Public Art Category

May 29, 2015

Artists and Fabricators: So Happy Together

Most public art projects are the result of collaboration between artist and fabricator. What makes this relationship tick?

Artists curious about working in the public realm are sometimes told that public artists work in teams, but if one hasn’t been exposed to this way of working, it’s hard to understand what that really means. How do artists and fabricators decide to work together? What makes for a fruitful partnership? What are some of … Read More

Elizabeth Keithline | Featured, Magazine Feature, Public Art Review

April 3, 2015

“Lebensatem/Dresden (Breath of Life/Dresden)”

Artist: Stuart Williams

Dresden, Germany – February 13, 2015, marked the seventieth anniversary of the WWII bombing of Dresden. On that date, Lebensatem/Dresden (Breath of Life/Dresden)—a new project by New York artist Stuart Williams—began to illuminate the exterior of the restored Dresden Cathedral with waves of colored light that rise and fall at the pace of human breath. Ten thousand … Read More

Public Art Review | Public Art Review, Recent Projects

March 23, 2015

Scottsdale’s Annual Canal Convergence Art Event

Interactive art came to the Arizona Canal for third year

Scottsdale, Ariz. – The third annual Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light event, including interactive art, hands-on activities, and live music, took place February 26 – March 1 this year. Located on the Scottsdale Waterfront, the event staged five large-scale art installments, two dance performances and an educational water conservation display. Artworks and installations … Read More

Public Art Review | On Location, Public Art Review

March 9, 2015

“Winterlude Pavilion”

Artists: Adrian Bica and Dimitri Karopoulos

Ottawa, Canada – Winterlude Pavilion, created by Adrian Bica and Dimitri Karopoulos, stood in Ottawa’s Confederation Park during the Winterlude Festival in 2015. Composed of steel and bamboo frames, string, and colored LED lights, the pavilion translated the geometry of a soccer ball with hexagonal and pentagonal facets to a larger scale. The LEDs were programmed … Read More

Public Art Review | Public Art Review, Recent Projects

March 2, 2015

“Particle Falls”

Artists: Andrea Polli and Chuck Varga

Logan, Utah – Particle Falls, Andrea Polli and Chuck Varga’s environmental artwork, uses real-time visualization to expose air quality issues that are often ignored. It consists of a waterfall of blue light projected onto a building; the light turns fiery orange or red when there’s particulate pollution in the air. On view at Utah State … Read More

Public Art Review | Public Art Review, Recent Projects

February 20, 2015

“Airway” 1

Artist: Vicki Scuri

EL PASO, Texas – Completed in 2014, the large-scale Airway Aesthetic Improvement Project (Airway) by Vicki Scuri builds upon existing infrastructure to form a gateway to El Paso International Airport and downtown. Airway extends over 2,000 linear feet and consists of 50-foot, functional, illuminated wind turbines with customized radial armatures, low illuminated sculptures, arched planters for … Read More

Public Art Review | Public Art Review, Recent Projects

January 21, 2015

Cultural Landscapes: Ai Weiwei and Bert Benally 2

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

November 28, 2014

“Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks”

Artist: Janet Echelman

Vancouver, British Columbia –  Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks is Janet Echelman’s most ambitious sculpture to date. Installed in March 2014 at the TED Conference in Vancouver, the work spanned 745 feet and was elevated between the 24-story Fairmont Waterfront and the Vancouver Convention Center. It took a complex matrix of 860,000 hand and machine-made … Read More

Public Art Review | Public Art Review, Recent Projects

November 26, 2014

“Lightborder 2014”

On the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

Berlin, Germany – On Sunday, November 9th, Germany celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Built in 1961, the concrete barrier divided the city in a severe attempt to keep East Germans from escaping the Communist regime. After twenty-eight years of struggle, the country was finally reunited in 1989. In commemoration … Read More

Public Art Review | 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 22, 2014

New Media Night 2014

Featuring Radugadesign

The third annual New Media Night Festival, which celebrates temporary, site-specific light and sound art, brought some exceptionally progressive public displays to life this past summer. Set in the Nikola-Lenivets Art Park located about 125 miles from Moscow, the festival utilizes the existing 28 landscape installations as its canvas. Every year, different artists are invited … Read More

Public Art Review | Public Art Review, Recent Projects

October 13, 2014

Art & Place: Site-specific Art of the Americas

By the editors of Phaidon Press (Amanda Renshaw, lead editor)

From Canada to Argentina, Art & Place: Site-specific Art of the Americas takes us on a powerful tour of some of the most significant site-specific works of art of the past 10,000 years. Arranged from north to south, works by indigenous peoples from the Haida to the Inca are intermixed with contemporary pieces by artists including Matthew … Read More

Reviewed by Karen Olson | Books, Public Art Review