Public Art Category


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.

March 27, 2014

The Vision Behind the Land Art Generator Initiative 1

A video interview with Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry

New York, New York – 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 the scenes … Read More

Public Art Review | Featured, Public Art Review

March 3, 2014

“Open House”

by Matthew Mazzotta

York, Ala. (2013) - If you approached a resident of York, Alabama, a couple years back and asked about the town’s biggest eyesore, you would likely have heard about the salmon-colored house on Main Street. You know the one, they’d say. The roof is caving in. One side of the house seems to be sliding down a … Read More

Public Art Review | Public Art Review, Recent Projects

February 10, 2014

A Waterfront Watershed

A new waterfront raises awareness of public art in Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay, Ontario, made its name as a manufacturing and lumbering city, and as the westernmost Canadian port on the Great Lakes. Proud of its ethnic heritage (in which Finns, Italians, Natives, and Métis—descendants of Native-white unions—are prominent), it’s faced the sort of economic decline afflicting blue-collar, heavily industrial communities throughout North America, and like … Read More

January 25, 2014

Building Healthy Cities

Artists help urban planners shape—and heal—cities

During the spring and summer of 2010, artist Adam Kuby began “treating” the city of Portland with 35-foot-high acupuncture needles. He placed each needle to draw attention to a particular neighborhood or environmental feature: Some sites posed challenges to the city and were in need of healing; others were assets, if neglected ones. “I wanted … Read More

Joseph Hart | Featured, Magazine Feature

January 25, 2014

Public Art as a Spiritual Path

Four artists talk about how their beliefs inform their practice

Exploring the meeting of art and spirituality with Agnes Denes, Tyree Guyton, Ned Kahn, and Lily Yeh yielded conversations as distinct as these artists’ works, yet each dialogue reflected the same truth. Despite marked differences, they share precisely those characteristics—creative force, hunger for awakening, deep sense of purpose, and reluctance to settle for the superficial … Read More

November 26, 2013

Making Sanctuary

Artist Topher Delaney, whose medium is the land, talks about healing gardens and public art

Topher Delaney grew up around artists. Her brother’s godfather was Marcel Duchamp. Isamu Noguchi’s studio was a block from her house. Over nightly dinners she listened to artists like Mark Rothko and Robert Rauschenberg discuss—and complain about—the art system. She realized early that she would do something different. “I didn’t want to go into the … Read More

Interview by Karen Olson | Featured, Magazine Feature, Public Art Review

November 5, 2013

The Curator-Driven Public Art Festival

Capital as Context: 5x5 in Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C. – As the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., combines instantly recognizable symbols of national and international significance with an urban environment that is rich, diverse, and complex. But, like many other U.S. cities, aspects of the District of Columbia’s urban realm have been ignored and forsaken. And although Washington is a nexus of public … Read More

Ronit Eisenbach and Welmoed Laanstra | Magazine Feature, On Location, Public Art Review

October 28, 2013

The Momentary Monument

Philippe Vergne on Thomas Hirschhorn’s Gramsci Monument

Thomas Hirschhorn’s idea was ambitious: build a temporary structure in a diverse urban neighborhood and use it as a community center to spark discussions around philosophy, art, and life. It’d house a café, a gallery and a library, a philosopher-in-residence, and a daily newspaper. But while the idea sounds familiar, it was never realized—in Minneapolis, … Read More

Paul Schmelzer | Featured, Public Art Review

October 28, 2013

Art on the Farm

The Wormfarm Institute puts the culture back in agriculture

If you were in rural Sauk County, Wisconsin, in October, 2011, and thought you saw the word truth inscribed on a hillside overlooking the Carr Valley Cheese shop near La Valle, it was no illusion. It was a work of art by Cathi Schwalbe-Bouzide, of Chicago, who’s created similar mown glyphs in Illinois. In describing … Read More

October 14, 2013

The Homeless Remembrance Project

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