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Art Basel 2021 Has Arrived in the Miami Design District

With Art Week 2021 finally here, we wanted to share some exciting news about scheduled events. There are a few art, culture, and fashion initiatives set to debut in the Miami Design District. Please take the time to visit them during your visit to Miami and attend the world famous Art Basel 2021 event.

The Miami Design District will unveil its highly-anticipated annual Design Commission. It is a physical and virtual site-specific installation coined Tomorrow Land. It is designed by creative studios Studio Proba and Enjoy The Weather.

Plus, an array of public and site-specific installations, the Miami Design District is pleased to debut numerous exhibitions. Included are: ‘Shattered Glass’ presented by Jeffrey Deitch, the Mitchell-Innes & Nash exhibit, Goodman Gallery and Galerie Lelong — among a few others. Additionally, luxury powerhouse, Louis Vuitton will be unveiling new Objets Nomades with several other moments taking place in the Miami Design District.

In addition, please visit a wide variety of pop-up galleries to fashion, design and tech moments and collaborations. All of these amazing events will take place in Miami and most are free and / or open to the public.

Welcome to Miami and we hope you enjoy Art Basel 2021 !

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2021 MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT DESIGN COMMISSION: TOMORROW LAND

The Miami Design District is pleased to unveil Tomorrow Land, a physical and virtual site-specific installation created by Studio Proba and Enjoy the Weather for the neighborhood’s Annual Design Commission 2021. Tomorrow Land features a series of playfully designed sculptures, seating, and ornamentation, created by Studio Proba in her signature, popular style. In addition to the physical components woven throughout the Miami Design District, the installation boasts an interactive, virtual game created by Enjoy the Weather. A dedicated app built around AR technology and proximity beacons which allow visitors to “collect” and digitally customize Studio Proba’s shapes and place their own custom totems throughout the neighborhood—and beyond—for other participants to discover and play with. Tomorrow Land will also enliven the entrance of Design Miami/ in Pride Park.

Dates: November 2021 – May 2022
Location: Miami Design District as well as the entrance of Design Miami/ in Pride Park

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CRAIG ROBINS COLLECTION

The Craig Robins Collection, exhibited within the Miami Design District headquarter offices of DACRA, is a private collection of contemporary art and design. Based on the belief that art should be shared, highlights from the collection are constantly rotated and put on view within the workspaces at DACRA, the innovative development company founded by Craig Robins in 1987. The annual re-hanging of Craig Robins’ contemporary art collection highlights 45 artworks by celebrated American conceptual artist John Baldessari (1931-2020), including highlights John Baldessari Clement Greenberg 1966-1968 and John Baldessari Kissing series: Simone Palm Trees (Near), 1975, The collection also features recent acquisitions including work by Kenturah Davis, Sayre Gomez, Urs Fisher, and more. Encompassing the disciplines of design, art, and architecture, the multifaceted collection also features pieces by established favorites such as Zaha Hadid, Jean Prouvé, Richard Tuttle, and Marlene Dumas.

Dates: December 2 – December 3 | 9AM-12PM
Location: DACRA Headquarters: 3841 NE 2nd Avenue

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LOUIS VUITTON OBJETS NOMADES COLLECTION

Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades Collection celebrates the Maison’s long-tradition of exceptional craftsmanship and heritage through travel-inspired objects that reflect the collaborative, contemporary visions of a diverse group of internationally-renowned designers. From a hammock to a foldable stool, an armchair to a room screen, each limited-edition object transcends the creative boundaries of design, showcasing the Maison’s profound attention to complex craftsmanship and artistic innovation. This December, Louis Vuitton will be expanding its Objets Nomades collection by transforming its Miami Design District stores into an immersive Objets Nomades installation, highlighting new pieces for 2021, including Merengue and Aguacate by the Campana Brothers, Cosmic Table by Raw Edges and a Petal Chair by Marcel Wanders. The men’s store façade will be based on the Marcel Wanders Studio Objets Nomades Diamond Screen, where Marcel reinterprets Louis Vuitton’s historic Monogram motif and the canework that once adorned LV trunks. The color and sensationalism of the pattern adapted to the new men’s store façade screen pays homage to Miami Modernist architectural style. The Women’s store’s façade will be temporarily wrapped in a jubilant burst of woven colors, patterned after a new Objet Nomade by the Campana Brothers. Inside, Patricia Urquiola has curated an enveloping exhibition of the universe of Objets Nomades, an inspiring journey through the remarkable artistic perspectives of all the Objets Nomades collaborators and an exceptional survey of the Maison’s heritage and savoir-faire.

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JEFFREY DEITCH PRESENTS: ‘SHATTERED GLASS’

Shattered Glass, the acclaimed exhibition of new art by emerging artists of color, which was shown at Jeffrey Deitch Los Angeles last spring, will be presented in an expanded version in the Moore Building in the Miami Design District. The Los Angeles version of Shattered Glass, curated by Melahn Frierson and A.J. Girard, was more than an exhibition, it was a phenomenon, attracting 1,000 visitors per day in its final weeks on showcase. Shattered Glass connected with a diverse art audience, giving visitors a rare opportunity to see art that reflected their own life experience. The expanded Miami version of Shattered Glass will include fifteen new artists. The painting, sculpture, and photographic works in the exhibition are all figurative. The subject matter is often the artists’ family and friends. Their primary subject is their own life and their community. The participating artists are all strongly socially engaged; many of whom incorporate powerful social messages into their work. The exhibition represents a remarkable new generation that connects with a new art audience. Jeffrey Deitch has been presenting exhibitions and public art projects in the Miami Design District since 2002.

Dates: November 29 – December 5
Location: Miami Design District The Moore Building

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MITCHELL-INNES & NASH

Mitchell-Innes & Nash is pleased to announce its return to the Miami Design District with a winter exhibition space opening on Wednesday, November 24th. The first exhibition will be a group show featuring early works by Eddie Martinez alongside works by seven outsider, self-taught and American art brut artists that Martinez collects or is otherwise inspired by: Hawkins Bolden(1914-2005), Freddie Brice (1920-1998), David Butler (1898-1997), Willie Jinks (1921-2012), Ike Morgan (b. 1958), Mary T Smith (1904-1995) and Billy White (b. 1962). Taken together, the exhibition emphasizes a set of shared formal mannerisms between the artists: flatness rather than a sense of perspective, a graphic outline rather than finely wrought draughtsmanship. The work contains a sense of speed, immediacy and improvisation. Repeated figures assume a symbolic, spiritual or totemic quality.

Dates: November 29 – December 4 from noon to 8pm, Sunday, December 5 from noon to 6 pm – Winter Exhibition
Location: 151 NE 41st Street, Suite 125

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GOODMAN GALLERY

Goodman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new and existing bronze sculptures from William Kentridge’s ongoing series of bronze glyphs, alongside a drawing from his most recent animated film, City Deep. Kentridge’s glyphs are a visual dictionary of sorts made up of a series of sculptures that form a vocabulary of symbols, representing a collection of everyday objects, suggested words, or icons that are ubiquitous in the artist’s practice. The glyphs started as ink drawings and paper cut-outs, each on a single page from a dictionary. The drawings were transformed into bronzes, to embody the weight and character their shapes on paper suggested.

In their smaller formation, the glyphs can be arranged in order to construct sculptural sentences and rearranged to deny meaning. An example of this can be found in Drawing for City Deep (A Fault to be Discovered Later). City Deep is Kentridge’s most recent film from his Drawings for Projection series. The film, grounded within Kentridge’s home city of Johannesburg, can be viewed as a counterpoint to the 1990 film, Mine, which depicts images of the deep-level mining industry. City Deep extends this depiction to the informal, surface-level “zama zama” miners who illegally work decommissioned mines on the edges of the formal mining economy.

Dates: November 24, 2021 – End of January 2022
Location: 151 NE 41st Street, Suite 123

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GALERIE LELONG

Galerie Lelong & Co., New York, is launching a new temporary exhibition space at Paradise Plaza in the Miami Design District from November 28, 2021 to February 28, 2022. The opening will coincide with Miami Art Week and Art Basel: Miami Beach 2021, where the gallery has participated since its first edition in 2002. Galerie Lelong & Co. looks forward to furthering a deeper conversation with the vibrant and growing community in Miami by presenting pieces of historical and timely content from artists in the program, showing works that encompass a diverse range of media including painting, work on paper, sculpture, and photography.

Since 1991, Galerie Lelong & Co., New York, has championed a diverse roster of contemporary artists from throughout the world. Led by Mary Sabbatino, Vice President and Partner, the gallery has pioneered the community both in presenting a balanced roster of male and female artists, and artists from the Global South. The gallery’s programming is noted for its political acuity and museum-quality exhibitions, as well as its work with artists to help develop large-scale public art commissions beyond the gallery’s walls. In tandem with the gallery’s artists who present work that examine the human condition and collective consciousness, Galerie Lelong demonstrates its commitment to social justice and good citizenship through charitable initiatives and collaborations. Galerie Lelong is a member of the Art Dealers’ Association of America, the most esteemed organization of art galleries in the United States.

Dates: November 28 – February 28, 2022
Location: 151 Northeast 41st Street, Suite 121

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SHOES + ART BY MATTHEW CHEVALLARD

Footwear Entrepreneur, Matthew Chevallard, is debuting an innovative modern-retail experience in the Miami Design District, coined: Shoes + Art. Merging Chevallard’s passion for footwear with his passion for art collecting, this multifaceted speakeasy retail concept, invites the public into a forward thinking and design-driven oasis in the middle of the most popular neighborhood in Miami. Chevallard’s new Avant Garde boutique, is situated in front of luxury houses Fendi and Louboutin, and features his two Italian hand-made footwear brands, Blu Scarpa and Concetto Limone all within Chevallard’s art gallery, THE OFFICE. The unique boutique concept will open to the public in time for Miami Art Basel 2021, on November 28th, 2021, with a solo exhibition by the coveted Mexican American artist, Eduardo Sarabia. The exhibition will feature a full range of works from Eduardo’s practice. For the first time, Eduardo will be displaying 10 limited edition lithographs, with several of them hand embellished by Eduardo Sarabia himself. Tying in the brands, Eduardo will be painting a set of Blu Scarpa products, and will be displaying a large selection of unique hand-painted ceramic plates. The remainder of the works will be revealed during the opening.

Dates: November 28 – ongoing
Location: 160 NE 40th Street; 2nd floor of OTL

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Top Travel Destinations in 2022: Las Vegas, South Florida, Los Cabos

2021 is winding down and the holiday season is upon us. What will be the top travel destinations in 2022? Of course, there are many to choose from all around the world. COVID-19 is still gripping the travel industry, as most countries battle this ongoing pandemic.

We want to share three top travel destinations in 2022: Las Vegas, South Florida, Los Cabos

Las Vegas, Nevada

Slated to open its doors in early 2022, Illuminarium Experiences, a breakthrough global experiential entertainment company created by worldwide leaders in cinematic and interactive content, architectural and theatrical design, and venue operations. They will open its second Illuminarium at AREA15, Las Vegas’ newest immersive events and entertainment district.

The 33,000 square-foot, purpose-built building will be on the western side of the main AREA15 complex. Audiences will be transported to spectacles unlike any other, while participating in a shared and connected experience. In addition to the opening of Illuminarium, the first new hotel on the Strip in more than a decade recently opened. Plus, there are renovations at others properties: The Las Vegas Hilton, The Conrad Las Vegas and Crockfords

South Florida

From Miami’s current beginnings of a dining golden era to West Palm Beach’s expansion of endless cultural venues and museums, South Florida is as busy as ever. As of November, getting around the tropical destination has also never been easier. Brightline, the only provider of modern, eco-friendly, intercity rail in America, is back in service after a 19-month hiatus. It runs between its Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach stations.

Brightline has relaunched with multiple service enhancements and investments. For example, its new fully integrated, door-to-door booking service Brightline+ which is powered by its app and supported by a new fleet of Brightline branded vehicles. In addition, they offer upgraded food and beverage options. Also relaunching with Brightline is Citizens, a new 26,000 SF culinary center by C3. They are the leading global food tech platform. They will house C3 by sbe’s restaurant offerings that are inspired by globally renowned chefs. For example: “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto, Chef Katsuya Uechi,  Michelin Starred chef Dani García and Chef Dario Cecchini.

 

Los Cabos, Mexico

Coming out to the pandemic, Los Cabos is reporting a huge spike in tourism numbers. Cabo is Mexico’s leading tourism destination. Airline seats are expected to increase by 45 percent from the U.S. from November 2021 to April 2022 compared to the same periods in 2019 and 2020.

After undergoing a $10 million renovation, one of the destination’s leading hotels ME Cabo has reopened its doors. The luxury hotel will be a completely transformed resort. Every aspect of the property has been reimagined from guest rooms and lounges to food and beverage partnerships. As part of the Me by Meliá collection, ME Cabo embraces its beautiful location in Cabo San Lucas, overlooking the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.

Hotel guests will find a new bold and contemporary design that will enrich each guest’s experiences. All 170 guest rooms have been remodeled to embrace traditional Mexican design. They all boast an eclectic feel, mixing rustic wood furnishings with bright and vivid colors. In addition, rooms range from 425 to 3,000 square feet and feature a private, furnished balcony or terrace with garden or ocean views. Plus other amenities include: rainfall showers, fully stocked Maxibar, integrated room technologies and bath amenities by C.O. Bigelow.

The luxury Los Cabos hotel partnered with popular Mexican restaurant group Grupo Rosa Negra. Hence, they will to debut four new culinary hotspots: Confessions Skybar & Tapas, Taboo Beach Club & Restaurant, Funky Geisha, and Mamazzita Mexican Soul. The new culinary concepts are dedicated to serving locally sourced produce and ingredients that explore Latin American cuisine.

What top travel destinations do you want to visit next year? Please share your thoughts. The Life of Luxury offers luxury travel services to meet all of your travel needs. Please contact us today!

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Perfect Weekend Getaway to South Lake Tahoe

One of my favorite places to visit is Lake Tahoe. For a perfect weekend getaway, I traveled into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to always scenic, Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. The deep blue lake has a surface elevation of 6,225 feet or 1,897 meters. It has over 70 miles of gorgeous shoreline. The Lake Tahoe area is well known for world class skiing and snowboarding. In addition, enjoy countless hiking trails and water activities.

To get the most out of your perfect weekend getaway, be sure to plan ahead. Decide what you want to do and make your reservations. Lake Tahoe is popular all year with countless things to do. Glaciers contributed to carving out the bowl shaped valleys of Emerald Bay, Cascade Lake. and Fallen Leaf Lake. There is so much to see and do. Enjoy the best nature offers and take in the stunning views, everywhere you look.

Emerald Bay State Park Lookout

Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe

A breathtaking view of alpine Lake Tahoe and majestic Emerald Bay. The views are picturesque and unbelievable. Then take the trail down to the Emerald Bay and Fannette Island. There are numerous small waterfalls along the way. I feel it provide the best lookout around Lake Tahoe area. Due to its popularity, parking can be scarce so be prepared.

Hotel Azure

Hotel Azure Lake Tahoe

We stayed at the Hotel Azure, a 99-room property that is located across the road from the scenic shores of Lake Tahoe. You are just a short five-minute drive from the famous Tahoe hotels and casinos, plus Heavenly Mountain Resort. All rooms at this boutique hotel are non-smoking and include balconies and many offer views of Lake Tahoe. In addition, the rooms are spacious and the beds are very comfortable. The hotel recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and offer microwaves, coffeemakers, and mini-fridges. In addition, the larger suites feature full kitchens that comes with an oven, dishwasher and full-sized refrigerator.

Guests will enjoy complimentary wireless internet and cable programming for great TV watching entertainment. You can utilize their fitness facilities and have fun in the game room, plus receive complimentary parking. The hotel staff was very friendly, helpful and professional. The heated pool and 20-person hot tub can be enjoyed year-round. Relax and take in the surrounding scenery. Staying at Hotel Azure is perfect for both family vacations and those wanting to enjoy the numerous outdoor activities that Lake Tahoe offers.

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino

Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular - Harrah's Lake Tahoe

Enjoy year-end events at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino. In the South Shore Room, concerts, shows, comedians and singers deliver top-notch entertainment value. During our stay, we were able to attend the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular show. It is an amazing, multi-media laser and light show that features the original master recordings of the iconic band – Pink Floyd. During the first half of the show, attendees listen to music from the Dark Side of the Moon and view the laser shows through 3-D glasses. During the second half, we put on prism glasses and rocked out to Pink Floyd’s The Wall. It was a fun night of great music.

Sprouts Cafe

Sprouts Cafe Lake Tahoe

If you want to dine and be treated to delicious tasting, healthy food, then head to Sprouts Cafe. The friendly staff offers great service and serves outstanding meals. Choose from a wide selection of sandwiches, smoothies, juices, bagel and more! There is a variety of veggie and meat options. Their delish sandwiches include avocado, sprouts and carrots. Patrons can dine inside or enjoy the Tahoe area views from their great outdoor patio, along with relaxing music! The cafe is open 7 days a week and provides both dine-in and takeout service.

The Shops at Heavenly Village

Shops at Heavenly Village - Lake Tahoe

For the best shopping in South Lake Tahoe, visit the Shops at Heavenly Village. It is located at the base of the Heavenly Mountain Resort Gondola and close walking distance to the major Tahoe hotels and casinos. You can stroll leisurely along cobblestone sidewalks and check-out over 40 shops and restaurants. You can shop for outdoor clothing, gear and accessories, resort wear, kids wear, toys, souvenirs, art, gifts and more! During the warmer months, there is miniature golf and during winter try the large ice skating rink.

Scusa Italian Ristorante

Scusa Italian Ristorante - Lake Tahoe

To cap off our perfect weekend getaway, we enjoyed an amazing Italian dinner at Scusa Italian Ristorante. The food is very delicious and the staff is friendly and attentive. After our tasty appetizers, my wife had the “Fresh Salmon Scaloppine” and I chose the “Veal – Scaloppine Cut“. Both tasted great and cooked perfectly. For dessert, we had the Hot Fudge Brownie – raspberry purée and vanilla ice cream and Tiramisu with espresso cream sauce. Both so delish! The next time we are back in Lake Tahoe, we will definitely return for another enjoyable dinner.

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New Coffee-Table Book by Lifestyle Guru Fran Berger

Fran Berger is a luxury lifestyle and home entertaining guru. She just released her new book titled “THE CATALOGUE” on October 20th. A VIP book launch party was held at Geary’s Beverly Hills. About two hundred invited guests celebrated her first book. Fran shared her wonderful journey, transitioning from a longtime restaurant owner to social media influencer and TV personality. She was a recurring guest on Hallmark’s “Home & Family” TV show.

“THE CATALOGUE” is an oversized coffee-table book. It includes a curated collection of Fran Berger’s favorite pieces, during her amazing career as famous restaurateur and home entertainer. She was the original owner of The Farm of Beverly Hills® for over 20 years.  The iconic, Beverly Hills restaurant is still a popular landmark. In addition, she expanded with a mini-chain of restaurants across the Los Angeles area.

Her countless guests flocked from far and wide to experience a taste of the warm atmosphere, authentic hospitality. Plus, they prized The Farm of Beverly Hills menu and thoroughly enjoyed dining in a true, Los Angeles environment. Fran had an innate love for entertaining others and worked hard to make every customer’s meal a special one.

In The Catalogue book, you will find Fran Berger’s 9 key sections: Coffee, Bar, Salad, Casual, Formal, Al Fresco, Cool Things, Flatware and Linen. She professionally shows you how to: create gatherings that kindle lasting memories,  use the collection of entertaining and kitchenware pieces you already have and love. In addition, read how take advantage of items you own but probably don’t use very often, plus select a few pieces you can add to make entertaining more memorable and infinitely easier.

Fran Berger new book: The Catalogue

Fran explains, “Welcoming friends into your home is itself an act of love. Providing a place for communion, facilitating connection — these things are vital in our increasingly disconnected world.

Over her career, Fran was definitely one of the country’s “go-to home entertaining experts.” She worked tirelessly to please all of her clients.  In the end, she ultimately knew they all desired to impress their guests with sophistication.


Through her collection of home entertaining and design consulting services, Fran Berger will curate these bespoke experiences helping you to celebrate the moments that matter in your life. Therefore, her first book gives her the opportunity to personally share her passion for sophisticated living with the world.


Combining over 20 years of experience entertaining family, friends and celebrities along with her dynamic and approachable nature, Berger quickly became a beloved tastemaker within her community.  As a result, she grew her restaurant into a city-wide chain.  The business was ultimately sold. Yet, Fran continued to remain personally invested in what made her restaurant so cherished and unique in the first place. That was her passion for gathering family, friends and loved ones around the table and creating lifelong memories. It’s in these intimate communal moments, Berger believes, that new relationships are created and existing ones are strengthened.

The Fran Berger book is now available exclusively at www.FranBerger.com, as well as Gearys Beverly Hills.

You can view additional videos from Fran here: https://franberger.com/videos/

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Christmas 2021: Cosmic ‘X’ Masterpiece Art Sale: 6 Paintings – $600M

The Six Rarest Cosmic ‘X’ original paintings from modern artist Jack Armstrong, are being exclusively offered here at “The Life of Luxury” in a $600 million Christmas sale.  This gives the serious collector, investment firm or hedge fund the unique opportunity of owning the 6 most symbolic examples of Cosmic “X” Art.
http://www.thelifeofluxury.com/images/Jack%20Armstrong%20brochure%20pg1-4%20v5.pdf

These incredible pieces represent the very “best of the best” of Mr. Armstrong’s work.  The Six Cosmic ‘X’ paintings each retail at $110 million and above, so the group sale is a bargain at almost $70 million off of retail price.  In the future, we strongly think each of these originals will break the $450 million sale price of the now “disputed” Da Vinci “Salvator Mundi that achieved the record price in 2017.
https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/08/hype-fraud-and-leonardo-da-vinci/

Rarity alone usually brings the highest prices in the art world and breaks all the records.  But provenance is perhaps more important as no one wants to buy a painting that is later found out to be not genuine.

You can see more Cosmic “X” Art on WikiArt:
https://www.wikiart.org/en/jack-armstrong

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Cosmic Dream Star acrylic painting - Jack Armstrong

“Cosmic Star Dream” – $110 Million (24″W x 30″H)

Jack Armstrong’s Cosmic Star Dream acrylic on canvas painting is visually stunning.  This particular art piece inspired the cover of his book, titled Cosmic X.  It is a fascinating journey of the incredible life experiences and philosophic realization of the iconic artist – Jack Armstrong.
https://www.thelifeofluxury.com/excitement-is-building-for-the-cosmic-x-book-by-jack-armstrong/ 

Cosmic X. It’s like nothing else published in art or philosophy before.  Below are just a few ‘quotes’ from the book, “The Philosophy of a Universal Being” that will help to create a new universal paradigm in Cosmic ‘X’.
We hope you enjoy them and find the Armstrong (Rare 6) Art Collection inspirational, in multi-dimensional levels of cosmic realization.

1. “As art becomes code, it becomes cosmic.” – J.A.
2. “The enlightened human being is the most creative force on earth.” – J.A.
3. “We are code running thru the universe & returning again in code.” – J.A.
4. “How can you understand something that doesn’t exist until you become the code.” -J.A.
5. “If the universe is simply code & humans are code, then each of us is universal in nature, Infinite, Immortal.” – J.A.
6. “Once you realize we are code, the paradigms you then create, become infinite & unfathomable art.” – Jack Armstrong

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The Last Wizard acrylic painting - Jack Armstrong

“The Last Wizard” – $110 Million (72″W x 48″H)

Jack Armstrong’s “The Last Wizard” is an amazing piece of modern art.  It’s got a very special meaning to Jack Armstrong, plus is the largest and most complex painting in his art collection.  This monumental art piece is a tribute to his friend, Andy Warhol.

“The Last Wizard” painting was created in the complete mastery of the Cosmic ‘X’ art form.
In addition, it’s Armstrong’s grandest painting in scale.  This visually brilliant, acrylic on canvas painting measures 72″W x 48″H.  “This is Cosmic ‘X’ as it transcends the known.

When asked to describe this phenomenal painting, Mr. Armstrong replied, “This is my largest painting measuring 6 X 4 feet.  It’s title is the ‘name’ Warhol gave me in 1985, saying after he was gone, I would become “The Last Wizard of Art“, as my work seemed to him more alchemy than art.  I believe this feeling of creating alchemy helped me to discover a synergy with the stars that became Cosmic ‘X’ in my work. This painting is a multidimensional creation.”

Jack continues, “This is a bold painting with no holds barred from embracing the universal magic that I follow & believe in.  It is the most complex painting in my canon of work and creates an unforgettable sensation in all who have viewed it.  It is museum quality and in pristine condition.”

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Jack Armstrong’s 100 Cosmic X originals are already the rarest art on earth for “living” artists.

Mr. Armstrong is in third place after:
1. Leonardo Da Vinci – less than 20 originals. Italian artist
https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-42000696

The $450 million Da Vinci painting, ‘The Salvator Mundi‘ or ‘Savior of the World, was sold by Christie’s Auction House to the “Crown Prince Of Saudi Arabia” – Mohammed Bin Salman.  The painting has now been deemed a fraud by most of the world’s top art experts, not employed by the auction house.
https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/08/hype-fraud-and-leonardo-da-vinci/

2. Jan Vermeer – 36 originals. Dutch artist
https://www.wikiart.org/en/johannes-vermeer 

3. Jack Armstrong – 100 originals. American artist
https://www.thelifeofluxury.com/the-worlds-rarest-art-100-million-cosmic-x-100-nft-digital-art/

https://amp.ww.en.freejournal.org/56700314/1/cosmic-extensionalism-x.html

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Warhol Naked painting - Jack Armstrong

“Warhol Naked” – $110 Million (24″W x 36″H)

The “Warhol Naked” painting was created as a tribute to his friend Andy Warhol.  In addition, it’s likely Armstrong’s most personal painting, due to his artistic relationship with Andy Warhol.
Jack has said that one of the proudest moments in his life was being dubbed The Last Wizard of Art by Warhol himself.  The intense red color portrays a dazzling image of creativity.  Brilliant and bold, this acrylic on canvas painting measures 24″W x 36″H. Signed: Jack & Warhol with deep colors.

When asked “How can one best describe the relationship with a legend in modern art?”  Armstrong replies, “For me it was his kindness & interest in helping me promote my early work. For a 22 year old young man from Omaha, Nebraska to be accepted by the reigning Pop Star of the entire NY Art Scene was a cosmic-experience In & Of itself.  Thru Mr. Warhol, I sold my early work directly to Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, Jackie Onassis & Freddie Mercury.

Jack continues, “Warhol in the 60’s 70’s & 80’s, kept the entire art world guessing what he would do next from $100 dollar ‘Soup-Cans’ & Coke Bottles, that now sell for 10’s of millions, to a ‘car-crash’ that achieved $105M.  He was the art godfather of Jean Michel Basquiat & a friend to me.

Warhol Naked symbolizes the shiny facade of the Man with the white wig, that every celebrity of his time desired to meet including the Pope.  Warhol Naked is my seminal work & will forever be identified with myself & Andy & just perhaps as ‘Starry Night’ is associated with Van Gogh.”

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This is the main reason that Mr. Armstrong has always sold privately to some of the world’s richest and most private individuals.  He feels buying the original painting directly from the artist is the most non-controversial transaction and completely eliminates auction house or dealer impropriety.

The wife of Banker Paul Mellon, Bunny Mellon was an early collector of artist Mark Rothko.
Ms. Mellon eventually bought 13 paintings directly from Mr. Rothko at his small NYC Gallery.
The paintings she purchased for small amounts in the 1950’s were sold in 2013 for over $250M.  Today, they would bring over a billion dollars as their provenance is undeniable.
https://www.artlyst.com/news/duped-story-knoedlers-80m-art-fraud-netflix/

Armstrong states, ”People buying in the largest galleries & auction houses in the world have been cheated.  This is a fact. So when you buy directly from the artist (the provenance & DNA in the original painting) can never be challenged.”  Jack continues, “The rarest art in history has always proven to be the most valuable & the rarest modern art in the world is Cosmic X.

https://nypost.com/2021/10/23/why-andy-warhol-and-these-four-painters-are-the-most-forged/

Each acrylic on canvas painting is multi-layered, but also includes Jack’s personal touch. Armstrong’s hair, fingerprints and DNA are presented in all of his paintings.  With only 100 paintings in existence, owning just one is an extremely rare opportunity for any art collector or financial group.

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Cosmic #1 acrylic painting - Jack Armstrong

“Cosmic #1” – $110 Million (24″W x 36″H)

Jack Armstrong’s “Cosmic #1” is another of his most important paintings.  This exceptional, acrylic on canvas painting measures 24″W x 36″H.  It is possibly the most highly textured & colored painting of all Cosmic ‘X’. It also contains the Bold ‘Jack’ signature in paint over 6 times.  The most in Cosmic X. Van Gogh also never signed his last name, only “Vincent.”

Jack was quoted, “Van Gogh was the first modern cosmic artist and in a brief 10 year period (from the age of 27 years to his death at age 37), he not only taught himself to paint, but created a new style of painting using color and texture that were far advanced from his peers.  Critics and other established artists did not understand his genius.  They reviled him and his work, and also dismissed his friend Georges Seurat, the mystic who founded pointillism.  Both artists remained complete failures in the art world of their time, yet now command record prices for their work and are celebrated in museums worldwide.”

Jack concludes, “Cosmic #1 is my salute to Vincent & his unique ‘Starry Night’ (Vision) that continues to captivate the world with it’s magic.”

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Regarding the Da Vinci $450 million sale, Dr. Tim Hunter’s quotes to the BBC about rarity and the painting sale are below.

  • Dr. Tim Hunter, who is an expert in Old Master and 19th Century art, told the BBC the painting is – “the most important discovery in the 21st Century”.
  • “It completely smashes the record for the last Old Masters painting to sell – Van Gogh’s Sunflowers in 1988. Records get broken from time to time but not in this way.”
  • Da Vinci painted less than 20 oil paintings and many are unfinished so it’s incredibly rare and we love that in art.

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Cosmic X Paradigm acrylic painting - Jack Armstrong

“Cosmic X Paradigm” – $113 Million (24″W x 36″H)

Cosmic X Paradigm is “the only piece of mine dedicated to a Hollywood personality.”   The painting measures 24″W x 36″H.  Jack continues, “Cosmic Paradigm X is my final masterpiece. It is #100. The last Cosmic ‘X’ painting I will ever create.  It is unique in color texture & universal energy.  It is a magical living entity.

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Jack Armstrong’s “Cosmic X Paradigm” is becoming a legend for its cosmic energy and because it is his final Masterpiece. It was created to replace his original ‘Cosmic ‘X’ Le Mans’ painting that was stolen in Dallas.  Steve McQueen’s 1971 film Le Mans inspired it.  “Cosmic ‘X’ Paradigm” is an incredibly important original and the final painting of Jack Armstrong, who met McQueen personally in Hollywood by chance in 1977. McQueen spoke to him about NYC, Motorcycles, acting, & Warhol, encouraging Armstrong to pursue his art dreams & keep in contact. McQueen passed away just as Armstrong’s career with Warhol & Basquiat began. R.I.P. Steve McQueen.

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Before the ‘The Salvator Mundi‘ Da Vinci auction, the painting was owned by Russian billionaire collector Dmitry E Rybolovlev.  He is reported to have bought it in a private sale in May 2013 for $127.5 million (£98m).

Below are more quotes from the same BBC article on the Da Vinci sale:

  • “Wherever it ends up, you’ve got to hand it to Christie’s for its masterclass in the art of selling art.”
  • “In a bold move, without a hint of irony, the (Da Vinci) painting was sold in its Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Sale – alongside Jean-Michel BasquiatAndy Warhol art.
  • “Why not in the Old Masters Sale? Because that’s not where the big bucks are.”

The major auction houses all know the power of both Basquiat and Warhol, but Armstrong only sells privately.  When the collectors who have purchased an Armstrong finally sell his work at an auction, we know it will break the internet, as Armstrong, Basquiat, & Warhol in that order, will be the most expensive art in the world.

For serious collectors, the thousands of available Basquiat & Warhol originals might not have the extreme exclusivity of being at the level of owning just One Armstrong Cosmic ‘X’ painting – out of only 100 originals, is reason enough to add this entire collection of 6 masterpieces as a centerpiece of any world class art portfolio.

The Art World’s Holy Grail

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We believe that the 100 “Cosmic X” art originals are the ‘‘holy grail” of the art world.  Armstrong’s work is a central point in the new transparent era, where quality, indisputable authenticity, and rareness break every art record.

In addition to Jack’s painting collection, his “Cosmic Starship” Harley-Davidson motorcycle is available for $35 million. The (2009) Cosmic Starship Harley-Davidson is known worldwide.

Neil Armstrong’s Nephew Created One of the World’s Most Expensive Motorcycles

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Cosmic X #1 acrylic painting - Jack Armstrong

“Cosmic X #1” – $113 Million (24″W x 36″H)

Jack Armstrong’s “Cosmic X #1” is one of the artist’s most important paintings.  This acclaimed and colorful, acrylic on canvas painting measures 24″W x 36″H.

Jack responded when asked about creating this incredible painting, “The most cosmic thing in my life was the period in 1999 that I spent creating the first Cosmic ‘X’ painting and it almost painted itself.  I watched it appear, almost as an observer and its color and composition still seem to me – otherworldly and unique, in its bold symbolism of the universal magic that co-exists in us all.”

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Armstrong says, The purity of buying masterpieces directly from the artist with unchallengeable provenance, is the new business model for the most astute collectors in the world.  Provenance & Ultra-Rarity will create the new multi-billion dollar art-portfolios of the future.”

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Cosmic Extensionalism[1] or Cosmic X is a new style of Art which was originally founded by Jack Armstrong in 1999.[2] Armstrong was inspired by an ethereal experience he had with the famous gem stone known as the Black Star Sapphire of Queensland. The stone is believed to have magical powers. At the time he destroyed all of his previous works.

Cosmic X is a genre of modern art styles as is the famous genres of “Cubism” by Picasso or “Pop Art” by Warhol. It was originally founded as an organic art movement and is singular by comparison.

Cosmic X requires the artist to become the art they are creating, by feeling no separation between the art itself. This requires a unique state of mind to be reached, connecting to a universal presence, which Armstrong believes exists in each being. It is this connection that creates the art, not the artist.”

Armstrong’s hair, fingerprints and DNA is present in all his paintings.

Cosmic Extensionalism - Jack Armstrong

References

    1. ^“Andy Warhol and Jack Armstrong: One Artist’s Soup Can Is Another’s Harley-Davidson”.
    2. ^“imdb trivia Jack Armstong”

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12 New All-Inclusive Beach Resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico

The popularity of all-inclusive beach resorts amongst travelers continue to rise. The appeal of all-inclusive beach resorts is obvious. Typically the resort or hotel includes the room, all meals and snacks, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and even some on-sight or local activities.

So by paying a set price, vacationers get just about everything included in your visit. Travelers are most often excited about getting all their meals and drinks included in the overall price. It’s piece of mind and minimizes the surprise of spending more than they budgeted for their dream vacation.

The Caribbean and Mexico continue to be two of the top luxury travel destinations in the world. With warm weather, white sand beaches and rich culture, the Caribbean and Mexico will provide a memorable travel experience. To help you plan your next luxury vacation, we want to share 12 new All-inclusive Beach Resorts to choose from.

All-inclusive Beach Resorts

Live Aqua Beach Resort Punta Cana (5 stars), Dominican Republic
This no-kids resort offers a sophisticated and modern setting. Head to the Feel Harmony Spa for therapeutic specialty treatments. Once there, join a spin class at the fitness center or go for a dip at one of the hotel’s seven pools. Opened February 2021.

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya (5 stars), Playa del Carmen, Mexico
The highlight of Nickelodeon’s first resort in Mexico is Aqua Nick. This six-acre water park features a lazy river, a faster-paced adventure river and over 20 water slides. Hence, guests will also enjoy “gourmet inclusive” experiences at six restaurants and three bars. Opened July 2021.

Hotel Xcaret Arte (5 stars), Playa del Carmen, Mexico — The luxury resort features 900 suites, seven restaurants and multiple pools. Also, this kids-free retreat pays tribute to great Mexican artists. Guests are encouraged to explore and engage in Mexican culture through activities. For example, weaving workshop, dance classes and cooking lessons. Plus, the resort offers the “All-Fun Inclusive” experience, where the upfront price includes unlimited access to the seven nature parks of Grupo Xcaret. Opened July 2021.

Dreams Bahia Mita Surf and Secrets Bahia Mita Surf (5 stars), Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
These sister resorts are set on the beaches of Banderas Bay and surrounded by the Sierra Madre mountains. Family-friendly Dreams offers five swimming pools, water slides and theme parties. Secrets is a no-kids haven, pampering guests with 24-hour room service, pool and beach wait service and elegant all-suite accommodations. It features an infinity pool overlooking the ocean and a luxury cenote-inspired spa. Opened August 2021.

Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun (5 stars), Mexico
Nestled between the Caribbean Sea and a lagoon, this property offers nine pools, an oceanfront water park and a two-story spa. Participate in a wine tasting and dance to live music. In addition, indulge in delicious meals and drinks at the 17 restaurants and bars on site. Opened September 2021.

Hilton Cancun (5 stars), Mexico
12 restaurants, three bars, two infinity pools and a kids’ pool area and water park are highlights of this hotel. Sip a cool beverage poolside, take a yoga class or indulge in sweet treats at the Ice Cream and Churros Shop. Lastly, it is scheduled to open November 2021.

Secrets Impression Moxche Playa Del Carmen (5 stars), Mexico
This no-kids retreat offers activities like snorkeling, archery, tennis and dance and cocktail-making classes. For example, enjoy 24-hour concierge and room service, seven heated pools and three man-made cenotes. For example, Preferred Club guests have exclusive access to a rooftop pool. Scheduled to open February 2022.

Margaritaville Island Reserve Cap Cana (5 stars), Dominican Republic
This resort features 228 suites and 40 villas, including swim-up accommodations and rooms with private pools. At the heart of the resort is Gourmet Village, home to multiple performance venues, restaurants and bars. Also, relax at the swimming pool, grab a drink at Land Shark Brewery, join a pickle ball tournament or enjoy yoga on the beach. Scheduled to open November 2021.

Hilton Vallarta Riviera (5 stars), Mexico
All of the accommodations at this 444-room, no-kids hotel feature walk-in rainfall showers and private balconies or terraces overlooking the Pacific coast. Thus, relax at one of two infinity pools, grab a drink at a cocktail bar or enjoy the oceanfront Eforea Spa. Also, the resort also boasts 26,000 square feet of event space. Opened August 2021.

Breathless Cancun Soul (5 stars), Mexico
Two rooftop infinity pools, swim-up bars and a variety of trendy dining venues amid a kids-free setting are top draws of this property. Therefore, enjoy high-energy events and themed parties hosted by live DJs. Continuing, take in a tequila tasting or participate in water sports like windsurfing and sailing. Scheduled to open December 2021.

Zoetry Casa del Mar Los Cabos (5 stars), Mexico
This intimate boutique hotel has just 60 rooms. All boast ocean views and private terraces. Next, guests can sign up for a complimentary wellness or fitness consultation or enjoy a rejuvenating spa treatment. In addition, join a yoga session or take a culinary class. Scheduled to open December 2021.

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1913 Harley-Davidson 9B Single Cylinder Board Track Racer – For Sale at $50,000

After almost 12 decades in business, the Harley-Davidson name has a lot of history behind it. Completing their first prototype in 1903, the Harley-Davidson company grew fast in a world new to and starved for cheap mechanized transport. The motorcycle brand completed the construction of their first factory in 1906, rolling off about 50 machines of their assembly lines. Early versions came with small single-cylinder engines producing somewhere between 3 and 7 horsepower.

In 1913, Harley-Davidson offered 2 versions of their now tried and true single-cylinder machines. The Harley Model 9A which was belt-driven and the Model 9B which had a chain drive. In addition, both versions feature a single-cylinder 35 cubic inch F-head (or pocket valve) engine, producing around 4.34 horsepower. Plus it features magneto ignition. Additionally for 1913, in a huge leap forward, mechanically operated intake valves of the pushrod and rocker arm type, were now included on the single-cylinder models. inclusion of this system also meant that an additional cam would need to be included.

With the addition of these mechanically operated valves, they paved the way forward for not only Harley-Davidson but all motorcycle manufacturers. Thus, they began pushing their engines to higher horsepower in the never-ending quest for more speed. Production numbers for both models rounded out to be approximately 1510 9A examples produced and 4601 examples of the Model 9B.

The outstanding success of these early machines played a large role in Harley-Davidson becoming the household name that they are today. Today, Board Track Racing machines stand as a testament to a different era. As an example, with far less safety and regard for human life, meant a necessary developmental stage. For example, the quest for speed and bringing solid and reliable two-wheeled transportation into the 20th century.

The 1913 Harley-Davidson 9B Single Cylinder Board Track Racer, engine number 934D is for sale. The asking price is $50,000. This amazing and rare early Harley-Davidson has been built in the style of a board track racer. It is complete with a direct chain-drive mechanism and iconic downward sweeping board track style handlebars. Plus it features locked out pedals and lacking brakes.

The current owner and consignor is an early Harley-Davidson aficionado. He purchased the 1913 Harley-Davidson 9B Single Cylinder Board Track Racer motorcycle approximately 15 years ago. At the time, it joined his prized collection of numerous, other early Harley-Davidson machines.

The Harley-Davidson 9B has not been run in a long time. It has been stored properly and always very well cared for. The restoration still presents very nicely. Notice the correct colored grey paint laid down smooth and seamless over the tank, frame, and fenders. In addition, there is some scattered spotting in the paint on the tank. Thus, it appears almost as imperfections in the clear coat. Smooth to the touch, but apparent nonetheless.

The pinstriping was applied appropriately and remains striking and clean, minus where the previously mentioned spotting has affected it on the tank. Cosmetically the engine and mechanical pieces show in nice order. The metal is bright with no signs of any major issues. Lastly, the finned cylinder head shows no signs of issues and all fins appear to be solid.

This stunning Harley-Davidson 9B motorcycle sits on white reproduction Firestone tires. They are size 28 x 2 1/4. The tires show some minor cracking in the sidewalls. In addition, there is some discoloration and dirtiness. But they are perfectly suited to static display. The iconic and sweeping drop handlebars present quite nicely. Hence, they are finished with the appropriate style wrapped grips. Also, they feature leather control cable wraps, a nice finishing touch.

Overall this motorcycle represents an amazing look into the early days of motorcycling. The Harley-Davidson 9B represents the thrill and the death-defying sport of Board Track Racing that grew up alongside these amazing machines.

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Samuel Sloan Estate – Historical Mansion in New York State with Modernized LEED Certified Upgrades

A stunning historical mansion in New York State is on the market for $11,250,000. The luxury Samuel Sloan Estate offers amazing views of the Catskills, West Point Academy and the gorgeous countryside along the Hudson River. In addition, the luxurious historical mansion offers modernized LEED certified upgrades.

The Samuel Sloan Estate blends the past with the future, in a truly authentic way. The historical mansion in New York State sits on over 16 lush acres.

Kenneth J. Moore is the President of Classiques Modernes International Realty and represents the fully renovated Philipstown estate. The list price is $11.25 million. Moore says, “The first thing that hits you is its impressive scale. The original structure had baronial rooms that needed to be reimagined to complement today’s more intimate entertaining style. The volume remains–the soaring ceilings were kept–but the new residence now enjoys both formal and casual living spaces.”

Built in 1864, the railroad magnate’s house was originally known as Oulagisket. It underwent various transformations. In 1910 Samuel Sloane Jr. and his wife Katherine redesigned the home, renamed Lisburne Grange. Fletcher Steele, was one of the 20th century’s most glorified landscape architects. He augmented the estate’s surroundings with beautiful gardens and scenic lookouts. Enjoy breathtaking nature views.

The ingenuity of the historical mansion’s modernization is both poignant and dynamic. The new homeowner will appreciate the home’s energy efficient redesign, amongst a luxurious setting.

In 2014, the façade changed from Italianate to Greek revival. As a result, it features a two-story portico. Note the imposing columns, serving as a foreground to a full-width second floor loggia.

Samuel Sloan Estate

The expansive interior spans about 11,800 of livable square footage. Additionally, the full-sized cellar and attic offer 10,000 sq. ft. of supplementary amenity, storage, and utility spaces. The estate features six bedrooms, six full and three half baths. Plus, find a full floor dedicated to entertaining and recreation. Hence, it ensures plenty of room for sumptuous living. Also, the 3,500 sq. ft. carriage house can also be transformed into a three-story auxiliary house. Perfect for either guest and staff suites.

Classiques Modernes co-founder, Loy Carlos states, “Even among best-in-class properties, it’s a trailblazer. The visual I often use is driving. There is a healthy balance of looking forward, of checking the rearview mirror, and of still being aware of the present. This house pays homage to its history It’s equipped with the conveniences and luxuries of today. But it keeps a keen eye towards the future. Lastly, it promotes an evolutionary and principled lifestyle.”

From entertaining to weekends away from New York City, the Samuel Sloan Estate is just an hour away. In addition, the historical mansion is a stone’s throw away from Bear Mountain, Cold Spring and many other destinations. The luxury property offers so much for the nature-loving, environmentally-conscious homeowner. This historical mansion is not only about improvement. It serves as a stepping-stone to the future of real estate.

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Artist Christo Wraps the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France

The amazing art display titled “Wrapped” is now available to view in Paris, France. Famous artist Christo had the vision to complete the mega pop-up art installation over the iconic Arc de Triomphe. The final art display was completed by his team, due to Christo’s death last year.

“Wrapped” is a a temporary art work that will be on display starting today, Saturday, September 18 to Sunday, October 3, 2021. The art exhibit was initially planned for last year. But due the COVID-19, it’s debut is a year later. The Arch of Triumph is carefully wrapped in over 269,000 square feet of recyclable polypropylene fabric. In addition, the exhibit uses almost 23,000 feet of bright red rope.

What most people don’t realize, is that Christo’s vision for wrapping actually began decades ago. In 1961, Christo met his wife Jeanne-Claude. Soon after, plans began with Christo making his first sketches and photo-montages in 1962 and 1963. In addition, Christo lives near the Arc de Triomphe, so it provides him a daily inspiration.

The impressive monument was designed by Jean Chalgrin in 1806, from orders by Napoleon and inaugurated in 1836. The inauguration is based on the sixth anniversary of the Three Glories—Les Trois Glorieuses. The might arch is 50 meters high and 45 meters in width. In addition, it is 22 meters deep. For years, the monument was the largest triumphal arch in the world. The Paris monument’s design was inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus.

Arc de Triomphe art exbibit by artist Christo

Visitors to Paris will be happy to know is the Arc de Triomphe will remain open to the public all during the wrap exhibit. Of course, the Arc de Triomphe is know all around the world and is located on the famous Champs-Élysées. The famous monument pays tribute to people who both fought and died for France, during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Hence, visitors, can view names of all French victories and generals inscribed on the monument’s inner and outer surfaces.

The Eternal Flame is found in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It’s good to hear that the flame will continue to burn throughout Christo’s art exhibit. Beneath the arch’s vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, from World War I.

Sadly, Christo did die on May 31, 2020. He is well known for his large-scale, environmental installations created around the world. Yet, his great project was approved last year by the National Monuments Center. The organization manages the famous Arc de Triomphe plus almost 100 other national monuments across France.

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A Sustainable Wellness Hotel is in High Demand for Travelers

The phrase “sustainable wellness hotel” is a popular one in the luxury travel industry. An increasing number of hotels are trying to attract customers with this catch phrase. So what does sustainable wellness mean and what characteristics does a sustainable wellness hotel provide its guests?

Sustainably thinking and acting hotels take the upmost care and responsibility for the environment. They do this in a variety of ways. First, it can be in their selection of food and products or energy generation. Next, it is waste management, regional value creation or the support for social projects. Therefore, the ultimate goal is a holistic concept that blends the sustainable theme into all areas of the hotel. In addition, the hotel’s wellness and spa area are also included.

We want to share two sustainable wellness hotels that offer sustainability into their oases of relaxation and well-being. They deliver sustainability in a number of ways. Each finds their niche and discover how to implement their holistic concepts. These properties have a commitment to sustainability and closely work with partners who share our own values.

In Germany’s Black Forest, Beauty Lies in Nature

The Hotel Schwarzwald Panorama in Germany has implemented sustainable action across almost 100% of the value chain. In addition, it applies to the 850 square meter spa area. Guests can enjoy their mineral thermal swimming pool and saunas. The hotel’s spa team only uses natural cosmetics that are made from organic, plant-based ingredients. These are utilized in all spa treatments.

The goal is to strengthen the skin’s own natural processes and protect it from external influence. Schwarzwald Panorama features the Dr. Hauschka Skin Care treatment concept and offers selected medicinal plants. The spa’s facial and body treatments follow the Pharmos Natur method. In addition, the treatment uses a fresh aloe vera leaf and can be booked as a relaxing massage. Lastly, try a stimulating detox or anti-stress treatment.

Wellness in Zermatt – Utilizing Potent Elixirs of Local Fruits

At the new Ashram SPA of the CERVO Mountain Resort, only natural cosmetics and care products are used. The soothing and moisturizing energy of the aloe vera plant is magical. In addition, the healing and invigorating effects of alpine herbs are popular too. Plus, experience the full power of the Valais apricot.

“Over centuries, we have refined how to use the power of nature in different cultures. The insights serve as the basis for the holistic program of treatments and rituals we offer guests at CERVO.”

All products used at the Zermatt in Switzerland are free of animal testing, gluten and silicone. Hence, they are also both vegan and non-comedogenic. The beautiful, open spa area is designed with natural materials. For example, you will find plenty of space for self-discovery and deep relaxation. Simply relax and stroll through the alpine herb garden. Be pampered with a Bhutanese hot stone bath or a Tibetan honey treatment. In the end, everyone finds peace, relaxation and mindfulness in their own way, at this luxurious northern European sauna landscape.

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Luna Magna Ultimate Luxury Watch: Arnold & Son Launches New Limited Edition Gem-Set Collection

Arnold & Son announces the new Luna Magna Ultimate luxury watch collection. It’s a high-end jewelry interpretations of its highly praised three-dimensional Luna Magna moon phase model. The luxury watch brand places a mechanical star that measures 12mm inside the watch. Thus it already represents a significant technical feat for the luxury watch brand.

The impressive Luna Magna Ultimate I covers the surface of the three-dimensional moon, with superlative pavé and invisibly set blue sapphires and diamonds. Arnold & Son applies exceptional expertise to create eight of these precious Luna Magna Ultimate I watches. They are both poetic and rare. As a result, they reveal an outstanding level of astronomical precision and truly exceptional details.

High Altitude
With Luna Magna Ultimate I limited series, only the most precious materials are used. For example, the watch case measures 44mm in diameter. It is made of white gold and set with 7.62 carats of the highest quality diamonds. Plus, these include 20 baguette-cut diamonds on the case lugs. Each is carefully cut one by one, to fit the unique shape of each mount.

White Orbit
A fine ring resembles the ring around Saturn constitutes the bezel. It beautifully orbits the Luna Magna Ultimate I case. The orbit contains 112 baguette-cut diamonds that total 5.90 carats. Light enters freely, just as it would in an open prism. Therefore, thanks to the dual-row invisible setting, it allows for stunning radiance beyond compare.

Iridescent Display
You will find within the circle of blue radiance, the dial elements take a classical turn with twelve Roman numeral markings. In addition, notice the Arnold & Son signature and the stylish watch hands. The off-center subdial owes its delicate color to gorgeous white opal. The finesse befits a piece of the finest jewelry, as it does with this bejeweled Luna Magna Ultimate I.

Blanket of Blue
The material used for the watch face is just as rare and exceptional. Hundreds of pure ruthenium crystals compose the sparkling blue façade. Ruthenium is an extremely hard metal that belongs to the platinum group. Hence, they are found together in the same ore. It is a complex process to separate them. Thus, it makes ruthenium ten times rarer than platinum. Here, it has been reshaped into crystals that are placed on the faceplate before actually being blued.

Precision
The celestial mechanism sophistication also lies in its astronomical accuracy. The length of a full moon cycle is 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 2.8 seconds. Arnold & Son produces a likeness so it would take 122 years for the movement to accrue a one-day interval, between the watch display and the true celestial cycle. Nevertheless, this lag is easy to correct. The lunar function on the Luna Magna Ultimate I is directly accessible from the crown. Arnold & Son’s complete mastery of the watchmaking process allows for this practical, yet functional touch.

Craftsmanship
The new Luna Magna Ultimate I luxury watch is made with the A&S1021 caliber. It has been completely developed, manufactured, assembled, and adjusted in-house by Arnold & Son. It has a power reserve of 90 hours and is hand-wound caliber. In addition, it’s designed around the lunar globe, with a regulating organ at a frequency of 3 Hz. As for the case back, the movement provides a second display for the lunar phase. It cleverly features easy-to-read graduations. The result is the utmost precision when correcting the lunar globe.

Double hemisphere
Beneath the timepiece, the three-dimensional moon is the standout feature of the Luna Magna watches. Daytime features 161 brilliant-cut diamonds. Plus, intricate gem settings pave the entire white gold sphere. Last, due to many blue sapphires for nighttime, the line between them is a ripple of dusky blue.

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