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January 18, 2017

Wait/Walk/Wisdom

California artist-inventor retools a crosswalk button to offer upbeat messages

PETALUMA, Calif. – When you press a button at a crosswalk, what you hear (“Main Street. Wait! Wait! Wait!” followed by “Walk” or that beeping or rattling sound) may be annoying, but it’s also life-affirming, helping the visually impaired, or the merely distracted, navigate a busy intersection. Now a Petaluma, California artist-technologist has decided to … Read More

January 16, 2017

Public Ritual

William Pope.L and exorcisms of abject otherness

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we’re republishing this 2010 Public Art Review article about artist William Pope.L, whose work addresses racism and social inequities.   Best known for his street performances, William Pope.L has worked for decades across a broad array of media including public interventions, stage performances, installations, painting, and found … Read More

Derek Conrad Murray and Soraya Murray | Featured, Magazine Feature, Public Art Review

January 13, 2017

Funktional Vibrations

by Xenobia Bailey

NEW YORK – Suspended over the main entrance of the new 34th Street Hudson Yards station—New York City’s first new subway station in 25 years—one of Xenobia Bailey’s Funktional Vibrations mosaics glitters in a swirl of color. Located beneath a new urban park and playground, the artwork greets commuters with an energetic interlude to their … Read More

January 11, 2017

Fire on the Veld

South African artist’s mammoth fire-etched images are also an experiment in grassland ecology

At sunset on April 11, 2015, fire erupted in a 12-acre swathe of dry grass in the Khatlhampi Private Reserve near Johannesburg, South Africa. This was no wildfire; it was a controlled burn, carefully supervised by Working on Fire, an NGO that specializes in fire management on savannah lands. The burn was also designed—by Johannesburg-based … Read More

January 9, 2017

The March of the Art Shanties

On a frozen Minnesota lake, strange and wonderful structures initiate visitors into the secrets of winter

WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. – With the door of the small shanty closed, the only light comes from under your boots: the ghostly blue-white of ice 16 inches thick. The water below that layer of ice is another 15 or so feet deep. Whatever sunlight diffuses through the surrounding water and ice gives the shanty … Read More

January 4, 2017

Radical Seafaring

By Andrea Grover, with contributions by Sasha Archibald, Alexander Dumbadze, Christopher French, Dylan Gauthier, and Terrie Sultan

From their roots in land art to their current engagement with environmental issues, the artists in this book use the sea as their medium. In the 1975 performance In Search of the Miraculous, Dutch artist Bas Jan Ader was lost at sea on his way across the North Atlantic. After studying this piece in 2006, … Read More

Anna Renken | Books, Public Art Review