What We Love This Week, Volume CXXXV

Published August 14, 2015
Archtoyanie Sculpture Dancing Girl

Image Source: Smithsonian

Inside Russia’s Surreal Summer Sculpture Festival

Archtoyanie Sculptures Towers

Image Source: Smithsonian

It started with an army of snowmen. From there, Russian artist Nikolay Polissky moved on to a castle made of firewood and a 50-foot lighthouse made of branches. Soon, he launched the Archstoyanie festival and drew other artists and architects to the small town to the quiet, rural Kaluga region. But with over 40,000 visiting the sculptures of Polissky and company last year, the region is becoming a little less sedate. Given the fascinatingly surreal character of the festival’s sculptures and installations, it’s no surprise that more and more are flocking to Kaluga. See for yourself at Smithsonian.

Archtoyanie Sculptures Towers Light

Image Source: Smithsonian

Living On The Roof Of The World

Tibetan Nomad Yaks Sun

A Tibetan nomad woman stands with her yak herd at their summer grazing area. Image Source: The Washington Post

They live without a country, spread out over “The Roof Of The World.” The Tibetan Plateau, home to the Tibetan people and their vast number of nomads, stretches over 970,000 square miles of China and India, perched at some 15,000 feet above sea level (for comparison, there are only eight peaks that high in all of America–and they’re all in Alaska). Although the nomads that call the Tibetan Plateau home have faced decades of abuse at the hands of the ruling Chinese government, their unique culture has stayed strong and vibrant. In fact, you can see yak costumes meet prayer wheels meet laser shows at one of this year’s local summer festivals. Join the party at The Washington Post.

Tibetan Nomads Red Hats

Ethnic Tibetans in traditional dress wait to perform at a local government sponsored festival. Image Source: The Washington Post

Tibetan Nomad Horse Dust

A Tibetan nomad burns juniper as a ritual to cleanse his horse for good luck before racing at a local government sponsored festival in Yushu County, Qinghai, China. Image Source: The Washington Post

World-Class Athletes Over 80

Old Woman Long Jump

Marianne Maier, 72, of Austria competing in the long jump on the second day of the heptathlon. Maier won the 70-74 division with a score of 6,034. Image Source: The New York Times

One of the most grueling events in track and field, the heptathlon encompasses two jumping events, the javelin, the shot put, and several sprinting events. And a new world record has just been set–in the 80-84 age group. Flo Meiler, of Vermont, thought she was done competing after college, but now, following this year’s World Masters Athletics Championships in France, she’s a world record holder and a gold medalist. This year, 8,000 athletes from 99 countries, all over the age of 35 and some in their late 80s, joined Meiler in competing in the biennial event. See their photos and hear their stories at The New York Times.

Old Man High Jump

Janis Mankovskis, 75, of Latvia competing in the pole vault on Aug. 6 during the second day of the decathlon in the 75-79 age division at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Lyon, France. Image Source: The New York Times

Old Man Javelin

Maximiliano Wong Moran, 82, of Mexico throwing the javelin. Image Source: The New York Times

John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society of history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.