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20-Foot-Tall Sculpture Relocated After Texting Visitors Kept Walking Into It

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Watch where you text and walk. It's a warning that many of us have heard before but some visitors to England's Salisbury Cathedral still haven't gotten the message. After a number of instances where patrons, too preoccupied with texting, walked into a 20-foot-tall sculpture of two clasped hands, the artist, Sophie Ryder, decided to move the piece to another spot on the property, according to artnet.

The galvanized steel wire sculpture, titled The Kiss, is one of several that Ryder recently installed at the Cathedral. The collection is part of one of the artist's largest exhibitions. It was originally installed along a walkway, but distracted walkers had trouble clearing the archway. As a result, Ryder decided to save her artwork—and save patrons the embarrassment.

She posted a video on Facebook and Instagram last week that showed the sculpture being lifted and placed onto the nearby grass where, in theory, it would be safer. Some fans commenting on the video were in favor of leaving the art where it was and blamed the texters for their own bad decisions. "Oh good grief," Cindy Billingsley wrote, "they should be looking at the beautiful art instead of texting—so they deserve what they get if they are not watching where they are going."

The sculpture and the rest of the exhibition can be seen at Salisbury Cathedral through July 3, with more sculptures scheduled to be installed inside on April 9.

[h/t Artnet]

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Watch a Chain of Dominos Climb a Flight of Stairs
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Dominos are made to fall down—it's what they do. But in the hands of 19-year-old professional domino artist Lily Hevesh, known as Hevesh5 on YouTube, the tiny plastic tiles can be arranged to fall up a flight of stairs in spectacular fashion.

The video spotted by Thrillist shows the chain reaction being set off at the top a staircase. The momentum travels to the bottom of the stairs and is then carried back up through a Rube Goldberg machine of balls, cups, dominos, and other toys spanning the steps. The contraption leads back up to the platform where it began, only to end with a basketball bouncing down the steps and toppling a wall of dominos below.

The domino art seems to flow effortlessly, but it took more than a few shots to get it right. The footage below shows the 32nd attempt at having all the elements come together in one, unbroken take. (You can catch the blooper at the end of an uncooperative basketball ruining a near-perfect run.)

Hevesh’s domino chains that don't appear to defy gravity are no less impressive. Check out this ambitious rainbow domino spiral that took her 25 hours to construct.

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A Secret Room Full of Michelangelo's Sketches Will Soon Open in Florence
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Parents all over the world have chastised their children for drawing on the walls. But when you're Michelangelo, you've got some leeway. According to The Local, the Medici Chapels, part of the Bargello museum in Florence, Italy, has announced that it plans to open a largely unseen room full of the artist's sketches to the public by 2020.

Roughly 40 years ago, curators of the chapels at the Basilica di San Lorenzo had a very Dan Brown moment when they discovered a trap door in a wardrobe leading to an underground room that appeared to have works from Michelangelo covering its walls. The tiny retreat is thought to be a place where the artist hid out in 1530 after upsetting the Medicis—his patrons—by joining a revolt against their control of Florence. While in self-imposed exile for several months, he apparently spent his time drawing on whatever surfaces were available.

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Museum officials previously believed the room and the charcoal drawings were too fragile to risk visitors, but have since had a change of heart, leading to their plan to renovate the building and create new attractions. While not all of the work is thought to be attributable to the famed artist, there's enough of it in the subterranean chamber—including drawings of Jesus and even recreations of portions of the Sistine Chapel—to make a trip worthwhile.

[h/t The Local]

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