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Italian officials have announced a project to build and install a high-tech, retractable floor inside the ancient Roman Colosseum by 2023, some two centuries after archaeologists removed the arena's stage. Domenico Stinellis/AP hide caption

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The 516 Arouca, the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world, hangs above the Aguieiras Waterfall in the Paiva Gorge in Arouca, Portugal. It is opening to the public next week. Octavio Passos/Getty Images hide caption

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'Renegade' Rug Makers Create Community, Tufting On TikTok

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Tanya Karina, a resident artist at the House of Yes, was in Texas waiting to perform at South by Southwest when the news broke about the severity of the pandemic. Since March 2020, Karina has been using their free time studying holistic therapy and learning the dance form of waacking. José A. Alvarado Jr. for NPR hide caption

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Ciera Amaro's art is one of the submissions to a project called Dispatches from Quarantine. Ciera Amaro via Alexandra Zapruder hide caption

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Dispatches From Quarantine: How Young People Are Documenting History

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Amy Sherald, Breonna Taylor, 2020, oil on linen Joseph Hyde/© Amy Sherald. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth hide caption

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'Filled With Her Spirit,' A Louisville Art Exhibition Honors Breonna Taylor

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Mumbai's grand Keshavji Nayak fountain towers above the street and serves as a place of respite for thirsty passers-by. It's one of dozens of ornate fountains in the city, built during the British colonial era. Viraj Nayar for NPR hide caption

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PHOTOS: Mumbai Falls In Love All Over Again With Its Forgotten Fountains

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Amanda Williams: How Can Color Bring New Life To Old Houses?

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The Apollon Gallery at the Louvre museum in Paris on Jan. 14, 2020. Stephanie de Sakutin/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Not Heading To Paris This Summer? The Louvre Has Digitized 482,000 Artworks

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Microbial Peacock by Balaram Khamari Balaram Khamari hide caption

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A Cultural Triumph: Microbiology Student Makes A Petri Dish Masterpiece

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James E. Ransome, Quilt Folks, acrylic and paper collage James E. Ransome hide caption

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Illustrators Build A Bridge For Young Readers, Says Artist James Ransome

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Winter gardens and balconies were added to expand living space in social buildings in Bordeaux in 2017. Philippe Ruault hide caption

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2021 Pritzker Prize Goes To French Architects Who 'Work With Kindness'

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