All gassed up

first_imgWith oil prices on the global market fluctuating frequently, gas prices in South Florida seem to be taking motorists on a “hill and gully ride” as described so colorfully by North Miami resident, Jamaican-American Rohan Godfries.Gas prices in the South Florida region has hardly remained the same through a recent week. It has increased to an average of over $2.50 a gallon for a period last month, then fluctuating to an average of $2.36 earlier this week. Now, with oil prices rising to over $51 per barrel this week and Memorial Day Weekend approaching, gas prices are set to increase again.According to the American Automobile Association (AAA) spokesperson Mark Jenkins, prices are expected to increase another 10 cents on average over the upcoming holidays.The average price of unleaded gas per gallon fluctuated from county to county in South Florida as of Monday. The average in Broward County was $2.36, similar to the national average; Miami-Dade County $2.37. In Palm Beach County, the average was highest at $2.42 per gallon.Broward County had prices as low as $2.17 and $2.18 at some gas stations mostly in the eastern region of the county.After the Memorial Day weekend gas prices could hover around the $2.50 average per gallon as OPEC members are scheduled to meet this week to discuss the scope of oil production. To ease rapidly declining oil prices in 2016, as an oil glut suppressed price per barrel, OPEC countries reduced production. This increased the price from as low as $38 per barrel to over $50. It’s expected that OPEC members will vote to continue limited oil production for the immediate future. If this happens price at the pump could remain at or over $2.50 per gallon.However, increased prices at the pump isn’t expected to deter traveling over the holiday weekend. Godfries said he has become accustomed to the fluctuating prices, and “after paying over $4 per gallon just two years ago $2.50 is still a great bargain. I plan to full my Ford Explorer tank on Saturday morning and head out with the family to Tampa for the long weekend.”last_img read more

Artist Turns Vintage Ring Boxes Into Incredibly Detailed Historical Dioramas

first_imgArtistic miniatures, also known as “painting in little,” have captivated art admirers and connoisseurs for centuries. The minimal dimensions of each of these artworks are definitely not an obstacle to appreciate the carefully constructed assemblages which often remind viewers of their long-gone childhood days when playing dollhouses could last for hours.These nostalgic reminiscences contribute immensely to the appreciation of miniatures and their continuous creating.Fridas Entry Into Iguala. Photo Courtesy Talwst.Truth be told, who could possibly resist the allure of cute, mini-representations of daily life? Not collectors for sure, since they’ve been prizing these artworks for over a thousand years while museums in different parts of the world have also been gathering and displaying miniature art through drawings, prints, sculptures, etc.Deluge. Photo Courtesy Talwst.Among the numerous artists who create these tiny beauties, is the Canadian-Trinidadian artist Curtis Santiago, also known as Talwst.Started From the Bottom Now We Here pt1. Photo Courtesy TalwstAccording to The Guardian, in 2008 Talwst attracted the curious eye of the press with his unique creations. He used vintage ring boxes and turned them into scenes from popular world history events. Reportedly, this idea hit Talwst when a Parisian street vendor challenged him with an antique ring box.Photo Courtesy Talwst.The vendor asked the artist if he could make something out of it, and Talwst immediately answered. He took a miniature figure and placed it inside the box which was covered with a seascape visual, so it appeared as if the figure was coming out of the sea.Photo Courtesy Talwst.The vendor’s amazement confirmed the successful result of the challenge and, since then, Talwst has been creating dioramas of a multitude of scenes that represented notable pop-culture references as well as an ordinary life event and Talwst’s personal memories. In fact, his first ever diorama (the one with the seascape) was inspired by his own life occurrence.Frolic. Photo Courtesy TalwstIts name is “Wet Dream” and as Talwst explains, it is a “Venus-type scene” of his girlfriend emerging from the water.When asked by The Guardian about his main motive and inspiration to dedicate his artistic strive on miniatures in ring boxes, Talwst explained: “I like to capture memories and fleeting moments. They feel all the more moving because of their fugitive nature. I want the viewer to open the box and feel they have been transported to another world.”After Tom After Kim After Acid. Photo Courtesy Talwst.As reported by My Modern Met, though the scenes inside the jewelry boxes are often inspired by modern-day events, the setting and the diorama as an art form itself gives the miniatures a strong dash of antiquity.Some scenes even merge two separate chronologies, combining, for example, a mini figure of Kim Kardashian taking a selfie, standing inside a Botticelli-like shell associated with his famous The Birth of Venus.Nubian Origin Story According to Artist, 2014. Photo Courtesy Talwst.The artist usually obtains the boxes at flea markets or purchases them online but, occasionally, he receives a few sent by his fans.Talwst’s dazzling creations can be seen on his official website or Instagram account.Photo Courtesy Talwst.Of course, the creation of this type of real-life representation requires the utmost attention to detail and immense quantities of patience. Therefore, many may wonder what is Talwst’s secret to success?Read another story from us: 91-yr-old Street Artist Grandma Has Turned Her Village into a Stunning Art GalleryHere is his answer: “The work’s small-scale allows me the opportunity for a very particular kind of meditation. The overarching theme is related to time and space; to my sense of the vastness and the fragility of the world which I inhabit; and my fleeting memories of this world.”last_img read more