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Unconditional Surrender No. 3: NJ Capitulates

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

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.

Let’s Go Day Glow (Part 2)

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

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 […]

Nitro Girl, Patriotic Nodder

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

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, […]

Artiste a Poor Conductor of Railroad Art

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

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 In The Sky With Damage

Monday, November 9th, 2009

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.

Don’t Diss The Kiss

Monday, September 21st, 2009

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 […]

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