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.

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

Public Art Review | Public Art Review, Recent Projects

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

Caitlin Olsen | On Location, Public Art Review

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

December 25, 2014

Peace on Earth

Yoko Ono's "Earth Peace" and "Skyladder"

Earth Peace was Yoko Ono’s simple text work installed creatively throughout the Folkestone Triennial in England this fall. It included billboards, a stone slab, a flag, and a morse code light beam projection that shone across the English Channel. This light beam spoke to Folkestone’s role in the First World War as an important embarkation … Read More

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November 14, 2014

Ai Weiwei @Large: VIDEO from Alcatraz 1

With his own personal experience of political imprisonment, it is not surprising that the provocative Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei’s latest exhibition, @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz, focuses on incarceration and prisoners of conscience. Ai, who has earned international acclaim for his work in sculpture, installation, photography, film, and more, catapulted to prominence for … Read More

David Zlutnick and Kirstin Wiegmann | Public Art Review, Recent Projects

November 10, 2014

DUMPSTERS

Curated by Goat Farm Arts Center

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, especially in the arts. As a part of this year’s ELEVATE public art celebration in Downtown Atlanta, Goat Farm Arts Center presented DUMPSTERS. Artists were invited to repurpose these vital and underappreciated receptacles into galleries, interactive installations and performance spaces. Overall, 10 dumpsters were scattered through the Atlanta … Read More

Public Art Review | On Location, Public Art Review

October 15, 2014

Water Works

Nine artist-driven projects that are transforming watersheds and communities

1. 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 … Read More