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Artwork unveiled in Times Square

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NEW YORK » A large-scale art installation in Times Square re-imagines Asian prayer wheels in the context of the district’s colorful history.

It’s titled "Wishing on You," an interactive work by the Brooklyn-based artists Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller, known as FAILE.

The artists say the sculpture explores contemporary patterns of consumption, desire and myth-making. The public can spin a hand-carved wheel to power the sculpture’s red-blue-and-white lights and illuminate carnival-like features.

It was unveiled Monday and will remain on view until Sept. 1.

The Brooklyn Museum is featuring the artists in an exhibition titled "FAILE: Savage/Sacred Young Minds" through Oct. 4.

FAILE’s art raises questions about our relationship to consumer culture, religious traditions and the urban environment.

Nation’s capital draws 20M visitors

Tourism officials say the District of Columbia drew a record 20.2 million visitors last year, with increases in international and domestic visitors.

The tourism bureau Destination DC says the city drew an all-time high number of tourists in 2014. The group released data on international visitors Monday showing a 16 percent increase in overseas visitors, totaling 1.9 million tourists.

For the fifth year, the city also saw an increase in domestic visitors. In 2014 there were 18.3 million domestic tourists who visited the nation’s capital, an increase of 5.7 percent over 2013.

Visitor spending increased by $100 million for a total of $6.8 billion in 2014 compared with 2013.

New app maps Iowa destinations

DES MOINES, Iowa » Gov. Terry Branstad is unveiling a new mobile app that offers information about Iowa’s arts and culture destinations.

Branstad announced the app Monday at a news conference at the Iowa State Fair. The app provides details on more than 3,500 spots throughout the state’s 99 counties.

Users can sort the information by category and location, using mapping tools to see what is available in different regions. It offers details on destinations like the American Gothic House, the bridges in Madison County and the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.

The app is available in the Apple and Google Play stores.

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