Belgium to Unveil a 250-Ton Steel Sculpture—Europe’s Largest Public Artwork—35 Years After France Rejected It

French artist Bernar Venet, creator of Arc Majeur.
French artist Bernar Venet, creator of Arc Majeur.

Without their bases, the Statue of Liberty is 151 feet tall and Rio de Janeiro’s famed Christ the Redeemer measures 98 feet. French artist Bernar Venet is about to best them both with Arc Majeur, a nearly 197-foot-tall sculpture soon to be installed along a Belgian motorway.

The sculpture consists of an arc on each side of the road, the shorter one reaching almost 92 feet, and the larger just shy of 197 feet. Together, they weigh 250 tons and create the impression that motorists are driving through about two-thirds of a circle open to the sky above. After its official unveiling in October, The Art Newspaper reports that Arc Majeur will become Europe’s largest public sculpture.

For Venet, the massive piece of art was a dream deferred for 35 years. French culture minister Jack Lang originally commissioned it in 1984 to be constructed near Auxerre, France, along the A6 motorway (which you can follow about 100 miles northeast to get to Paris). Then a local politician prevented the project from happening. The sculpture came close to construction again in the mid-2000s, but a French highway company wanted it to be painted red, which Venet unequivocally vetoed.

It has finally found a home in the Belgian town of Lavaux-Sainte-Anne along the E411 motorway (which you can take about 60 miles northeast to get to Brussels). Mechanical engineering conglomerate John Cockerill is bearing the financial and physical weight of the operation: Its philanthropic foundation contributed most of the $2.8 million needed for commission and construction, and its workshops built the arcs themselves.

This ain't Venet’s first roadside. According to Artnet News, he also created a 55-foot-tall sculpture called Arc ‘89 for a roundabout in Bonn, Germany, to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall. But Arc Majeur is definitely (and literally) his biggest accomplishment to date. “After more than three decades,” he told The Art Newspaper, “this time it’s for real.”

[h/t The Art Newspaper]

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

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The Longest Movie Ever Made Would Take You More Than 35 Days to Watch Straight Through

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Nishant Kirar, Unsplash

A typical movie lasts between 90 minutes and two hours, and for some viewers, any film that exceeds that window is "long." But the longest film you've ever seen likely has nothing on Logistics—a record-breaking project released in Sweden in 2012. Clocking in at a total runtime of 35 days and 17 hours, Logistics is by far the longest movie ever made.

Logistics isn't your standard Hollywood epic. Conceived and directed by Swedish filmmakers Erika Magnusson and Daniel Andersson, it's an experimental film that lacks any conventional structure. The concept started with the question: Where do all the gadgets come from? Magnusson and Andersson attempted to answer that question by following the life cycle of a pedometer.

The story begins at a store in Stockholm, where the item is sold, then moves backwards to chronicle its journey to consumers. Logistics takes viewers on a truck, a freight train, a massive container ship, and finally to a factory in China's Bao'an district. The trip unfolds in real time, so audiences get an accurate sense of the time and distance required to deliver gadgets to the people who use them on the other side of the world.

Many people would have trouble sitting through some of the longest conventional films in history. Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1996) lasts 242 minutes, and Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Cleopatra (1963) is a whopping 248 minutes long. But sitting down to watch all 857 hours of Logistics straight through is nearly physically impossible.

Fortunately, it's not the only way to enjoy this work of art. On the project's website, Logistics has been broken down into short, two-minute clips—one for each day of the journey. You can watch the abridged version of the epic experiment here.