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April 18, 2017

Public Art and Placemaking Tool for City Planners

Forecast Selects Five Minnesota Cities to Participate in Two-year Pilot Project

Forecast Public Art is partnering with the American Planning Association (APA) to develop and pilot a Public Art and Placemaking Tool for City Planners, made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town program and Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation. Public Art and Placemaking Tool for City Planners will be … Read More

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April 14, 2017

Winner! 3rd International Award for Public Art

Caring for the collectors

WINNER: Pimp My Carroça, Thiago Mundano, São Paulo, Brazil, 2007 In São Paulo, 17,000 tons of waste are generated each day, and only 1 percent of it is recycled; but of this recycled material, 90 percent is collected by the 20,000 or so people who man the carroças, the city’s garbage collection carts, picking up … Read More

Jon Spayde | Featured, Public Art Review

March 31, 2017

The Makeover of Milan’s “Rainbow Tower”

A beloved civic symbol got a major refurbishment just in time for a world’s fair

MILAN – In a world where public art is in danger of deterioration because of maintenance-budget restrictions, forgetfulness, or the sheer complexity of city life, some works are simply too iconic not to refurbish. Case in point: The 2015 makeover of the “Rainbow Tower” (Torre Arcobaleno) near Milan’s fashionable, design-conscious Garibaldi district. Built in 1964 … Read More

Public Art Review | Featured, Public Art Review

March 28, 2017

Summer Arts Discovery Exhibition Opportunity

Call for Artworks 2017

Forecast Public Art is assisting Minnesota Landmarks in St. Paul, Minnesota to exhibit a variety of original artworks inside Landmark Center during the summer of 2017 as part of its Summer Arts Discovery Program. Background Founded in 1970, Minnesota Landmarks Inc. was established to preserve and maintain Landmark Center as one of downtown Saint Paul’s most historically significant … Read More

Forecast Public Art | Forecast

March 27, 2017

Monumental Problems

A public-art historian argues that “victim memorials” obscure the causes and contexts of our national ills

Designed by architect Maya Ying Lin in 1981, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) on the National Mall is, according to author Harriet F. Senie, the “most visited and copied memorial in American history.” At first blush, this seems a positive phenomenon, if only because the tapered wall’s uncomplicated design contrasts so starkly with many of the … Read More

David Schimke | Books, Public Art Review

March 23, 2017

Signs of Things to Come?

Street artist Plastic Jesus marks the “sites” of “future internment camps”

“Lot Reserved for: Future Internment Camp,” said signs posted at industrial sites, empty lots, and other spaces in multiple American cities in early March. “By order: Donald J. Trump. President United States of America/ Executive order 9066.” The project, by the Los Angeles artist who calls himself Plastic Jesus, was a dystopian elaboration of Trump’s … Read More

Public Art Review | Featured, Public Art Review