Should Airports Use Art To Improve Their Image?

Should Airports Use Art To Improve Their Image?

Airports throughout the nation are stocking up on art to entertain bored passengers and promote the local economy. Atlanta already has 300 pieces of art, including “a large display of stone sculptures from Zimbabwe,” a collection rivaled by Phoenix’s 500 pieces, such as “strands-of-light-reflecting-glass artwork.” Are these cultural offerings pleasant distractions, or intrusive nuisances? Vote in our poll, after the jump.

Roadside Blasphemy: Walgreens Replacing Chicagoland Icon

Roadside Blasphemy: Walgreens Replacing Chicagoland Icon

“The Spindle,” sometimes known as the Car-Kabob, a giant sculpture in the parking lot of the Cermak Plaza strip mall in Berwyn, Illinois, is set to be destroyed as part of a strip mall reconstruction. Instead, drugstore megachain Walgreens, apparently not content with its near-complete saturation of the Chicagoland landscape, will replace the legendary sculpture. Goodbye, quirky art, hello, homogeneity! (You might remember the 1989 sculpture by artist Dustin Shuler from the movie “Wayne’s World.”) But fans of the art and the citizens of the Chicago suburb of Berwyn aren’t sitting still: The website SaveTheSpindle.com has launched, and there’s a resolution in the Illinois House decrying the teardown. Will the sculpture survive? Hit the supporters’ site and show ‘em your love.

For Nearly Free, Man Eats Almost Only "Satisfied Or Your Money Back" Food For 8 Years

For Nearly Free, Man Eats Almost Only "Satisfied Or Your Money Back" Food For 8 Years

Have you heard of Matthieu Laurette? From 1993 to 2001, he fed and cleaned himself by buying almost only products with “Satisfied or your money back” or “Money back on first purchase” items, then filing the rebates or writing to the companies and saying he wasn’t satisfied.

Advertising Equals Graffiti

Advertising Equals Graffiti

New York City has these special video billboards at the top of subway stops playing silent movies for Lexus, Chanel, and NBC. It’s kinda beautiful, and kinda annoying.

The Hellraiser Sneaker

The Hellraiser Sneaker

Just do it.

Gas by Dash Snow

Gas by Dash Snow

Your pain at the pump is palatable, but what ring of the underworld inferno should we consider this?

Banksy Pranks British Telecom with Bloody Telephone Booth

Banksy Pranks British Telecom with Bloody Telephone Booth

This retro British Telecom (BT) telephone box, pierced by pick axe, was a recent unauthorized outdoor art installation by guerrilla artist Banksy in London’s SoHo square. It was removed shortly afterwards by the London City Council.

HOWTO: Turn the Shopping Mall into a Nativist Paradise

HOWTO: Turn the Shopping Mall into a Nativist Paradise

A panel from an instruction manual on creating a Shangri-La within the shopping mall. As the video game Civilization taught us, all revolutions undergo a period of chaos and anarchy, also known as “the fun part,” illustrated below.

Nike Air Jordans as Shoe Sculpture Porn

Nike Air Jordans as Shoe Sculpture Porn

Nike Air Jordans repurposed by artists Brian Jungen into sculptures, pointed to us by ObsessiveConsumption. Some of these resemble dinosaur skulls. Some of them are analogues for the route it takes to get a human on telephone customer service.