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The other day a friend and I were walking around the city, taking in all the sights the city has to offer. Okay, okay, actually we were walking around to kill a few hours before Game of Thrones. But as we walked through Washington Square West to Society Hill, what started as a time-waster actually did become a trip taking in Philadelphia's sights.We saw some kangaroos. They're made of metal, and they're inbetween Spruce and Cypress and 4th and 5th. Despite living downtown for years now, I had never seen them before. We must have passed by a dozen pieces of public art on our walk. Some were familiar, some weren't; what's cool about the amount of public art in Center City is there is so much you can almost always find new pieces—even something as large as two metal kangaroos—almost anytime you step outside downtown.And, so, I present to you ratings of 10 pieces of Center City's public art.
The theme for this year's Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) is the "time machine." Which is why there a giant, snaking metallic portal stationed in the lobby of the Kimmel Center. In case you ever want to build your own, here's a time-lapse video of its construction.http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2g6-eAt0OQY#!
The New York Times takes readers inside the Barnes Foundation's attempt to fix a Greek pyxis—an earthenware box from around 750 B.C.—that was broken in the museum sometime during the 1950s.Margaret A. Little, senior conservator of objects, has been studying and working on the piece for more than a month now, removing weak adhesives and pieces of filler material used by earlier restorers, probably including one in the early 20th century, when the vessel made its way into the hands of a Parisian antiquities dealer.“We have at least 75 percent of the original material of the vessel, which is really
The FBI today launched a new website to track developments in the 1990 art heist at the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum in Boston, adding new information to the public record of what is know about the heist. Thirteen works—including pieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer—were stolenThe FBI believes it has determined where the stolen art was transported in the years after the theft and that it knows the identity of the thieves, Richard DesLauriers, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston office, revealed for the first time in the 23-year investigation. “The FBI believes with a high degree of confidence
Associated Press reports: "Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has donated a painting with a mysterious past to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The work by N.C. Wyeth was one of 16 illustrations made in 1929 for a translation of Homer’s Greek classic “The Odyssey.” Wyeth sold the series to a collector in 1930. The whereabouts of all but six are unknown. “The Trial of the Bow” is the first Wyeth work in the museum’s collection. Glaxo had it since the 1980s." Wyeth, of course, lived and died at Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, making it odd that this is his first paining in the museum's collection.
AP reports on a "time machine"—100 feet long and 16 feet across—being built at the Kimmel Center for the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, March 8 through April 27. “In addition to dozens of fun-filled activities and incredible performances by our PIFA partners, we are building Time Machine — an artful, interactive, time-travelling spiral,” Anne Ewers, president and CEO of the Kimmel Center, said Tuesday. “Hundreds of thousands were in awe when they saw our 81-foot Eiffel Tower in 2011. This year, hundreds of thousands will see Time Machine.” The Time Machine Plaza will include family activities, free shows, food
Some crafty hacker has infiltrated the Kennebunkport server, unearthing intimate correspondence and photos belonging to the Bush family. A photo of W. with (Polo) Ralph and David Lauren. Emails between George H.W. Bush and sportscaster Jim Nantz setting up golf dates. An email from Jeb bragging about how his father cleaned up Bill Clinton's "sordid" image. But the real prize is a pair of photos of paintings George W.'s been working on, possibly in the buff. Here's one of him in the bathtub. And here's one in the shower. The mirror gimmick needs some work, but he's definitely getting there