Here is news from last week that I think you shouldn’t miss, enjoy!
Pre-Viking tunic found on glacier as warming trend aids archaeology: Glaciers are shrinking, and even if some are still debating the underlying cause(s), there have been some unexpected happenings as a result. Numerous artifacts from bygone eras are turning up on glaciers as they melt, the tunic in this article is only one example.
Curation, Community and Cat Videos: Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a cat person (dogs are cute too though!), so as soon as I saw this come into my inbox from the Center for the Future of Museums, I knew that I was going to include this in Shouldn’t Miss News. Last year, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis held its first Internet Cat Video Festival and 10,000 people showed up to take part. If that doesn’t say something about community, I don’t know what does. To read more about the festival itself, check out the article.
Following Sandy damage, Statue of Liberty to reopen on Fourth of July: I shared a lot on Facebook about both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island after Sandy hit, and I am so glad that the Statue of Liberty will be opening again soon, and on such a fitting day. Ellis Island still has a ways to go, but it is about time that this area gets some good news.
Art world shivers at sale of Henry Moore statue: Tower Hamlets, one of the poorest boroughs in London, is looking to sell a large bronze statue by Henry Moore to ease its monetary struggles. The statue, “Draped Seated Woman,” could be worth up to $30 million. The selling of public art has many worried that this could set a precedent and become a trend to add to cash-strapped communities’ coffers everywhere, at a great cultural loss.
Tree Advocates Speak Out, But Cemetery Expansion Moves Forward: Ah, the never-ending battle between trees and cemeteries. I wrote about the struggle between saving trees or headstones, but not both, as a Thoughts for Thursday a while back (look for it to come back in a Followup Friday), but this about a different type of struggle that many active cemeteries face: getting more space. This article is about the need for space at Arlington National Cemetery and how the chosen land will result in the loss of about 800 trees. Tree advocates are unhappy but Arlington plans to plant 600 new trees during the landscaping process.
For more stories, check out Bricks + Mortar’s This Week post.