THE "VESSEL" BY Thomas Heatherwick

{NEW YORK - The design of the massive centerpiece sculpture in a $200 million public space project at Hudson Yards was unveiled Wednesday, with the developer calling the inverted honeycomb-like structure of platforms and stairways "truly remarkable."

"Vessel" from British designer Thomas Heatherwick will stand 150 feet high, measuring 50 feet across at the base and 150 feet across at the top. The concrete and steel structure will be situated in a 5-acre public space on Manhattan's west side overlooking the Hudson River and surrounded by the skyscrapers of the expansive development project. The price tag for fabrication and installation of the sculpture alone is $150 million.

The design, which has a latticework of 154 interconnected flights of stairs and 80 platforms, had been shrouded in an aura of mystery for the past several months. Developer Stephen Ross of Related Companies offered hints of its potential impact, likening its appeal to New York City to the Eiffel Tower's appeal to Paris.}

Gallery at Berry House Baltic Triangle

{Uproar on the streets of Liverpool as yet another Banksy original has been removed from the city’s streets

Banksy’s Love Plane had become something of a masterpiece in Liverpool’s Rumford Place. That is, until it was cut out from its original site and replaced with a plaque re-directing disappointed admirers to a website explaining the mysterious disappearance.

The artwork will be returned to Liverpool looking better than ever to hang alongside other Banksy pieces at the Gallery at Berry House Baltic Triangle, due to launch in Liverpool shortly.

Courtesy of North Point Global Group, this will be the first ever street art museum anywhere in the world and will showcase to the public an extensive collection of original Banksy artworks painted as part of Liverpool’s Biennial art programme. With so many Banksy artworks disappearing from public view this will ensure your city preserves its street art heritage and showcases future talent.}

Rolling Stone's WTF Moments From the First Presidential Debate

On the housing crash
Clinton: "Donald was one of the people who rooted for the housing crisis. He said, back in 2006, 'Gee, I hope it does collapse, because then I can go in and buy some and make some money.' Well, it did collapse —"

Trump: "That's called business, by the way."

Clinton: "Nine million people — nine million people lost their jobs. Five million people lost their homes. And $13 trillion in family wealth was wiped out."

On climate change

Clinton: "Donald thinks that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. I think it's real."

Trump: "I did not. I did not. I do not say that." (He did.)

On the TPP

Trump: "You called it the gold standard of trade deals. You said it's the finest deal you've ever seen, and then you heard what I said about it, and all of a sudden you were against it."

Clinton: "Well, Donald, I know you live in your own reality, but that is not the facts. The facts are: I did say I hoped it would be a good deal, but when it was negotiated which I was not responsible for, I concluded it wasn't. I wrote about that in my book —"

Trump: "So, is it President Obama's fault?"
Clinton: "—before you even announced."
Trump: "Is it President Obama's fault?"

On Clinton's plan for the economy

Trump: "Secretary, you have no plan."

Clinton: "In fact, I have written a book about it. It's called Stronger Together. You can pick it up tomorrow at a bookstore or at an airport near you."

On Clinton’s plan to fight ISIS

Trump: "Just go to her website. She tells you how to fight ISIS on her website. I don't think General Douglas MacArthur would like that too much."

Clinton: "Well, at least I have a plan to fight ISIS."

Trump: "You're telling the enemy everything you want to do."
Clinton: "No, we're not. No, we're not."

Trump: "See, you're telling the enemy everything you want to do. No wonder you've been fighting — no wonder you've been fighting ISIS your entire adult life."

Clinton: "That's a — that's — go to the — please, fact checkers, get to work."

On the economy

Clinton: "Broad-based, inclusive growth is what we need in America, not more advantages for people at the very top—"
Trump: "Typical. Politician. All talk. No action. Sounds good. Doesn't work. Never gonna happen."

On whether Trump will release his tax returns

Trump: "I will release my tax returns, against my lawyer's wishes, when she releases her 33,000 emails that have been deleted. As soon as she releases them, I will release…"
Lester Holt: "So it's negotiable?”
Trump: "It's not negotiable, no. Let her release the emails. Why did she delete 33,000?"

On the contents Trump’s tax returns

Clinton: "You've got to ask yourself, why won't he release his tax returns? And I think there may be a couple of reasons. First, maybe he's not as rich as he says he is. Second, maybe he's not as charitable as he claims to be.Third, we don't know all of his business dealings, but we have been told through investigative reporting that he owes about $650 million to Wall Street and foreign banks. Or maybe he doesn't want the American people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he's paid nothing in federal taxes, because the only years that anybody's ever seen were a couple of years when he had to turn them over to state authorities when he was trying to get a casino license, and they showed he didn't pay any federal income tax."
Trump: "That makes me smart."
Clinton: "So if he's paid zero, that means zero for troops, zero for vets, zero for schools or health. And I think probably he's not all that enthusiastic about having the rest of our country see what the real reasons are, because it must be something really important, even terrible, that he's trying to hide.”

On the country’s problems

Trump: "Our country has tremendous problems. We're a debtor nation. We're a serious debtor nation. And we have a country that needs new roads, new tunnels, new bridges, new airports, new schools, new hospitals. And we don't have the money, because it's been squandered on so many of your ideas."
Clinton: "And maybe because you haven't paid any federal income tax for a lot of years."
Trump: "It would be squandered, too, believe me." -ROLLING STONE


{Paris is well known for its fine art (Water Lilies, anyone?) and its street art alike. But now, high and low are coming together at Art42, a gallery dedicated to street art that will open in Paris's trendy Batignolles neighborhood in the 17th arrondissement this fall.

Fittingly, the museum will open its doors on October 1, when the city celebrates "Nuit Blanche" (White Night), an annual all-night-long festival dedicated to art, during which many galleries host special exhibits or sponsor outdoor performances. The museum's founder, Xavier Niel, is also one of the champions behind a free Paris coding school called 42. The choice of name indicates that Art42, like the street art it venerates, is intended to be democratic: the space will be totally free to visit. That said, you will still need to reserve a time and date you want to come, as the museum will only be open on Tuesdays and Saturdays—do it by emailing (Or, if you want to enroll as a student—pretty easy, since it costs no money and there aren't scheduled classes, just web tutorials—you can check out the art whenever school's open.)

Inside Art42, you'll see work by famous street artists like Banksy, Miss Van, Speedy Graphito, and Shepard Fairey. Nicolas Laugero Lasserre, who has been studying and collecting graffiti art for the past 15 years, curated the pieces on display. Of the 150 total works, some pieces are being moved from elsewhere, while some are site-specific works created just for the museum. But don't walk in expecting white walls and silent security guards. Much of the work is scattered around the small 42 campus, so you might find students on their laptops or drinking coffee next to a piece you're trying to check out. But that was intentional: you should be able to walk around a corner and be surprised by the art you stumble upon, just like you would out on the street. Still, the public-private juxtaposition only adds to the mystique: If everything was behind a rope or labeled "please don't touch," the pieces would lose their outsider edge. Placing them among people helps keep the street art spirit alive, while also preserving the works and making sure they don't get torn down or painted over.}


{Some of New England's leading breweries will compete Oct. 1 to see who can turn the questionable water of Boston's Charles River into the tastiest suds.

Six area breweries have signed on for the first ever "Brew the Charles" challenge, a highlight of HUBweek, a weeklong Boston-area festival celebrating innovation in art, science and technology.} MORE HERE

Maurizio Cattelan's Golden Throne

{NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City museum is offering visitors a chance to sit on a golden throne, but only in private.

As part of his "America" exhibit at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan replaced the toilet in the museum's fourth-floor restroom with a fully functional replica cast in 18-karat gold.

Viewers are invited to use the solid gold toilet just as they would any other facility.

It's the first piece Cattelan has exhibited since his 2011 retrospective at the Guggenheim. It opens on Friday.

The museum says on its website that the exhibit "offers a wink to the excesses of the art market but also evokes the American dream of opportunity for all."} AP


{PIER 39 comes alive with the vibrant colors of more than 39,000 blooming tulips and seasonal garden favorites during Tulipmania! Enjoy the flowers’ beauty and learn helpful gardening tips by taking free guided or self-guided tours during Tulipmania.} FISHERMAN'S WHARF



{In wild costumes, wingsuits and even home-made flying machines, thousands of people are gliding through the French Alps in the world's oldest free-flight festival.

Hang gliders, paragliders, acrobatic sailplanes and hot air balloons from around the world gathered this weekend for the Icarus Cup, celebrating its 43rd edition on the slopes of Saint Hilaire du Touvet.} SEE MORE HERE


{Born and raised in Miami, Tatiana Suarez’s work draws you into a surreal, creamy, and ethereal world filled with doe-eyed figures ornamented by unsettling accompaniments and sexual undertones. On both canvas and walls, Suarez’s work is rich with symbols from her Brazilian and El Salvadorian heritage, juxtaposing the beautiful with the exotic and creepy to create enchanted narratives. The natural mythology and folklore from her respective parent cultures influence her work, from the indigenous face paint and adornment used to the rich and tropical color palettes of the South American landscape.}

Caught flicks of Tatunga's amazing eye candy in the heart of San Fran, right near Market Street.



{In recent weeks, nine artists and art groups including Logan Hicks, the Miami-born artist Jen Stark, a Portuguese street artist known as Vhils and the Chilean graffiti artist Dasic Fern├índez have moved into the stadium to paint works for its walls. The other artists whose work is being unveiled on Sunday include the German street artist known as1010, the twin-brother duo How & NosmAVAFMomo and CRASH, a graffiti artist from New York.

The first three works commissioned for the stadium, by the London Police, POSE and Case, were unveiled last November, though it wasn’t announced until now that they were part of this larger project.

The art is mostly abstract, bright and colorful, though some works include nods to football. Five more artists will complete pieces in the stadium in October and November. By December, about 30,000 square feet of stadium walls will be covered. By comparison, it will have 22,400 square feet of video screens.

The idea for the installation was born of conversations between Jessica Goldman Srebnick, the chief executive of the property development firm Goldman Properties; the artist Peter Tunney; and Dolphins management.}-NY TIMES


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Photo provided by the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.

{National Zoo officials are celebrating the birth of a Bornean orangutan, the first at the zoo in 25 years.

Officials said in a statement Tuesday that 19-year-old Batang gave birth to a son Monday. Staffers are cautiously optimistic that the new member of the critically endangered species will thrive. They have seen Batang nursing the infant, who has been clinging to his mother.

Officials say Batang and Kyle, also 19, bred this winter, following a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Staffers have been preparing Batang for motherhood over the last three years. Two other females were trained to act as surrogates in case Batang couldn't or wouldn't care for her infant.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists Bornean and Sumatran orangutans as critically endangered.} AP



{Kill Bill Vol. 1 - The Bride walks over a glass floor and the bottom of her shoe has a personal message put there by Quentin Tarantino, "fuck u."} SEE MORE HERE

David Kracov

{David Kracov is a sculptor, painter, and animator, who received a BFA from studied at Rhode Island School of Design.

He has worked at art since he was twelve, and was among the youngest artists to have been showcased at Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

His proudest commission is a sculpture he made for the Holocaust Museum of St. Petersburg, Florida of a Tasmanian devil is tearing the roof off of a boxcar, releasing one million butterflies, one for each of the children who lost their lives in the Holocaust.

Butterflies are a continued theme in his work and every piece he makes includes at least one, sometimes visible and other times hidden. Kracov regards it as his signature.}

The Philly Naked Bike Ride

{Thousands of bicyclists dared to be bare for the city's annual nude ride promoting positive body image, cycling advocacy and fuel conservation. 

They set off from a park near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where Sylvester Stallone ran up the steps in the "Rocky" movies.

The annual ride featured people sporting underwear, body paint, glitter or nothing at all. Some riders concerned about being recognized by their parents or co-workers wore masks while others wore just their shoes.

"It's a really open and fun way of destigmatizing nudity," said Oren Eisenberg, who was riding nude for the fifth time.

The 12-mile ride through the City of Brotherly Love is among many related to the World Naked Bike Ride movement. The riders pedal through the City of Brotherly Love past popular spots such as Independence Hall and Rittenhouse Square, where crowds cheer them on.

The Philly Naked Bike Ride, or PNBR, is a clothing optional bare-as-you-dare event, meaning participants can wear as much or as little as they want. Organizers say it's an invitation to be naked but they want people to be comfortable and have fun no matter how much skin they expose.}