Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.

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Grotesquely gorgeous, this fascinating sculpture by artist Roger Reutimann is at once a beautiful and morbid transformation of the central figure in famed renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus. Naked and intensely red, the satirically-named Death of Venus is a stark contrast to the gentle purity of the iconic original, Venus’ innocent look replaced by a skull that menacingly stares beneath its shroud. This piece is Reutimann’s commentary on the lasting appeal of classic art in a society well removed from the period in which it was introduced.

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Feb. 25, 1974: Dar Robinson, a stuntman, leapt from a seven-story building (or was it eight?) to show how life-saving an air-bag device on the ground could be. Mr. Robinson held more than 21 world stunt records, according to The Associated Press, before he died while filming a stunt in 1986. The film, released as “Million Dollar Mystery” in 1987, earned four Golden Raspberry nominations, including Worst Original Song and Worst Actor. Photo: Neal Boenzi/The New York Times