Why Is the Namesake of Charles and Ray Eames Building an Alternate Universe With Mini Monuments?

From Paris, Illinois to the Gervallach Islands of Scotland, Eames Demetrios is building a parallel narrative world he calls Kcymaerxthaere. Why?

The grandson of modernist designers Charles and Ray Eames, Eames Demetrios, has since 2003 been installing faux historical markers— think Civil War battlefields— from Paris, Illinois to the Gervallach Islands of Scotland, building a place-based parallel narrative world he calls Kcymaerxthaere. Artist and "geographer-at-large" Demetrios spent years imagining this mind-blowingly extensive, labyrinthine infrastructure for what he calls, "a global work of three-dimensional storytelling."

Kcymaerxthaere is a parallel universe that intersects with much of our linear Earth. The name comes from the cognate words kcymaara (meaning "the true physicality of the planet") and xthaere (which is a shape with almost an infinity of edges or dimensions--infinity minus 29 to be precise).

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Urban Art Scavenger Hunts in Chicago

Known for staging routine "art scavenger hunts," Patrick Skoff has practically made a career out of giving away this work.

Tis indeed the quintessential gift-giving season, but how many gifts do you give in a year? Chicago-based artist Patrick Skoff probably has you beat. Known for staging regular "art scavenger hunts," Skoff has practically made a career out of giving his work away. Of course, he's got to sell some paintings to pay the bills, but he'd just as soon leave his latest work on a random street corner in Chicago for someone to find and take home. We recently spoke with Skoff about the origins of his generous spirit, what he gets out of giving, and his plans to take his art scavenger hunts on the road.

GOOD: Why do you give your art away and what do you get out of it?

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Civil War Era Photos: Help Identify Them

The Library of Congress needs your help identifying people in these amazing photographs from the Civil War. Could one of them be your relative?

The Library of Congress recently acquired a collection of nearly 700 ambrotype and tintype photographs depicting Union and Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War, but they don't know who these people were and they need your help. Writes the Library of Congress:

Among the rarest images are African Americans in uniform, sailors, a Lincoln campaign button, and portraits of soldiers with their wives and children. A few personal stories survived in notes pinned to the photo cases, but most of the people and photographers are unidentified.

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Can Elevator Artists Combat Vandalism?

Fed up with rampant vandalism on elevator walls, staff members transformed the space into a pop-up gallery for student work.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Art department sure hopes so. Fed up with rampant vandalism in the Humanities Building elevator, the department transformed the space into a pop-up gallery featuring student work. The first Hi/Lo Gallery installation, Elevator to Eternity, re-imagines the space as "a waiting room for the afterlife."

Kelly Johannsen took the plunge as the first approved elevator artist with her piece "Elevator to Eternity," an elegantly witty step into limbo. In the eerie glow of fluorescent ceiling lights, the elevator becomes a waiting room for the afterlife with a clock face stuck on the 11th hour and a bookshelf of volumes such as "The Afterlife for Dummies" and "Climbing Your Stairway to Heaven — the Eternal Bestseller." Travelers can push the button for "Hades" (to exit the building) or "Heaven" (seventh floor, home to graduate art studios)."

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