Catherine Widgery’s epiphany as an artist came just over a decade ago with a sculpture she created for the opening of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum on Cape Cod. Stringing together rusted chains, fishing gear, shells, and other debris, she created a whirlwind of junk in the center of the gallery—and after the exhibit, … Read More
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.
NEW YORK – If a Queens, NY, architectural firm and a Brooklyn rooftop-farm builder get their way, a derelict Long Island Railway (LIRR) spur in Long Island City, Queens, will become the Wild Line—a nature sanctuary that’s a shorter, greener, wilder version of Manhattan’s popular High Line. According to a proposal put forward earlier this … Read More
Through the Looking Glass follows a four-year collaborative project between multimedia artist Ross and fine arts manufacturer Franz Meyer (Munich). The project resulted in a twenty-eight-square-foot stained glass wall with hydraulic doors created specially for the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Austin, Texas. Click here to purchase.
Almost a century after its dedication, the historic J.M. Weatherwax High School in Aberdeen, Washington, built in 1909, burned to the ground. After the fire, city officials in this coastal town salvaged as many of the old sandstone construction blocks as they could, though they had no end goal in mind. The large blocks had … Read More
Compiled by nonprofit design services firm Architecture for Humanity, Design Like You Give a Damn  highlights more than 100 innovative architectural design projects in the U.S. and abroad that address a specific region’s needs. This handbook also features case studies and interviews. Click here to purchase.
Creative placemaking has been an outcome of public art projects for years, and the term has recently become an engaging catchphrase for decision makers and developers around the United States. It is encouraging that the arts have become an accepted aspect of developing a place, but the current focus on placemaking also raises important questions: … Read More
Orit Haj, a site-specific artwork at Vasquez Rocks in Acton-Agua Dulce, California, pays tribute to the earliest inhabitants of the Santa Clarita Valley—the Tataviam tribe. Created by artistic duo Didier Hess, the piece is a solid earthen structure made of a mixture of soil and cement; it is designed to slowly erode over the course … Read More
Shanghai – Researchers from across the globe gathered last week to share their perspectives on public art. Sponsored by the University of Shanghai, the two-day meeting invited scholars, curators, artists, project managers, and city planners to give presentations about recent public art projects as well as discuss the nuances of place re-making throughout the world. … Read More
Placemaking may be a default strategy for many public art projects of the past several years, but what about art that, on its face, intends to do the opposite? There is value in the disruption of place and time, and Claire Doherty’s survey of 42 remarkable public artworks in her book Public Art (Now) shows … Read More
Miami, Fla. – Over 4,500 project ideas were submitted to this year’s Knight Cities Challenge, which invites innovators to actively shape the futures of cities across the U.S. Reviewers spent two months looking over applications in order to select the 158 finalists, who have until the end of the month to submit formal applications. The winners of … Read More
New Delhi, India – As part of St+art Delhi earlier this year, Polish-born New York street artist OLEK created a large-scale, collaboratively knitted public artwork. On view from February 20 – March 18, 2015, Street Knit covered the surface of a homeless shelter in New Delhi with knitted lengths of colorful local materials. Both the location … Read More
San Francisco, Calif. – A series of fifty “prototypes” designed to improve civic life lined San Francisco’s main thoroughfare for the first ever Market Street Prototyping Festival from April 9-11, 2015 . The festival related to the city’s Better Market Street initiative and was a joint effort of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the … Read More