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.

June 23, 2014

Hardrock Revision

Artists reconsider a mine site in Lake City, Colorado

Public art is a dynamic and expanding endeavor. As art’s concerns adjust to our increasingly complex world, the role of artist is shifting from object maker to problem solver. In the summer of 2011, the Colorado Art Ranch in conjunction with the town of Lake City, Colorado, embraced this definition of public art in the Hardrock … Read More

Linda Wysong | On Location, Public Art Review

June 16, 2014

“Red Walk”

by Su-Chen Hung

Treasure Hill Artist Village, Taipei, Taiwan (February 15-March 16, 2014) – San Francisco-based artist Su-Chen Hung recently presented a public light and sound installation titled Red Walk for the 2014 Chinese Lantern Festival in Taipei. Made of LED light strips, metal wire and bamboo sticks, the piece was fashioned into a spiral-shaped maze for visitors to explore … Read More

Public Art Review | Public Art Review, Recent Projects

April 19, 2014

The Art of Ritual: Burning Man

Religion, spirituality, and public art at Burning Man

Burning Man is grand-scale theater for eclectic spirituality, self-expression, personal transformation, communal bonding, and cultural renewal. For one week every year, around 50,000 participants transform a harsh and utterly empty expanse of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert into a pulsating cultural laboratory populated with hundreds of art installations. Culminating in the spectacular incineration of the eponymous … Read More

April 14, 2014

Sara Daleiden: Encouraging Public Intimacy

An interview from the Placemakers series

Raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Sara Daleiden now lives in Los Angeles, where she takes an interventionist and activist approach to redefining the public spaces of her adopted city. Much of her work is rooted in the tradition of the flâneur, who experiences urban space through directionless walking. Transplant this concept to car-crazy L.A., and the … Read More

March 25, 2014

Bringing the Biennale Home

What the director of an American sculpture park learned in Venice

My primary goal at Laumeier Sculpture Park is to use the whole space and history of St. Louis as a platform for artistic research, using the rubric “archaeology of place” to guide our thematic shows. This notion has helped us commission work by artists from around the globe—Matts Leiderstam (Sweden), Ken Lum (Canada), Tea Mäkipää … Read More

Marilu Knode | On Location, Public Art Review

March 25, 2014

“Pulse of the City”

by George Zisiadis

Boston, Mass. (2013) - Initially developed in 2012 for San Francisco’s Urban Prototyping Festival—an event that encourages artists to explore ways to improve cities through art, design, and technology—Pulse of the City has been adopted by the city of Boston as part of a health and fitness initiative. Shaped like a cartoon heart, Pulse of the City is a solar-powered device with … Read More

Public Art Review | Public Art Review, Recent Projects

February 26, 2014

Righteous Indignation

What happens when public art touches religious nerves

When a David Wojnarowicz video was removed from the National Portrait Gallery’s Hide/Seek, an exhibition in November 2010 devoted to homosexual identity, censorship based on charges of sacrilege was back in the news. Wojnarowicz’s 1987 A Fire in My Belly includes an 11-second clip of ants swarming over a crucifix and was inspired by the … Read More

January 25, 2014

Building Healthy Cities

Artists help urban planners shape—and heal—cities

During the spring and summer of 2010, artist Adam Kuby began “treating” the city of Portland with 35-foot-high acupuncture needles. He placed each needle to draw attention to a particular neighborhood or environmental feature: Some sites posed challenges to the city and were in need of healing; others were assets, if neglected ones. “I wanted … Read More

Joseph Hart | Featured, Magazine Feature

January 25, 2014

Triggering Change

An experimental public art project in Maine leads to a call-to-action

In 1990, I bought a former coastal town dump on Vinalhaven Island, a fishing village in the Gulf of Maine 13 miles out to sea. I built a modest residence on the land and began the work of ecosystem restoration. When I first arrived, the location was remote in winter, cut off from the mainland … Read More

Aviva Rahmani | Public Art Review, Shop Talk

January 24, 2014

The Temporary Table

Events that start with dinner and spark deeper thinking about economics and aesthetics

There’s a question that inevitably arises when food is involved in a public art project: Is it art or is it just eating? In the early 1990s, Mary Jane Jacob curated several shows, including Culture in Action and Conversations at the Castle, that included artists getting people together to eat. The fact that these social … Read More