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Man who became trapped inside Edmonton public art charged with mischief



A man who became trapped inside a notable piece of Edmonton public art made of large silver spheres was arrested soon after firefighters helped him escape the structure.

Edmonton firefighters were called to the Talus Dome sculpture around 8:30 p.m. Sunday after someone walking by noticed a strange sight.

A man was inside the mound of polished stainless steel balls with no way out.

Connor Schwindt said he was on a post-Easter dinner run past the sculpture perched on the edge of Fox Drive and the Quesnell Bridge, when he noticed a commotion.


Firefighters were attempting to extricate the man. Schwindt said he asked firefighters if it was a man or animal trapped inside.

When he learned that it was a person inside, he began documenting the incident on his phone and poked his head inside the sculpture for a closer look.

He said the man inside the structure was beginning to panic.

“It was kind of like watching a mouse fall into a bucket,” said Schwindt.

“He was just kind of running around inside of it starting to freak out because he couldn’t get out.”


Man rescued from notable Edmonton artwork


A 26-year-old man is facing a mischief charge after being trapped inside a notable piece of Edmonton art after being rescued by Edmonton Fire Services. The video was shot by Connor Schwindt who posted it to his Instagram account ( The video has since gone viral.

Police say the man had climbed on top of the structure and became trapped inside soon after.

To extricate the man, firefighters had to cut into the structure and remove one of the balls, said Sarah Jackson, a spokesperson for Edmonton Fire Rescue Services.

Three crews, including a technical rescue team, were involved in the call, she said.

No injuries were reported.

Soon after the man slipped out of the sculpture, he was arrested.

Police say the man caused damage to several of the balls while climbing on top of the structure.

The 26-year-old was charged with one count of mischief over $5,000 then released, police said.

The public art installation has proven polarizing among Edmontonians for years.

Shiny spheres.
The Talus Dome was damaged during the extraction of a 26-year-old man who became trapped Sunday night. (Sam Brooks/CBC)

Hans Klaver is a fan of the piece, and made his way down to the rescue scene Sunday after hearing about it on Facebook.

“I like the balls, one of the few people who do, so I came down to have a look. There was a guy inside there,” he told CBC News on Monday.

“Apparently he climbed up top someplace, found a hole big enough to slither into and slithered down inside. And then he couldn’t get out.”

Klaver said he’s admired the shiny chrome exhibit for years and always wondered what it would look like from inside but has never been “curious or stupid enough” to give it a try.

He said he met the man’s girlfriend who advised Klaver that she never thought scaling the sculpture was a good idea.

“Maybe they should have left him there overnight, you know, throw him a sandwich or something,” Klaver said with a laugh.

“But they rescued him.”

The Talus Dome, maintained by the Edmonton Arts Council, is part of the City of Edmonton’s Public Art Collection.

Constructed in 2011, the structure designed by California-based artists Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues cost around $600,000.

‘Even stranger’

Schwindt said his video of the incident has since gone viral, and it’s no surprise. The installation, often referred to as the Talus Balls, has proven divisive among Edmontonians for years.

“Seeing a guy trapped in there was strange but seeing the social media fallout is even stranger,” he said.

“I mean it’s so Edmonton,” he said.  “How polarizing the Talus Balls are is already funny and to have some dude slip inside there … I just thought it was humorous.”



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Françoise Gilot, Whose Art Transcended Her Relationship With Picasso, Dies at 101 – Smithsonian Magazine



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Françoise Gilot in her art studio circa 1982 in La Jolla, California
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Françoise Gilot, a lauded French artist who wrote candidly about her volatile relationship with Pablo Picasso, died this week at age 101. 

“She was an extremely talented artist, and we will be working on her legacy and the incredible paintings and works she is leaving us with,” says her daughter, Aurelia Engel, to Jocelyn Noveck of the Associated Press (AP).

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art, as well as the Centre Pompidou in Paris, are some of the museums that have displayed Gilot’s art. While Picasso may have influenced her work, her artistic career began before the two met, and the unique style she created was hers alone. 



A self-portrait painted by Gilot on view at a Christie’s exhibition in 2021

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Born in a suburb of Paris in 1921, Gilot developed an interest in painting as a child. Her mother—who had studied art history, ceramics and watercolor painting—was her first tutor, per the New York Times’ Alan Riding. Later, she took lessons with the Hungarian-French painter Endre Rozsda. Rozsda was Jewish, and he fled Paris in 1943.

The Guardian’s Charles Darwent recounts a prophetic final exchange between the student and her teacher:

“As his train steamed out of the station, the 21-year-old Gilot wailed: ‘But what am I to do?’ Her teacher, laughing, shouted: ‘Don’t worry! Who knows? Three months from now, you may meet Picasso!’” 

Gilot met Picasso when she was 21; Picasso was 61 and already a famous, established artist. Their relationship began in 1944. Gilot later recalled good memories from this early period, and Picasso’s art from this time affirms this. 

But Picasso, a notorious adulterer known for his abusive behavior toward women, quickly began mistreating her. Physical violence and blatant extramarital affairs were common during their relationship, even as the couple had two children together.

When Gilot finally left him in 1953, Picasso was shocked. He reportedly told her that she would be nothing without him; she was unmoved. Gilot recounted the harrowing relationship and its end in Life With Picasso, the memoir she published in 1964.

In it, she recalled Picasso claiming that “no woman leaves a man like me.” Her response: “I told him maybe that was the way it looked to him, but I was one woman who would, and was about to.”

The memoir angered the artist so much that he cut off contact with her and their children. He tried several times—always unsuccessfully—to prevent the memoir’s publication in France. 

Gilot recounted the relationship with unrelenting honesty, remembering his “extraordinary gentleness” in her memoir while commenting frankly on his abuse. Picasso introduced her to Georges Braque, Marc Chagall and Gertrude Stein, but he disparaged her value as an artist and told her that nobody would care about her when she was no longer connected to him.

Yet Gilot’s legacy reaches far beyond Picasso, and in recent years, her work has garnered much more recognition. A 1965 portrait of her daughter sold for $1.3 million at auction in 2021, per the AP.

Picasso and Gilot

Gilot and Picasso celebrate his 70th birthday on October 31, 1951.

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“To see Françoise as a muse (to Picasso) is to miss the point,” says Simon Shaw, Sotheby’s vice chairman for global fine art, to the AP. “While her work naturally entered into dialogue with his, Françoise pursued a course fiercely her own—her art, like her character, was filled with color, energy and joy.”

During her life, Gilot emphasized that she never felt trapped or controlled by Picasso. In fact, in a 2022 interview for her 100th birthday with Ruth La Ferla of the Times, Gilot said that her fierce independence informed the art she created.

“As young women, we were taught to keep silent,” she said. “We were taught early that taking second place is easier than first. You tell yourself that’s all right, but it’s not all right. It is important that we learn to express ourselves, to say what it is that we like, that we want.”

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Flip-flop boats, 'trashion' and the Bag Monster: the art of discarded plastic – in pictures – The Guardian



A visitor poses for photographs at the eco-art exhibition Anima Mundi: Soul of the World in Bangkok, Thailand, by Indonesian artist Mulyana, August 2019. Specialising in fabulous seascapes, Mulyana uses discarded metal, fabrics and materials such as rubber and plastic in his work to raise awareness of the environment.

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Unveiling the Wonders of the World's Largest Road Art Auction – Yahoo Canada Sports



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Introducing the inaugural World’s Largest Road Art Auction, a live, in-person celebration of the finest Road Art pieces globally, set to be held at Mecum Auctions’ headquarters in Walworth, Wisconsin from June 20-25. This event is the latest addition to Mecum’s annual auction schedule and is anticipated to feature over 3,000 lots, ranging from vintage soda-pop signs, classic automobilia, and antique toys to pedal cars, kiddie rides, and jukeboxes.

The picturesque venue at the Wisconsin-Illinois border peaks in its natural splendor around the summer solstice, which this year conveniently falls right after the auction kickoff on June 21. For those who’ve yet to witness the midwestern United States at this time of year, the event offers a chance to experience the vibrancy of cities, suburbs, and the countryside in full bloom.


Road Art collecting offers an extensive array of genres, presenting a rich diversity of antique treasures to explore. Be it neon signs, framed ads, pedal cars, globes, or petrol-related collectibles, there’s an artifact to spark interest for every individual with a keen eye for intriguing antiquities. The joy collectors feel when discovering a long-lost porcelain sign or a 1950s gas pump from childhood memories is truly incomparable.

While nostalgia often drives the fascination for collecting such artifacts, there are countless motivations that draw collectors to engage in this pursuit. It’s not merely the pieces collected, but the sense of community fostered through shared passion, appreciation of history, and the common bonds formed among a diverse group of enthusiasts that makes Road Art a beloved hobby.

Whether your urge to collect is to honor personal history, appreciate the style and history of items, or revel in shared interests with fellow enthusiasts, Road Art offers an appeal for all. This year, everyone is invited to participate in the first-ever World’s Largest Road Art Auction, set to take place from June 20-25 at Mecum Auctions headquarters.

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