Scottish terriers, kilts, a giant haggis, whisky, the Loch Ness monster and bagpipes galore heralded the official opening of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland.
Ahead of the glittering event at Celtic Park football ground this morning (AEST), head of ceremonies David Zolkwer had promised “a typical Glasgow party” that would be “distinctive, irreverent, funny, principled, sincere, personal and direct”.
He was true to his word, with the quirkier elements including tartan-coat-wearing Scottish terriers leading each of the 71 competing nations into the park, a giant haggis in a tartan box, and large Tunnoch’s teacakes.
A 40,000-strong crowd and estimated international TV audience of up to one billion people watched the opening, which featured a medley of traditional and cont Full Story »
A painting of a mangrove landscape which seeks to highlight the vulnerability of precious ecosystems has won the $50,000 top gong in the 2014 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize announced today.
Judges in the South Australian Museum competition said Carole King’s High Tide, Wynnum was a standout among the prize’s 101 finalists.
The painting incorporates a collage of cut and torn papers, which seek to depict the encroachment of urban elements in the natural environment.
“This painting works on many levels with aesthetic, scientific and conservation messages,” the judges said. “The beautiful mangrove landscape looks perfect from afar, but on closer inspection there is more Full Story »