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Banksy’s artworks seized in Belgium for this reason

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Iconic artworks of world-renowned street artist Banksy have been taken down Belgian authorities due to lack of insurance, per BBC.

A total of 58 pieces worth €15m (£12m) were seized on Thursday after being exhibited at a supermarket in Brussels. Among the works being shown was a version of the famous image Girl With Balloon.

According to local authorities, the exhibitor lawyer, Stanislas Eskenazi, explained they weren’t covered in case of possible “damage or theft.”

Banksy is currently battle a copyrights dispute against his former agent, Steve Lazarides, and German firm, On Entertainment, over the artworks.

The display, Banksy Unauthorised, containing paintings, photos and silkscreens were allegedly put together without his consent and was being shown by Belgian exhibitor Strokar.

On Entertainment, apparently acted as a broker, inviting Strokar to exhibit the works in the Belgian capital, Eskenazi told the AFP news agency.

“The firm said it had the rights and permits to show the works, but it was not clear under what conditions those rights were granted or whether the works were insured,” Eskenazi said.

“My client is a small non-profit which only provided an exhibition space. It wanted to protect itself against an enormous risk,” he added.

A Belgian court is expected to have a verdict in the next few months. The works are currently being held by bailiffs.

 

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Jackie Sorkin’s Candytopia offers sweet hangout spot

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The world of Willy Wonka meets pop culture and nostalgia in the Candytopia exhibit which has taken Atlanta by storm since opening Feb. 8. Upon entering, visitors are transported into a custom-made candy paradise. Southern hospitality will marinate topia-goers with enthusiastic zeal as they explore this sweet wonderland.

The massive displays within the entrance of the first room encompass the space and present the viewer with a one-of-a-kind treat. With swings, over-the-top interactives, and unique aesthetics, the photo opportunities are “NDLYSS” (excuse the pun).

The savvy team of engineers put the experience as a top priority. From the oversized lollipops, neon lighting, and rooms adorned with chandeliers, Sorkin’s touch of glam is breathtaking and simply unforgettable.

Coming of the hills of the infamous Infinity Mirrors exhibit, Sorkin has perfect timing for introducing ATLiens to Candytopia. In a city thriving off of culture and on its way to being adoptive of cool and quirky experiences like this one, Candytopia will bring attendees back to their adolescent roots. So, come with an open mind, willingness to be silly, and you’ll never want to leave the world of candy.

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Atlanta’s new Candytopia exhibition is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth

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Move over, Willy Wonka! Candytopia is prepared to give your chocolate factory a run for its money.

Don’t panic –– this candy-coated paradise accepts golden tickets, too. Beginning Feb. 15, a one-of-a-kind, sugar-filled experience will descend into Atlanta at EDENS Lenox Marketplace. After two successful runs in San Francisco and New York, Candytopia is set to provide ATLiens with the sweetest Southern hospitality.

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According to a release sent to NDLYSS, Candytopia contains over a dozen rooms with larger-than-life interactive art installations and full sensory experiences. The delectable exhibit will also feature the most popular attractions from its past locations along with new elements inspired by local culture and landmarks unique to this location.

Candytopia gives a peek inside the sweet and twisted world of famed celebrity candy artist, Jackie Sorkin, and it was created in partnership with her co-founders, events and production design expert Zac Hartog, CEO of ZH Productions, and retail veteran John Goodman.

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The buzzworthy installation has even garnered attention from A-list celebs like Drew Barrymore, Gwynth Paltrow, Jessica Biel, Bruce Willis, Adam Sandler, Kevin Durant, Josh Duhamel, Christina Aguilera, James Corden, Wiz Khalifa, Hilary Duff, and Alessandra Ambrosio.

Tickets will officially go on sale to the general public on Jan. 15. Don’t procrastinate as Candytopia is expected to sell out quickly.

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Say What? KFC creates gravy scented candle

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If you’re craving for your home to smell like warm gravy KFC has you covered! The fast-food chain is bringing it’s savory aroma to your front door, and the best part is… it doesn’t require you to cook. Now that sounds like the ultimate recipe, right?

The Fried chicken aficionados known for their finger-licking sauce has launched a limited edition gravy scented candles, that both smells and looks like gravy.

There are 230 of the limited edition candles up for grabs, available on a first come, first served basis.

These limited edition candles are being only offered in the UK at this time and will hopefully melt away to the US. If you’re a candle hoarder, this may be the perfect addition to your collection.

This is not the first time that KFC has released a scented candle. In 2016, it released a fried chicken-scented candle in New Zealand, but only 25 were made.

Then, back in 2017, KFC Japan released a fried chicken-scented bath bomb for people to bathe in the scent of its 11 herbs and spices.

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