October 27, 2020

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Recycled Scraps and Discarded Objects Are Fashioned Into an Eccentric Menagerie of Metal Animals

All images © Barbara Franc, shared with permisison London-based artist Barbara Franc (previously) upcycles materials that otherwise would be tossed into the recycling bin to create a quirky menagerie of metal creatures. Composed with scraps and copper wire, the lively sculptures generally are indicative of movement: owls lift a talon mid-waddle, two cats peer over

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A Billionaire Is Allegedly Blasting the ‘Gilligan’s Island’ Theme Song to Punish His Neighbor for Complaining About His Dale Chihuly Sculpture

The wealthy residents of the southern California city of Laguna Beach are embroiled in a nasty feud over a sculpture by glass king Dale Chihuly, and it’s led to dueling lawsuits. Last year, billionaire Bill Gross gifted his partner Amy Schwartz, a former professional tennis player, the $1 million sculpture, which, in typical Chihuly fashion, features

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A rare $35 million David Hockney painting will lead the upcoming Phillips contemporary sale.

David Hockney’s Nichols Canyon (1980). Courtesy Phillips. David Hockney’s 1980 landscape painting Nichols Canyon will go on offer at the upcoming Phillips contemporary evening sale, scheduled to take place on December 7th. The painting carries an estimate of around $35 million, according to a press release from Phillips, and is billed as “unequivocally the most

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A Japanese Forestry Technique Prunes Upper Branches to Create a Tree Platform for More Sustainable Harvests

Image via Wrath of Gnon Literally translating to platform cedar, daisugi is a 14th- or 15th-century technique that offers an efficient, sustainable, and visually stunning approach to forestry. The method originated in Kyoto and involves pruning the branches of Kitayama cedar so that the remaining shoots grow straight upward from a platform. Rather than harvesting the

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The Museum of Islamic Arts Has Halted a Planned Sotheby’s Sale of Its Treasures After It Was Condemned by Israel’s President

A Sotheby’s auction of rare objects from the Museum of Islamic Arts in Jerusalem has been halted at the last minute following an outcry from the Israeli government and culture officials.  One hundred and ninety Islamic artifacts from the museum’s collection, including ceramics, textiles, and illuminated manuscripts, were set to go on sale in the

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