World Wide Web: 10 BEST SITES OF THE WEEK
Pro, Ash, The Independent (London, England)
From a shower of stars and flowers, the burnished child who is Golden Boy pilots his cardboard box and lands in a hospital. He saves a dog after it gets run over, receives the plaudits of the crowd, and trails paper streamers around his friend. Float through Golden Boy's world, and share in the magic of site-creator Bill Cahalan's vivid imagination. You'll never be able to look at a cardboard box again without wondering...
An enFlashed desert landscape, with crazy critters pointing the way, is the navigation system for this off-the-wall showcase of Esao Andrews' art. The "Monkey Book" shows that even cuddly toys can have a good time in the big city, while the paintings and illustrations housed at the site have a carnivalesque patchwork beauty to them. The site is "time of day sensitive", apparently, so plan several visits to this crazy world of surreal characters and strange stories.
Imagine the dilemma. It's not a Sunday, someone's wedding or Christmas, but you've come over all Songs of Praise and fancy belting out a rousing hymn or two. The Cyber Hymnal is the answer: a site where you'll find a treasure trove of hymns, all tinnily- rendered in the finest MIDI. From "Abide in me, O Lord" to "Zion, to thy Saviour singing", all the classics are here for you to sing the praises of the good Lord to your heart's content.
In these days of patriotic tub-thumping, even the net is getting in on the act, with this Guggenheim- sponsored Net Flag project, overseen by Potatoland.org's Mark Napier. Visitors to the site can view the current flag, and vote for new elements to be added to suit their own beliefs and values. An interesting investigation into territory and how it is claimed, and fought over, by symbol.
Although web design has come on in leaps and bounds in the past couple of years, for all the proliferation of experimental web art out there, it is still rare to find someone who uses the medium in an understated enough way to convey real pathos. "When I Was 12" by Ryan Fitzgerald achieves it beautifully, through gentle Flash motifs and a moving soundtrack. …