The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh has installed a webcam with a view on Andy Warhol’s grave, near his hometown Pittsburgh. This project is in honour of Andy Warhol’s birthday. The artist, who died in 1987, would have turned 85 last Tuesday. Andy Warhol is buried at the St John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cemetery. Hundreds of people a year are paying a visit to Mr. Warhol’s grave.
The title of the project is “Figment”, after a quote of Andy Warhol about what his grave should look like. As Warhol said, “I never understood why when you died, you didn’t just vanish, and everything could just keep going on the way it was only you just wouldn’t be there. I always thought I’d like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph and no name. Well, actually, I’d like it to say ‘figment’.”
Museum director Eric Shiner says the webcam is a “fantastic way to broadcast Andy 24/7 and to serve the worldwide audience.” Shiner says that Warhol would have been very pleased to still be “plugged in” and “turned on” after 25 years. Go check out Andy Warhol’s grave live at www.earthcam.com!