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Batavia: Cormorants and their preferred perch

An ant infested dead tree is gathering a lot of attention in Batavia. The tree is being used by cormorants to perch and catch fish from the Fox River.

Recently the city of Batavia undertook redevelopment project, and demolished many buildings and cleared the dead tress and bushes on the east bank of Fox River to promote business in the area. The open space now provides a spectacular view of Batavia Riverwalk.

But in the cleaning effort, one dead tree was left...

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Spintronic by Nicole Beck

Location: Dionovan Bridge

Installed: July 7, 2017.

Stainless Steel and Dichroic Glass / Dimension: 10' x 3' / Completed: 2015.

When the Donovan Street Bridge project was completed in 2007, the design included four piers, each with a location designated for four works of art corresponding to the categories: Nature, History, Science and Art.

Friday, July 7, 2017 was the installation of "Spintronic" by Nicole Beck, which represents Art.

It was the third sculpture installed...

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Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

Location: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

Date: June 6 - to September 24, 2017.

Curated by the MCA’s James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator Michael Darling.

The exhibition is a major retrospective of Takashi Murakami paintings, featuring fifty works that span three decades of his career, from the artist’s earliest mature works—many of which are being shown in North America for the first time to his recent, monumentally scaled paintings.

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2017 Day Trip: June 4, 2017. Exploring Route 66 in Illinois.

U.S. Route 66 Also known as US 66 or Route 66 It is the Main Street of America or the Mother Road.

It was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. US 66 was established on November 11, 1926, with road signs erected the following year.

The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in the United States, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and...
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