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Giant tech-inspired egg sculpture heads to Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.

A giant egg-shaped sculpture that drew complaints from officials in a Silicon Valley city is moving to Harvard University.

The Boston Globe reports the Palo Alto Public Art Commission voted in November to remove Adriana Varella’s Digital DNA sculpture after claims it was deteriorating and cost too much to maintain. Varella’s 7-foot-tall, 300-pound egg is made of computer circuit boards and steel.

A Harvard Business School graduate living in Silicon Valley recently purchased the piece for an undisclosed amount and decided to donate it to his alma mater.

School spokesman Brian Kenny said the school was “fortunate” to inherit the unique piece.

Varella says she was upset with the city’s decision but adds that Harvard is the “best place” for the sculpture.

Suburban Detroit mayor: Don’t disturb me while I jog

WARREN, Mich.

The mayor of Michigan’s third-largest city has a message for residents: If he’s jogging, do not disturb.

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts felt a need to get the message out on Facebook recently after a resident complained that he didn’t speak to her while jogging. Fouts says he didn’t recognize her and typically listens to radio or takes calls on his mobile phone when he’s exercising.

Fouts says he’s “available 24/7 but NOT when I’m jogging.” He says some residents believe he’s “obligated” to stop and talk.

Fouts is in his 70s, and he says he’s trying to keep his heart in good shape. He’s been mayor of Warren, a Detroit suburb, since 2008.

Oversized load: Driver gets reputation after 2nd citation

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.

A driver is becoming famous in Massachusetts for an unlikely skill – being pulled over for uncovered cargo.

The unnamed driver has been pulled over twice recently and given citations. The latter stop happened June 25 in Chicopee for what looks like an overgrown Chia Pet growing out of the back of a red pickup truck. The truck bed was piled high with leafy branches.

State police initially pulled the man over off Interstate 91 on June 20 in Springfield for carrying an uncovered array of chairs and shelves.

Chicopee police say the man was stopped for an unsecured load, obstructed tail lights and obstructed plate, and labeled the photo on Facebook, “from the files of some just do not get it.”

Associated Press

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