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Google Earth Airport Snapshots as Art? Yeah, Okay, Sure.

June 20, 2014 at 1:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday CNN published an article in its Travel silo, under its "CNN Style" brand, cross-posted from its Wired sister publication, about airport tarmacs. That doesn't have anything to do with the content of the story itself, it's just something that we found odd and thought we'd bring to your attention. It's just not a travel news combination that you see every day. You're welcome.

In any case: meet Lauren O'Neil. The Brooklyn-based designer finds pictures of airport runways on Google Earth, crops and colors and adjusts them until they become something approaching art, and then posts them on her Tumblr page. If you're an airport geek - or an art geek, we suppose - you should already have clicked on that link and be looking at the photos. Go do it, and then come back to learn about the rest of the CNN article. Seriously.

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Virginia Beach Copies Miami Beach to Liven Up Lifeguard Stands

June 12, 2014 at 11:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

In case you haven’t noticed the weather has been getting warmer, and of course that means it’s time to start heading to the beach. In addition to the sand, sun, and beach beauties there’s something else to check out when you’re headed to the shore, and it’s all taking place in Virginia Beach.

The city has a plan to spruce up and improve their lifeguard stands, and they’re kind of taking a page from Miami Beach. Clearly we’re not going to compare the two stretches of sand—or the cities—but we’ve got to give it to Virginia Beach for adding a little fun to the sunshine and surf.

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Throwback Thursday: A Very Good Variety of Vintage Airline Posters

May 1, 2014 at 12:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't get that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

The Simmons Collection boasts that it's the "World's Largest Collection of Vintage Airline Posters." For such a claim, the treasure trove of images must be grand and, luckily, it so is.

View the collection at their official site.

With 120 posters per page, and pages that seem in endless supply, the collection is at least good for a serious boost of design inspiration. If, however, you're inspired to do more than just look, Swann Galleries in NYC occasionally auctions meticulously preserved originals. Bring your black card; these vintage works of commercial illustration can fetch anywhere from $5,000 to $155,000 each.

[Photo: vintageairlineposters]

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Greetings from Boston Library's Collection of 25,000 Vintage Postcards

April 25, 2014 at 5:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last winter, the Museum of Fine Art in Boston mounted one of our favorite travel art exhibitions ever, "The Postcard Age."

While that has sadly ended, Boston continues the postcard fascination this year with the release of the Boston Public Library's extensive collection of US state tourist cards from the 1940s-50s, all onto Flickr. The collection includes 894 from Texas, a staggering 3,000 from Florida, and a hometown variety of 808 from Boston itself. Almost all states are represented, each with their own Flickr gallery and Creative Commons permissions to allow for greater sharing.

[Images: Boston Public Library]

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New Spring and Summer Mural Tours Give Visitors Inside Look at Philly Neighborhoods

March 27, 2014 at 5:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last fall, we explained why there are so many murals in Philadelphia and recommended one of our favorite tours to help you explore them. This spring, the city’s Mural Arts Program will debut several new tours that will give visitors a fresh taste of its infamous wall art. All tours are led by guides who explain the mural-making process, the neighborhood history, how the murals are made, and the stories behind them.

You can see all the tours and prices here, and below, we list the newcomers set to debut this spring. Each takes you through a different part of the city and focuses on the unique art history of the respective neighborhood:

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Easy Day Trips from Seattle: Checking Out Chihuly Glass in Tacoma

March 17, 2014 at 1:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Seattle, home of the Space Needle, Starbucks, and so much more, is worth a trip to the Pacific Northwest alone – but not exploring further what Washington State has to offer while you’re there would be a shame. This week, we’ll look at a few options for a one-day or multi-day trip from the city.

Part 1: Tacoma and the Chichuly glass sculptures

Just a forty minute drive from Seattle is Tacoma, the birthplace of Dale Patrick Chihuly, the famous glass sculptor. Not only will you find the Museum of Glass here, connecting it to downtown Tacoma is the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, a piece of public infrastructure and a piece of art all at the same time.

There are three installations in total. First is the Seaform Pavilion, a ceiling consisting of no less than 2,364 individual pieces of glass work, radiating with colors overhead.

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Why Indianapolis Airport Won't Be Hanging Their Newest Bought and Paid For Artwork

February 11, 2014 at 10:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

A weird fight has been happening at Indianapolis International Airport lately, over the possibly installation of art glorifying Justin Bieber and his super popular follower tagline, Belieber. See—we promised it was weird.

The whole story began when airport officials wanted to brighten up their walls with some trendy art and so called upon home-grown artist, Tre Reising, to conjure up a piece which would encourage interaction. Reising then proposed a colorful piece made up of the hashtag #Belieb, originally intended for flyers to snap their photo with the art and upload it to their favorite social media. Seems like a win-win for the airport and the artist. Not exactly.

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Five Places to View Art Saved by 'The Monuments Men'

February 6, 2014 at 4:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Monuments Men, starring George Clooney and Matt Damon, tells the true story of an unlikely World War II platoon tasked with rescuing priceless artworks stolen by the Nazis and returning them to their rightful owners.

Today, many of those pieces are on display around the world. Here is a look at a few of those masterpieces and where you can see them.

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Collect Them All: Where and When to Attend Art Basel in 2014

December 6, 2013 at 12:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

This weekend sees the conclusion of yet another successful Art Basel Miami Beach, the modern art fair that annually draws over 50,000 visitors to do some $500 million in sales. It's a good time, trust, but it's actually only one of a set of three Art Basel events every year. If you enjoy yourself at one, add it to your iCal to collect all three in 2014:

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Anything But Flip Flops: What to Pack for Art Basel Miami Beach 2013

December 3, 2013 at 2:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

This week is arty-farty all right, as December 5 - 8 runs Art Basel Miami Beach, an annual collection of modern art fairs that attracts 50,000 visitors to do some $500 million in sales. Of course that's just the tip of the iceberg, as Basel is just as much about the societal buzz of the week as it is about the serious artwork and structured events. To enjoy it all and come out swinging, there's five things to have on you at all times during Art Basel:

· A good guide to the fairs.
Every year brings new satellite fairs to compliment the original Art Basel offering in Miami Beach's Convention Center. The only issue is that the area has grown, and now Wynwood's Context and downtown Miami's River Art Fair are draws of their own. To know what's on when, for how much, and how to direct your taxi there, we like the Miami New Times' .pdf guide, and the HuffPost has broken down some of the better talks and workshops throughout the week.

· Good shoes.
In short, this means no flip flops. Even poolside hang-outs are better served by wearing slip-on espadrilles, as Art Basel brings dressier requirements to Miami Beach. Now factor in that you'll be bouncing around all 80-degree day between art fairs, food, your hotel, and parties, and style-forward, dependable shoes become the best option.

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Do You Know Why Philly Has So Many Murals?

November 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you're like many visitors to Philadelphia, you're aware the city is known for its murals, but you haven't a clue why. Opening this week at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, a new exhibit called Beyond the Paint: Philadelphia’s Mural Arts is hoping to change that as the Mural Arts Program celebrates its 30th anniversary.

The story began in 1984 when then-mayor Wilson Goode started what was called the "Anti-Graffiti Network" in response to a growing spray-paint problem that was defacing buildings throughout the city. Goode figured that he would encourage the movement rather than fight it, creating community programs at rec centers and museums that allowed the youth to get involved in organized art projects. In December of 1984, Philly's first official mural was painted on the Spring Garden Bridge by a group of 100 kids that featured scenes of the city.

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What's the Price of a Memory? The Vintage Travel Poster Auction Says $20K

October 16, 2013 at 3:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

You know we love us some vintage stuff, and that’s especially the case on days like Throwback Thursday. This week we’re bringing you some ideas for your holiday shopping list—thanks in advance for thinking of us—as there’s a whole bunch of travel posters up for sale.

Imagine yourself sailing the Atlantic during the 1930s, visiting India aboard the train, or just making your way to San Francisco during the World’s Fair. Well, all these memories can soon be hanging right in your living room, as Swann Galleries is getting ready to host its Rare and Important Travel Posters auction. Let’s just say you’re going to need to make a few runs to the ATM beforehand.

Things are scheduled to run this Friday, October 18, and there’s over 200 items up for sale. Potential bidders—and dreamers like us—are welcome to peruse things online, and you might even be able to stop by their galleries in New York City before the auction begins. Some items are expected to attract bids between $700 and $1000; however, there are few gems with estimates upwards of $20,000 or $30,000.

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