Andy Warhol was not only known for his colorful nods to pop culture, he also did lengthy video installations that, had they been done in today’s internet era, would have likely gone viral. Now, on what would have been his 85th birthday, the artist’s namesake museum in Pittsburgh has installed a camera on both his gravesite and the church where he was baptized which shows a live feed to viewers at earthcam.com. The camera is part of an art project called “FigmentCam”, taken from a quote by Warhol himself, who once 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.'”
We believe that this will give Warhol the pleasure of knowing that he is still plugged in and turned on over 25 years after his death,” museum director Eric Shiner said.
Warhol was Catholic and reportedly attended church every day, so another camera is set up at the church he attended with his family, St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church. The live feed will show a liturgy presented by his family members at 3 p.m. pacific time today.
Since his death in 1987 after gallbladder surgery, Warhol’s vision has lived on with fans who consider him to be a pioneer of pop art.
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