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 14, 2015

“Labyrinth”

Artist: Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

Genk, Belgium – In celebration of the art center C-mine‘s tenth anniversary, Gijs Van Vaerenbergh designed a large-scale steel labyrinth influenced by the structures of the old coal mine where the center is located. From the top of the old mine shafts, the labyrinth can be seen in full. Known for the 2011 project Reading … Read More

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July 15, 2015

UN Memorial to Victims of Slavery

A place of remembrance designed by architect Rodney Leon

New York, N.Y. – The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2015 to 2024 to be the International Decade for People of African Descent and this year the UN established the Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade in New York. The UN selected Haitian-American architect Rodney Leon’s design, The … Read More

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July 3, 2015

Open Source Comes to Philadelphia

Multimedia works by renowned artists will be installed throughout the city

Philadelphia, Pa. – In October 2015, the citywide exhibition Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space will bring large-scale temporary public artworks by 14 renowned international and local artists to Philadelphia. Curated by Pedro Alonzo and organized by the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Open Source incorporates multiple sites, a central venue, a variety … Read More

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June 24, 2015

“The Collectivity Project”

Artist: Olafur Eliasson

New York, N.Y. (2015) – As part of the current High Line exhibition, Panorama (April 23, 2015 – March 2016), Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson brings The Collectivity Project to New York City for its North American debut.  In this interactive installation, the public can participate in building and rebuilding a model cityscape using over two … Read More

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May 29, 2015

Artists and Fabricators: So Happy Together

Most public art projects are the result of collaboration between artist and fabricator. What makes this relationship tick?

Artists curious about working in the public realm are sometimes told that public artists work in teams, but if one hasn’t been exposed to this way of working, it’s hard to understand what that really means. How do artists and fabricators decide to work together? What makes for a fruitful partnership? What are some of … Read More

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May 28, 2015

In Remembrance: Chris Burden

Conceptual artist Chris Burden died May 10, 2015, at age 69. Burden earned a BFA from Pomona College, and an MFA from the University of California at Irvine. In 1978, he became the first artist represented by Larry Gagosian, and began teaching at UCLA, where he was tenured in 1986. His work is at once … Read More

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May 11, 2015

“Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads”

Artist: Ai Weiwei

Since 2010, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei‘s first major public sculpture project, Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads, has been touring internationally. Ai produced two sets of the sculptures, the Bronze and Gold series, and they have toured separately. The Bronze series are on view at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, from May 9 … Read More

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April 27, 2015

Desire Lines

Tatiana Trouvé's Central Park installation

New York, N.Y. – Desire Lines, the first public commission in the United States by Paris-based artist Tatiana Trouvé , translates 212 of Central Park’s winding pathways into lengths of colored rope. The same number of wooden spools wound with the ropes fill three industrial shelving units positioned in Doris C. Freedman Plaza, where some of the paths originate and where Scholar’s Gate acts … Read More

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April 15, 2015

Confluence Project Art To Establish Maintenance Fund

Part of a $1 million gift may be used to create a maintenance endowment

Cape Disappointment, Wash. – After being exposed to the elements for ten years, some of the art installations by Maya Lin at the Cape Disappointment, Washington, one site of the Confluence Project, need maintenance. The fish cleaning station has been worn down so much that the lettering of the Chinook creation story needs to be re-etched, and … Read More

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April 10, 2015

Summer Strandbeest Events Announced

Theo Jansen continues to develop this ongoing project

Theo Jansen’s self-propelling Strandbeest creatures, made out of plastic, wood, and cloth, can “walk on wind.” Using his knowledge of both engineering and art, Jansen has been developing the creatures to react to their environments. The Strandbeests have evolved over time so that some can now store wind power, sense water, or even anchor themselves to the ground … Read More

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March 27, 2015

New Zealand’s Headland Sculpture on the Gulf

Site-specific sculptures installed along scenic walkway

Waiheke, New Zealand – The seventh biennial Headland Sculpture on the Gulf event, which took place January 23 – February 15, 2015, featured a series of 31 site-specific sculptures along a scenic walkway and in the Headland Pavilion on New Zealand’s Waiheke Island. Started in 2003 by the Waiheke Community Art Gallery, Headland Sculpture on the Gulf included … Read More

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March 25, 2015

Ed Wilson Wins Houston Sculpture Commission—Again

Controversial selection process ends on a good note

Houston, Texas – Last October, Texan artist Ed Wilson was unanimously selected to receive an $830,000 commission for a sculpture in the new lobby of the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Less than a month later, however, the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) rescinded the commission. Wilson had produced a concept model earlier in November, … Read More

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