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.

October 15, 2014

Water Works

Nine artist-driven projects that are transforming watersheds and communities

BRIGHTWATER TREATMENT PLANT (KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON) Artists: T. Ellen Sollod, Buster Simpson, Jann Rosen-Queralt Why did artists help design and decorate a new wastewater treatment plant in the Seattle area? Because it’s the law. A King County ordinance actually specifies that artists be involved early and often in community infrastructure projects. “The commitment of King … Read More

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

September 30, 2014

Autumn Arts Festivals 2014

Check out the arts festivals happening around the world this fall and early winter. Here is a partial list to get you started on your art adventures: September – December  Washington, D.C. 5×5 – The largest, temporary public art project in the nation’s capital returns in early September, and will culminate with twenty-five unique, diverse, and … Read More

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September 25, 2014

Rick Lowe Awarded 2014 MacArthur Fellowship

Rick Lowe, founder of Project Row Houses in Houston, Texas, has been awarded the prestigious 2014 MacArthur fellowship along with 20 other gifted, creative innovators. Anonymously nominated by leaders in their field, fellows receive a stipend of $625,000, paid over the course of five years, to use as they see fit. Originally trained as a … Read More

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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

September 1, 2014

Back in the Game

Art returns to sports stadiums

From the Archives (2012) – New sports stadiums in America are incorporating increasing amounts of public art, and this is fitting. The art adds value to fans seeking a “destination experience,” and support for artists can console some cultures that oppose public funding of stadium construction. There is an intrinsic connection, too: the affinity between … Read More

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

August 18, 2014

“TALKPGH”

Artist: Jon Rubin

A traveling talk show recently made its way through Pittsburgh, during which organizers interviewed residents about their neighborhoods. This mobile talk show visited each of the city’s 90 neighborhoods in 20 days, filming residents as they shared their opinions and ideas about the state of their communities and how they would like to see them … Read More

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August 15, 2014

The New City-Makers

Six lessons public artists can teach us about how to make our cities better

Something strange is happening in our cities. Given the somber state of our economic, environmental, and social progress, one would expect cities to be in serious trouble. After all, a growing majority of the world’s population lives in them (84 percent in the United States, according to the last census), where they consume an ever-growing … Read More

August 13, 2014

Happy City

Charles Montgomery

Although not explicitly about public art, Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by journalist Charles Montgomery gives plenty of reasons why we need public art in our cities and where such art should be placed to have the greatest effect. Montgomery makes a compelling case that the cities we have built, especially in the … Read More

Reviewed by Thomas Fisher | Books, Public Art Review