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(Associated Press) YARMOUTH, Mass. — A busty mermaid sculpted from sand and placed outside a popular Cape Cod restaurant is raising eyebrows and triggering complaints.
Alginate is an important raw material made from refined seaweed which is used in a number of industries: Such as in a wide array of medical and clinical applications. It has a number of applications in the pharmaceutical industry. In the food and beverage industry, it is used as a thickener, softener and binder. Alginate is also used for a large number of industrial applications such textiles, printer and welding. In the leisure industry it is used as a beauty treatment.
Growing cartilage in alginate tubes
As manufacturers of a variety of skin-safe mold making materials formulated using alginate (processed seaweed), we are usually never surprised at alginate's myriad of uses. As alginates, in its various forms, are used across a wide range of industries, including the medical, pharmaceutical, food and beverage industries, industrial, crafting and special effects and even in the beauty spa. Yet here are the most recent new uses for alginates reported during the month of June 2016 that even surprise us. Please read on for three new ways this miracle material is being used:
A life-size sculpture of a humpback whale and calf by sculptor, Stephen Kesler hangs in the lobby of the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Draper, Utah. The sculpture of the adult whale, which measures 50-feet long, was engineered to break into eight pieces to fit through aquarium's doors. The pieces were moved into the aquarium and then reassembled.
Picture: Reuters/China Daily
The 2016 annual Chinese Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival was held Harbin,Heilongjiang, China. The event began about 17 years ago, and has become a world attraction. Bringing ten to fifteen visitors, with ten thousand workers cutting and hauling ice it is the world's largest ice festival covering 600,000 square meters with ice edifices topping 46 meters high.
Turner Prize contender Anthea Hamilton's inspiration for her work was from the designer Gaetano Pesce. Photograph: Kyle Knodell.
The Turner Prize, named after the English painter J. M. W. Turner, is an annual prize presented to a British visual artist under the age of 50. The Tate Gallery organizes the awards which are held at the Tate Britain, The prize, established in 1984, has become the United Kingdom's most publicized art award. Though the award represents all media, some of the most controversial pieces are its sculpture – this year, it's the 18-foot “bare bottom" by Anthea Hamilton.
As a young artist Marc Sijan shared projects with legendary Duane Hanson to develop finishing techniques that they both incorporated into their sculptures. Sijan has elevated to pre-eminence in a golden age of hyper realistic sculpture. Hailed as the successor to Hanson as Master of the genre. Sijan is the only artist to have worked with Hanson.