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It’s common for hotels to have a special identifier. Most highlight hospitality – the staff, level of service, amenities, etc. Some emphasize their food and beverage offerings with restaurants run by celebrity chefs and bar menus crafted by master mixologists. There’s even a Nairobi-based hotel that prides itself on giraffes.
But rarely do we experience lodging with an overt dedication to contemporary art. However, this particular infusion has become a priority for a handful of hoteliers these days.
Such is the case with the 21c Museum Hotels, a small chain of boutique properties launched by philanthropists/entrepreneurs/art collectors/overall badasses Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson.
Check out this short video with Brown and Wilson below, and you’ll instantly see why they also get our vote for being the most adorable artsy folks in the whole wide world:
Our big sis, HotelChatter, has been keeping up with 21c's recent expansion plans (a fourth hotel just opened in North Carolina the other week), but for you dear Jaunted readers who aren't familiar with the brand, allow us to tell you why each of these 21c Museum Hotels are worth a shot for the art minded travelers out there. Well, if you ever find yourself in one of these four sorta random cities.
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There's no need to hit the streets of Honolulu to catch a glimpse of the city's cool street art because you might just spy some on the tarmac before deplaning. Thanks to some creative minds at Hawaiian Airlines, a simple airport catering truck can make it feel as if you've taken a trip to downtown and Chinatown.
The airline has painted one of it's ground service trucks at Honolulu International Airport to act as a mini-art exhibit for travelers. Teaming up with street artists, BMD, to do the artsy side, the truck-turned-canvas is brightly covered with unique hieroglyphics focusing on the vibrant natural landscapes, native animals and cultural background that are common not only to Hawaii, but the South Pacific region.
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Last month, a gigantic, 100-foot—for lack of a better word—penis appeared in Wales' Clwydian Hills.
The moment the phallus showed its skin to the Welsh countryside, it became an instant tourist attraction. Whether the work derives from skillful gardeners (most likely) or an unfortunate snow melt is still uncertain.
But in the spirit of the cock, here are some suggestively-shaped, albeit intentional, monuments prickled around the globe. We're calling it The Phallic Travel Trail. It's completely SFW as this really is art and architecture. But we could see how your boss might think otherwise.
Miami's Wynwood district has become the city's epicenter of art but, ironically, the neighborhood's middle school has no arts programs for its 600 students, due to budget cuts.
Last year, the Wynwood Arts District Association and WynwoodMap.com brought together a group of non-profits, corporate partners, local businesses, artists, and city officials with the common goal of not only bringing color to the Jose De Diego Middle School's stark white walls, but to create a long term fundraising campaign that will finance a new arts program at the school.
The RAW (Reimagining Arts Wynwood) Project was launched during Art Basel in December 2014 as an army of more than 30 world-renowned arts - including David Walker, Pixelpancho, Anthony Lister, RYCA, D*Face, Jaz, LezaOne, ABSTRK, Shark Toof, Santiago Rubino, and Derek Hunter - covered JDD's exterior walls with large-scale, one-of-a-kind murals.
And now you can make it a stop on your next trip to Miami. Jose De Diego Middle School, located at 3100 NW 5th Ave in Miami, welcomes the public to tour the grounds, view the murals, take photos and, most importantly, donate to their cause.
To make a donation, visit crowdrise.com.
Q: Which airline lounge has a real, authentic gen-yoo-ine Damien Hirst on the wall?
A: This may surprise you: British Airways.
Technically, it’s not surprising that BA has gone for artwork from a British artist, but we’d assume they’d go for something more square, and leave the Hirsts to Virgin Atlantic. Especially for their First Class Lounge at Heathrow Terminal 5, where this is positioned nonchalantly, right by the drinks counter. First Class (or Gold Card holder) + stiff upper lip Brit = something less avant garde than Damien Hirst, surely?
The release of Tim Burton's Big Eyes may have been overshadowed by the controversy surrounding another Christmas Day release, but that hasn't stopped the film's subject, Margaret Keane, from enjoying her rekindled fame.
Big Eyes follows the drama behind Keane's famous big eyes portraits, which her husband, Walter Keane, passed off as his own until they eventually divorced and she took him to court.
Miami's Art Basel may have been the place to be for celebs like Miley Cyrus, Paris Hilton, and Robert Pattinson over the weekend, but Jerry Seinfeld chose to expose his kids to some art much closer to home.
The comedian and his wife Jessica brought their kids to The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sunday and, even though he is reportedly worth more than $800 million dollars, Jerry used public transportation to get there.
Although art does not hold a huge place in the cultural attraction of Nicaragua's Corn Islands, there is one significant sculpture project on the island that, in our minds, makes up for the lack of opportunity otherwise.
Known as "The Soul of the World," it is one of the largest, wide-reaching projects going on around the globe, spreading itself across eight countries. The concept aims to bridge gaps and connect countries in hopes that one day race, nations, borders, and species might become meaningless. To represent this ideal, creator Rafael Trenor envisioned a cube placed inside the earth, positioned so that each of its eight sides would rise in a different location of the world.
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Does it seem like everyone and their moms are in Miami right now? The deluge of social media streaming from The Magic City is all due to this week's hosting of Art Basel Miami Beach, the US branch of the modern art world's massive annual fair.
Seeing as nearly every single artist, patron, and onlooker will have spent some time at Miami International Airport in their lives, let alone this week, it's only proper that MIA star in its own Art Basel masterpiece.
The team at marsdesign Miami have applied their "Pixorama" style to the airport, depicting it in their eBoy series as a city itself, both venue and active participant in the vibrance of Miami as a whole. The mix of pixels and panorama is here inspired by MIA's sheer volume: "With 40 million passengers, 37,000 employees and 1,000 flights per day, MIA is a platform generating great energy from and to these people associated with the level of professionalism that you can expect from an American airport."
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This past weekend, a nine-foot statue of Edward Snowden was on display at Union Square Park in New York City as part of the Art in Odd Places festival. The statue got a lot of reaction on social media, but also went unrecognized by many people on the street.
When it comes to Maine artists, nobody is more beloved than Winslow Homer. The painter and engraver was born in Boston but spent most of his years in Maine, where he had a studio just outside of Portland in Prout’s Neck. You can see many of Homer’s works at the Portland Museum of Art. However, if you want to see his studio, you’ll need to do a little bit of planning.
First it was pickpockets, and now there’s another kind of pest hanging out around the Louvre over in Paris.
It seems like the inside of the museum is safe, but the gardens that surround the place are kind of infested with rats—gross. Apparently visitors and tourists enjoy leaving bits and pieces of trash and picnic debris behind, and that encourages the rats to come out and snack. Unfortunately a real life version of Ratatouille it is not.