Forecast Blog

April 19, 2014

The Art of Ritual: Burning Man

Religion, spirituality, and public art at Burning Man

Burning Man is grand-scale theater for eclectic spirituality, self-expression, personal transformation, communal bonding, and cultural renewal. For one week every year, around 50,000 participants transform a harsh and utterly empty expanse of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert into a pulsating cultural laboratory populated with hundreds of art installations. Culminating in the spectacular incineration of the eponymous … Read More

April 16, 2014

“From the Knees of my Nose to the Belly of my Toes”

by Alex Chinneck

Kent, U.K. (2013-2014) - An abandoned building along a residential street in Kent has transformed into From the Knees of my Nose to the Belly of my Toes, a temporary installation by artist Alex Chinneck. The front of the building was replaced with a curved brick facade, making it appear as though the wall is sliding down into … Read More

Public Art Review | Public Art Review, Recent Projects

April 14, 2014

Forecast Announces 2014 Grantees

Nine emerging and midcareer artists receive funding and professional development

Artist Mankwe Ndosi will receive Forecast Public Art’s largest 2014 grant, the $50,000 McKnight Project Grant, to create digital soundtracks unique to the Phillips neighborhood in Minneapolis that will be available digitally and physically at listening posts. Her soundtracks will include contributions from neighborhood residents, field recordings and her own vocal work. This McKnight Project … Read More

April 14, 2014

Sara Daleiden: Encouraging Public Intimacy

An interview from the Placemakers series

Raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Sara Daleiden now lives in Los Angeles, where she takes an interventionist and activist approach to redefining the public spaces of her adopted city. Much of her work is rooted in the tradition of the flâneur, who experiences urban space through directionless walking. Transplant this concept to car-crazy L.A., and the … Read More

April 13, 2014

All That We Share

Jay Walljasper

Artists became individuals when they began signing their paintings. In recent decades, a new Renaissance has dawned: a different sort of paradigm shift in which the we of eons ago joins the me of more recent centuries. Art is for the artist, sure, but (as public artists know) it’s ultimately for the public—a core of … Read More

Reviewed by Dan Wahl | Books, Public Art Review

April 12, 2014

Home Makers

Artist-involved projects focused on housing and neighborhoods

Rick Lowe, founder of Project Row Houses (PRH), was making billboard-sized political paintings in his Houston, Texas, studio in the 1980s when a visiting high school student challenged his work. As Lowe recounted to the New York Times in 2006, “If I was an artist, he said, why didn’t I come up with some kind … Read More