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 15, 2016

James Turrell: A Retrospective

Michael Govan and Christine Y. Kim

Published in conjunction with a retrospective exhibition of Turrell’s work, this monograph contains essays, an artist interview, and specially commissioned photographs. Readers are enlightened with the inspirations spanning the artist’s career—including his experience with aviation, science, and psychology—and can explore an in-depth feature on Roden Crater, a site-specific intervention on an extinct volcano near Flagstaff, … Read More

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April 1, 2016

Design Like You Give a Damn [2]: Building Change from the Ground Up

Architecture for Humanity, ed.

Compiled by nonprofit design services firm Architecture for Humanity, Design Like You Give a Damn [2] highlights more than 100 innovative architectural design projects in the U.S. and abroad that address a specific region’s needs. This handbook also features case studies and interviews. Click here to purchase.

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March 28, 2016

Seeing the Forest and the Trees

A natural “installation” uses public art to raise awareness of deforestation

When conceptual and environmental artist Konstantin Dimopoulos moved to Melbourne, Australia, from New Zealand, he was struck by the abundance of trees in his new surroundings. With a population of 4.25 million, Melbourne boasts 70,000 trees, which cover 20 percent of the city—and city planners hope to increase that ratio to 40 percent. Besides being … Read More

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March 23, 2016

“Sky Bridge”

Artist: Beili Liu

San Francisco, Calif. – Austin-based international artist Beili Liu‘s Sky Bridge, the finale of the multi-year Central Subway Temporary Art Project, is a reflective installation of mirror Mylar on the bricks of the pedestrian bridge over Kearny Street in San Francisco’s Chinatown. One of the most open public spaces in the densely populated area, the … Read More

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March 16, 2016

Sans façon

artist duo makes context and relationships the center of each project

Each year, the Public Art Network (PAN) of Americans for the Arts nominates 50 public artworks as outstanding representations of the genre. When Charles Blanc and Tristan Surtees, collectively known as Sans façon, put a few projects in the hopper for the distinction, they never expected to be chosen; they simply hoped to make a … Read More

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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