Andy Warhol has a hard time staying dead. In fact, it has been almost thirty years since he passed on (in 1987) to that great celeb party in the sky. Warhol is even more popular now than he was when he walked the earth with his tape recorder and Polaroid camera. These days, he is certainly more widely known and appreciated. His art is fabulous, of course, but it his IDEAS that continue to inspire. Such is the case with the “Figment” project.
“I never understood why when you died, you didn’t just vanish, and everything could just keep going on the way it was only you just wouldn’t be there. I always thought I’d like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph and no name. Well, actually, I’d like it to say 'figment.'” - Andy Warhol (http://www.warhol.org/figment)
|Rubbing of Andy Warhol's headstone|
|Webcams trained on Andy Warhol's grave|
Alas, my visit apparently was not as noteworthy as some others, for I am not archived in the EarthCam Hall of Fame. We do see recent images of, for instance, a bunny visiting the gravesite, as well as an Elvis impersonator. I can see how Elvis could easily have been chosen over me, but … a rabbit? I did notice in scenes after my visit that someone moved my rosary from the Coke bottle to one of the Campbell’s soup cans – maybe it was the Elvis impersonator. I like to think that I helped create new Pop Art.
There is also a plastic file folder in front of Warhol’s headstone in which you can “write a note to Andy.” This is part of artist Madelyn Roehrig’s ongoing art project “Figments: Conversations with Andy.” Roehrig publishes them on the Facebook site “Conversations With Andy.” I would highly recommend checking this page a few times on Andy’s birthday – August 6 – to see what sort of craziness Andy’s fans may be up to. The EarthCam site should also be vibrant with ceremony. You can view the live feed here:
Clink link for EarthCam Live Feed: "The Warhol Cams"
“I met Andy at a dinner and we discussed the culture of fame and television. I believe he would have been intrigued with using a live webcam to make art,” said Brian Cury, CEO and Founder of EarthCam. - http://www.warhol.org/figment/So if you are interested in your own your fifteen minutes of fame, consider a visit to Warhol's grave in St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cemetery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Bethel Park neighborhood.
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