Public Art Category

Intervention

This term refers to projects that intervene in the landscape, that conflict or contrast with their surroundings in order to make a statement.

October 15, 2014

Water Works

Nine artist-driven projects that are transforming watersheds and communities

BRIGHTWATER TREATMENT PLANT (KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON) Artists: T. Ellen Sollod, Buster Simpson, Jann Rosen-Queralt Why did artists help design and decorate a new wastewater treatment plant in the Seattle area? Because it’s the law. A King County ordinance actually specifies that artists be involved early and often in community infrastructure projects. “The commitment of King … Read More

October 13, 2014

Art & Place: Site-specific Art of the Americas

By the editors of Phaidon Press (Amanda Renshaw, lead editor)

From Canada to Argentina, Art & Place: Site-specific Art of the Americas takes us on a powerful tour of some of the most significant site-specific works of art of the past 10,000 years. Arranged from north to south, works by indigenous peoples from the Haida to the Inca are intermixed with contemporary pieces by artists including Matthew … Read More

Reviewed by Karen Olson | Books, Public Art Review

September 30, 2014

Autumn Arts Festivals 2014

Check out the arts festivals happening around the world this fall and early winter. Here is a partial list to get you started on your art adventures: September – December  Washington, D.C. 5×5 – The largest, temporary public art project in the nation’s capital returns in early September, and will culminate with twenty-five unique, diverse, and … Read More

Public Art Review | News, Public Art Review

September 17, 2014

Old and New in Rhode Island

Tradition and innovation merge to benefit the community

Rhode Island (2011) – The recent unveiling of Maya Lin’s design The Meeting Room—a park redesign intended to improve and reenergize Queen Anne Square in the center of Newport, Rhode Island—reveals the challenges involved in placing public art in Rhode Island. This state prides itself on being home to more historic structures per capita than … Read More

Martina Windels | On Location, Public Art Review

September 15, 2014

“Folkestone Digs”

Artist: Michael Sailstorfer

Folkestone, U.K. (2014) – German artist Michael Sailstorfer tackles our thirst for fortune, adventure, and play in his recent work Follkstone Digs, part of the third edition of the Folkstone Triennial in the southeast coast of England. The project began with a press announcement declaring that $17,000 worth of gold bars are buried in the … Read More

Public Art Review | Public Art Review, Recent Projects

September 10, 2014

“Somebody”

by Miranda July

On August 28th, filmmaker Miranda July unveiled a new way to communicate: Somebody—a free app available from iTunes. This public art project creates face-to-face connections for strangers via their smartphones. When you send your friend a message through Somebody, it goes not to your friend, but to the Somebody user nearest your friend. This person (likely a stranger) … Read More

Public Art Review | Public Art Review, Recent Projects

September 3, 2014

Purl Jammers

Yarn bombers celebrate their colorful craft with an international festival

On June 7, knitters around the world brandished their needles and skeins to celebrate International Yarn Bombing Day. Yarn bombers wrap the urban landscape—lampposts, tree limbs, bicycles— with colorful knitted creations. It’s a playful twist on ephemeral street art like graffiti, and its following has grown exponentially since its emergence in the early 2000s, prompted … Read More

Amelia Foster | Featured, Public Art Review

August 20, 2014

Culture in Motion

A mobile, inflatable auditorium brings arts programming to a tsunami-devastated region of Japan

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude-9 earthquake, one of the most powerful in recorded history, hit Japan, and was followed by a devastating tsunami. The catastrophe claimed more than 18,000 lives and left vast swathes of the northeast severely damaged if not destroyed. In the Tohoku region, whole towns were swept away; the force of … Read More

August 15, 2014

The New City-Makers

Six lessons public artists can teach us about how to make our cities better

Something strange is happening in our cities. Given the somber state of our economic, environmental, and social progress, one would expect cities to be in serious trouble. After all, a growing majority of the world’s population lives in them (84 percent in the United States, according to the last census), where they consume an ever-growing … Read More

August 1, 2014

Portrait of the Artist as a Leader

Frances Whitehead, lead artist on Chicago’s 606 project, tells Public Art Review about her role and how she got there

On a ragged day at the end of 2014’s rough winter, a Chicago wind nudged around the corners of a few construction trailers parked behind a chain link fence on a vacant lot just off the Kennedy Expressway. At the start of the construction season, there wasn’t much to recommend this shabby and largely forgotten … Read More