog entry for this jack ass?

Re:what the hell (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177475)

Yeah, you'd think that french bastard would just give up.

Re:what the hell (1)

itsdave (105030) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177568)

i am hardly being a troll, this is the second slashdot article today for the last two blog entries for this guy. he has a blog, and submits his own stories to slashdot for his blog entries and they both get picked up, thats absolutely rediculous.

Great opportunity..... (4, Funny)

MrIrwin (761231) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177455)

.....just think how many coin refunds you could get taking that lot back to the trolly park.

And who said modern art isn't worth a dime!

Re:Great opportunity..... (2, Funny)

_xeno_ (155264) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177614)

Man, I wish they did that in the US.

Instead (oof) they just added (ugh) this stupid (c'mon, move) locking wheel (dammit) to the cart. If it goes out of range (ow!) of the store (umph) then the wheel locks.

Of course, sometimes the wheel locks inside the store too., and sometimes it just breaks and locks permentantly...

But at the very least (kick) no one is would ever try and (let go of the wheel already!) steal one...

Re:Great opportunity..... (2, Interesting)

(54)T-Dub (642521) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177791)

They introduced these same shopping carts at the new Ralphs super store near my house. For while the tell tale black shopping carts where never seen outside the store. I was happy but the guy who collects the carts and sells them back to the stores was not. After about a year though the carts started appearing. I don't know what sort of mechanism they use, but I would assume there is some sort of battery in the cart somewhere. And it, well, yeah, died.

Sculptress (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177456)

She looks like she'd be good for a nice shag. However, her shopping cart DNA helix sculpture is rather boring and uninteresting.

Favorite "Mission To Mars" Quote (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177458)

"That looks like human DNA!"

Re:Favorite "Mission To Mars" Quote (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177670)

I don't think anyone actually has a favorite "Mission to Mars" quote, do they? Other than possibly "The End".

Re:Favorite "Mission To Mars" Quote (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177757)

Well, I meant 'favorite' in the bad sense. ie favorite being that was one of the worst/silliest quotes from the movie.

Re:Favorite "Mission To Mars" Quote (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177721)

If the DNA weighs more than three tons, that's going to be one big ugly human!

My favourite piece of sculpture (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177471)

is "all americans are abusive dumb nazis who'se gift of freedom comes in the form of torture" by Adolf Hitler.

BAH (4, Funny)

Giant Ape Skeleton (638834) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177478)

I am constructing a shopping cart from polymerized strands of my own DNA!

Re:BAH (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177699)

Dear GAS,

I am patenting your DNA shopping cart. Reasonable and non-discriminatory licencing terms will be made available.

"Thank you, come again."

Re:BAH (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177701)

You'll be hearing from the lawyers of companies that have patented parts of human DNA.

Re:BAH (4, Funny)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177750)

"I am constructing a shopping cart from polymerized strands of my own DNA!"

Yeah, I'm unemployed too.

In Soviet Russia.... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177923)

...polymerized strands of DNA construct you from your own shopping carts!

How not to get caught stealing shopping carts (5, Funny)

Psymunn (778581) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177487)

Man, the safeway down the road must be really pissed...

Re:How not to get caught stealing shopping carts (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177741)

No problem! They'll just capture some wild ones from the vacant lots set aside for breeeding them.

big fucking deal (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177490)

Whats it take to weld some shopping carts together? Maybe I'll create my own art now like Andy Warhol and urinate on some canvas.

Piquepaille (5, Interesting)

JohnGrahamCumming (684871) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177493)

Is this guy the new JonKatz? Two of his stories on the front page pimping links to his weblogs where he has his own advertising. And he submitted them himself!

John.

Re:Piquepaille (4, Informative)

pavon (30274) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177623)

I know, he has had an awful lot of submissions [slashdot.org] , most of which are for stories on his own blog.

On one hand, it it nice that his site is effectively a mirror that can actually take the slashdotting, whereas many of the original sources wouldn't be able to. But it still rubs me the wrong way.

Piquepaille == spammer == scammer (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178249)

Its not "his site"

Its Radio Userland's site AKA radio.weblogs.com AKA the company that Dave Winer [harvard.edu] founded. Winer is the RSS / OPML / XML guy who is now at Harvard.

Piquepaille == spammer [weblogs.com] . Instead of using email to spam [weblogs.com] , he spams [weblogs.com] sites like Slashdot (and many others) using his blog.

Piquepaille == scammer [weblogs.com]

Here is a direct quote from Piquepaille's Blogads advertising entry:

My stories are often mentioned by Slashdot, BoingBoing or Nanodot. Smart Mobs and Mindjack Daily Relay are also sites where I put summaries of my stories, giving this blog a traffic of 150,000 visits per month. So if you have an interesting technology to promote, put your ads on this blog.

Why doesn't he just say "So if you want to associate yourself with a spammer [weblogs.com] , give me your money."?

Ignore the fact that he has no "stories" of his own, offers no original content and zero insight.

Like most spammers [weblogs.com] , he has no incentive to stop because it's profitable for him to spam [weblogs.com] Slashdot and other sites.

Make it unprofitable. Stop visiting his weblog. Express your displeasure to the editors. Express your displeasure to Radio Userland (they are a quiet participant in his spamming [weblogs.com] since Userland has a small ad on the blog). Express your displeasure to the advertisers. Let them know you won't buy products they advertise there. Last of all, express your displeasure about his spam [mailto] to Piquepaille himself.

You make Piquepaille's continued spamming [weblogs.com] possible with your traffic.

(As for all the spam [weblogs.com] references in this post, some might call it poetic justice. Maybe Google will pick it up and let everyone know.)

We have one of these where I live... (4, Funny)

Giant Panda (779279) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177498)

There's this big ravine near where I live that the kiddies like to push shopping carts into. Looks a lot like this "sculpture" except ours is a longer sequence...

Wow (4, Funny)

TheDarkener (198348) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177501)

This is truly amazing. Maybe I should submit my project to Slashdot - a giant diagram of the Linux filesystem... made out of old mayonaise bottles and ketchup packets.

Re:Wow (1)

Neil Blender (555885) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177521)

This is truly amazing. Maybe I should submit my project to Slashdot - a giant diagram of the Linux filesystem... made out of old mayonaise bottles and ketchup packets.

You know, if you build it...

Re:Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177543)

Good Luck
http://www.cybergeography.org/atlas/linux_ke rnel_l arge.png

Make sure you post in 10 years when you finish.

Re:Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177794)

He said file system, not kernel.

Re:Wow (2, Funny)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178163)

I don't know which is more disturbing, the thought of how plausible it is that some geek somewhere is reading this same comment and instead of snickering, shouting "BRILLIANT!" or how equally plausible it is that someone, somewhere, has already done this.

sugar-phosphate backbone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177511)

Shopping carts have no need for them? :)

Sussex, not Surrey (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177512)

I hate to be picky (well - I love it really), but Goodwood is in Sussex, not Surrey. I live about 5 miles from this exhibition so I should know.

Re:Sussex, not Surrey (2, Informative)

Linker3000 (626634) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177776)

WEST Sussex, actually - and I live about 5 miles away too!

How appropriate... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177514)

With the commercialization and patents of DNA, it is symbolically appropriate to make the sculpture out of shopping carts.

wonky wheels (3, Funny)

fraccy (780466) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177546)

That reminds me of the scene following an incident in which I was involved. The police report identified that particular factors contributing to the accident included too much coffee, a trolley with a wonky wheel, and a special offer on pork pies at the far end of a crowded aisle..

"ART! ART! ART!" (4, Interesting)

ashitaka (27544) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177554)

Gonzo on an old Muppet show banging on a brick with a hammer.

About sums it up.

Does this piece challenge our materialistic preconceptions of the world of science and commerce and force us to re-evaluate our relationship with that which forms the core of our self-determined being?

Re:"ART! ART! ART!" (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177839)

Does this piece challenge our materialistic preconceptions of the world of science and commerce and force us to re-evaluate our relationship with that which forms the core of our self-determined being?

Yes.

Re:"ART! ART! ART!" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177999)

Really?

Shopping (2, Funny)

scrotch (605605) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177561)

Because shopping is programmed into core biology...

Re:Shopping (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177607)

Because shopping is programmed into core biology...

Must be part of an X chromosome.

Re:Shopping (0, Troll)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177805)

What the Jewish mom name her Chinese step daughter? Sha-ping. Anyway...what I want to know is how many homeless people had to die to make this.

ok...thought of the day... (1, Interesting)

jwcorder (776512) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177566)

They should take pictures in the morning of the mutated DNA straind that is Homeless Erectus. I am sure all those shopping carts are a magnet for the vagrants.

Seriously though, how much money was wasted on this. I don't even think it looks like DNA. It looks like a double helix of shopping carts. It was a complete waste of time, shopping carts, and my break.

Homeless Erectus (2, Funny)

HBI (604924) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177657)

Homeless Erectus makes me think of waking up on a sewer grate with a boner.

Mod way up. TOo funny. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177747)

OMG that was funny! It never fails -- I squander my mod points on *informative* and *insightful* stuff and then one of you jokers comes up with a truly laugh-out-loud ringer like this.

Gee, that's really attractive (4, Funny)

jlowery (47102) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177581)

What's next, a giant buckminsterfullerene of laundry baskets?

Re:Gee, that's really attractive (2, Funny)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177837)

CarHenge [carhenge.com] just seems so ugly and useless now. Oh wait, that's because it is!

Did they really need an artist? (0)

joggle (594025) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177586)

It commissioned British artist Abigail Fallis to create a sculpture of a DNA double helix made of shopping carts

Who here couldn't have designed this? The pictures really don't seem to demonstrate any originality on the artist's part IMO if that really was the commission given to him.

Helix Sculpture @ Linus Pauling House, Portland,OR (3, Interesting)

MMHere (145618) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177612)

Check out this helix sculpture [julianvossandreae.com] , which is located outside the Linus Pauling House in Portland, OR.

The chemis spent his teen years in this house; the sculpture is located right outside his bedroom window where he had his first lab.

Re:Helix Sculpture @ Linus Pauling House, Portland (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177860)

That is meant, of course, to represent the protein alpha-helix structure (which Pauling discovered), and not an artistic impression of the DNA double-helix.

ART? (1)

rootsrockrebel (780648) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177629)

I don't know art, but I know what I like, and this, I don't like. Honestly, why take something that is naturally beautiful and represent it using something so ugly?

Re:ART? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177807)

To provoke responses like yours?

A meta-comment about article submissions (3, Interesting)

Nakito (702386) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177637)

And pardon me if you think that comments about submissions are off-topic, but once again, there are way too many hyperlinks in the submission. I do not need to know the web address of the supermarket chain's corporate headquarters, or the charity's corporate headquarters, or the event campaign's home page, or the sponsoring gallery's home page, or even the artist's home page. I just want to see the damned shopping cart helix. Pardon me for sounding like a curmudgeon, but nine times out of ten, I am only interested in one link: the link to the subject of the submission, not every related entity (which I can ferret out from the aricle if I really want to). Am I the only one who thinks so?

question... (1)

chachob (746500) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177641)

what the hell do shopping carts have to do with DNA?

someone has quite a bit of time on their hands, eh?

But it's not any good... (1)

dyefade (735994) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177681)

I was looking forward to being really impressed by her skills as an artist, and to see something clever done with shopping trolley's. It's just a frame with the trolley's hung off it! That's lame!!

King of Shopping Carts (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177700)

Very unimaginative. (3, Interesting)

Performer Guy (69820) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177714)

Wow, I thought... DNA sculpture & shopping trolleys, this might be interesting. Then I get to the sculpture images and it's about the most unimaginative uncreative version of such a sculpture I could possibly imagine. A total waste of time and metal.

I think (1)

kc0re (739168) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177731)

I think she needs more to do. Anyone who designs a Double Helix out of shopping carts, A) has to be a woman, and B) needs more of a life. Of course on the other hand, here I am writing a note about her.. online... and there you are reading it

Re:I think (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177773)

Why the heck would they have to be a woman?

There's one problem. (2, Funny)

jd (1658) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177752)

Red-Red-Red codes to only a single protein, as does Blue-Blue-Blue. Worse, I'm not sure Blue is the valid opposite base-pair to Red. This renders the whole structure genetically useless!

Fill up, bring down. (1)

Barryke (772876) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177782)

Just wait before the thing is loaded with garbage trown in,
and no one wil ever want to walk past it.
.. Ahhh modern art .. full of hidden sides.

However I still prefer the clasic 'brick' [ratbehavior.org] art... one word: 6.

it's not even original.. (1)

dustinbarbour (721795) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177787)

Call me a troll, but I find this "work of art" to a freakin' waste of the artist's time as well as my own. Congrats.. You took some shopping carts and linked them up. (..in an unoriginal way, I might add.) I'm suprised this made it to the /. frontpage. But hey.. If you thought that was impressive, you should see strand of DNA built from soda cans!

Not a Double Helix! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177815)

This is a single helix with two sides. DNA is a double helix, which is different.

Mike

Re:Not a Double Helix! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177912)

I hope you're kidding, but I'm afraid you're not :/

Re:Not a Double Helix! (1)

thewils (463314) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178262)

...and they didn't even use G A T C shopping carts either.

That would be Gateway, Asda, Tesco and, er, I don't recall a store for 'C'.

Who wants to clean that thing? (1)

ImTwoSlick (723185) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177833)

Look at that thing! It's just a giant leaf collector [weblogs.com] waiting for fall to come around. I don't want to be the one cleaning it every two weeks.

Boring, uninspired, first year art student project (5, Insightful)

Jtheletter (686279) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177840)

Not to get into an argument on what is art, or start some pretentious troll, but as a work of art this thing sucks.

I mean seriously, she was given an interesting project (DNA representation) and certainly an original and interesting medium, and all we get is shopping carts welded to a stick-figure style double helix frame. It's boring and unimaginative as hell.

On the whole, yes it came out nice and it is engaging visually, but I feel like there could have been a lot more interesting variations on this. Perhaps build the helix itself out of carts, rather than just stick them on a prebuilt frame. Maybe use cables to create a self-supporting tension structure. Actually cut up some of the carts with a plasma torch and use the pieces to create individual molecules (G T C A) on the helix, there's lots of interesting structures to be built with the steel grids and wheels and legs, etc.

To me it seems like the end-result of this project was something that could have been built by any welder given the task "make a DNA helix from shopping carts." It was interpretted 100% literally by the artist and doesn't seem to convey any sense of insight, elaboration, or conceptual development.

Double Helix?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9177915)

Did anyone else notice that this is a double-sided single-helix DNA model? It's not really a double helix!

Strange looking (1)

MyDixieWrecked (548719) | more than 10 years ago | (#9177985)

Damn, European (erm, british?) shopping carts look funny.

Trollies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178078)

yeah, but we call them TROLLIES this side of the Atlantic you insensitive clod!

Trolleys?? Trolleys???? (1)

KnarfO (320113) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178103)

Great idea... beautiful art...

But who the hell calls shopping carts "shopping trolleys?"

I mean really...

Hey Roland (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178186)

STOP FLOGGING YOUR BLOG !

stop flogging your blog !

seriously... (1)

glasya (757924) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178205)

i have read more interesting things in those ads they have in the stalls in the restrooms at the mall.

Appreciation for Art (3, Interesting)

GoRK (10018) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178210)

I can generally appreciate art, especially sculpture. It genearlly takes quite a bit of skill to produce a large outdoor installation like this even if I don't like it.

But this? This is shit. It's not so much that it's made of shopping carts, but it's more that it looks like a jungle gym and the baskets are just going to fill up with leaves and trash. I can hardly believe that such a work was actually *commissioned* without seomeone thinking of this.

It's kind of like how the city I live in has recently taken to painting all of the new highway overpasses an earthy red color. I can appreciate that lots of people think that it looks nicer than bare concrete, but for what it costs, the only thing it really buys you is the need to repaint it again in 5-10 years at an equivalent (or greater) cost. If they really wanted red overpasses, they should have done it properly and dyed the concrete red to begin with.

phallic DNA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178267)

now that's a last name.

What the freakin' hell... (1)

tyroneking (258793) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178324)

... is going on here then?

The pure arrogance of the commission beggars belief...

- not only are UK supermarkets pushing all the local grocers out-of-business so we only have one place to go to for all our essentials (supermarkets!)

- not only are they forcing us to have 'loyalty cards' (secret tracking cards to you and me) so they can track what we buy and then use it to shove junk mail through our letter box and put up the prices of our favourite goods and make secret pay-offs to jam jar poison

- but now they're trying to imply that supermarkets our part of our DNA!

I had expected better of Somerfield ... sounds like the sort of thing Tesco's would do ...

In fact, come to think of it, Somerfield's latest UK marketing campaign is all about implying that supermarkets are the essential thread in our very existence - they have a man and a woman bump into each other in a supermarket - and after a couple of coy looks a baby drops from the sky into the woman's shopping *trolley*

Personally I prefer the Asda (now with added Walmart) adverts - all that bum slapping makes me feel all warm inside.

Disappointing (2, Interesting)

Michael Woodhams (112247) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178407)

"Sculpture of DNA using shopping carts" is an interesting idea, but this is about as boring an implementation of it as I could imagine. In particular, the shopping carts aren't doing anything - it could have equally well been a scuplture of DNA using rocking chairs, old tires, washing machines, small bushes, whatever.

Shopping carts slide into each other, so they have a natural way of connecting. Add some extra twiddles so you have four types, such that only some pairs can slide into each other and you can use the shopping carts as the nucleotides.

This sculpture is supported by a single central column (absent in DNA) but is missing the two helical backbones. It isn't so much that this is less accuate, but it is also less interesting (but undoubtedly cheaper and structurally simpler.)
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