August 6, 2013 in Nation/World

Andy Warhol’s grave getting live webcam

Associated Press
 

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PITTSBURGH – The Andy Warhol Museum is launching a live video feed from the pop artist’s gravesite to honor his 85th birthday.

The project, a partnership with the EarthCam webcam network, was to go live Monday at midnight, the museum said.

Warhol museum director Eric Shiner said the project is titled “Figment” because of a Warhol quote in which the artist said, “I always thought I’d like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph and no name. Well, actually, I’d like it to say, ‘Figment.’ ”

The suburban Pittsburgh gravestone has Warhol’s original surname, Warhola, the dates of his birth and death and a cross. Warhol’s 85th birthday would have been today.

Shiner said the museum, which is based in Pittsburgh, Warhol’s hometown, decided that the gravesite webcam “would be a really fantastic way to put Andy on the air 24/7 and plug in to our global audience.”

Warhol, who died in 1987, was a devout Catholic who went to church every day to pray, Shiner said, and he’s buried near his parents at the St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cemetery in the Pittsburgh suburbs.

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