Public Art Category

Commemorative

A project that honors, remembers, celebrates a person, place or event. It could be representational or abstract, temporary or permanent. This includes memorials and monuments, as well as rituals and roadside shrines.

March 14, 2016

“Orit Haj”

Artists: Didier Hess

Orit Haj, a site-specific artwork at Vasquez Rocks in Acton-Agua Dulce, California, pays tribute to the earliest inhabitants of the Santa Clarita Valley—the Tataviam tribe. Created by artistic duo Didier Hess, the piece is a solid earthen structure made of a mixture of soil and cement; it is designed to slowly erode over the course … Read More

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February 29, 2016

Remembering with Beads

A traveling memorial pays tribute to missing and murdered indigenous women

How can a memorial reflect the presence of grief and the absence caused by lost lives? How can it bring tragedy to light without reducing lives to stories of violence? Walking With Our Sisters (WWOS) attempts this balance as both a space for remembrance and a traveling memorial that draws attention to the staggering number of … Read More

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February 17, 2016

The MLK Mural: We Will Not Be Satisfied Until 1

Artist: Meg Saligman Studios

Chattanooga, Tenn – How can a city, and a community, preserve its cultural heritage while undergoing rapid gentrification? Artist Meg Saligman looks to murals for an answer. The MLK Mural: We will not be satisfied until, Saligman’s latest work, is a massive, painted testament to the complex cultural dynamics along M.L. King Blvd in Chattanooga, … Read More

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July 15, 2015

UN Memorial to Victims of Slavery

A place of remembrance designed by architect Rodney Leon

New York, N.Y. – The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2015 to 2024 to be the International Decade for People of African Descent and this year the UN established the Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade in New York. The UN selected Haitian-American architect Rodney Leon’s design, The … Read More

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June 10, 2015

“SHE-SPAN”

Artist: Judy Doom/Stephanie Rudig

Washington, D.C. – Begun in 2013, SHE-SPAN commemorates the record number of women sworn into Congress that January with a series of pointillist portraits posted around Washington, D.C. The artist, Stephanie Rudig (also known as “Judy Doom”) was underwhelmed by this record, which meant that only 19% of the 113th Congress was female, she told Huffington Post. The 114th … Read More

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April 29, 2015

Stolpersteine

Artist: Gunter Demnig

Called the “largest decentralized monument in the world,” Cologne-based artist Gunter Demnig’s project Stolpersteine was started in 1996 and continues to grow. Stolpersteine, meaning “stumbling stone or blocks,” are brass plaques embedded in the pavement in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Each inscription reads “HERE LIVED…” and includes the victim’s name, referring to the … Read More

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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

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December 1, 2014

Two Artists Reflect on the Contemporary Memorial

Patricia Cronin and Judith Shea describe their memorial works

New York, New York – 2 projects, 2 artists, 2 stories   Memorial to a Marriage by Patricia Cronin A few years ago Grand Arts, the Kansas City–based nonprofit art projects institution, invited me to make a dream sculpture project. I had just finished a series of bronze horses, and I started looking around New … Read More

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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

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November 24, 2014

Art Activism in Ferguson

Ferguson, Missouri – Following the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri, a movement against racial injustice began throughout the city of St. Louis. While many people have been activated to join protests, train in civil disobedience, take classes in legal rights, and get out the vote, The Regional Arts Commission … 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 11, 2014

Honoring Veterans

How public artists memorialize our nation's heroes

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” – Joseph Campbell Every year on November 11th, our nation—along with nations around the world—gathers together to honor those who have bravely served our country. We not only honor the fallen, but the 22 million veterans living in the … Read More

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