Public Art Category


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.

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

June 23, 2014

Hardrock Revision

Artists reconsider a mine site in Lake City, Colorado

Public art is a dynamic and expanding endeavor. As art’s concerns adjust to our increasingly complex world, the role of artist is shifting from object maker to problem solver. In the summer of 2011, the Colorado Art Ranch in conjunction with the town of Lake City, Colorado, embraced this definition of public art in the Hardrock … Read More

Linda Wysong | On Location, Public Art Review

June 18, 2014

Stadium Arts

Meet four favorite artworks at U.S. sports stadiums

Public Art Review asked members of the Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Listserv to nominate their favorite works at sports stadiums. The nominations poured in and, after looking through projects at hockey arenas, football fields, and ballparks, we present to you four works that celebrate sports and the athletic spirit. —The Editors  

June 16, 2014

Sites Speak to Her

A video interview with Su-Chen Hung

In Su-Chen Hung’s installations, the audience is an active participant, bringing the artwork to life. Some of her temporary installations, such as Red Walk, Red Union, and Cascading Red, invite the audience inside to walk inside and interact with the piece. In this video, Su-Chen shares her philosophy and the significance of her materials.     Video produced … Read More

June 16, 2014

“The Kelpies”

Artist: Andy Scott

Falkirk, Scotland (2014) - Before the development of modern technology, horses were the mainstay of Scotland’s industry, agriculture and transport. Artist Andy Scott commemorates these industrious animals with The Kelpies, a pair of monumental steel equine sculptures. “The Kelpies title comes from mythological Scottish sea horses, but from that starting point I developed them towards a monument … Read More

Public Art Review | Public Art Review, Recent Projects

June 13, 2014

America’s Garden of Art

Joseph Antenucci Becherer, Larry Ten Harmsel, and David S. Hooker

Frederik Meijer, founder of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, wanted primarily to bring people joy and make the world better through the confluence of art and horticulture. His efforts shine in America’s Garden of Art, a lush visual narrative that tells the story of Meijer Gardens from its conception. Photographs by William J. Herbert … Read More

Public Art Review | Books, Public Art Review

June 9, 2014

Artful Playscapes

A playground expert says it's time for American artists to return to the design table

American artists were a force in playground design in the 1950s and 1960s, but when patrons began to choose equipment based on whether it would reduce their liability, artists disengaged from design. Architects, landscape architects, and visual artists in Europe, Australia, and Asia, however, have remained engaged. In these locales, artists have fashioned natural materials … Read More

May 28, 2014

Summer Arts Festivals 2014

Check out the arts festivals happening around North America this summer and start making travel plans. Here is a list to get you started: 2014-2016 Vancouver, British Columbia Vancouver Biennale - Guided by the theme “Open Borders / Crossroads Vancouver,” the 3rd annual Vancouver Biennale will include a variety of artistic mediums, including music, performance, sculpture, and … Read More

Public Art Review | News, Public Art Review

April 24, 2014

The Land Art Generator Initiative at Fresh Kills

Trash to Treasure: Conceptual projects imagine a renewable future

New York, NY — The Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island was one of the more dubious pen-strokes of New York’s “master builder,” Robert Moses, in 1948. The idea: Take the garbage from New York City, dump it into an unbuildable wetland for a few years, and then develop the trash heap into residential or … Read More