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Warhol's birthday a grave occasion

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PITTSBURGH -- The Andy Warhol Museum is launching a live video feed from the pop artist's gravesite to honour his 85th birthday.

The project, in partnership with the EarthCam webcam network, was to go live Monday at midnight, the museum said.

Warhol museum director Eric Shiner said the project is titled Figment because of a Warhol quote in which the artist said, "I always thought I'd like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph and no name. Well, actually, I'd like it to say 'Figment.' "

The suburban Pittsburgh gravestone has Warhol's original surname, Warhola, the dates of his birth and death and a cross. Warhol's 85th birthday would have been today.

Shiner said the museum, based in Pittsburgh, Warhol's hometown, decided the gravesite webcam "would be a really fantastic way to put Andy on the air 24/7 and plug into our global audience. We believe that this will give Warhol the pleasure of knowing that he is still plugged in and turned on over 25 years after his death," Shiner said.

Warhol died in 1987. Hundreds visit his grave every year.


-- The Associated Press

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 6, 2013 C2

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