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J. Seward Johnson, the Johnson & Johnson grandson and sculptor-of-titans, has added another towering pop culture tribute to his growing stable. A third version of his “Unconditional Surrender” sculpture went up on April 26, 2010, in Trenton, New Jersey.
Now that we’ve absorbed a bit about the science behind fluorescence, let’s see how black lights and glow-in-the-dark effects add psychedelic pageantry to many leisuretime activities. Eerie day-glo exoticism is a popular feature at haunted houses, mystery spots, and classic amusement park “dark rides” (many of which have undergone klutzy re-branding, Kennywood’s “Garfield’s Nightmare” being […]
It’s a gew-gaw that would look sassy on the dashboard of any Roadside fan: a Nitro Girl bobblehead, patterned after a star-spangled tire-clutching titan siren who stands outside a tire store in Blackwood, New Jersey. Ed Werbany Jr. owns the store, converted its classic Uniroyal Gal (purchased by his dad in 1965) into Nitro Girl, […]
Plans for a massive train-themed sculpture by spectacle-loving fine artist Jeff Koons may soon be scrapped due to a lack of funding. The $25 million project was originally scheduled for the 2011-2012 season at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. A 70-foot-long replica of a real Baldwin locomotive was to be suspended from a […]
Lucy The Margate Elephant, that great, grey, wide-window-eyed wonder of the Jersey shore, suffered serious injury this fall when strong September winds lifted a party tent up off its moorings and into the air and smashed it against Lucy’s pachyderm posterior.
Sarasota, Florida has finally embraced the 26-foot-high, painted fiberglass sculpture “Unconditional Surrender,” which depicts a sailor enthusiastically planting a smoocherooni (as they called it in liberated villages) on the lips of a loose-limbed nurse on V-J Day in Times Square. After a combative public hearing, city commissioners decided to accept a donation of the $500,000 […]« Previous Entries Next Entries »