This City In China Built Its Own Chicago Bean In a Desolate Parking Lot

When it comes to architectural simulacra it’s hard to top the ballsiness of China, where a real-life World Showcase includes convincing replicas of cities like Venice, Paris, and London. Now the copycats have come for the art world, with a knockoff Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate sculpture, colloquially known to Chicagoans… » 8/12/15 12:30pm 8/12/15 12:30pm

What Happens When China’s Copycat Masters Are Hired to Paint Themselves

We've heard a lot about the evils of China's booming art copying industry, which hocks inexpensive replicas of everything from Expressionist paintings to priceless Chinese porcelain. But the people who make these perfectly-crafted copies are also artists in their own right—which is perhaps never more clear than when… » 8/07/13 3:20pm 8/07/13 3:20pm

Microsoft Phone Patent Looks Just Like the iPhone

In a patent filed this July, Microsoft wanted to stake their claim to a new interface for use on a touchscreen in a mobile device. The patent, entitled "Extensible filtered lists for mobile device user interface" looks kind of familiar… where have I seen it before? Oh, right. It's the iPhone's exact interface. » 10/12/07 1:35pm 10/12/07 1:35pm