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God Fingers: Claw Inspiring

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

City council members in the Southern California town of Bellflower are hoping that the “fingers of God” will attract foot traffic to their downtown district this summer. They recently approved the temporary installation of Invitation/Decalogue, a 26-foot-wide, 15-foot-tall fiberglass sculpture by Romanian artist Liviu Mucan, which is intended to represent God’s hands and The Ten […]

Heads We Win: Thin Skull On Public View

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

James Roberts was a miner. He died on Christmas night, 1901 — whacked on the head by the butt end of a Colt .45 revolver. The killer was caught, but his attorney argued that Roberts’ death was accidental, because Roberts had an abnormally thin skull.

Four Corners Makeover Promises Better Photo Ops

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

You can’t stand in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah at one time any more — at least not until June 1, 2010. That’s when the barriers will come down and the new Four Corners Monument is scheduled to re-open to the public, eager to participate in America’s most famous photo-op.

The Urge To Burj

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building, is set to open to the public on December 2, 2009. This titan of towers is the centerpiece of a 20 billion dollar development project that is bizarrely ambitious and ostentatious even by Dubai standards. Other record-setting features of this enormous undertaking include Dubai Mall (“the world’s largest shopping […]

Nude For Thought

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

We’re constantly coming across reports of public protest over nude statuary. Townships are always abuzz over art au natural. Three recent undressed uproars demonstrate that demands for modesty are often directed at the least sexy of sculptures. No Longer Controversial: David, Sioux Falls, SD. Take “Journey To The New” in Delray Beach, Florida. This serious […]

Four Corners Monument: Miles Off?

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

The Four Corners Monument, the only place in America where you can spread yourself into four states at one time, is in the wrong spot, if you believe the flurry of stories in the media¬† this week. Modern techniques of geodetic survey and measurement are being used to nitpick the work of a surveyor in […]

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