[Wacik] studied at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts and at the Vienna Academy. [Ed.: he studied with Alfred Roller, Christian Griepenkerl, Franz Rumpler, and Heinrich Lefler.] From 1906 to 1919, he worked for the magazine “Muskete” — 600 of his drawings are from this period. In 1924, he designed the frescoes on the first floor of the Vienna Secession, and in 1927/8 the frescoes in the arcades of the municipal building on Vogelweidplatz…For his work, he was awarded the Lampi Prize and the Füger Medal as well as the State Prize in 1934. The Vienna Secession held a memorial exhibition in 1939.
"Irish photographer George Karbus went to extraordinary lengths to capture this image in bitterly cold waters of Russia’s White Sea in the Arctic Circle. George, 33, his girlfriend and a friend ventured out from the shore, cut a hole in the foot-thick ice and took the plunge. He dipped below his girlfriend Kate Hamsiaora - who was swimming some six metres under the ice - to get this beautiful shot while the the aurora borealis illuminated the night sky.”