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.

July 4, 2014

Artists and Parks

How artists shape our shared spaces

At the Tolt River–John MacDonald Park near Carnation, Washington, artist Elizabeth Conner recently spent six months with staff scientists from King County’s natural resource divisions. Together they monitored fish biology and the water’s movement at a flood plain restoration site. But Conner asked different questions and used different words than the scientists to describe what … Read More

Carolyn Law with Matthew Stadler | Featured, Magazine Feature, Public Art Review

February 26, 2014

The Hart Island Project

Melinda Hunt's quest to identify the anonymous

“The feeling that it’s within your control to commemorate your loved one is an important feeling to restore,” says Melinda Hunt, an artist who, for the past two decades, has sought to do just that for relatives of the 850,000 people buried since the Civil War on Hart Island, a potter’s field in Long Island … Read More

November 26, 2013

The Rwanda Healing Project / Rugerero Genocide Memorial Park

by Lily Yeh

Rwanda (2007) – Lily Yeh first toured Rwanda in 2004, a decade after the brutal genocide that claimed as many as a fifth of the country’s citizens. While visiting a village in the Rugerero Sector where people lived near a crude mass grave, Yeh was struck by the absence of adults outside: “They were suffering … Read More

October 14, 2013

The Homeless Remembrance Project 1

Seattle – More than 13 years ago, a group of clergy, social workers, activists, and homeless and formerly homeless people began standing vigil upon learning of the death of someone living on the streets of Seattle. The ongoing vigils, which honor the lives of those who have died, still take place at noon on Wednesdays … Read More

Jacqueline White | Magazine Feature, Public Art Review

September 30, 2013

Call for Suggestions: International Award for Public Art

Global – Forecast Public Art and the Institute for Public Art have opened a Call for Suggestions for the second International Award for Public Art. The award honors excellence in the field while also seeking to increase visibility for public art internationally and to foster knowledge through research, discussion, and debate. Please send suggestions by … Read More

Public Art Review | News, Public Art Review

May 21, 2013

San Francisco’s International Orange Exhibition

Past and Present: Artists respond to the Golden Gate and Fort Point

San Francisco, Calif. – In 2012, San Francisco celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge with International Orange, a major exhibition and public art project. One of the 16 artists involved in the exhibition was Andy Freeberg. For his photographic installation called Gatekeepers, Freeberg created a series of images of the bridge’s numerous … Read More

May 20, 2013

Cambodia’s Public Art Scene

Healing Arts in Cambodia: In spite—or because—of its troubled past and uncertain future, Cambodia boasts a burgeoning public art scene

Cambodia – During a slow-moving ride through traffic in a tuk-tuk—a motorcycle taxi with an attached open cart for passengers—one has ample opportunity to survey the bland and decorative public art of Cambodia’s cities. It’s the kind of art that can be seen in most cities anywhere on the globe. Cambodia’s tends toward realistic and … Read More

Jane Ingram Allen | On Location, Public Art Review

March 5, 2013

“The Bay Lights”

Artist: Leo Villareal

San Francisco, Calif. – On March 5, 2013, at 9 pm PST, Leo Villareal‘s The Bay Lights—the largest LED light sculpture in the world—was lit. Since 1936, the Bay Bridge has been a central landmark of the Bay Area of California, connecting San Francisco and Oakland. The Bay Lights was inspired by the bridge’s 75th … Read More

Public Art Review | Public Art Review, Recent Projects

January 29, 2013

The International Award for Public Art: Six Finalists 2

Spanning the Globe

World – Public art today is a rapidly growing and evolving field. Each project embodies a unique convergence of time and place, artist and community, style and approach, vision and actualization. Yet public art lacks evaluative studies, in-depth research, and comparative data to serve the expanding field worldwide. Likewise, information about high-caliber projects in different cities and countries is not broadly accessible across … Read More

November 12, 2012

Sacramento International Airport Unveils New Artwork

Various Artists

Sacramento, Calif. – This past fall, the Sacramento International Airport unveiled a $1.3 billion addition. The new construction features 14 major artworks by highly regarded artists; in total, these works cost $6 million, making the collection Sacramento’s single largest investment in public art. One of the dominant pieces in the collection, The Baggage Handlers by … Read More

Public Art Review | Public Art Review, Recent Projects