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2019 Year in Review: Unusual Arts Stories

To recap 2019, is taking a look back at some of the most interesting stories we’ve covered this year.
Today we’re looking at some unusual stories from the arts.

A Painting of a Painting of a Painting…

Kristoffer Zetterstrand holding his painting of the picture of Ms. Decker
Matthew Decker posted a picture of his mom’s painting online, hoping to show her that people would like it. The painting has now been seen millions of times, and repainted by dozens of artists.

Lil Nas X Rides His Horse to Number One

Lil Nas X in front of a neon sign at TikTok.
The song “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X is a country song. Or maybe a rap song. People have different ideas, but no matter what you call it, it has become the number one song in the US.

Teenager Builds Replacement Arm From Lego

David Aguilar displays the MK-III version of his Lego arm.
If you were born without a body part, could you build that part out of Lego? That’s what a teenager from Andorra has done – several times, in fact.

Bonsai Burglars – Big Theft of Tiny Trees

Bonsai Nursery Fuyo-en (jap. 芙蓉園)
The thieves who robbed Seiji and Fuyumi Iimura didn’t even have to break in. The seven works of art they stole had been left sitting out in the garden. Why? They were bonsai trees.

Coldplay Won’t Tour Until Tours Help Environment

Coldplay - A Head full of Dreams World Tour Parc OL - Lyon, 2017
The band Coldplay has released a new album called “Everyday Life”. But the group says it won’t go on tour until it can figure out how to tour without making the climate crisis worse.

New Use for North Korea’s Huge, Unfinished Hotel

Ryugyong Hotel, 2012
Ryugyong Hotel was meant to be the world’s largest hotel. But after more than 30 years, it’s still unfinished. Now the building is being used as a huge screen to show positive messages about North Korea.

The Lost Book of Books of Columbus’s Son

AM 377 fol. (shown here ff. 455v-456r) contains summaries of around 2000 books that belonged to Hernando Colón.
Though many people know of Christopher Columbus, not many people are familiar with his children. Now one son, Hernando Colón, has made the news almost 500 years after his death.

Award-Winning Refugee Author Free After 6 Years

Behrouz Boochani journalist / writer / poet speaks during TEDxSydney at ICC Sydney on 24 May 2019. (Photo: Eric Fonacier by Visionair Media)
An Iranian reporter who has been held by Australia on Manus Island for over six years has finally left the island on a trip to New Zealand. The award-winning author says he’ll never return.



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