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Stolen Goya returned to Danish castle
  18th Jul 2015

Two paintings by Flemish baroque artist Peter Paul Rubens and Spain's Francisco Goya that were stolen in 2008 have been returned safely to their walls in Denmark's Voergaard Castle last week. The thieves were caught and have already served their sentence for breaking into the castle in northern Jutland at night and stealing the paintings, but they never gave up the location of the artworks. The paintings reappeared a month ago. Danish experts have verified that the paintings match the time periods of both Rubens and Goya.

Ferguson replica part of Chicago exhibit

It was an image that shocked and angered many: a dead, black 18- year-old left face-down for hours in the middle of a street after being shot multiple times by a white police officer, his red Cardinals baseball cap knocked from his head by the fall. Now a Chicago art exhibit has stirred controversy with a life-size silicone replica of Michael Brown after he was fatally shot on a street in Ferguson, Missouri, last year. The mannequin, dressed in white T-shirt and khaki pants, lies on the hardwood floor of Gallery Guichard, in the city's Bronzeville neighbourhood. A television screen above the body plays Eartha Kitt's 1956 song Angelitos Negros (Little Black Angels).

An 'Antsibition' of small wonders

Art work of tiny proportions goes on display in London this week, showcasing small-scale figurines at an "ant-sized" exhibition. Coinciding with the release of Marvel's Ant-Man, micro-artist Willard Wigan has recreated the superhero, who can shrink in size but grow in power, on a very small scale; in the eye of a needle. At "Antsibition", his tiny Ant-Man is on display alongside other pieces measuring only a few micromillimetres, such as a skateboarder on the end of an eye lash and a Harley motorbike, also sitting in the eye of a needle.

Purifying water through 'Eco-Art'

In a growing trend that seeks to blend art with environmental restoration, a water filtration project was unveiled on Tuesday along a 575-foot sea-walled stretch of the intra-coastal waterway in South Florida. The new Living Shoreline, designed by Vermont artist Michael Singer, is billed as "Eco-Art," which its patrons describe as "art with a job to do." The $149,000 project grew out of Palm Beach County's work to improve water quality in the Lake Worth Lagoon which, in typical Florida fashion, previously involved piling up rocks in front of seawalls to try to regenerate some of the natural marine habitat lost to development.

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