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Hank Robar’s Toilet Art

Back in 2004, Hank Robar wanted to get a property he owned in Potsdam, NY rezoned so that he could open a donut store there. His application was rejected, and in response Robar created a "toilet garden" — which consisted of rows of old toilets with poles behind them. The toilets had flowers in them. The 'toilet garden' was apparently allowed under local zoning laws because it was "art."

Since 2004, Robar has battled with the local government over other properties, and as a result Potsdam has been home to a number of his toilet gardens. He's currently in the process of creating a new one.

Robar's toilet art has sparked some lively debate in the community about what exactly qualifies as art.

Update: It says here that Robar's toilets are legal not because they're art, per se, but because they have flowers in them, so he can claim that they're planter boxes, which are allowed under zoning laws. Also, he's not the only guy who's thought of displaying toilets as a protest against local government.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jul 27, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Art

Twombly’s Untitled

Untitled, by Cy Twombly. Sold at Christie's auction house in 2010 for $2,378,500. It's referred to, by some, as the "I can't get this pen to work" painting.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Jul 24, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Art

Art Is Not Always Found In A Museum

So often here on WU we see "art' displayed in museums or galleries that is anything but artistic. Well, here is some beautifully done, intricate artwork found just lying in the streets of Japan. Manhole covers.
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Jul 10, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Art, Government, Utilities

Lipstick Art

Famous landmarks carved out of lipstick. Created by artist Hedley Wiggan for an exhibit at Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport. The exhibit is called the International Lipstick Colours of the Year showcase.

Lipstick isn't Wiggan's normal medium. He more often carves miniatures out of pencil leads.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jul 06, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Art

The Adorable Circle of Life

Chicago-based artist Alex Solis has a series of illustrations that show predators doing what they do best — killing — but simultaneously being adorable. My cat reminds me of this paradox on a regular basis, that what is adorably cute can also be a brutally efficient killer.

via Paste Magazine
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jun 23, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Art

Versailles Sculpture

Anish Kapoor's new sculpture, temporarily on display in the gardens of Versailles, is creating a bit of a row after he told a French newspaper that it represents "the vagina of a queen who is taking power." Critics say it looks like "the entrance to a storage unit," or "a vast, brutish, metal, grubby-looking, gaping funnel into a black hole." Kapoor concedes that his work has "multiple interpretive possibilities."
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jun 08, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Art

Inhabited Turtle Shell

For for Frieze art fair in New York, performance artist Kris Lemsalu is lying very still for three-and-a-half hours beneath a giant fake turtle shell decorated with giant rhinestones. And that's it. She calls it an inhabited sculpture. []

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat May 16, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Art, Performance Art

Spaceship from 1954 Halloween Parade



Click either image to enlarge.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 14, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Art, Motor Vehicles, Parades and Festivals, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, 1950's

Pink Geyser

Tourists visiting the Strokkur geyser in Iceland were startled to see that it had turned a bright shade of pink. The reason: the Chilean artist Marco Evaristti had surreptitiously dumped pink food coloring into it, explaining that he did this in the name of art. He called his creation "Pink State." Icelandic authorities responded by putting him in jail for 15 days. The geyser has now returned to its normal color. []

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed May 13, 2015 | Comments (16)
Category: Art

Chris Burden, RIP

No, famous conceptual artist Chris Burden did not die by gunshot wound.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue May 12, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, Performance Art, Guns, 1960's, 1970's
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