BIGGEST 3D ART PIECE

17 November 2011: Actors pose with gym equipment on what the Guinness World Records bills as the world’s largest 3D painting, at Canary Wharf in London. British artist Joe Hill’s creation measures in excess of 1,120 square metres

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CONTENT RICH MUSEUM SITE: THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which has been trying to rebrand itself over the last year as a more visitor-friendly art behemoth, unveiled a redesigned website on Monday, the first time the site has been thoroughly updated in more than a decade.

The site also shows off the results of a huge undertaking ordered by Thomas P. Campbell, the museum’s director: that the curatorial departments make images and information available online for all of the almost two million items in the collection. About 340,000 comprehensive entries for objects are included on the revamped site, 200,000 of which have been created over the last nine months. The site also has a new multimedia section, making videos, recorded lectures, interactive educational programs and other digital projects more easily accessible.

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iPAD ART BY DAVID HOCKNEY

David Hockney has delved into his fascination with his native Yorkshire for a new exhibition at the Royal Academy next year focusing on his landscape works, many of which have never been seen.

The exhibit, entitled David Hockney: A Bigger Picture, will showcase 150 works by the artist spanning fifty years, including drawings, film and iPad sketches as well as several large-scale works.

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RED BULL STREET ART VIEW USING GOOGLE STREET VIEW

There has been a big buzz lately about Google Art Project, a tool that provides its users with virtual tours through some of the finest museums in the world. Different kinds of masterpieces, however, have long conquered the public space in the form of street art.

It did not take long for the Brazilian advertising agency Loducca to realize that and bring together Google inspiration and the power of social production in favor of Red Bull’s distinguished communication. Red Bull Street Art View, a mashup with Google Street View that allows people to tag their favorite street art pieces around the globe – and share them with other viewers.

Artwork is searchable by location or author, and while locations are still (of course) restricted to those places where Google’s cameras have circulated, Street Art View’s goal to be “the biggest art collection in the world” seems quite achievable. After just a few days on the air, the platform has already more than 200 walls tagged in various countries, including names such as Keith Haring, Os Gêmeos and Banksy.

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GOOGLE TO FUND BLETCHLEY WARTIME ‘SEARCH ENGINE’

Google is helping to raise cash to restore a derelict building at Bletchley Park.

Bletchley Park, which now houses the National Museum of Computing, is also widely recognised as having a pivotal role in the computer industry because machines built to help crack codes laid the foundation for more modern devices.

During World War II, Bletchley code-breakers gleaned information from German communications that proved vital to the Allied victory.

The building, known as Block C, held the punch card index that acted as a “search engine” at the heart of decryption work.

Efforts to save and restore Bletchley have been ongoing for some years. In October 2009, it received £500,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to begin restoration work.

In March 2010 it won a government grant of £250,000 for critical repairs. Many others, both individuals and businesses, are helping it build up a fund of about £10m to restore the entire site.

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PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN MOMA AND VOLKSWAGEN

Volkswagen, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and MoMA PS1 have agreed on an extensive multi-year partnership. The prime focus of the strategic partnership announced today in New York City lies in the project with the working title “International Discovery”, the development of an international contemporary art exhibition. Further pillars of the partnership are the extension of the MoMA online education program, the donation of two works by Francis Alÿs, and the sponsorship of a series of installations in The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. This cooperation with Volkswagen is the first partnership of this scale between the prestigious New York cultural institution and a leading international corporation.

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HACKNEY COUNCIL TO LAUNCH FASHION ECO BAGS

The London Borough of Hackney is preparing to launch a range of sustainable bags developed by local designers in a bid to reduce the number of plastic bags used by retailers in the area.

The area is home to the London College of Fashion and has historic ties to the fashion industry. The Council says it wants to “build on its fashion heritage and style credentials to tackle a growing concern”

It plans to create four seasonal bags over the course of the year-long scheme, to coincide with London Fashion Week.

The bags will be given away free to residents that spend more that £10 on produce in one shopping transaction at street markets in the borough.

The initiative will be supported by a PR and social media campaign as well as on the Council’s own media channels.

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