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Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a new series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world.
After a few days, or even a week, on any of the islands of Fiji tourists leave with stellar suntans and big smiles on their faces from saying "bula!" all over the island. But the souvenir that your friends and family really want is the traditional masi, or tapa cloth seen all around Fiji.
You may remember our original feature on the masi, from when we headed to the islands for the unveiling of Fiji Airways and their new airplane livery—it's a traditional pattern painted all around the airline's new Airbus A330.
On Monday morning, the Atlantic City Alliance hosted a press conference announcing a brand new sculpture garden that will be going up in the Marina District. Located two and a half miles north of the main boardwalk (as in, the Boardwalk), the mile-long walkway has in fact existed for over a decade. The trouble is, no one really used it.
Launching this summer, AC Waterfront Sculpture Park plans to install 40 pieces of outdoor art along the walkway. 25 of those are scheduled to go up this summer, in early July, offering local and regional artists the chance to have their work seen by tens of thousands of tourists.
Though it can't really compete with the Boardwalk with a capital 'B,' the Marina District walkway is notable for two reasons: it winds along the bay, offering incredible waterfront views (see above), with plenty of greenery and public benches. And it connects three of the major casino hotels, Golden Nugget, Harrah's and Borgata. So even if you're not a fan of outdoor public art (shame on you), then you still have several practical reasons to be strolling down the new art walk this summer.
Let's face it, sometimes we all feel a little out of place at art galleries. Some are stuffy, the free ones are crawling with kids (literally), and others feel more like convenience stores with the gift shops pushing touristy trinkets which have nothing to do with the art hanging on the walls.
While we can all appreciate the masters, sometimes we need to be inspired by fresh, new artists injecting their techniques and talent into vector graphics, sculpture and good old brush and canvas. The best place to see this type of work is at Pick Me Up London.
Pick Me Up London is the UK's original graphic arts festival, held annually at Somerset House in London. The 11-day festival focuses on contemporary graphic art, design and illustration. It consists of two floors of paintings, colorful giclée prints, zines, lectures and demonstrations, and a chance to meet some of the artists behind it all.
Take a break from checking out the tulips if you’re heading to Amsterdam this month, as it’s finally time for one of the city’s most famous museums to reopen to both travelers and locals. It’s been under the knife for around ten years—at a cost of nearly $500 million–so we’ll assume all the upgrades and updates are totally worth it. That being said, if the Rijksmuseum wasn’t on your Netherlands itinerary before, it certainly should be now.
Not surprisingly the museum is home to all kinds of Dutch masterpieces, and they now all look better than ever in their recently refreshed home. Rembrandt van Rijn's The Night Watch is probably one of the museum’s most famous pieces, and it’s one of few paintings to hold onto its original spot in the museum. Sounds like a lot of the other paintings and pieces have been shuffled around to new spots during the Rijksmuseum renovation, as they have been displayed alongside related items—like furniture and ceramics as well.
If you’re in the market for a new suitcase we’ve got some good news for you. No need to pick one out that only fits some of your needs and only part of your style, as Samsonite is inviting you to design your very own piece of luggage. It’s all up to you, and they’re running a little bit of a contest to find the next great design.
Bust out the crayons and markers, as the contest is all about your original artwork. Basically, Samsonite is looking for aspiring artists to design some snazzy artwork to slap on the outer shell of a Samsonite suitcase like the Cosmolite or the Firelite. The only bummer is that they want real artists working on these designs—so we’re excluded—because it’s only open to registered undergraduate and graduate art and design students.
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Just last week we were all excited about the arrival of marshmallow Peeps at the Racine Art Museum over in Wisconsin. Not to worry—they’re still putting on their Peep exhibit—but there’s actually a few more places where you can see candy turned into art during the spring season. We just wonder when the chocolate bunnies are getting their own gallery space.
There must be something about the sugary candies and Wisconsin, as another seasonal selection of Peeps is now doing its thing at the Riverfront Arts Center in Stevens Point. Things here run through April 7, and last year there were around 1,300 or so peeple—ha—that came to check things out. This year there’s around 30 entries from both little kids and big kids, and they illustrate every thing from superheroes to a candy version of the Papal Conclave.
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These are the weird days. These are the days of blustery winds and wet afternoons, the days stuck in between winter and spring. In other words, these days are perfect for hitting museums and soaking in a little culture.
March and April are popular months for ending large exhibitions, so you've gotta get in while the getting's good.
Here the four museum exhibits we recommend you rush off to, right away:
George Lucas might have sold Lucasfilm to Disney, but that doesn't mean he's ready to ride off into the sunset.
The Star Wars Guru recently submitted a proposal to The Presidio Trust to build an art museum on a commissary site at Crissy Field in San Francisco.
Lucas is an avid art collector who currently owns more than 1,000 works of art, enough to rotate a gallery collection every six months for six years.
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While most of the the US is still shivering and donning scarves, it's the height of summer in Australia and Qantas will not let us forget it. In fact, they've set up the ultimate sand castle display right in Sydney's Circular Quay.
The 'Flying Kangaroo' recently (re)launched flights from Sydney to Gold Coast and wanted to draw some unique attention to it. Since the "glitter strip" is well-known for its beach culture we're talking about the Surfers Paradise what better way to turn some heads with a sculpture meticulously carved into the shape of a plane full of passengers heading to soak up the sun.
If you're super-short on time in buzzing Istanbul (which is something that frequently happens with long layovers), we've "been there done that" so here are the things that’ll let you experience the modern side of Istanbul in a rush.
When you think of Istanbul we can’t blame you for thinking “ancient city,” “old ruins” and “archaeological treasures" (or singing "Istanbul, not Constantinople" to yourself). You’re absolutely right to, and if you haven’t yet had the chance to see the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet) and Topkapi Palace you should definitely go. But, if you’re ready for something new and especially if contemporary history is more your thing, don’t skip the Istanbul Modern.
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When was the last time you flew in a plane piloted by a woman? What about two women, both pilot and co-pilot? It's possible to not even know since passengers rarely see their flight crews much anymore, but they are up there. Trust us.
Starting this week, travelers on Lufthansa will get to see the very rare occurrence of two women in the cockpit...before even stepping onboard a plane. Famous Berlin-based photographer Kiki Kausch has installed her triptych, titled "A380 Female Cockpit," at the JFK Business Class lounge.
The three images capture two normal Lufthansa pilots, Fleur and Karin, at work in their office, which just happens to be the cockpit of one of the airline's A380 superjumbos en route from Frankfurt to Singapore (LH 778). The photos were actually taken as the plane cruised high above Afghanistan, the ethereal light of sunrise over the Hindukush illuminating the women.
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The flamboyant artist Frida Kahlo knew there was no better runway than the runway of life and that was evident in her over-the-top style. For the first time in almost 60 years, the public can now view the extravagant wardrobe of Kahlo in Mexico City.
The exhibit, named "Appearances Can Be Deceiving," is housed in her former home-turned-museum in the Del Carmen area of the city, and it features about 300 items from her personal wardrobe. Everything from dresses and headpieces to jewelery and her famed corsetry are all on exhibit to honor the unique life of the artist.