Protecting nature through art
Several passions are colliding for former city councillor Mike Salisbury as he looks to ensure a piece of the Paris-Galt Moraine is preserved well into the future, courtesy of Canadian copyright laws.
He’s the artist behind plans for Contour Park, a stone fence-style sculpture proposed to snake through an acre of land in the area of Maltby Road and Gordon Street in the city’s south end.
The site sits between a protected wooded area and lands to be developed with residences, roads and retail opportunities in the coming years as part of the Clair-Maltby secondary plan.
“I’m blending my background in landscape architecture and my background in politics. I’m putting them together and I couldn’t be happier,” said Salisbury, who stepped away from politics last fall in order to focus on his art. “And it saves a really cool piece of land from being encroached upon in the future.”
The project was already in the works when Salisbury learned of Alberta artist Peter von Tiesenhausen, who created a piece of art on his land and used Canada’s copyright laws in 1996 to stop an oil pipeline from being run through his property.
As explained on the government of Canada website, most artworks are automatically protected by copyright laws until 70 years after the artist’s death.
“You’d have a fight on your hands to pull it out of commission at that point,” Salisbury said of what happens once that protection expires, adding he hopes the sculpture is around for generations “or more.”
Salisbury plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign on May 9, with the goal of raising at least $39,000 to fund the project’s first of three phases, but he hopes there is enough public support to see the entire sculpture completed without additional campaigns needed.
In return for donations, people will receive partial ownership of the sculpture, with unique GPS coordinates provided so they can visit their piece.
“It’s people actually putting their money where their mouth’s at. … This is civil action, ” said Salisbury. “If people feel disenfranchised with what’s going on with the Green Belt, for instance, they can participate in this and not just get a good feeling and a piece of art out of the deal, but make a symbolic stand and build that sense of passion and activism that is needed when you disagree about things that are life and death.”
The property is owned by the Foundation for the Support of Medical International Training, which has granted Salisbury permission to create the sculpture and sell its pieces via the Kickstarter campaign.
Despite its rolling topography, at one point the site was actively farmed. That came to an end several years ago and the property is now home to naturally growing trees and other vegetation.
Much of the stone to be used in the sculpture sits in piles around the property, having been moved out of the way to aid its former agricultural use.
“Within one generation this will dramatically change into a really different landscape (as the trees grow),” said Salisbury, explaining the sculpture will curve around hills and enhance snow collection.
“It’s also a way, I think, of moving toward reconciliation in terms of moving clear indicators of a colonial linear, square mindset and repositioning them in a manner that actually accentuates the natural function of the land.”
Funds raised through the campaign will be used to pay for equipment and materials needed for the sculpture, Salisbury said, as well as cover lunches and/or other social events for donors who want to pitch in physically as well.
Depending on the amount raised, the artist said he may receive some financial compensation but he said the project’s expenses come first.
“This is a piece I pitched them on,” Salisbury said. “I got really excited when I conceived it and they got really excited when I explained it to them.”
The former politician said he became interested in the property about three years ago, while serving on city council. He received a tour of the area while the Clair-Maltby secondary plan was being created to guide future development.
“I saw a piece of property I never expected existed in this city … and just fell in love with it,” he explained. “I’ve been actively working out the details for this to come about for about a year.”
Artists slam Duke Nukem 1+2 Remaster art & claim it’s “AI generated” – Dexerto
Fans of the long-dormant Duke Nukem series were elated to see a remaster of the first 2 games getting announced, but that excitement has been dampened by people calling out the game’s key art for being “AI generated”.
AI has been rapidly developing as of late, getting implemented in an increasing number of ways for people to generate images and text by feeding certain AI programs a prompt to work from.
AI art has become just as controversial as it has been prominent, and people are increasingly wary of AI-generated images replacing the work of real artists.
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When the promotional art for the Duke Nukem 1 + 2 Remasters released, the joy of many fans was traded out for disdain, with many claiming that the art wasn’t created by an actual artist. To prove their point, several artists put together a detailed analysis of the image to try and explain why they think the artist that was hired didn’t do all his work by hand.
Duke Nukem 1+2 Remaster under fire for “AI generated” art
When AI art first started taking the internet by storm, it was pretty easy to discern what was and wasn’t real. Though some images were more convincing than others, things like hands, facial expressions, and other small details didn’t quite line up with what a human artist would produce.
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However, as the technology rapidly advances, it’s getting harder and harder to tell the difference. For instance, the cover art for a book by the name of Bob the Wizard was exposed as being AI generated after it won a cover art contest, with the author of the book now working with a different artist to replace it.
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Now, Duke Nukem fans and artists are calling out Oskar Manuel, claiming that he used AI to generate the cover for the Duke Nukem 1+2 Remaster under the nose of Evercade, the company promoting the remaster.
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It hasn’t been confirmed by the artist or Evercade whether or not Manuel used AI in the production of art for the title, but several artists and gamers have swarmed the account, claiming that art from Manuel’s portfolio seems to be AI-generated.
One artist went out of their way to mark the places in which they think the art most clearly shows its faults and other examples of art from Manuel’s portfolio that includes things like clocks with no hands and characters with 6 fingers.
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Neither Evercade nor Manuel have commented further on the matter at the time of writing, and the story is still developing.
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Poland's quest to retrieve priceless Nazi-looted art – BBC
When the Nazis occupied Poland in World War Two, many of the country’s priceless pieces of art were stolen.
One of those was Madonna with Child, a 16th Century painting attributed to Italian Alessandro Turchi. A Nazi official who oversaw the looting of art included the painting on a list of hundreds taken from occupied Poland.
It is one of 600 looted artworks that Poland has managed to successfully bring home, but more than 66,000 so-called war losses are yet to be recovered.
Poland recently launched a campaign seeking the return of hundreds of thousands artworks and other cultural items still missing after German and Soviet occupations in World War Two. It is also seeking $1.3 trillion in reparations from Germany for damage incurred by occupying Nazis.
Experts believe more art will be discovered with the passage of time as heirs to looted artwork attempt to sell pieces without being aware of their history.
Madonna with Child is thought to have been transferred to Germany in 1940 during the Nazi occupation of Poland. The Nazis often looted art belonging to Jewish families before killing them.
The painting was included on a list of 521 artworks in occupied Poland compiled by Kajetan Mühlmann, a Nazi official who oversaw the looting of art.
The painting reappeared in the 1990s, when it was sold at a New York auction.
It was due to be auctioned in January last year, but the sale was halted after Polish authorities spotted the piece. Once it was proven to be the looted painting, the auction house and the painting’s owner agreed to return it to Poland. An official handing-over ceremony took place in Tokyo on Wednesday.
Polish art historian Natalia Cetera said the return of masterpieces like Madonna with Child help restore pride in the country’s art heritage.
Poland had Rembrandt and Raphael pieces stolen, as well as internationally recognised Polish masterpieces, she said.
“So whenever there is this situation where the artworks come back to Polish collections, you feel proud because it shows the importance of Polish collections that is sometimes forgotten,” Ms Cetera told the BBC.
“It means we have some strong focus on remembering our heritage, our collections and the strength we used to have in art, because this is something we tried to rebuild after the war and this is a long process to be recognised again.”
Ms Cetera says she believes there has been a shift in recent years in cultural heritage “being seen as a common good”.
Christopher Marinello, founder of Art Recovery International, has spent more than 30 years finding missing masterpieces. He believes that more pieces could start showing up as looted artwork gets handed down to the next generation, with the new heirs unaware of their history.
“We’re talking about a generation ago now and these looted objects are being left to their heirs when the possessors pass away and the children don’t necessarily know the history and they decide to sell it,” Mr Marinello said.
Polish authorities have recorded stolen pieces of artwork on Interpol and other private and government databases.
“There’s also a great number of art historians out there who are doing research of looted artworks from Poland and they’re spotting them too,” Mr Marinello said.
“The more that tech improves and auction houses start to post everything online, there’s more eyes looking for the objects that have been looted.”
Mr Marinello believes there is also a “generational shift” in attitudes to stolen masterpieces. He’s currently working on a case where a man in Chicago contacted him about a piece he believed his grandfather stole from a German museum in World War Two.
“They’d had it for an entire generation and now they realise that they can’t sell it and that they would rather give it back than have any more trouble over the issue.”
But the law varies from country to country, and sometimes a stolen piece can only be returned with the goodwill of the current owner.
Japan, where Madonna with Child was found, “is not a great country to recover stolen art from”, Mr Marinello says.
“It’s really up to the possessor in many cases to do the right thing… to understand that something was looted or stolen and that it should be returned, because you can’t rely on a lawsuit under Japanese law,” he said.
Ms Cetera said that the successful retrieval of Madonna with Child was a source of pride, but is unsure whether the passion for bringing stolen artwork back to Poland will continue with future generations.
“The question is whether it is important to the next generation – Gen Z and younger generations, do they really care? From what I observe, this might not be the case,” she said.
Digitised art collections might mean people losing interest in the physical form, she said.
“At some point maybe we won’t have to retrieve artworks… because we will have it in the Cloud and we will be able to reach it any time anywhere, no matter who has it.
“This digitisation and tech that is coming might at some point suppress the need of retrieving physical artworks.”
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