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Landmarks on Vacation: The Hollywood Sign Runs Amok In L.A.

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  It’s stood at the top of Los Angeles’ Mount Lee for over 87 years, looking down at the city of angels and unemployed acting coaches below, so who can blame the iconic Hollywood Sign for wanting to stretch its legs and take a little tour of the town that shares its name. As you can see, the letters have ... Read More »

Curatorial Olympics, Hogwarts Survives, and Mummies Take Manhattan

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  No, Anubis, the jackal-faced Egyptian god of the underworld, is not leading an marine invasion of Manhattan. Rather, that’s a 25-foot-high statue of him heralding the coming of the new King Tut exhibit at New York’s Metropolitan Museum. (Gothamist)   Some performance-art wiseacre has been staging his own “works” during Mariana Abramovic’s installation at her MoMA retrospective. If riding ... Read More »

Birds on A Wire, Japan’s Penis Festival, and An Abstract Artist Battle Royale

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  At London’s Barbican, zebra finches play guitar for the pleasure of museum goers—play “Freebird”, dudes! (Guardian UK)   Only 33 years after its last use, France has opened a museum dedicated to their favorite method of capital punishment, the guillotine. (Guardian)   If you’re liable to blush or giggle at the sight of giant wooden weewees and whowhodillys, you ... Read More »

Dutch Artist Creates Massive Sculpture For Audience of Polar Bears

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  Through our travel guides on art, music and film, we encourage you to personally engage great paintings, rare sounds and unforgettable movie locations using your eyes, your passport and your feet. But a new, near monumental piece of sculpture created by Dutch artist Ap Verheggen isn’t something we suggest you see up close, unless you’re the captain of an ... Read More »

Suicidal Statues, Coco Does Bonnaroo, and 44-Cent Abstract Expressionists

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  Don’t jump, Mr. Statue! You have so much to be inanimate for! (Gothamist)   One of the world’s most famous insomniacs, Vincent Van Gogh used to sleep on a pillow covered in camphor, which did terrible things for his health and psyche, but must have made for interesting dreams. (The Week)   Kenneth Anger is still out there making ... Read More »

An Annual Blizzard of Public Snow Sculpture Hits Sapporo

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  If you live anywhere near our New York offices, you’re probably getting a little freaked about the current weather reports. Not to worry—just as there are no rainbows without rain, you can’t have snowmen without snow. Worst case scenario, if we can’t make it to the office, we can take to the streets where we’ll put these inspiring looks ... Read More »

Tooooot! Pratt Institute Rings in 2010 With Musical Steam Explosion

BLDGBLOG has turned us on to a New Year’s Eve musical performance with an ingenious, arty twist. Instead of counting down to midnight at a dance club, for the last few years a brave clutch of New Yorkers has been heading over to Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, to watch as the Pratt Institute’s steam power plant is transformed for one night ... Read More »

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