Public Art Category

February 27, 2017

Intrude

Artist: Amanda Parer

WORLDWIDE – Rabbits have become a seriously invasive species since they were introduced in Australia in the 1780s. And now the gigantic, glowing white rabbits that make up Australian artist Amanda Parer’s Intrude—pictured here in Sydney and at San Francisco’s Civic Center —are popping up in festivals and lawns around the world. Standing at about … Read More

January 27, 2017

Breathing Cathedral

American artist Stuart Williams’s moving light work in remembrance of lives lost during the Dresden bombing

Ever since I saw the film Slaughterhouse Five in 1972, based on Kurt Vonnegut’s seminal novel, I have been haunted by a scene in which American prisoners of war are arriving in Dresden by train…unknowingly, just a few days before the bombing of the city in February 1945. As the train rolls across the River … Read More

Christina Lanzl | On Location, Public Art Review

December 16, 2016

Waking the Monster

Artists: Maria Finkelmeier, Ryan Edwards, and Sam Okerstrom-Lang

BOSTON—Last October, a performance at Fenway Park turned the locally known “Green Monster” into an instrument by using the stadium’s street-facing infrastructure as a drum. The performance featured nine percussionists harnessed to the wall, where they played six original songs interspersed with violin, vocal, and DJ performances. Part of ILLUMINUS, Boston’s annual nocturnal public art … Read More

August 4, 2016

“Lightgraff” Calligraphy in Western Australia

Tunisian artist Karim Jabbari “writes” in light in a dramatic landscape

FORM bills itself as “an independent, non-profit cultural organisation… that develops and advocates for excellence in creativity and artistic practice in Western Australia.” The nonprofit is headquartered in central Perth, but its associated venues, and its programming, reach far out into the vast state, which includes some of the most dramatic landscapes on earth. In … Read More

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May 9, 2016

“Rays”

Artist: Dan Corson

Can’t find anyone willing to join you for a quick game of tag in the park? Head to the River’s Edge Park in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where artist Dan Corson’s interactive light-environment piece Rays (2013) will play with you all night long. Composed of robotic lighting fixtures and motion-detecting radar, the work spans the park’s five-acre … Read More

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May 6, 2016

Light Show

Cliff Lauson, ed.

Published concurrently with an exhibition of the same name, Light Show surveys historical and contemporary artworks using illumination as material. Beginning with explanations of how we see and manipulate light, by curator and editor Lauson, art historian Anne Wagner, and science writer Philip Ball, the catalog hits its stride with a series of radiantly illustrated … Read More

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February 26, 2016

The Wabash Lights Switch On!

Chicago – When it costs over $5,000,000 to realize a project, each step towards completion becomes a landmark victory. The Wabash Lights, a long-term interactive light installation that transforms the underside of elevated train tracks, took a giant leap forward on February 4, 2016 when designers Jack Newell and Seth Unger switched on the first … Read More

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January 6, 2016

“Golden Waters”

Artist: Grimanesa Amorós

Scottsdale, Ariz. – Golden Waters, a site-specific light sculpture by New York-based interdisciplinary artist Grimanesa Amorós, animated the Scottsdale waterfront this past summer. The sculpture measured 40 x 135 x 18 feet and consisted of LED tubes, diffusion and reflective material, and electrical hardware. It was attached to the Soleri bridge so that it extended … Read More

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December 14, 2015

“COSMO”

Designer: Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation

VIDEO – New York, N.Y. – The winner of this year’s Young Architects Program (YAP) at MoMA PS1 is COSMO by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation. COSMO was the sixteenth installation in the series. The work was housed in the museum’s courtyard from June 23–September 7, 2015. Working within environmental guidelines that emphasize … Read More

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November 11, 2015

“Recurrence” 1

Artist: Luftwerk

Tampa, Fla. – VIDEO Installed in Kiley Gardens as part of this year’s Lights on Tampa, from February 20 to 21, Chicago-based artist collaboration Luftwerk‘s creation, Recurrence, set a 72-foot by 39-foot grid of 84 programmable LED lights on the ground at heights from six to 18 inches. The grid was illuminated in patterns that illustrated … Read More

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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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July 7, 2015

A Mini Public Art Filmfest

An hour-long filmfest inspired by the 2015 Public Art Network Preconference

Stories about public art projects shared at the Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network Preconference in June inspired this hour-long DIY mini-film fest for Public Art Review. Many of the projects listed below were selected for the Public Art Year in Review, an annual event recognizing the best in public art; others are from … Read More

Karin L. Wolf | Featured, Public Art Review