On this day in 1883, the iconic Brooklyn Bridge in New York
City opened. The bridge connects Manhattan and Brooklyn and when opened
was the longest suspension bridge in the world. Thousands attended the
opening ceremony, including President Chester A. Arthur and New York
Mayor Franklin Edson, who crossed the bridge to celebratory cannon fire. A
few days after opening, a rumour spread that the bridge was unstable
and would collapse. However, the rumours were ended on May 17th 1884
when famous circus master P.T Barnum showed its stability by having his
famous attraction - Jumbo the elephant - lead a parade of elephants over the
In my history of graphic design class we created art nouveau posters! For this project we had to make advertisements while incorporating this style. I chose to make an ad for Carl Akeley’s exhibits. Carl Akeley is well known taxidermist and conservationist. You can see his work today at the Chicago Field Museum!
In my poster I illustrated Carl Akeley’s fighting elephants. He and his wife Delia were sent on an expedition to Africa to retrieve some specimens for the Field Museum. On the expedition Delia was responsible for taking down the bigger bull elephant while Carl had been trampled and shot down his (smaller bull elephant) in self defense.Although these weren’t the first elephants that Carl had stuffed.
P.T. Barnum’s jumbo died in a freak train accident and Carl was called to the scene to stuff the elephant. Jumbo was THE FIRST ELEPHANT to ever be stuffed.
And here at the bottom of the poster I illustrated Carl Akeley’s “Four Seasons”. During the time, white tailed deer were considered endangered. Carl wanted to be able to educate the public on these animals even if they were to go extinct. But obviously today the deer are far from endangered.
So Carl collected a total of 16 deer during each of the four seasons. For each season he made sure to collect a buck, a doe and fawns. (I didn’t have enough room to illustrate all of the deer in each section.) He did a phenomenal job at capturing every little detail of how the deer might have looked when moving to the veins and position of the ears.
As for the foliage Delia and Carl MADE every single leaf, tree and shrub in sight of each diorama. They made the foliage by making wax and metal molds, and then painted everything. The snow was created using powdered sugar (with a pinch of arsenic to keep the bugs from eating the sugar.)
3 Simple Rules for Dating Bunnies (and whatever else) vs. Nick Wilde
Having busted a (sort-of) massive sheep-related conspiracy, Nick tries to curry favour with his old friend (and extremely temporary flame), Honey Badger for dating advice.
Honey: A sticky, golden toast to the Woolluminati! Good riddance, you creepy, glue-eating, baaageouis sneaks!
Honey: And to you, OFFICER Wilde for helping put the mastermind behind bars. I just wish I could have been there when you did it.
Nick: If you want, I could pull some strings. Get you to see her. Maybe you could even ask her some questions about the Cabaaaal.
Honey: You’d do that for me? That would be so coo-wait, what’s the catch?
Nick: Well, you know how we used to date?
Honey: I wouldn’t call me paying for your meals because you took a suspiciously long time to come back from the bathroom “dating,” Nick.
Nick: My apologies. But I really want to start fresh with this new girl and I was hoping you could give me some advice on how not to screw it up.
Honey: Is it the bunny?
Honey: You cradle robber.
Nick: Why is that always such a bigger deal than the interspecies thing?
Honey: Because it’s way creepier. What are you? On the right side of 50?
Nick: Honey, please.
Honey: Fine. I’ll give you some pointers.
Honey: All right. Something you have to keep in mind is that there are 3 extremely basic, but fundamental, rules for dating gals. You follow these, never break them, and you’ll have a rock solid foundation to work with and fall back on. Number 1) Don’t insult her.
Honey: That’s doesn’t inspire confidence, but a little good-natured ribbing never hurt anyone. Number 2) Don’t lie to her.
Nick: Uh, you see, I kind of met her while I was still “legally adjacent.”
Honey: I can relate. Lucky for you, I saved the easiest for last. Number 3) Don’t steal from her.
Honey: So you stole from the mob and the cops?! And people call me crazy.
Nick: I didn’t technically steal from her. I just kind of tricked her into paying for an elephant jumbo pop.
Honey: Did you not have your wallet?
Nick: I had it with me. I just thought that a cop funding a scam would make for some poignant…social commentary.
Honey: Fair enough. Here’s some more commentary for you-“You will die alone.”