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.

January 28, 2016

“Silly Walks”

Artists: Kreativiteket

Ørje, Norway – Sometimes mischievous public art interrupts our days in the best of ways. Pranksters and Swedish art group Kreativiteket turned an average gray day into a memorable chuckle for the people of Ørje, Norway, with a playful traffic sign. With their help, what once was a mere crosswalk transformed into a silly exercise … Read More

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December 29, 2015

“EKKLESÍA”

Artist: Pink intruder

Valencia, Spain – For the 2015 Fallas de Valencia festival last March, architect Miguel Arraiz García and sculptor David Moreno Terrón of artist group Pink intruder designed EKKLESÍA, a cardboard-and-wood installation at a street intersection. EKKLESÍA was burned along with other fallas throughout the city in celebration of the arrival of spring. Every year, groups … Read More

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December 23, 2015

“Projection”

Artist: Vincent Lamouroux

Los Angeles, Calif. – French artist Vincent Lamouroux covered Silver Lake’s vacant Sunset Pacific Motel–also known as the “Bates Motel”–with ecologically safe, opaque white limewash. Even the palm trees and billboard on the property appeared bright white against the blue sky. Titled Projection, Lamouroux’s intervention transformed the structure temporarily and encouraged rethinking of its place … Read More

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December 16, 2015

“Street Knit”

Artist: OLEK

New Delhi, India – As part of St+art Delhi earlier this year, Polish-born New York street artist OLEK created a large-scale, collaboratively knitted public artwork. On view from February 20 – March 18, 2015, Street Knit covered the surface of a homeless shelter in New Delhi with knitted lengths of colorful local materials. Both the location … Read More

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October 28, 2015

History on a Billboard

Artist-designed billboards across the southern United States explore the concept of manifest destiny

The United States’ westward expansion during the nineteenth century was justified by the concept of “manifest destiny”—the notion that the virtue and taming influence of American settlers preordained the settling of the West. The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project explores this theme through a series of billboards along Interstate 10 through Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, New … Read More

August 17, 2015

“Constellation” 1

Artist: Melissa McGill

Beacon, N.Y. – Stars provide reference points that guide travelers across land and sea, but what if features of the land—including the built environment—could influence the placement of the stars? Constellation, a large-scale light installation by Melissa McGill that opened in June, draws upon architecture and local history to make this happen. Situated above the … Read More

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April 20, 2015

“A Winter Landscape Cradling Bits of Sparkle”

Jennifer Wen Ma brought a small forest to Pittsburgh's Market Square

Pittsburgh, Penn. – Multimedia artist Jennifer Wen Ma invited people to contemplate the transition from winter to spring with her recent installation in Pittsburgh’s Market Square, A Winter Landscape Cradling Bits of Sparkle. During the cold spell in February, she brought a small forest of trees into the urban square, painted them black with Chinese ink, and … Read More

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March 4, 2015

Interview: JR

French artist JR talks about boundaries, questions, finding out what’s possible, and his latest work on Ellis Island

Born in 1983 in France, JR began his career surreptitiously tagging around Paris. In the last decade he has reached audiences all around the globe, carrying out public projects focusing on the human face and its symbolic power. After he won significant financial support in the form of the 2011 TED Prize, JR created the … Read More

February 27, 2015

Homestead Act

Artist Peter von Tiesenhausen copyrights his land

Alberta, Canada – To understand why Alberta artist Peter von Tiesenhausen copyrighted the land that he and his wife own, it helps to look with his eyes out the window of the studio he built himself on their remote 800 acres northwest of Grande Prairie. The copyright was a novel legal maneuver to prevent the … Read More

January 23, 2015

Putting Him, and Her, on a Pedestal

Artists: Antony Gormley & Kate Gilmore

New York, New York (2010) – Performance, video, the expanded field, the urban context, the revision of both the object’s and the spectator’s status: All these seem fairly new in contemporary art, having gone mainstream in only the past 40 or so years. But just as cubism depended on the genre of the still life, … Read More

January 21, 2015

Cultural Landscapes: Ai Weiwei and Bert Benally

A temporary installation by Ai Weiwei and Bert Benally explores culture and collaboration

VIDEO – New Mexico – In late June, beneath a blanket of stars in remote Coyote Canyon on the Navajo Nation, I stood at the edge of a cliff with a small group and watched as the center of Bert Benally’s sand art piece ignited and sent flames radiating outward to slowly reveal the intricate … Read More

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January 16, 2015

The Eagle Has Landed

Artists: Homecoming! Committee

  VIDEO + SLIDE SHOW Fort Worth, Texas (2014) – Many cities boast a single, iconic public artwork—a sculpture, like the St. Louis Gateway Arch, that is intrinsically identified with that place. In Fort Worth, Texas, that piece was once Eagle, a 39-foot-tall, origami-like steel sculpture by Alexander Calder that stood for some 30 years … Read More