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…Mont Blanc makes expensive pens?

Montblanc

The Mont Blanc Boheme Royal Black & White pen marks the other end of the Mont Blanc pen spectrum when compared to the $15 Mont Blanc pen project (though it does illustrate nicely why such an alternative is necessary). This cartridge fountain pen features a retractable platinum-plated 18-karat gold nib, an 18-karat white gold barrel and cap set with a total of 1,430 brilliant-cut diamonds, 18-karat white gold rings and clip set with a paramount-cut diamond. Even the Mont Blanc star logo is made of 19 individual diamonds. I understand you don’t want to Bic the final touch on your million-dollar contract, but with a price tag of $150,000, you better hope that contract doesn’t fall through anytime soon or you’ll be signing life insurance policies with this brilliant work of art.

[Mont Blanc Boheme Royal Black & White]

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…Art can be deadly?

Monument

Lego Casualties

Monument (If it bleeds, it Leads), is an installation by Caleb M. Larsen that comments on the media’s fixation with tragedy. A computer program scans the headlines of 4,500 English-language news sources, and when one reports that someone has been killed, an algorithm in the machine determines the number of deaths, and a ceiling-mounted mechanism built from Legos drops one bright yellow candy BB per person. During the time the installation is in place, BBs will accumulate on the floor, and an ever-increasing random constellation will form an aesthetic “Monument” to those who have died. Since we are in a time of war, there are periods when hundreds of BBs will fire off in rapid succession, while at other times a lone BB will fall. The paradoxical part of the installation is that something only happens when someone has died, but since viewers want to experience a BB falling, they may secretly be waiting for someone to die so that they can see the event, but at the same time, a lack of falling BBs means the world is temporarily a little less frightening.

[Monument (If it bleeds, it Leads)]

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