The 387 Houses of Peter Fritz at the Venice Art Biennale via Designboom
in 1993, while browsing in a junk shop, artist oliver croy discovered 387 model buildings, each neatly wrapped in its own garbage bag—the architectural creations of austrian insurance clerk peter fritz. there is little known about the life of fritz, he nevertheless left behind a substantial body of work that stands as an intriguing testament to his imagination and passion. 20 years after the discovery of these miniatures, artist oliver croy and architecture critic oliver elser offer a look at these lost constructions in a curated installation entitled ‘the 387 houses of peter fritz’.
Heat - la sfida (1995)
Aron Demetz - The Tainted (2012) - Distressed wood
Blending in with the environment
Anti-Material Sniper Rifles in Syria.
By chance a reader today sent me the photograph at the top of this post, asking whether the photo established that sniper rifles from Accuracy International, a British firm, had arrived in rebel possession in Syria.
That image, made and circulated by Reuters, does show a .50-caliber sniper rifle in use. And Accuracy International offers firearms of this class.
The rifle in question, however, is not British. It’s a Chinese M99.
Just a few days ago, with Ahfad al-Rasul (the “Grandsons of the Prophet”) on the Idlib and Hama fronts, we happened to get a close and unobstructed view of one of the siblings seen in the Reuters’ file, as the rest of the photographs show.
It is clear that at least a few of these rifles have turned up in Syria this spring. From where they came (meaning, how the rebels came to possess them as opposed to where they were manufactured) is not yet publicly known. This is yet another good question to ask, just as looking for evidence about the roles these far-reaching firearms might play in the conflict will be a useful pursuit.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHS
Top, from Reuters. The rest, by the author. Last week. Syria.
Recently got a few chicks. They’re rather adorkable.
Armourers make final checks on the bomb load of an Avro Lancaster B Mark I of No. 207 Squadron RAF at Syerston, Nottinghamshire, before a night bombing operation to Bremen, Germany. The mixed load (Bomber Command executive codeword ‘Usual’), consists of a 4,000-lb HC bomb (‘cookie’) and small bomb containers (SBCs) filled with 30-lb incendiaries, with the addition of four 250-lb target indicators (TI).
The crew of a German Ju-88 medium bomber during flight.