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Maldives unveils plans for ‘world’s first floating island city’ amid rising sea levels.
“The Maldives has partnered with architecture studio Waterstudio to create a brain-shaped floating city that will house 20,000 people in a lagoon near the country’s capital. Called Maldives Floating City, the development will contain 5,000 low-rise floating homes floating in a 200-hectare lagoon in the Indian Ocean. As the sea level rises, the city will also rise, which will be built on a series of hexagonal-shaped floating structures. With the Maldives islands expected to be uninhabitable by 2100 due to rising sea levels, the government hopes to offer up to 20,000 locals and foreigners the opportunity to settle in the floating city as early as 2024. The construction is due to start later this year on the development, which will be a 10-minute boat ride from the Maldivian capital Male. [H/T Dezeen]
The Dallas Museum of Art is doubling down on security following a costly overnight break-in.
“Reacting to publicly expressed concerns about a security failure that allowed a vandal to wander the halls of the Dallas Museum of Art earlier this month, smashing four works of art, several board members and the director of the museum released a strong statement on Friday, swearing a complete reassessment of DMA security.The five pledged in the announcement to hire an independent security consultant to “ensure that our security measures exceed best practice standards The review is part of a wider assessment of the DMA’s facilities as it seeks to expand. Late last year, the museum quietly commissioned architectural firm Perkins & Will to conduct a planning study for a future construction project.The study will help the museum determine the scope, location and costs of a planned expansion. [H/T Dallas Morning News]
A photographer is suing Kat Von D for tattooing her portrait of Miles Davis on a colleague.
“Famous tattoo artist Kat Von D’s use of a famous photograph of jazz great Miles Davis has led to what is believed to be the first lawsuit over whether an image’s copyright protection will extends to tattoos, pitting questions of artistic freedom and bodily autonomy against photographers’ rights to own their creations.Photographer Jeffrey B. Sedlik is suing Von D, who used his “Iconic Miles Davis Portrait” in a tattoo that she inked on a colleague.The case is set to go to trial, after a California federal judge recently ruled that a jury must resolve disputes that include whether the image falls under the doctrine of “fair use” – a copyright infringement defense that the US Supreme Court will address this fall in a case involving Andy Warhol’s printing of a photo of musician Prince. [H/T Bloomberg]
Sam Gilliam, influential artist whose abstractions entered new dimensions, dies at 88.
“Sam Gilliam, an influential painter whose canvases offered new possibilities for abstraction, inspiring legions of artists, died June 25 at age 88. Pace, Gilliam’s New York gallery, said the cause was kidney failure.Gilliam’s abstractions are unusual in that they are often sculptural, essentially suggesting that painting need not be two-dimensional.Working in methods in which his paint was allowed to roll across his canvas d “herself, he embraced chance and relinquished control. The results have dazzled many over the years, and Gilliam’s work has seen a late-career rise, with his work appearing in such major institutions as as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Dia: Beacon, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Kunstmuseum Basel in Switzerland. [H/T ARTnews]
The FBI raids a Florida museum after questioning the authenticity of Basquiat’s paintings.
“The FBI raided a Florida art museum on Friday and seized more than 20 paintings attributed to artist Jean-Michel Basquiat following questions about their authenticity. Orlando art Emilia Bourmas-Fry said they were complying with an FBI warrant for access to the “Heroes and Monsters” exhibit, which is now in the possession of federal crime investigators d’arts looked into the 25 paintings shortly after their discovery in 2012. The controversy gained more attention shortly after the Orlando exhibit opened in February. [H/T ABC7 Chicago]
New York City pledges to make the crumbling subway system fully accessible by 2055.
“New York has lagged for years behind other American cities in making its subway system accessible to people with disabilities: only 126 of its 472 stations, or 27%, have elevators or ramps that make them fully accessible. But on Wednesday, the MTA said it would add elevators and ramps to 95% of subway stations by 2055 as part of a settlement agreement in two class action lawsuits. The agreement, which still requires court approval, would set out a clear and lengthy timeline to fix an issue that has effectively prevented people who use wheelchairs and mobility devices from fully accessing the city’s transit system. the city, a pillar of New York’s social and economic life. .” [H/T The New York Times]
Today’s attractive distractions:
This practice map highlights New York’s landmarks within the LGBTQ community.
The unexpected summer drink of choice for Londoners is vegetable martini.
The sound-absorbing wings of deaf moths are inspiring acoustic materials.
Boston is building its first-ever LGBTQ-friendly Real estate project for seniors.