Public Art Category

Placemaking

A term used to describe the design and development of common spaces, shared envrionments and civic places created for communities. The notion of what makes a good place changes over time and varies among cultures. Artists’ involvement is considered a best practice by urban planners, landscape architects and city builders.

July 7, 2014

Cash Cow: The CowParade™

The CowParade™ and its discontents

When I moved with my family to Chicago at the turn of the millennium, we were not without misgivings. Ex-New Yorkers returning to the States after a decade in Europe, we packed most of the predictable prejudices about the Midwest: Were we abandoning the cultural riches of Mitteleuropa for the banality of Big Brats and … 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

June 23, 2014

Hardrock Revision

Artists reconsider a mine site in Lake City, Colorado

Public art is a dynamic and expanding endeavor. As art’s concerns adjust to our increasingly complex world, the role of artist is shifting from object maker to problem solver. In the summer of 2011, the Colorado Art Ranch in conjunction with the town of Lake City, Colorado, embraced this definition of public art in the Hardrock … Read More

Linda Wysong | On Location, Public Art Review

June 11, 2014

Vibrancy Indicators

Positive Vibrations: How do you measure vibrancy?

Don’t talk to Shanai Matteson about “vibrant” communities. It’s a loaded term, according to the artist and co-founder with Colin Kloecker of Works Progress, a public art and design studio based in Minnesota. “The danger of the idea of vitality or vibrancy is when one person’s concept is the norm,” she explains. “So every neighborhood … Read More

June 9, 2014

Artful Playscapes

A playground expert says it's time for American artists to return to the design table

American artists were a force in playground design in the 1950s and 1960s, but when patrons began to choose equipment based on whether it would reduce their liability, artists disengaged from design. Architects, landscape architects, and visual artists in Europe, Australia, and Asia, however, have remained engaged. In these locales, artists have fashioned natural materials … Read More

April 19, 2014

The Art of Ritual: Burning Man

Religion, spirituality, and public art at Burning Man

Burning Man is grand-scale theater for eclectic spirituality, self-expression, personal transformation, communal bonding, and cultural renewal. For one week every year, around 50,000 participants transform a harsh and utterly empty expanse of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert into a pulsating cultural laboratory populated with hundreds of art installations. Culminating in the spectacular incineration of the eponymous … Read More

April 16, 2014

“From the Knees of my Nose to the Belly of my Toes”

by Alex Chinneck

Kent, U.K. (2013-2014) - An abandoned building along a residential street in Kent has transformed into From the Knees of my Nose to the Belly of my Toes, a temporary installation by artist Alex Chinneck. The front of the building was replaced with a curved brick facade, making it appear as though the wall is sliding down into … Read More

Public Art Review | Public Art Review, Recent Projects

April 14, 2014

Sara Daleiden: Encouraging Public Intimacy

An interview from the Placemakers series

Raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Sara Daleiden now lives in Los Angeles, where she takes an interventionist and activist approach to redefining the public spaces of her adopted city. Much of her work is rooted in the tradition of the flâneur, who experiences urban space through directionless walking. Transplant this concept to car-crazy L.A., and the … Read More

April 12, 2014

Home Makers

Artist-involved projects focused on housing and neighborhoods

Rick Lowe, founder of Project Row Houses (PRH), was making billboard-sized political paintings in his Houston, Texas, studio in the 1980s when a visiting high school student challenged his work. As Lowe recounted to the New York Times in 2006, “If I was an artist, he said, why didn’t I come up with some kind … Read More

April 4, 2014

The Vision Behind the Land Art Generator Initiative 2

A video interview with Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry

New York, New York – VIDEO – The Land Art Generator Initiative has formulated an approach to design thinking that intrigued us since the moment we first found out about them. We wanted to know more about their vision and mission, so we asked them for an in-person interview. This video will take you behind … Read More

Public Art Review | Featured, Public Art Review