Public Art Category

Sculpture

Three-dimensional or relief forms, either abstract or realistic. Traditionally carved stone or wood, constructed objects, cast forms, woven fiber or shaped materials of some type. Sculpture can also integrate other media, such as light, sound, or kinetic movement.

April 16, 2014

“From the Knees of my Nose to the Belly of my Toes”

by Alex Chinneck

Kent, U.K. (2013-2014) - An abandoned building along a residential street in Kent has transformed into From the Knees of my Nose to the Belly of my Toes, a temporary installation by artist Alex Chinneck. The front of the building was replaced with a curved brick facade, making it appear as though the wall is sliding down into … Read More

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April 4, 2014

The Vision Behind the Land Art Generator Initiative 1

A video interview with Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry

New York, New York – VIDEO – 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 … Read More

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March 25, 2014

Bringing the Biennale Home

What the director of an American sculpture park learned in Venice

My primary goal at Laumeier Sculpture Park is to use the whole space and history of St. Louis as a platform for artistic research, using the rubric “archaeology of place” to guide our thematic shows. This notion has helped us commission work by artists from around the globe—Matts Leiderstam (Sweden), Ken Lum (Canada), Tea Mäkipää … Read More

Marilu Knode | On Location, Public Art Review

February 26, 2014

Healing Arts

Five hospitals demonstrate models for integrating art in institutional settings

The past five years have seen an explosion in new hospital construction, and many of these new facilities have highly organized arts programs to fill their blank buildings with sculptures, murals, paintings, even interactive art exhibits. Commissioned art for hospitals is nothing new, of course. But several recent hospital projects suggest new approaches and a … Read More

February 26, 2014

Righteous Indignation

What happens when public art touches religious nerves

When a David Wojnarowicz video was removed from the National Portrait Gallery’s Hide/Seek, an exhibition in November 2010 devoted to homosexual identity, censorship based on charges of sacrilege was back in the news. Wojnarowicz’s 1987 A Fire in My Belly includes an 11-second clip of ants swarming over a crucifix and was inspired by the … Read More

February 26, 2014

“Ideas of Stone”

by Giuseppe Penone

New York (2013) - Giuseppe Penone’s Ideas of Stone is a gravity-defying balancing act consisting of three 30-foot-tall bronze trees with giant, fruit-like stones suspended in their branches. The sculpture was commissioned by Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art. and was first shown in Madison Square Park. Giuseppe Penone is the subject of new book, Giuseppe Penone: The … Read More

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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

January 24, 2014

“Sleeping Bag Project”

by Tyler Hodgins

Duncan, British Columbia (2013) - Artist Tyler Hodgins has created a series of ice sculptures aimed at generating discussion surrounding the issue of homelessness. Titled Sleeping Bag Project, the sculptures take the form of a person huddled in a sleeping bag, and are placed on public benches. Hodgins creates the sculptures using a rubber mold, ice, and tempera … Read More

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