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.

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

August 8, 2014

Standing at the Gateway

Public art projects in St. Louis are reconnecting the city’s fragmented infrastructure—and its people

Word for word, no public artwork in St. Louis has been discussed more than Richard Serra’s Twain. It’s been disparaged at dinner parties, criticized in the newspaper, and one vandal-critic even spray-painted “GET RID OF THIS THING!” on its weathered Cor-Ten surface. Located on the Gateway Mall, a block-wide park that ribbons through downtown, Twain … Read More

Stefene Russell | On Location, Public Art Review

August 1, 2014

Interview with Frances Whitehead: Podcast

Frances Whitehead loves disturbed sites. Once a sculptor with a successful studio practice, Whitehead now uses her artistic expertise to transform abandoned public spaces into places of environmental stewardship and civic engagement. One of her most recent endeavors is working as lead artist for a massive placemaking project in Chicago, where she lives with her husband and fellow artist … Read More

August 1, 2014

Portrait of the Artist as a Leader

Frances Whitehead, lead artist on Chicago’s 606 project, tells Public Art Review about her role and how she got there

On a ragged day at the end of 2014’s rough winter, a Chicago wind nudged around the corners of a few construction trailers parked behind a chain link fence on a vacant lot just off the Kennedy Expressway. At the start of the construction season, there wasn’t much to recommend this shabby and largely forgotten … Read More

July 30, 2014

NEA Awards More Than $5 Million to 2014 Our Town Projects

Washington, DC (July 2014) – The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)—an independent agency of the federal government tasked with supporting and funding artistic endeavors—announced it will award 66 Our Town grants for a total of $5.07 million to organizations in 38 states. Established in 2011, the Our Town grant program funds creative projects that promote civic development through arts … Read More

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