Architects Reveal Bizarre Plans for a Libertarian City in the Metaverse

Interior of the Liberland Metaverse City Hall, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects for the Free Republic of Liberland (all images courtesy ZHA and Mytaverse) “In the lingo, this imaginary place is known as the Metaverse,” Neal Stephenson wrote in his 1992 novel Snow Crash, whose protagonist, Hiro, spends most of his time in virtual reality. … Read more

What Are Messerschmidt’s Bizarre 18th-century Sculpted Heads Trying To Tell Us?

On August 23, 1783, the Wiener Zeitung reported the death of sculptor Franz Xaver Messerschmidt. In a sympathetic obituary, the Vienna newspaper reminded readers “of the artist’s successful activity in Vienna,” noting that he was “famous for his extraordinary skill as an artist and for several outstanding works of art.” After serving as a sculptor … Read more