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.

September 17, 2014

Old and New in Rhode Island

Tradition and innovation merge to benefit the community

Rhode Island (2011) – The recent unveiling of Maya Lin’s design The Meeting Room—a park redesign intended to improve and reenergize Queen Anne Square in the center of Newport, Rhode Island—reveals the challenges involved in placing public art in Rhode Island. This state prides itself on being home to more historic structures per capita than … Read More

Martina Windels | On Location, Public Art Review

August 25, 2014

Where People Gather

Maya Lin’s work on the Confluence Project honors the past, and the project’s new executive director reaches out to the public on behalf of the future

Back in 1999, when Vancouver, Washington, nonprofit leader Jane Jacobsen first learned of a potential $500,000 gift to fund a public art project commemorating the upcoming bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition, the bare outline of how to spend the money was immediately obvious. “Let’s start in the West, where Lewis … Read More

Jacqueline White | On Location, Public Art Review

July 16, 2014

From Public Space to Market Place? 1

The history and challenge of public art—and funding—in Liverpool

Liverpool once had a proud tradition of privately commissioned permanent art that helped define its public space. But over the past 40 years, its new public art has been different in character: ephemeral, detached from the built infrastructure, attempting to reimagine the city in and for the present, and paid for by the public purse. … Read More

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