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.

August 20, 2014

Culture in Motion

A mobile, inflatable auditorium brings arts programming to a tsunami-devastated region of Japan

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude-9 earthquake, one of the most powerful in recorded history, hit Japan, and was followed by a devastating tsunami. The catastrophe claimed more than 18,000 lives and left vast swathes of the northeast severely damaged if not destroyed. In the Tohoku region, whole towns were swept away; the force of … Read More

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 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

July 30, 2014

Scraps of Fantasy

A video interview with Dr. Evermor and Eleanor Every

Sumpter, Wisc. - VIDEO - There is an unusual public art park in Sumpter, Wisconsin, run by the husband-and-wife team of Dr. Evermor (AKA Tom Every) and Lady Eleanor (AKA Eleanor Every). The park is filled with large metal sculptures built by Dr. Evermor, including Forevertron, a monumental kinetic sculpture that stands 50 ft. high, 120 ft. wide, and weighs 300 … Read More

Public Art Review | Featured, Public Art Review

July 28, 2014

Once More to the Island + VIDEO

Governors Island, a former military base near Manhattan, becomes an open oasis for the arts

Riding the ferry to Governors Island on a foggy February morning, it’s easy to imagine that you’re heading to a new and foreign land. Only a half mile from the bustling southern tip of Manhattan, it seems a world apart. In many ways, it once was. A retreat for the British royal governors in the … Read More

Valerie Gladstone | On Location, Public Art Review

July 18, 2014

Self-Made Worlds

Meet the makers of hand-built art environments, where the creative spirit reigns

Called outsider art by some, folk art environments by others, self-made worlds are generally the works of individuals not trained in the formal arts (but by no means untrained in their own fields), using nontraditional materials and building methods. Raw Vision editor John Maizels addressed the difficulty of defining self-made worlds in an early issue of … Read More

July 16, 2014

From Public Space to Market Place? 1

The history and challenge of public art—and funding—in Liverpool

Liverpool once had a proud tradition of privately commissioned permanent art that helped define its public space. But over the past 40 years, its new public art has been different in character: ephemeral, detached from the built infrastructure, attempting to reimagine the city in and for the present, and paid for by the public purse. … Read More

July 9, 2014

“East-West/West-East”

by Richard Serra

Brouq Nature Reserve, Qatar (2014) – Qatar Museums recently unveiled East-West/West-East, a new sculpture by American artist Richard Serra. Comprised of four standing steel plates, East-West/West-East spans a length of 0.6 miles across the Brouq Nature Reserve, connecting the waters of the Gulf in western Qatar. The plates, which rise 48.2 feet and 54.8 feet above the ground, are … Read More

Public Art Review | Public Art Review, Recent Projects

July 4, 2014

Artists and Parks

How artists shape our shared spaces

At the Tolt River–John MacDonald Park near Carnation, Washington, artist Elizabeth Conner recently spent six months with staff scientists from King County’s natural resource divisions. Together they monitored fish biology and the water’s movement at a flood plain restoration site. But Conner asked different questions and used different words than the scientists to describe what … Read More

Carolyn Law with Matthew Stadler | Featured, Magazine Feature, Public Art Review

June 30, 2014

Made in Taiwan

Environmental art on the Beautiful Island

Portuguese explorers gave Taiwan the name Ilha Formosa (beautiful island) for the striking beauty of its rich, natural landscape. Today, Taiwan—with its bustling, industrialized urban centers—faces the environmental consequences of high population density and the rapid industrialization behind the “Taiwan Economic Miracle” of the past five decades. As in other areas of the world, public … Read More

Elizabeth Wilson | On Location, Public Art Review