Sight Magazine – StrangeSights: Inside Out Art; a “smiling” sun?; and, longest train record…


A work of art by Dutch artist Mondrian has apparently hung upside down – for around 77 years. The abstract work of Dutch artist Piet Mondrian New York i – which uses red, yellow, blue and black adhesive strips – was created in 1941 and first hung on the walls of the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1945. Since 1980 it has been on display at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen art collection in Düsseldorf, Germany. But experts now say a photograph taken in 1944, just days after Mondrian’s death, shows the image on an easel in his studio in a different orientation. Susanne Meyer-Buser, curator at the Düsseldorf gallery, said that after coming across the photo of Mondrian’s studio showing the image displayed differently, she told other curators. “Once I pointed it out to the other curators, we realized it was very obvious,” she reportedly said. “I’m 100% sure the image is the wrong way around.” Despite this, the painting will remain in its current orientation in case the strips used in the artwork come off.

The image NASA posted on Instagram. PHOTO: NASA

He’s been compared to everything from the Teletubbies to the marshmallow man Stay Puft and the ancient Egyptian goddess Sekmet. NASA has released an image of the sun which appears to show it “smiling”. The US space agency posted the pictures on social networkswriting that: “Today NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory caught the Sun ‘smiling’. Seen in ultraviolet light, these dark spots on the Sun are known as coronal holes. and are regions where the fast solar wind shoots out into space.”

It must have been a train watcher’s delight. A train measuring almost 2,000 meters in length this weekend set a new Guinness World Record as the longest narrow-gauge passenger train. The train consisted of 25 four-part Capricorn wagons from the Swiss manufacturer Stadler which were a total of 1,906 meters long and weighed around 2,990 tons. Leaving on Saturday afternoon, he traveled the UNESCO World Heritage Route from the Albula Tunnel in Preda to the Landwasser Viaduct, near Filisur, crossing 48 bridges and going through 22 tunnels along the way. Rhaetian Railways said several thousand people attended the event. Railway director Renato Fasciati said the company was “delighted to have reached this world record”.


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