Paintings Brought To Life With Steam


Inside an old Victorian art studio in West Oakland, CA Gregorio de Masi is constructing yet another otherworldly creation. Born in LA in 1982 but growing up in Rome and London, he got inspired to make art at a very young age. Returning to the states to pursue a full-time career as an artist, Gregorio worked in an Art Department for feature films. It is there where he started to experiment with atmospheric fog machines and where the idea came to him to apply the use of those machines in a more visual way – to create live paintings.

The Statue of Liberty Before It Was Green

Did it ever occur to you that the official greeter of New York, the Statue of Liberty, wasn’t always green? Constructed in Paris in the 1880’s, the statue was made with an exterior of untreated copper, which as many know from seeing old neglected pennies, slowly turns green over time through oxidation (not so the ones in your pocket, as they are slowly polished through friction). The builders of the statue clearly knew that over time the lady would turn a dull green, but think of how it must have originally appeared as new immigrants arrived at Ellis Island, shining a warm welcome in the New York sun.