Opus (Yugoslav band)
Opus was a Yugoslav progressive rock band from Belgrade. The band was formed in Belgrade in 1973 by Miodrag "Mive" Okrugić, Miodrag "Bata" Kostić and Dušan Ćućuz; the band chose their name after the song "Opus No. 1", written by Okrugić's during his work with YU Grupa. The song was performed by YU Grupa, but never recorded. However, soon after it was formed, Opus disbanded. Soon after, Ćućuz formed the symphonic rock band Tako. In 1975, Okrugić reformed Opus; the new lineup featured Slobodan Orlić, Ljubomir Jerković and Dušan Prelević. This lineup released the album Opus 1; the album, released in luxurious sleeve designed by Dragan S. Stefanović, featured symphonic rock-oriented songs; the album featured "Opus No. 1", renamed to "Opus \ Žena tame", the songs "Dolina bisera" and "Viđenje po Grigu", released on the 7" single, the song "Memento Mori", which featured Dah member Zlatko Manojlović on vocals. However, the album was not well received, as the critics expected more from the band on the basis of their live performances, Opus disbanded once again.
In 1977, Okrugić once again reformed Opus. The lineup featured Okrugić, Orlić, Želimir Vasić and Milan Matić. After the reunion, the band released the single "Ne dam da budeš srećna" and went through numerous lineup changes; the last lineup featured Okrugić, Orlić, Vladan Dokić, Zoran Dašić, Vidoja Božinović, Dragan Baletić. The band ended their activity in 1979. In 2013, Opus 1 was reissued on both vinyl by Austrian record label Atlantide. Opus 1 "Veče" / "Sam" "Dolina bisera" / "Viđenje po Grigu" "Ne dam da budeš srećna" / "Ona je dama" Opus at Progarchives Opus at Discogs
Optima Bus Corporation
Optima Bus, LLC Chance Coach Inc. was a brand of small transit buses manufactured by North American Bus Industries. It was established in 1976 in Kansas, it was the trolley-replica and conventional-bus production business of Chance Industries, Inc. In 1998, Chance Coach, Inc. was sold to American Capital Strategies, which rebranded the company as Optima Bus Corporation in 2003. American Capital subsequently sold Optima to North American Bus Industries, who closed the Kansas assembly plant on August 8, 2007, with production moved to their existing plant in Anniston, Alabama. Optima Bus is now Inc.. Opus: under 30 ft or under 35 ft low-floor bus, design based on Wrightbus bodywork American Heritage Streetcar AH-28 - trolley-style body on bus chassisOpus ISE series hybridThere is a hybrid Opus version, called Opus ISE Series Hybrid Buses, it utilizes ISE-Siemens ThunderVolt hybrid technology built around Siemens ELFA motors and inverters. Chance RT-52 is a small Shuttle Bus used in Hawaii. 17 Chance RT-52 Shuttle bus still in service.
Chance manufactured the Sunliner trams, an open-air towed tram used at various parks and zoos in the United States and Canada. RT-52 Optima page on North American Bus Industries site Opus ISE Series Hybrid Bus
Opus (Opus album)
Opus is the sixth studio album by Austrian pop rock band Opus. It was released in 1987, it peaked at #7 on the Ö3 Austria Top 40 Longplay. The first single "Whiteland", peaked at #3 on the Ö3 Austria Top 40 Singles and #2 on the Ö3-Hitparade; the second single, "Faster and Faster", peaked at #12 on the Ö3 Austria Top 40 Singles and #2 on the Ö3-Hitparade. The third single, "Will You Ever Know Me", peaked at #24 on the Ö3-Hitparade
Opus (Eric Prydz song)
"Opus" is a song by Swedish DJ and producer Eric Prydz. It was released as a digital download on 27 July 2015 as the fourth single from his debut studio album Opus; the song was peaked at number three in Belgium. "Opus" is an instrumental house track set to the F♯ minor key at a tempo of 126 beats per minute. It starts as a set of electronic synths set at 31.5 BPM and builds up to a progressive house track as it continues to accelerate to 126 BPM in a range of three minutes and 44 seconds. Opus was first played as the finale track for Prydz's 2015 set at EDC Las Vegas. In just over a month after first play, the song was released on Beatport, it has been played as the penultimate track in all seven EPIC 4.0 sets this far
Work of art
A work of art, art piece, piece of art or art object is an aesthetic physical item or artistic creation. Apart from "work of art", which may be used of any work regarded as art in its widest sense, including works from literature and music, these terms apply principally to tangible, portable forms of visual art: An example of fine art, such as a painting or sculpture An object, designed for its aesthetic appeal, such as a piece of jewellery An object, designed for aesthetic appeal as well as functional purpose, as in interior design and much folk art An object created for principally or functional, religious or other non-aesthetic reasons which has come to be appreciated as art A non-ephemeral photograph, film or visual computer program, such as a video game or computer animation A work of installation art or conceptual art. Used more broadly, the term is less applied to: A fine work of architecture or landscape design A production of live performance, such as theater, opera, performance art, musical concert and other performing arts, other ephemeral, non-tangible creations.
This article is concerned with the terms and concept as used in and applied to the visual arts, although other fields such as aural-music and written word-literature have similar issues and philosophies. The term objet d'art is reserved to describe works of art that are not paintings, drawings or large or medium-sized sculptures, or architecture; the term oeuvre is used to describe the complete body of work completed by an artist throughout a career. A work of art in the visual arts is a physical two- or three- dimensional object, professionally determined or otherwise considered to fulfill a independent aesthetic function. A singular art object is seen in the context of a larger art movement or artistic era, such as: a genre, aesthetic convention, culture, or regional-national distinction, it can be seen as an item within an artist's "body of work" or oeuvre. The term is used by: museum and cultural heritage curators, the interested public, the art patron-private art collector community, art galleries.
Physical objects that document immaterial or conceptual art works, but do not conform to artistic conventions can be redefined and reclassified as art objects. Some Dada and Neo-Dada conceptual and readymade works have received inclusion; some architectural renderings and models of unbuilt projects, such as by Vitruvius, Leonardo da Vinci, Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry, are other examples. The products of environmental design, depending on intention and execution, can be "works of art" and include: land art, site-specific art, gardens, landscape architecture, installation art, rock art, megalithic monuments. Legal definitions of "work of art" are used in copyright law. Marcel Duchamp critiqued the idea that the work of art should be a unique product of an artist's labour, representational of their technical skill or artistic caprice. Theorists have argued that objects and people do not have a constant meaning, but their meanings are fashioned by humans in the context of their culture, as they have the ability to make things mean or signify something.
Artist Michael Craig-Martin, creator of An Oak Tree, said of his work – "It's not a symbol. I have changed the physical substance of the glass of water into that of an oak tree. I didn't change its appearance; the actual oak tree is physically present, but in the form of a glass of water." Some art theorists and writers have long made a distinction between the physical qualities of an art object and its identity-status as an artwork. For example, a painting by Rembrandt has a physical existence as an "oil painting on canvas", separate from its identity as a masterpiece "work of art" or the artist's magnum opus. Many works of art are denied "museum quality" or artistic merit, become accepted and valued in museum and private collections. Works by the Impressionists and non-representational abstract artists are examples. Some, such as the "Readymades" of Marcel Duchamp including his infamous urinal Fountain, are reproduced as museum quality replicas. There is an indefinite distinction, for current or historical aesthetic items: between "fine art" objects made by "artists".
Contemporary and archeological indigenous art, industrial design items in limited or mass production, places created by environmental designers and cultural landscapes, are some examples. The term has been available for debate and redefinition. Anti-art Artistic media Cultural artifact Opus number Outline of aesthetics The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction Western canon Richard Wollheim and Its Objects, 2nd ed. 1980, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-29706-0. The classic philosophical enquiry into what a work of art is. Media related to Art at Wikimedia Commons
Roman bridges, built by ancient Romans, were the first large and lasting bridges built. Roman bridges had the arch as the basic structure. Most utilized concrete as well; as with the vault and the dome the Romans were the first to realize the potential of arches for bridge construction. A list of Roman bridges compiled by the engineer Colin O'Connor features 330 Roman stone bridges for traffic, 34 Roman timber bridges and 54 Roman aqueduct bridges, a substantial part still standing and used to carry vehicles. A more complete survey by the Italian scholar Vittorio Galliazzo found 931 Roman bridges of stone, in as many as 26 different countries. Roman arch bridges were semicircular, although a few were segmental. A segmental arch is an arch, less than a semicircle; the advantages of the segmental arch bridge were that it allowed great amounts of flood water to pass under it, which would prevent the bridge from being swept away during floods and the bridge itself could be more lightweight. Roman bridges featured wedge-shaped primary arch stones of the same in size and shape.
The Romans built both single spans and lengthy multiple arch aqueducts, such as the Pont du Gard and Segovia Aqueduct. Their bridges featured from an early time onwards flood openings in the piers, e.g. in the Pons Fabricius in Rome, one of the world's oldest major bridges still standing. Roman engineers were the first and until the industrial revolution the only ones to construct bridges with concrete, which they called opus caementicium; the outside was covered with brick or ashlar, as in the Alcántara bridge. The Romans introduced segmental arch bridges into bridge construction; the 330 m long Limyra Bridge in southwestern Turkey features 26 segmental arches with an average span-to-rise ratio of 5.3:1, giving the bridge an unusually flat profile unsurpassed for more than a millennium. Trajan's bridge over the Danube featured open-spandrel segmental arches made of wood; this was to be the longest arch bridge for a thousand years both in terms of overall and individual span length, while the longest extant Roman bridge is the 790 m long Puente Romano at Mérida.
The late Roman Karamagara Bridge in Cappadocia may represent the earliest surviving bridge featuring a pointed arch. Early Roman arch bridges, influenced by the ancient notion of the ideal form of the circle describe a full circle, with the stone arch continuing underground. A typical example is the Pons Fabricius in Rome. Roman masonry bridges rested on semi-circular arches, or, to a lesser extent, on segmental arches. For the design, which shows an early, local concentration in north-eastern Italy, but can be found scattered throughout the whole empire, the Limyra Bridge, the Alconétar Bridge and the Ponte San Lorenzo are prime examples. In addition, a number of other arch forms make rare appearances, in some cases of which deformations cannot be ruled out; the late antique Karamagara Bridge represents an early example for the use of pointed arches Many are more than 5 metres wide Most of them slope Many have rustic work The stonework has alternating stretcher and header courses. Their shared costs prove Roman bridges belonged to the region overall, not to any one town.
The Alcántara Bridge in Lusitania, for example, was built at the expense of 12 local municipalities, whose names were added on an inscription. In the Roman Empire, the local lords of the land had to pay tithes to the empire for opus pontis; the Anglo-Saxons continued this practice with bricg-geworc, a literal translation of opus pontis. For outstanding achievements of Roman bridge building, see List of ancient architectural records. Built in 142 BC, the Pons Aemilius named Ponte Rotto, is the oldest Roman stone bridge in Rome, Italy; the largest Roman bridge was Trajan's bridge over the lower Danube, constructed by Apollodorus of Damascus, which remained for over a millennium the longest bridge to have been built both in terms of overall and span length. They were most of the time at least 2 metres above the body of water. An example of temporary military bridge construction are the two Caesar's Rhine bridges. Roman engineers built stone arch or stone pillar bridges over all major rivers of their Imperium, save two: the Euphrates which lay at the frontier to the rival Persian empires, the Nile, the longest river in the world, which was'bridged' as late as 1902 by the British Old Aswan Dam.
The largest rivers to be spanned by solid bridges by the Romans were the Danube and the Rhine, the two largest European rivers west of the Eurasian Steppe. The lower Danube was crossed the middle and lower Rhine by four different bridges. For rivers with strong currents and to allow swift army movements, pontoon bridges were routinely employed. Going from the distinct lack of records of pre-modern solid bridges spanning larger rivers, the Roman feat appears to be unsurpassed anywhere in the world until into the 19th century. Arch bridge Bridges
Jane Badler is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Diana, the main antagonist in NBC's science fiction series, V, between 1983 and 1985. Badler appeared in ABC's "reimagined" version of V in 2011, again playing an alien named Diana, who this time is the mother of the series' chief antagonist, Anna. In recent years, Badler has become an established nightclub singer in Australia, where she now lives, has released three albums. Badler spent her teen years in Great Neck, New York, moving to Manchester, New Hampshire, when she was in high school. Badler competed at the 1973 Miss America Pageant. Subsequently, she enrolled at Northwestern University in Illinois, to study drama. Badler's first television role was Melinda Cramer Janssen on the American daytime soap opera One Life to Live, which she played from 1977 to 1981 and again in 1983. During her run, she appeared in a 1979 episode of the primetime series Fantasy Island. Badler starred on the daytime soap opera The Doctors as Natalie Bell from 1981 to 1982.
Badler won her most prominent role, that of the villainous alien Diana in the NBC sci-fi miniseries V. She reprised the role in the sequel miniseries V: The Final Battle and again on V: The Series, which ran for one season from 1984 to 1985. Following V, Badler co-starred with José Ferrer in the made-for-TV supernatural thriller Covenant; the following year she guest-starred as Meredith Braxton throughout the 1986–87 season of the CBS primetime soap opera Falcon Crest. Her other guest appearances during the 1980s included Riptide and Murder, She Wrote. In 1987, she played the role of Tania Winthrop in the short-lived action-adventure series The Highwayman, she traveled to Australia to play agent Shannon Reed in the 1980s revival of Mission: Impossible, joining the series midway through its first season. After the series ended, Badler moved to married businessman Stephen Hains, they have two sons and Harry. She appeared on the Australian game show Cluedo from 1992 to 1993, had a guest-starring role in Snowy River: The McGregor Saga in 1995.
In March 2010, Badler was cast as the villainous Diana Marshall in the Australian soap opera Neighbours. She had a four-month guest contract with the show. A remake of V premiered in late 2009, although this version did not include the character of Diana, the series' executive producer, Scott Peters, suggested that Badler and other stars from the original version may be offered guest roles as new characters. In August 2010, it was announced that Badler would be joining the series as a new character named Diana, the mother of the Visitors' evil leader Anna. Badler appeared in nine of the second season's ten episodes, commencing in January 2011. In the second-season finale, her character was killed by Anna, ABC decided to not renew the series for a third season. An able singer when she competed in the Miss New Hampshire and Miss America Pageants, Badler forged a career in cabaret and on the stage in the 2005 Magnormos production of archy & mehitabel, based on Don Marquis's books of poetry, she appeared in Sextet, Big Hair in America, with acclaimed Australian director Robert Chuter she appeared in The Singing Forest, The Great Gatsby and her one-woman show Shakin' the Blues Away in which she sang.
Other productions in which she appeared for Magnormos included a concert of the musical Rebecca and OzMade Musicals. Badler released her debut album on June 1, 2008. Titled The Devil Has My Double, it is an autobiographical album, described as "a compulsive mix of fame and solitude, set to a sweeping soundtrack of cold soul and passionate synthetics"; as part of promotion for the album, she gave an extensive interview about her work to the Boxcutters podcast. Badler released Tears Again, she teamed up with Australian musicians Matt Doll and Byron St John to co-write her third album, released in September 2014. Official website Jane Badler on IMDb Jane Badler at the TCM Movie Database "The Devil Has My Double" preview site Jane Badler interview with Rockwired Jane Badler interviewed on Boxcutters podcast