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Daily Paintings Offer an Artistic Timeline of the President’s Legacy

Rob Pruitt unveils his unique monument to the President Obama at the Museum Of Contemporary Art Detroit.

This is what over 2,000 Barack Obamas look like.

Artist Rob Pruitt, known for his panda paintings and his 90s performance piece Cocaine Buffet, is probably one of the few Americans—excluding those who work at the White House or for Fox News—who wakes up each morning thinking about Obama. Since the president’s inauguration in 2009, the New York-based artist, whose work often juxtaposes sincerity and parody, has spent 15 minutes each day creating a 2’x2’ oil painting of the president. Today, Pruitt and the Museum Of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) will unveil The Obama Paintings, along with his unique take on government memorials, The Lincoln Monument.

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This Pop-Up Library Will Be Built Entirely of Books

Lacuna will be unveiled at the Bay Area Book Festival this summer.

Bibliophiles in Berkeley, CA are dreaming up a library completely made of books. The pop-up installation, called Lacuna, will be constructed from 50,000 books they hope to give away for free at the first-ever Bay Area Book Festival this summer. The structure was designed and will be built by the FLUX Foundation, a local arts collective whose missions is to bolster communities through large-scale art installations.

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Seattle, one of the rainiest cities in the United States, could use some cheer. The gray city of grunge recently turned one of its most well-known handicaps into an attraction with Rainworks, a series of street art pieces that appear only when wet. Created with what functions as a sort of invisible ink made from a biodegradable, environmentally friendly, water-repellant coating, images ranging from a computer error code to a faucet have been stenciled onto the city’s sidewalks. Once it rains, and the concrete gets soaked, the stenciled work “magically” stays dry—and the images make their presence known. According to CityLab, the project was spearheaded by local magician Peregrine Church who, along with friends Xack Fischer and Forest Tressider, has painted 25 to 30 of these “rainworks” around the city (you can view a full map here). Church hopes that the pictures will help bring a little joy to the weather-embattled city, which saw more than 48 inches of rain last year.

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