Thursday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  May 13, 2010 at 10:24 AM EDT

Salt statues by French sculptor Jean-Pierre Formica are displayed in the prestigious cellars of Champagne Pommery in Reims. Photo by Francois Nascimbeni/ AFP/ Getty Images

Salt statues by French sculptor Jean-Pierre Formica are displayed in the prestigious cellars of Champagne Pommery in Reims during a contemporary art exhibition called ‘Surnature’. With the humidity level at 95% in the former chalk pits (now converted into Champagne cellars), Formica’s salt statues are due to ‘melt’ gradually under a bas-relief depicting Silenus, a satyr who symbolized drunkenness in Greek mythology. The exhibition runs until August 26, 2010. Photo by Francois Nascimbeni/ AFP/ Getty Images

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On Wednesday, a 15-ton, three-story copper Buddhist sculpture by contemporary artist Zhang Huan was dedicated in the civic center of San Francisco, via San Francisco Chronicle.

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The Associated Press details the plans of the future September 11 museum on how it will honor the victims who perished in the attacks at the World Trade Center.

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Lincoln Center plans a fall festival devoted to spiritual music, via the New York Times.

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Christopher Knight at the Los Angeles Times takes the occasion of Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court nomination to reopen the decision to redirect court visitors to the side entrance instead of having them enter through the inconic front doors.