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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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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. Seewe 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.
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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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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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.
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.
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.
Elusive graffiti artist Banksy is leaving his mark on New York City this month with a new residency called "Better Out Than In."
The first tag, a stencil of two boys reaching for a spray paint can in a sign that reads “Graffiti is a crime,” was revealed on Oct. 1. Since then, several more have popped up including one that says, “Occupy! The Musical” in Bushwick, “Dirty Underwear: The Musical” in East Williamsburg, and “Playground Mob: The Musical” in the lower East Side.
It’s been just over a month since Canada Day—it was July 1—but we think we still can share our affection for our neighbors to the north by sharing a little video.
Up in Vancouver a team of artists did their thing right on the water at Canada Place, as they slapped a snazzy Canadian maple leaf onto the side of the building for one and all to see and celebrate. However, it wasn’t just a normal maple leaf, as this was made up of 63 different icons and items that all celebrate the country.
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Thanks to celeb restaurants and flashy airline lounges, a long layover can actually be an enjoyable experience. Now, Los Angeles International Airport is temping art-loving travelers to wander the halls of almost all terminals while appreciating various works of art from local LA artists.
The art exhibition, influx: Art at LAX, is part of the celebration for the completion of Tom Bradley International Terminal along with various other expansions and renovations. In total, the exhibit will deck the walls of 8 out of the 9 terminals giving passengers something to do for a few hours during a layover or on their way to baggage claim.
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It doesn't matter if you're a frequent flyer or an avid armchair traveler so long as you're a lover of good design when it comes to what we've got for you. Picture this: your walls, decorated with schematics of airports, but in more of a minimalist-Apple sort of way and less back-of-the-inflight-magazine.
The Chicago-based NOMO Designs fulfills this fantasy, with the runway layout (and pertinent facts) of some 30 international airports printed in white ink on 18" x 24" steel gray sheets. The two newest? Dallas-Fort Worth and Hong Kong. There's even a few available on T-shirts if your airport allegiance runs truly deep.
There's a new British TV channel called Drama and, unsurprisingly, it's about all things drama. As part of the promotion for the new network, Drama asked thousands of Brits what was the most memorable dramatic movie moment, and the winner was the Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth) lake scene from the BBC's Pride and Prejudice.
To celebrate that win, there's now a giant Colin Firth sculpture floating in the Serpentine, the lake inside London's Hyde Park.
The 12-foot sculpture will continue bobbing in the Serpentine a little longer before it goes on tour throughout other bodies of water in the UK. Its final home will be Lyme Park in Cheshire, a location chosen because nearby Lyme Hall played the role of the Pemberley house in the BBC version of the classic tale.