In Brief

Post image for Carsten Höller Wraps World’s Longest Slide Around Anish Kapoor’s London Tower

This week, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London announced that “the world’s longest and tallest tunnel slide” will wrap around Anish Kapoor’s “ArcelorMittal Orbit.”

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Post image for Vandal Who Smashed Colorado Town Sculpture “Destroyed the Fun”

A public sculpture in Durango, Colorado, that has divided and entertained residents of the small town since its installation last August was destroyed earlier this week and the vandal remains at large, according to the Durango Herald.

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Post image for Artist Proposes Adding Stone Carving of Outkast to Confederate Monument

Now that surveying and debating the fates of Confederate monuments around the US has become a national pastime, an artist has proposed a spottieottiedopaliscious solution for one of the most egregious and seemingly immovable.

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Post image for Dissident Artist Convinces Russian Detective to Quit His Job

A Russian police investigator interrogates a detained political artist, with the end result being that the detective — his eyes opened to the state’s abuses of power — renounces his badge.

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Post image for Bank Offers Art-Buying Classes for Heirs and Heiresses

According to Bloomberg, Citigroup is hoping to prevent losses by teaching the heirs of its wealthiest bank customers how to invest in art.

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Post image for Will Christians Crash Satanic Statue Unveiling in Detroit?

Last month, Oklahoma’s Supreme Court ruled that officials must remove a nearly six-foot-tall statue of the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the state’s capitol, thwarting the Satanic Temple’s plans to install its own statue of Baphomet to challenge government endorsement of religious symbols.

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Post image for “Truth Is Beauty, but Tacky Is Forever”

A 55-foot-tall steel mesh sculpture of a naked, dancing woman that lights up with 3,000 LED bulbs dazzled Burning Man attendees in 2013, but residents of Bay Area city San Leandro — where it will reside permanently as of next summer — are split on its artistic merits.

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Post image for French Museum Authority Confirms Worker Death at Louvre Abu Dhabi Site

The Agence France-Muséums has confirmed reports, brought to light recently by the activist and artist group Gulf Labor, that a 28-year-old Pakistani worker died on June 8 at the construction site of the new Louvre Abu Dhabi museum.

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Post image for Debt in Venice: German Pavilion Artists Show Support for Greece

In response to the German government’s insistence on imposing austerity measures on Greece, the artists representing Germany at this year’s Venice Biennale have made a simple but powerful statement in support of the debt-ridden nation.

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Post image for Leonardo da Vinci Designed a Refrigerator

When Leonardo da Vinci wasn’t painting portraits of medieval Italy’s nobility, he was figuring out how to keep their drinks cold.

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