PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Andy Warhol Museum has come up with a unique way for people to remember the artist on what would have been his 85th birthday.
Hundreds make the pilgrimage every year to Warhol’s gravesite.
“He meant a lot to a lot of people. He was a legend,” Chris Lesniakowski said.
But now, the ceremonial resting place of the famed artist is broadcasting worldwide.
“He would have loved it. The idea of being on-air 24/7, even 26 years after death, would make him a very happy man,” Andy Warhol Museum, Director Eric Shiner said.
Two cameras are aimed at his grave, where many leave mementos that bear meaning. Working with EarthCam, the Andy Warhol Museum said the project is called “Figment” based on that one word Andy said he wanted on his tombstone. And the cameras will provide constant access to his gravesite.
“Because the grave is a shrine and people are actively going there already, it’s become much more than just a graveyard site,” Shiner said.
Madeline Roehrig knows how much this site means to people. She’s working on a documentary of all the people who stop by and is collecting notes from visitors.
One note left today said, “Dear Andy, we are happy to be here to celebrate your 85th birthday. You continue to inspire us. Rock on.”
“I think his life continues in afterlife and I think he enjoys all the people coming. No matter where you are in the world,” Roehrig said.
Click here to watch the feed: www.warhol.org/figment/