Off the Beaten Path at Art Basel Miami Beach: Touring Wynwood with @shaynabatya
Art Basel Miami Beach (@artbasel), one of the world’s leading Modern and Contemporary art shows, began Thursday. More than 250 galleries from across the globe take part and past events have seen more than 50,000 visitors flock to the fair’s main site at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
During Art Basel week, street art enthusiasts often venture beyond the Convention Center to the small neighborhood of Wynwood. Street art legends like Shepard Fairey (@obeygiant), Futura (@futuradosmil), Kenny Scharf (@kennyscharf) and Martha Cooper (@marthacoopergram) often visit Wynwood alongside up-and-comers like Johnny Robles (@johnny_robles), Evoca1 (@evoca1), Ever (@eversiempre) and Never (@never2501).
For Miami Instagrammer and photojournalist Shayna Batya (@shaynabatya), Wynwood is home all year round. “I believe that there is no place on earth like Wynwood,” she says. “I like to think of Wynwood as an outdoor art gallery. Most of the international street artists who visit to paint on huge walls are surrounded by other painted walls, among even more painted walls. What a privilege it is to see such high-caliber street art on a normal basis.”
Driven by her passion for Wynwood, Shayna documents the neighborhood’s many murals and shares them with people around the world through the #WynwoodWatcher hashtag. Tune in to her account, @shaynabatya over the coming days for photos and videos from the fair and browse the #WynwoodWatcher hashtag for more images of the street art in her neighborhood.
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A Visit to Disneyland’s Inspiration, Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloss Neuschwanstein)
For more scenes from Neuschwanstein Castle and the Disney structures it inspired, be sure to visit the Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloss Neuschwanstein), Sleeping Beauty’s Castle 睡公主城堡 and Château de la Belle au bois dormant location pages.
Ludwig II, King of Bavaria, Germany, completed the privately-funded construction of Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloss Neuschwanstein) in 1892. Although originally built as a retreat for the King and an homage to composer Richard Wagner, the castle became perhaps the most iconic structure of its kind due to events on the other side of the world 60 years later.
As Disney was designing their first ever theme park, Disneyland (@disneyland), in 1955, they decided to place a castle at the park’s center. The inspiration for the new structure was Neuschwantstein Castle with a few borrowed details from Notre Dame de Paris and the Hospices de Beaune in Paris. In 1992, the company introduced a similar structure at Disneyland Paris and in 2005 built a near replica of the California castle at Hong Kong Disneyland. While more than 1.3 million people visit Neuschwanstein Castle annually, over 16 million guests see the original Sleeping Beauty Castle in Anaheim’s Disneyland Park each year.