Image: Andy Warhol Gravesite's Live Streaming Marks His 85th Birthday

Andy Warhol Gravesite's Live Streaming Marks His 85th Birthday

Wednesday, 07 Aug 2013 12:30 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh has begun a live video stream of the pop artist gravesite that started in celebration of his 85th birthday on Tuesday.

The artist who coined the phrase that everyone eventually gets "15 minutes of fame" has seemed to earn a few extra in death since the museum turned a gravesite webcam on his plot at St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Cemetery.

The live feed was created in partnership with EarthCam and The Andy Warhol Museum, reported USA Today. Viewers can also see a "pop" view that displays the grave in Warhol-esque colors and another camera is set up at St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church, where Warhol was baptized.

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The cameras allow users to make screen captures and post images to Twitter and Facebook, according to USA Today.

"We believe that this will give Warhol the pleasure of knowing that he is still plugged in and turned on over 25 years after his death," museum director Eric Shiner told The Associated Press. He said the webcam "would be a really fantastic way to put Andy on the air 24/7 and plug in to our global audience."

During his life, Warhol was a major figure in the pop art movement. His first big break was in August 1949 when Glamour Magazine asked him to illustrate an article called "Success is a Job in New York," according to the website Warhols.com.

Warhol's painting of Campbell's soup cans became iconic with 960s contemporary pop art. The can paintings would become signatures of his work along with the art work of the "Marilyn Monroes," "Dollar Signs," and "Coca Cola Bottles," per the foundation website.

Warhol died in 1987 when he was just 58.

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The Warhol museum houses a collection of 900 paintings, approximately 100 sculptures, nearly 2,000 works on paper, more than 1,000 published and unique prints, and 4,000 photographs, according to the museum's website. The film and video collection includes 60 feature films, 200 of Warhol’s Screen Tests and more than 4,000 videos.

Exhibition prints of all Warhol films and videos are added to the collection as they are preserved.

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