Ettlinger at age 22, after his stint in the army. Courtesy George Ettlinger hide caption

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Artist Marc Ahr has been drawing at all the Olympic Games since 1992, but for him, Sochi is special. Sam Sanders/NPR hide caption

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"By me putting all this information out there, what I'm basically telling you is I'm telling you everything." — Hasan Elahi James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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This French mechanical table was intended for Madame de Pompadour. The designs depict her many interests, including gardening, painting, music and architecture. Metropolitan Museum of Art hide caption

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Mexican artist Pedro Reyes received 6,700 weapons from the Mexican government, from which he sculpted instruments. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images hide caption

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In a program called L'Arte Auita L'Arte (Art Helping Art) Italy's Ministry of Heritage and Culture and Tourism posted works of art in need of restoration on Facebook. The public was asked to vote for the art it felt was most deserving of a fix-up. Ministry of Heritage and Culture and Tourism via Facebook hide caption

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Robert Indiana first emerged as a pop artist in the early 1960s, but he was quickly defined by his 1966 signature work, LOVE, shown behind Indiana in this 2013 photo. Lauren Casselberry/AP hide caption

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Two turntables carved from wood scratch out the sound of Beat Nation artist Jordan Bennett learning his native Mi'kmaq language. David Sommerstein / NCPR hide caption

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Gladioli, Claude Monet, ca. 1876, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts hide caption

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Mountain Gorillas, one of the first dioramas on which Fred Scherer apprenticed, completed in 1936. Polina Yamshchikov/for NPR hide caption

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In The Background: Art You May Never Notice

Why that unassuming museum art — which you'll find behind taxidermic bison and birds — deserves a closer look.

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