Tim Burton's Art Will Make a Rare U.S. Appearance at Las Vegas's Neon Museum in 2019

Courtesy of The Vox Agency
Courtesy of The Vox Agency

Mark your calendars, Nightmare Before Christmas and Frankenweenie fans: The Neon Museum in downtown Las Vegas will be hosting the first Tim Burton art exhibition in the U.S. in nearly a decade, according to Las Vegas Weekly.

An extensive selection of original artwork by the acclaimed director, producer, and animator will be on display from October 15, 2019 to February 15, 2020. Some of the pieces will be entirely new artworks, while others have been exhibited in the past.

It remains to be seen if the exhibition will feature any art from Burton’s newest movies, such as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016) and the forthcoming adaptation of Disney’s Dumbo (2019). Burton is reportedly in the process of designing exhibits that best fit the available space.

The director has a special connection to Las Vegas, and the Neon Museum in particular. Parts of Mars Attacks!, Burton’s 1996 sci-fi comedy based on the trading card series, were shot in the city. A few of the neon signs that appeared in the film are now part of the museum's collection, and some of Burton's artworks will be installed in the museum's outdoor Neon Boneyard space. Other displays will be on view at the museum's North Gallery, as well as the City of Las Vegas's Boneyard Park, which is located across from the museum's visitor center.

“To say we’re flattered that Mr. Burton has chosen our museum for this exhibition would be an understatement,” Neon Museum president and CEO Rob McCoy said in a statement. “But when you think about it, Tim is one of the few artists who can match the great imagination of Las Vegas.”

The last major Burton-themed exhibition to be held in the U.S. appeared at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. About 800,000 people attended, making it one of the most visited exhibitions of all time. Other exhibitions featuring Burton’s art have appeared around the world in recent years, with installations popping up in Hong Kong, Melbourne, Los Angeles, Paris, Prague, Tokyo, São Paulo, and Mexico City.

A Burton-themed display outside of a building
A Tim Burton display in Melbourne, Australia
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[h/t Las Vegas Weekly]

A Resin-Preserved KFC Drumstick Can Be Yours for $100

Kentucky for Kentucky
Kentucky for Kentucky

Many devoted KFC fans love the chain's crispy fried chicken for its signature taste and mouthwatering aroma. If you just love the way the chicken looks, now you can keep it on your shelf to admire forever. As Food & Wine reports, Kentucky for Kentucky is selling whole KFC drumsticks encapsulated in resin for $100.

Kentucky for Kentucky, an independent organization that promotes the Bluegrass State, unveiled the jars of "Chick-Infinity" on its website earlier in June. The chicken pieces are authentic Colonel's original recipe drumsticks sourced from a KFC restaurant in Coal Run, Kentucky. While they were at their golden-brown peak, Kentucky artist Coleman Larkin submerged them in 16-ounce Mason jars filled with clear resin "with all the care of a Southern mamaw putting up greasy beans for the winter." 

KFC drumstick in a jar.
Kentucky for Kentucky

The project, part of Larkin's Dixieland Preserves line of Southern-themed resin encapsulations (which also includes the preserved poop of a Kentucky Derby winner), aims to present the iconic Kentucky product in a new way. "Honestly, is there anything better than biting into a warm, crispy KFC drumstick after a day at the lake?" Kentucky for Kentucky writes in a blog post, "we wanted to capture that feeling in a product that didn’t disappear into a pile of bones as soon as it’s opened."

Only 50 of the finger-licking artworks were created, and at $100 a piece, they're worth the price of several KFC family buckets. You can grab one while they're still available from the Kentucky for Kentucky online store.

[h/t Food & Wine]

This Vincent Van Gogh Action Figure Comes Complete with Removable Ears

Today Is Art Day, Amazon
Today Is Art Day, Amazon

Historians still don’t know how Vincent van Gogh lost his left ear, or for that matter, how much of it was actually lopped off. However, as Bored Panda reports, Today Is Art Day decided to take historic liberties in the name of nerdy fun and created a mini van Gogh action figure, complete with two completely detachable ears.

Today Is Art Day developed a prototype of the 5-inch PVC figurine back in 2017, and to bring it to the art-loving masses, they launched a Kickstarter campaign. Backers who contributed $28 Canadian dollars (around $21 USD) scored their own van Gogh action figure.

A van Gogh action figure next to a miniature 'Starry Night' painting
Today Is Art Day, Amazon

A boxed Vincent van Gogh action figure
Today Is Art Day, Amazon

Fans who missed out on the Kickstarter the first time around can buy one on Amazon now for $24. He even comes in a box decorated with miniature, cut-out replicas of his Sunflowers (1888) and The Starry Night (1889).

Today Is Art Day has since branched out to produce a whole host of other figurines based on famous icons, from other artists like Frida Kahlo and Gustav Klimt to scientific luminaries like Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein.

[h/t Bored Panda]

A version of this article first ran in 2017. It has been updated to reflect current availability.

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