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
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.
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
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
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
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
Austin, Texas - Ballroom Luminoso by Arizona-based artists Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock has been named the winner of the 2013 SXSW Eco Award for Transformative Design. The work, made of recycled bicycle parts, structural steel, and LED lights, is located beneath an 1-35 overpass in San Antonio, Texas.
Cuba is full of the unpredictable. With the loosening of restrictions on travel, free enterprise, and artistic expression, the country has experienced a remarkable boom in cultural production. Even more unusual is the warm welcome that was extended to artists from the Northern Hemisphere to participate in the Havana Biennial, which until recently was restricted … Read More
Chicago, Ill. (2012) - During the summer of 2012, the streets and buildings of Chicago were a giant canvas for artist Jessica Stockholder. Using adhesive vinyl and vinyl scrim, Stockholder coated building façades, sidewalks, and crosswalks at State Street and Adams with strips of bright color for an installation called Color Jam. The largest public artwork in Chicago … Read More
Global – Forecast Public Art and the Institute for Public Art have opened a Call for Suggestions for the second International Award for Public Art. The award honors excellence in the field while also seeking to increase visibility for public art internationally and to foster knowledge through research, discussion, and debate. Please send suggestions by … Read More
The question “What is the role of public art in placemaking?” is slipperier than it looks. To ask it is not simply to invite ideas about how to make the cityscape prettier; it is to grapple with the definitions, nuances, and implications of the question’s two big terms. Neither placemaking nor public art possesses a … Read More