fireplace chimney

Brickwork taken to new levels.

Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas Performance Piece, Dennis Oppenheim
24’ H x 12’ W x 12’ D
Steel, galvanized steel, epoxy, pigments, cement, bugles, fire brick, foam and fiberglass This piece invites one to consider the fusion of architecture and musical performance. A chimney is turned into a wind instrument, suggesting one could play or perform it. The cavity of a functional object (chimney) is considered for its sound producing qualities. In the same way, one could consider playing or performing a building by walking through it.

Christmas vocabulary in polish

(n.) Boże Narodzenie – Christmas Day

(n.) Siano – hay

(pl. ♀) Lampki choinkowe – fairy lights

(pl. ♀) Sanie – sleigh

(pl. ♂) Krewni – relatives

(pl. ♂) Pierogi z kapustą (kiszoną) i grzybami – dumplings filled with sauerkraut and mushrooms

(pl. ♂) Trzej Mędrcy – the 3 Wise Men

♀ Bombka – christmas bauble

♀ Choinka – christmas tree

♀ Jemioła – mistletoe

♀ Kartka świąteczna – christmas card

♀ Kolęda – christmas carol

♀ Pierwsza Gwiazdka – the first star

♀ Świeczka – candle

Wigilia – christmas eve

Zima – winter

Anioł – angel

Bałwan – snowman

Barszcz – beetroot soup

Biegun Północny – North Pole

Dziadek do orzechów – nutcracker

Dzwoneczek – bell

Elf – elf

Karp – carp

Komin – chimney

Kominek – fireplace

Łańcuch – chain

Opłatek – wafer

Pasterz – Shepherd

Piernik – gingerbread

Post – lent

Prezent – gift

Renifer – reindeer

Sernik – cheesecake

Stroik świąteczny – wreath

Śnieg – snow

Święty Mikołaj – Santa Claus

Żłób – manger

Niespodziewany Gość – unexpected guest

Rudolf Czerwononosy – Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

(n.) - neutral

(pl.) - plural

Here’s the list of polish words connected with Christmas - food, traditions etc. Hope you found it helpful!

Wesołych Świąt! – Merry Christmas!

Zodiac Trivia

ARIES: Symbol-The Ram; Gemstone-Diamond; Color-Red; Flower-Geranium;  Personality Traits: assertive, aggressive, leader, dynamic, pioneering, confident, risk taker, impatient, energetic, adventurous, daredevil, selfish, action-orientated.                                                                                      Common things ruled by Aries: furnace, fireplace, chimney, hat, stove/oven, garlic, knife, mustard, onion, surgery, pepper, acne, rhubarb, insomnia, thistle, tool, cactus & sheep.

TAURUS: Symbol-The Bull; Gemstone-Emerald; Color-Green; Flower-Violet;   Personality Traits: jealous, comfort and pleasure loving, stable, reliable, thrifty, practical, materialistic, thorough, steady, endurance, lazy, greedy, hard worker, planner, determined, common sense & logical.                                           Common things ruled by Taurus: money, copper, culture, artwork, purse, bank, storeroom, cattle, lily, pig, spinach, stock, wallet & wheat.

GEMINI: Symbol-The Twins; Gemstone- Tourmaline; Flower-Lily of the Valley Personality Traits: witty, lively, curious, restless, intelligent, multitasker, fickle, flirtatious, inquisitive, nervous, superficial, short attention span, scattered, communication, high strung, fun-loving & quick thinker.                         Common things ruled by Gemini: errand, vehicle, mercury, mail, butterfly, book, bicycle, commute, neighbor, contract, sibling, desk, escalator, mechanic, monkey, paper, road, train, twins, walking, writing, speaking & puzzle.

CANCER: Symbol-The Crab; Gemstone-Pearl; Color-White & Silver; Flower-Larkspur.                                                                                                Personality Traits: protective, nurturing, security-conscious, family orientated, moody, psychic, sympathetic, tenacious, clingy, cautious, emotional, loving, shy, caring & overly sensitive.                                                                   Common things ruled by Cancer: silver, chalk, cooking, crab, black onyx, boat, water, river, lake, bathing, cabbage, melon, family, sink, bathtub, shrimp, female, laundry, nutrition, motherhood & plumbing.

LEO: Symbol-The Lion; Gemstone- Ruby; Color-Orange, Gold & Scarlet; Flower-Marigold                                                                                     Personality Traits: affectionate, enthusiastic, leader, romantic, temperamental, dramatic, warmhearted, creative, pompous, loyal, show-off, outgoing, generous, egocentric, bossy, stubborn & self-centered.                          Common things ruled by Leo: theater, gambling, citrus tree, dill, lion, stage, royalty, poppy, children, palace, party, sun porch & throne.

VIRGO: Symbol-The Virgin; Gemstone- Sapphire; Color- navy blue, dark brown & gray;Flower-Pansy                                                                              Personality Traits: worrier, meticulous, modest, diligent, reliable, critical, practical, cautious, sensible, perfectionist, methodical, discriminating, shy, analytical, organized, efficient & detail orientated.                                     Common things ruled by a Virgo: mercury, list, grain, harvest, bookcase, butler, pet, humane society, medical facility, poultry, endive, first aid, closet, oats, menu, desk, workplace, textiles, sewing, needlework, nutrition, pantry, refrigerator & valerian.

LIBRA: Symbol-The Scales; Gemstone- Opal; Color- blue, pink & pastels; Flower- Rose.                                                                                         Personality Traits: tactful, cooperative, romantic, fickle, lazy, extravagant, gracious, gullible, dependent, charming, sympathetic, partnership orientated, people person, self-indulgent, social, idealistic, easily influenced, fair & indecisive.                                                                                                 Common things ruled by Libra: bedroom, candy, love, partner, copper, mint, asparagus, artwork, fashion, hair salon, cosmetics, clothing, contract, piano, jewelry, litigation, decor, furniture, coral, strawberry & wedding.

SCORPIO: Symbol-The Scorpion; Gemstone-Topaz; Color- black & burgundy; Flower- Chrysanthemum                                                                       Personality Traits: secretive, sarcastic, heroic, ruthless, jealous, vengeful, loyal, possessive, suspicious, obsessive, forceful, emotional, willpower, magnetic, stubborn, passionate, psychic, investigative & determined.                    Common things ruled by Scorpio: psychiatric, legacy, magic, coroner, sewer, reptile, recycling, restroom, toilet, undertaker, death, detective, espionage, hernia, butcher & money.

SAGITTARIUS: Symbol-The Archer; Gemstone- Turquoise; Color- royal blue & purple; Flower- Narcissus                                                                      Personality Traits: friendly, adventuresome, leadership ability, spiritual, easygoing, fortunate, humorous, joke teller, freedom-loving, honest, restless, irresponsible, knowledgable, tactless, enthusiastic, overly optimistic & careless. Common things ruled by Sagittarius: travel, tin, horse, sage, cinnamon, clergy, university, house of worship, college, trade school, attorney, law, publishing, religion, professor, prayer, stable, abundance, court, attendance, court, foreign affairs, ethics, archery, advertising & judge.

CAPRICORN: Symbol-The Goat; Gemstone-Garnet; Color- black, navy blue, gray & forest green; Flower-Carnation.                                                  Personality Traits: hard worker, frugal, cheap, practical, reliable, status-orientated, methodical, realistic, worrier, cautious, self-disciplined, reserved, patient, pessimistic & conservative.                                                         Common things ruled by Capricorn: stone, leather, mining, granite, gravel, construction, farming, brick, time, business, cement, watch, garden, chiropractic, quarry, ore, clock, pottery, real estate , salt & land.

AQUARIUS: Symbol-The Water Bearer; Gemstone-Amethyst; Colors- iridescent blue & turquoise; Flower- Orchid                                                           Personality Traits: loyal, humanitarian, high-strung, individualistic, rebellious, impersonal, group-orientated, friendly, original, inventive, intellectual, aloof, detached, unpredictable, honest, logical, future-orientated, independent, stubborn & determined.                                                                            Common things ruled by an Aquarius: electricity, technology, radiology, television, radio, club, organization, fraternal group, friendship, social event, airplane hanger, invention, wireless communication, aerospace, astrology & computer.

PISCES: Symbol-The Fish; Gemstone- Aquamarine; Color- sea green & violet; Flower- Water Lily.                                                                                 Personality Traits: Sensitive, impressionable, psychic, martyrdom, irresponsible, visionary, dreamy, creative, imaginative, kind, escapist, vague, deceptive, friendly, self-sacrificing, charitable & unrealistic.                                      Common things ruled by a Pisces: photography, ocean, aquarium, drugs, alcohol, chemical, motion picture, prison, boot, gasoline, hospital, pump, institution, well, dream, sleep, water, charity, retreat, self-undoing, hidden factors & enemies, ship, pipe, submarine, swimming, swindler, lime, platinum, tin, sock & shoe.


Building a primitive wattle and daub hut from scratch

I built this hut in the bush using naturally occurring materials and primitive tools. The hut is 2m wide and 2m long, the side walls are 1m high and the ridge line (highest point) is 2m high giving a roof angle of 45 degrees. A bed was built inside and it takes up a little less than half the hut. The tools used were a stone hand axe to chop wood, fire sticks to make fire, a digging stick for digging and clay pots to carry water. The materials used in the hut were wood for the frame, vine and lawyer cane for lashings and mud for daubing. Broad leaves were initially used as thatch which worked well for about four months before starting to rot. The roof was then covered with sheets of paper bark which proved to be a better roofing material. An external fireplace and chimney were also built to reduce smoke inside. The hut is a small yet comfortable shelter and provides room to store tools and materials out of the weather.