Today on the net, Australian web users report on the devastating wildfires. American Banksy fans protecting his New York City creations from vandalism. And an animation short celebrating 75 years of Superman…
Online reactions to Australian wildfires
Entire forests reduced to ashes and houses totally destroyed by flames … these spectacular images were posted online by residents of New South Wales in Australia and bear witness to the series of major wildfires that have ravaged the region over the past few days. The fires which have been caused by the unseasonably hot temperatures and strong winds and have prompted local authorities to declare a state of emergency are at the centre of discussion among Australian web users.
The government in New South Wales has teamed up with Google to create this interactive map so citizens can stay informed on where and how the fires are spreading. It also shows in which areas fire fighters have the flames under control and where they continue to rage.
And as is often the case, there has been a great show of solidarity online. The local branch of the Red Cross has launched donation appeals via social networks, to provide those who have lost everything in the wildfires with basic necessities.
This environmental group is asking web users to also spare a thought for all the wild animals caught up in the fires, asking people to leave bowls of water out for wildlife to keep them hydrated whilst fire fighters continue to battle the flames.
Banksy fans want to protect NYC graffitis
British graffiti artist Banksy is currently in New York City where he has undertaken a residency for October. His plan has been to turn the city into an open air gallery by producing astonishing daily creations and covering the walls of the Big Apple with his famous street art. New Yorkers are delighted with the artworks which are also available to view on the website created specifically for Banksy’s month long project or on his Instagram account.
Although he has received a lot or praise, not everyone in New York is a Banksy fan. In fact, as a number of Twitter users have reported, with photos or videos to back them up, most of Banksy’s artworks have been vandalized just several hours after being discovered …something scores of New Yorkers have been quick to condemn online, saying how shocked and saddened they are.
As we can see from these images that have been doing the rounds online, others have taken it upon themselves to erase these acts of vandalism. Street art devotees who have armed themselves with scrapers and brushes and have set off across NYC looking for Banksy pieces that have been defaced, trying to clean them up so that as many people as possible can see them as they were intended to be seen.
This photo of the German chancellor Angela Merkel, published in Der Spiegel recently continues to tickle web users. The “Hipster Merkel” Tumblr blog is encouraging web users to seek inspiration from her tired eyes and windswept hair, and post parodies of the pic depicting the most powerful woman in the world as an icon of popular culture… giving her some trendy glasses for example, or a nose piercing, or even a hippy beard …
Squirrels imagined as superheroes
Artist Santiago Perez has imagined what squirrels would look like in the get-up of some of the well-known superheroes. It’s a wonderful tribute to the likes of Batman, Spiderman and Thor and you can check out the collection on the DevianArt website…
Video of the day
Film maker Zack Snyder and artist Bruce Timm have produced and uploaded this animation short to mark Superman’s 75th anniversary, following the Man of Steel throughout the years from his first comic book appearances to the television shows and feature films. It’s an incredible piece of work and will no doubt be a massive hit with Superman fans everywhere.