Sculpture of John Paul II with rock, red water makes waves
Kalina, 76, said the installation in the museum's fountain relates to John Paul II's efforts in the 1980s to help free Poland from communism, which is symbolized by the red color the water has from a red fabric placed on the fountain's bottom. The sculpture also drew ridicule on social media, with some commenters comparing the life-sized likeness of the canonized pope toting a rock to a cartoon figure. Cattelan's work, which was displayed in Warsaw in 2000, was seen as disrespectful and provoked a huge outcry. Born as Karol Wojtyla in the southern Polish city of Wadowice, John Paul II served as pope from October 1978 until his death in April 2005. Critics say that during his papacy, the church failed to bring priests who sexually abused children to account.
Weird Florida: Alligators, pricey bananas and naked people
ST. PETERSBURG In 2019, Florida Banana managed to eclipse Florida Man. From alligator antics to naked people doing wacky things, Florida did not disappoint in the weird news department this year. In Polk County in December, a Florida man was "buck naked" when he showed up to the front door of a home where an undercover sex sting operation was being conducted, sheriff's officials said. A naked Florida man burglarized an elementary school in Apopka and spread feces throughout the building. In Miami in March, motorists captured on camera a nearly nude man wearing hot pink socks, sneakers, skimpy underwear and a pink headband, bicycling backwards down I-95.ocala.com
Performance artist eats banana duct-taped to wall that sold for $120,000
A performance artist on Saturday ate a banana duct-taped to a wall the most talked-about artwork at Miami's Art Basel that sold earlier this week for $120,000. New York-based performance artist David Datuna ate the banana around 1:45 p.m. on Saturday in front of a convention full of art lovers, the gallery told the Miami Herald. Perrotin Gallery spokesman Lucien Terras told the Herald that Datuna did not "destroy" the artwork because "the banana is the idea." Others, however, chose not to go as deep and appreciate the simplicity of the art piece. "Every time he traveled, he brought a banana with him and hung it in his hotel room to find inspiration.cbsnews.com
A banana duct-taped to a wall was sold for $120,000 at Art Basel Miami
A banana duct-taped to a wall sold for $120,000 at Miami's Art Basel this week it may be the most talked-about artwork at this year's event. Two of the three editions have been sold, according to Perrotin, the contemporary art gallery behind the work. Others, however, chose not to go as deep and appreciate the simplicity of the art piece. The artist reported no clear instructions for buyers on whether the bananas start to decompose. The Miami Herald reported that owners can replace the banana, as needed.cbsnews.com
3 more arrests made in theft of solid gold toilet
"America", a fully-working solid gold toilet, created by artist Maurizio Cattelan, is seen at Blenheim Palace on Sept. 12 in Woodstock, England. His most notable piece being(CNN) - Police investigating the theft of a solid gold toilet from a stately home in the UK made three arrests Wednesday. The fully functioning toilet is a piece of art made entirely from 18-karat gold that was installed in Blenheim Palace, England, as part of an exhibition by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. Police have been investigating its theft since Sept. 14 and previously made two arrests. "Firstly, it's plumbed in and secondly, a potential thief will have no idea who last used the toilet or what they ate.
Huge reward offered for gold toilet
"America", a fully-working solid gold toilet, created by artist Maurizio Cattelan, is seen at Blenheim Palace on Sept. 12 in Woodstock, England. His most notable piece being(CNN) - A reward of up to 100,000 ($124,000) has been offered for the return of a solid gold toilet stolen from a UK stately home, as police release CCTV images of a vehicle they believe was involved in the September theft. Former UK prime minister Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace, which is now a tourist attraction. The artwork, which is named "America," is valued at around $6 million, according to Dominic Hare, CEO of Blenheim Palace. It made headlines again in 2017, after US President Donald Trump's White House emailed the Guggenheim asking to borrow Vincent Van Gogh's 1888 painting "Landscape with Snow"; instead, the institution's curator offered the gold toilet.
Thieves Steal Solid Gold Toilet From Palace in England: Police
A group of thieves managed to swipe a solid gold toilet from the Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The robbers stole the toilet in the early hours of Saturday, police said. "We are saddened by this extraordinary event, but also relieved no-one was hurt," the palace said in a statement. Though "the artwork" has not yet been recovered, police said, a 66-year-old man has been arrested in the case. RELATED STORIESWoman Fights Back When Alleged Robber Tries to Steal Money From Family BusinessVideo Shows Woman Allegedly Steal Stroller, Leave Baby Behind in StoreFrench Couple Could Face Up to 6 Years in Jail for Allegedly Stealing Beach Sand
Solid gold toilet stolen from Blenheim Palace
"America", a fully-working solid gold toilet, created by artist Maurizio Cattelan, is seen at Blenheim Palace on Sept. 12 in Woodstock, England. The Italian artist is known as the prankster of the art world. His most notable piece being(CNN) - A toilet made entirely of 18-carat-gold has been stolen from Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England, the stately home where former prime minister Winston Churchill was born. The fully functioning toilet was installed as part of an exhibition by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan titled "Victory is Not an Option," which only opened to the public on Thursday. At Blenheim Palace, the toilet was installed in a room next to the one in which Churchill was born.