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'Really Alive': France Unveils Wrapped Arc De Triomphe

International Business Times

President Emmanuel Macron was set to unveil a strange and spectacular sight in Paris on Thursday: the entire 50-metre-high Arc de Triomphe wrapped in fabric, fulfilling the long-held dream of late artist Christo. After weeks of preparation, the finishing touches are being put to the transformation of one of France's most iconic monuments ahead of its opening to the public this weekend. At a press conference earlier in the day, Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot called it "a posthumous testament to an artistic genius" and "a wonderful gift to Parisians, to the French, and to all art-lovers." The imposing war memorial has been wrapped in 25,000 square metres (270,000 square feet) of silver-blue recyclable polypropylene. It is the signature of Christo, the Bulgarian-born artist who died last year, who had dreamt of sheathing the monument since renting a nearby apartment in the 1960s.


YouTube Star Mel Thompson Dies At 35; Cause Of Demise Remains Unknown

International Business Times

Makeup artist and YouTube star Mel Thompson died Sunday at age 35. Her husband announced her death in a heartbreaking tribute on Instagram on Monday, without disclosing the cause of her death. "Mel sadly passed away yesterday," wrote her husband using her Instagram account. "It's really hard to just choose 10 photos. We lost a beautiful person. I just wanted to show the smiles she brought. I've had to answer so many texts of people just checking in on her without even knowing of her passing. It's great to see how loved she was. And she loved all you right back," he continued.


After Honing His Painting Skills as a Soldier, an Artist Finds His Voice

NYT > Middle East

Brian Wannamaker, a Portland-based real-estate developer and the founder of the Falcon Art Community, provided Mr. Khurshid with a studio and an apartment for free after hearing about his arrival in the city through the local news. "He's a wonderful artist," Mr. Wannamaker said, about the decision to invite Mr. Khurshid into the Falcon Art Community. "It was important for him to be around other artists and get a feeling of what American community is like." People in the city have embraced him, Mr. Khurshid said, donating art supplies and commissioning paintings and encouraging him to follow his artistic vision. In the United States, this vision has developed into frank examinations of politics, culture and religion.


Edinburgh's road signs hacked by artist

BBC News

A "playful" street artist has been putting his own stamp on road signs in Edinburgh city centre. The altered signs - including images of flowers and wine glasses - have been seen in South St David Street, Thistle Street and Union Street. The signs were hacked by Italian artist Clet Abraham, whose work sells for thousands of pounds. He said on Twitter that there are between 15 and 20 pieces around Edinburgh. Earlier this year a post on his Facebook page showed a similar image of a flower growing through a no entry sign in Glasgow.


'America's Got Talent' Season 12 Spoilers: Young Contestant Sings Celine Dion Song, Makes Hilarious References To Singer

International Business Times

A 9-year-old contestant named Celine will be taking the "America's Got Talent" Season 12 stage on Tuesday, June 20. In the teaser released by NBC, a very excited Celine Tam enters the stage and introduces herself to judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel. Mel B asks how she's doing, and Celine tells the Spice Girls member that she's doing well. Even before she sung, the crowd is already going wild because of how beautiful and adorable she looks. Read: "America's Got Talent" Season 12 contestant Christian Guardino shares how loss of vision helped with his music Mel B also asks Celine if she has brothers and sisters, and she tells the judge that she has a younger sister named Dion.