Got an Extra $2.3M? Buy the House from Ferris Bueller

May 26, 2009 · Print This Article

Ferris-Bueller HouseThe suburban Chicago home (Highland Park) made famous in 1986 movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is up for sale for $2.3 million.

At 5,300-square-feet the house was the fictional home of Ferris Bueller’s friend, Cameron Frye. In the movie, Frye accidentally sends his father’s Ferrari through one of the house’s glass walls and into the woods outside.

The home is at 370 Beech Street, Highland Park.

Sudler Sotheby’s International Realtor Meladee Hughes says being in the home is like living in the tree house. She says there’s been a lot of interest from buyers already.

Hughes says there’s a wall dedicated to the movie in the home’s steel and glass pavilion overlooking a ravine. The wall includes behind-the-scenes photographs of Ruck and Matthew Broderick, who plays Bueller.

See a slideshow of photos and more information here

Call for artists: re-envision the for rent sign

May 26, 2009 · Print This Article

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via Christopher Albert:

Artists are invited to re-envision the FOR RENT sign as one part of a series of installations and collaborations created by Christopher Albert as part of the annual 10x10x10 exhibit in Ellenville, NY. Every year, 10x10x10 invites 10 artists from 10 communities to create installations in 10 empty storefronts in downtown Ellenville, NY. Submitted signs will be incorporated in an installation for 3-4 weeks in beginning on July 11, 2009, the opening of the exhibit.  The signs will also be part of a longer term online project.  Artists will be fully credited online and at the exhibition site.

Details:
There is no fee for submitting work.
Anyone from anywhere can submit, and multiple submissions are welcome.
Two sizes of signs will be accepted:  12″x8″ and 19″x15″.
Signs should be created using a sturdy but flexible material.  ie:
heavy card stock, poster board, watercolor, etc.  (or even plastic or
vinyl if you choose to rework an actual For Rent sign.)
However you choose to treat the sign and which medium you choose to
use is up to you.  The only requirement is that it conveys the spirit
of “FOR RENT” and that it should have an area in which someone could
write a phone # (no phone #’s will be written on the signs, but they
should have the space for it.)
Be aware that for installation purposes, signs will likely be attached
to a structure via pins through the corners of the signs.
Deadline for receipt of signs:   Monday, June 22.
Drop off locations for signs will be set up in Beacon, Poughkeepsie
and Ellenville, NY.  Signs can also be mailed to:  Christopher Albert
1172 North Ave Beacon, NY 12508.
Please put your name, telephone, email and mailing addresses on the
back of the sign.
The signs will be returned after the conclusion of the exhibit.

If you have any questions or need more information, contact:
info@christopheralbert.com.  Additional information will be
forthcoming at www.christopheralbert.com

A Lesson in How to be Canadian!

May 26, 2009 · Print This Article

LEGO Pirate Theater

May 26, 2009 · Print This Article

I have always loved tiny toy people in their miniature plastic worlds. I was addicted to such stuff as a kid, and can’t seem to stop myself from buying it for my own offspring, but this–this is beyond mere child’s play. This transcends play into something almost Holy.

Just take a look at the moving Lego Pirate theater this guy in Athens, Greece, has made with Lego Mindstorms NXT and Lego Duplo pirate figures. Astounding. Then go to his site and get further blown away by his many “NXTfied”creations, including a Bionicle Robot Head, a revolving Christmas Tree, a Holo3Cycle, and so much more. (via BoingBoing via GeekDad).

The Obamas have an eye for art.

May 25, 2009 · Print This Article

The Wall Street Journal reports on the new works of art the Obamas are adding to the White House walls, their political implications, and the potential market effects for the artists they’ve selected (particular the lesser-known ones). From the article:

The Obamas are sending ripples through the art world as they put the call out to museums, galleries and private collectors that they’d like to borrow modern art by African-American, Asian, Hispanic and female artists for the White House. In a sharp departure from the 19th-century still lifes, pastorals and portraits that dominate the White House’s public rooms, they are choosing bold, abstract art works.

The Obamas have great taste, no? A few examples…(the Ruscha is my favorite pick…so great!).

Nicolas de Staël, Nice, 1954

Nicolas de Staël, Nice, 1954

Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha

Alma Thomas, Skylight

Alma Thomas, Skylight

Edgar Degas, Dancer Putting on Stocking

Edgar Degas, Dancer Putting on her Stocking

Jasper Johns, Numerals, 0-9, lead relief

Jasper Johns, Numerals, 0-9, lead relief

Richard Diebenkorn Berkeley No. 52, 1955 oil on canvas

Richard Diebenkorn Berkeley No. 52, 1955 oil on canvas