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1. Architect Zaha Hadid Dies at 65 Dame Zaha Hadid, widely considered one of the world’s greatest living architects, died at the age of 65 from a heart attack. Her sudden and shocking passing ends an award-winning career in which she produced...
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Rebecca Louise Law's "Garten" at Bikini Berlin
Nothing offers a greater anticipatory nudge toward the summer that awaits than real flowers. In the colder climates of the Northern Hemisphere, flowers have already begun to bloom, but within the Bikini Berlin concept shopping center something more...
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Seeking: Head Elf
The City of Sydney, Australia is looking for a new creative concept for "Sydney Christmas"—trees, decorations, lights, you name it—to transform the city this holiday period. Hardly the winter wonderland of the Northern Hemisphere, Australia's holiday...
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"Joining the Dots" at Lumiere, London
Old mining town Durham, in northeast England, may perhaps best be known for its university and for the light festival that the city plays host to every other year. The festival, called Lumiere, is produced by Artichoke, an organization that specializes...
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Inside London's Frieze Art Fair 2015
London’s annual art extravaganza, Frieze, is currently drawing art-hungry crowds to the beautiful Regent’s Park in the city center. Always a fun, impressive fair, this year’s Frieze featured an unusual number of works that were inspired by the space...
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Artists boijeot.renauld Camp Out on Broadway for a Month
By Natasha Tauber Artists Laurent Boijeot and Sebastien Renauld, together boijeot.renauld, work in "actions," and their latest is a one month migration through the length of Manhattan, via Broadway. Having started in Harlem and unhurriedly making...
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Mariana Fernandes for Dear DTLA at Ace, Los Angeles
When LA-based artist Brian Roettinger was tasked to create a billboard design at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, the result sent a bold message. His “NEVER ODD NOR EVEN” design, with a white angled font on a bright red background, hung powerful...
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Behind the Scenes of (dis)ABLED InsideOut
This past weekend marked a new milestone for actress and film producer Leopoldine Huyghues Despointes—who first won our attention at this year's Sundance with the short film Rabbit. Hundreds of volunteers, visitors, artists and athletes joined her...
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Modern, Colorful Sculptures of La Mamounia, Marrakech
Very few hotels around the world carry a reputation like Marrakech, Morocco's La Mamounia. Opened in 1923, the magnificent venue has played host to some of the world's most acclaimed figures—be that politicians or celebrities—and its storied 200-year...
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Camille Walala’s "Dream Come True" Building
Even though Old Street Station in east London is located in one of the most creative parts of the city, the buildings surrounding the underground station are, as a rule, pretty boring—corporate giants or slightly rundown shops. Walk along the street...
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Public Art in Tulum
Over the past few years, Tulum has become the go-to destination for a relaxing but unique beach vacation. While the sleepy town is just two hours south of the high-rise and fast-food-laden strip of beach known as Cancun, it's a world away. As the cozy...
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2014 Festival of Lights, Lyon
Light festivals—from the spiritually steeped Hindu holiday Diwali to the newer contemporary art-focused events like SIGNAL in Prague—have become much-loved around the world. Regardless of race, religion or geographic location, there's a shared...
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London's Living Walls Public Art
The legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games is still very much alive in East London. After the success of the event itself, which many of the famously cynical Londoners had assumed would cause traffic chaos and be a waste of money, the pride felt when all...
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SIGNAL Light Festival 2014, Prague
With Prague's incredible collection of pristine architecture, it's hard to imagine it possible to make this former Bohemian capital even more beautiful. The SIGNAL Light Festival however succeeds in doing just that. Wrapping up its second year...
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Art Everywhere US
There's no questioning Times Square's cultural relevancy. While it's currently mostly full of big box chain stores, gimmicky restaurants and ticket hustlers, the fact remains that it's one of the most iconic public spaces in the world. Now—to the...
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Robert Vargas Paints the Faces of Downtown LA
Large almond-shaped eyes peek out from the corner of 9th and Flower in downtown Los Angeles. The big, black and white painting—dotted with a glamorous beaded headpiece—watches over the busy intersection near FIDM. The painter Robert Vargas created...
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Leonardo Magnani: The Voyage 2014
In his four years traveling the globe, Charles Darwin filled notebook upon notebook of observations and experiences—enough source material for the scientist to pen "On the Origin of Species." Now, Florentine artist Leonardo Magnani hopes to retrace...
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Forest for the Trees NW
by Hunter Hess The brainchild of Portland, Oregon-based artist Gage Hamilton, public mural project Forest for the Trees recently brought together over a dozen artists from five countries to collaborate on large-scale murals going up in each corner...
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ARTLANTIC: Atlantic City's Public Art Spaces
A city forever changing, dotted with many historic attributes: A resort location starting in the mid-1850s near enough to New York City and Philadelphia, the longest continuous boardwalk in the world, the East Coast's original gambling capital, further...
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Interview: Orly Genger
It's been two months since "Red, Yellow and Blue" opened in NYC at Madison Square Park, and every day it continues to leave a gaze-worthy impression on passerby who are unsure how to approach the spilled, towering waves of vivid primary colors. Onlookers...
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The Bay Lights Turn On
When we last checked in with Leo Villareal one year ago, he had just proposed The Bay Lights, an ambitious project aimed at blanketing San Francisco's Bay Bridge with 25,000 outward-facing LEDs for a light show of epic proportions. Like many concepts...
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Shonibare's Ship in a Bottle
For centuries model-makers and artists have played with the challenge of building a ship in a bottle, and in May 2010, British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE erected the largest to date for the Fourth Plinth commission in Trafalgar Square...
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Who is Bozo Texino?
One man's sixteen-year quest to track down the elusive artists of a moniker that's been appearing in railyards across America for 80-odd years is beautifully captured in the 56-minute documentary Who is Bozo Texino? The film debuted in 2005 and since...
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