53 years ago today (April 12), Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut, became the first human to travel into space and change history, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth.
So on April 12, Gagarin, who became an international celebrity and hero, is being commemorated for paving the way for future space exploration by the International Day of Human Space Flight (Cosmonautics Day).
I really recommend looking him up. There’s so much to know about him and the history-making flight.
My favourite thing is probably the landing to an unplanned site: A farmer and her daughter observed the strange scene of a figure in a bright orange suit with a large white helmet landing near them by parachute. Gagarin later recalled, “When they saw me in my space suit and the parachute dragging alongside as I walked, they started to back away in fear. I told them, don’t be afraid, I am a Soviet citizen like you, who has descended from space and I must find a telephone to call Moscow!”
Happy International Day of Human Space Flight!
BEETHOVEN FRIEZE; Gustav Klimt
executed in 1902 for the 14th Secession exhibition - The Beethoven Exhibition
The 14th exhibition was centered around Max Klinger’s sculpture of Beethoven. The goal of the artists was to transform the Secession building into a temple dedicated to the composer.
Gustav Klimt’s contribution was a large-scale mural (which he didn’t have time to finish) called Beethoven Frieze. It was based on Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, which was about humanity’s yearning for happiness.
"The Three painted walls form a coherent sequence. First long wall: longing for happiness. The Sufferings of Weak Humanity, who beseech the Knight in armour as external, Pity and Ambition as Internal, driving powers, who move the former to undertake the struggle for happiness. Narrow wall: the Hostile Powers. The giant Typhus, against whom even the Gods battle in vain; his daughters, the three Gorgons. Sickness, Mania, Death. Desire and Impurity, Excess. Nagging care. The longings and desires of mankind fly above and beyond them. Second long wall, longing for happiness finds repose in Poetry. The Arts leads us into the Kingdom of the Ideal, where alone we can find pure joy, pure happiness, pure love. The Choir of Heavenly Angels."
-Catalogue entry for Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze
hipinuff: Pablo Picasso (Spanish: 1881 - 1973), Portrait of mademoiselle Rosengart, 1964. Lithograph on Arches paper, 62 x 46 cm
Bill Domonkos, Simone Muench & Dean Rader at Likestarlings.com (March 2014)
A rare natural phenomenon turns one of Austria’s most beautiful hiking trails into a 10 meter-deep lake, for half the year. Located at the foot of the Hochschwab Mountains, in Tragoess, Styria. Green Lake(Grüner See) begins to appear as temperatures rise in the summer months, the snow and ice covering the mountaintops melt, and the water pours down, filling the basin below with crystal-clear water.