From Smithsonian Magazine:
Called the “snail” by Italians and the “monkey tail” by the Dutch, @ is the sine qua non of electronic communication, thanks to e-mail addresses and Twitter handles…The origin of the symbol itself, one of the most graceful characters on the keyboard, is something of a mystery. One theory is that medieval monks…
A fun read…the once useless symbol becomes the hero of the digital generation!
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Here is an amazing piece of art from the website designboom.
Each year the French Ministry of Culture and Communication invites a leading artist to create a work that responds to the exceptional architectural space of the Grand Palais in Paris.
The sheer monumental scale of the building provided the inspiration for a big idea: monumenta.
This year, Indian-born, British-based artist Anish Kapoor created a temporary, site-specific installation inside the nave of the glass-domed hall.
The space was originally unveiled at the 1900 universal exhibition.
For its fourth edition Kapoor was asked to meet the challenge with a brand new work for the 13,500 sq meter space.
Continue reading An experiment in Monumenta – art at the Grand Palais in Paris, France