Alcatraz Island and Federal Penitentiary

Alcatraz Island and Federal Penitentiary

I recently visited Alcatraz Island, home to the infamous federal penitentiary that once housed the likes of Al Capone. The catalyst was @Large, a series of site-specific installations by artist/activist Ai Weiwei, but of course I toured the entire island as well.
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Van Antwerp Bldg. Ghost Sign in Mobile

Van Antwerp Bldg in Mobile

The grand old Van Antwerp Bldg. is located on the corner of Dauphin and Royal Sts. in downtown Mobile. When it opened in 1908, the 11-story structure was hailed as the first skyscraper in Alabama. Of course, it also sports a majestic ghost sign!
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Looking Back: Best VL Posts of 2013

Ave Maria Grotto by Brother Joseph Zoettl

What a year it’s been, filled with so many adventures! These are my favorite experiences of 2013, including some Cincinnati gems as well as public art and architecture elsewhere, plus some crazy nature to boot. There was a lot of Art Deco exploration this year, from Miami Beach to Rockefeller Center.
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