Never mind! After all that fussÂ to preserve the iconic Texas tin structure, Rice University’sÂ Art Barn met the Grim Reaper on Wednesday, April 16. While a group was able to salvage the buildingâ€™s corrugated metal siding, wrecking crews tore away at the Martel Center’s structure, marking a definitive end to efforts of preservationists to move the building to another site in Houston. Andy Warholâ€™s famous oak tree planted in front of the former structure will remain intact, but once the dust clears only a grass lawn will serve as tombstone. A rogue power line temporarily stalled the demolition, thereby buying a commemorative moment for the Art Barnâ€™s historical and cultural import. The buildingâ€™s spirit will live on through the Menil Collection it once housed, as well as its legacy with other tin houses.
For some, a portrait of Queen Elizabeth hearkens to days of “Long live the Queen!” but a recent design intervention could edit that phrase to “Long live Warhol!” Brooklyn-based Flavor Paper recently launched a collection of proprietary designs from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts‘ store of works in PVC-free, water-based ink formats that can be customized for a variety of applications.