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.

February 10, 2017

Transforming Spaces

Catherine Widgery’s installations use subtle motions of light, wind, and water to awaken the urban landscape—and those who inhabit it

Catherine Widgery’s epiphany as an artist came just over a decade ago with a sculpture she created for the opening of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum on Cape Cod. Stringing together rusted chains, fishing gear, shells, and other debris, she created a whirlwind of junk in the center of the gallery—and after the exhibit, … Read More

November 7, 2016

North Carolina Public Art on Hold Until Planning Process Becomes More Inclusive

Asheville/Buncombe County commissioners vote to suspend project that had no African-American input

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – When the public art planning committee for Buncombe County, N.C. , whose seat is Asheville, requested proposals for a history wall and a kinetic sculpture for their new courthouse, they didn’t consult the African-American community. Now the county commissioners have voted to suspend the project until they gather input from those citizens, … Read More

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August 4, 2016

“Lightgraff” Calligraphy in Western Australia

Tunisian artist Karim Jabbari “writes” in light in a dramatic landscape

FORM bills itself as “an independent, non-profit cultural organisation… that develops and advocates for excellence in creativity and artistic practice in Western Australia.” The nonprofit is headquartered in central Perth, but its associated venues, and its programming, reach far out into the vast state, which includes some of the most dramatic landscapes on earth. In … Read More

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July 28, 2016

Art Parks: A Tour of America’s Sculpture Parks and Gardens

by Francesca Cigola

In both metropolitan and rural areas, sculpture parks and gardens are growing in popularity. The first comprehensive guide to North America’s outdoor sculpture parks provides thematic and regional chapters, with four regional maps to locate sites. Fifty-seven destinations are illustrated in detail, making this flexibly bound book appropriate for both backpacks and coffee tables. Click … Read More

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May 6, 2016


Artist: Adam Kuby

Almost a century after its dedication, the historic J.M. Weatherwax High School in Aberdeen, Washington, built in 1909, burned to the ground. After the fire, city officials in this coastal town salvaged as many of the old sandstone construction blocks as they could, though they had no end goal in mind. The large blocks had … Read More

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May 4, 2016

“One Million Bones”

Artist: Naomi Natale and artists around the world

After four years of preparation that included 100,000 participants in all 50 states and 30 countries, the social art project One Million Bones culminated in a three-day installation event in June, 2013 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Led by artist-activist Naomi Natale, the project combined education, hands-on art-making, and public installation to raise awareness … Read More

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April 6, 2016

From Security Risk to Flying Fish

Public art put an end to potential terrorist threats for Royal Caribbean cruisers

When Royal Caribbean—owner of the largest cruise ships in the world—unveiled its expanded terminal in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, security consultants raised concerns over possible safety problems. The solution? Public art. Originally opened in 1996, the terminal expanded from 67,500 to 240,000 square feet in 2009. Terminal 18 is the largest cruise terminal in the world … Read More

March 14, 2016

“Orit Haj”

Artists: Didier Hess

Orit Haj, a site-specific artwork at Vasquez Rocks in Acton-Agua Dulce, California, pays tribute to the earliest inhabitants of the Santa Clarita Valley—the Tataviam tribe. Created by artistic duo Didier Hess, the piece is a solid earthen structure made of a mixture of soil and cement; it is designed to slowly erode over the course … Read More

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March 7, 2016

“Red Eddy”

Artist: Paul Vexler

Vail, Colo. – Commissioned for the Vail Village Welcome Center by the Art in Public Places program, a new site-specific work by wood sculptor Paul Vexler is suspended from a vaulted ceiling above the central information desk. Though the work is inspired by swirling water, it was created primarily in Douglas fir. This unique marriage … Read More

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March 2, 2016

Atlanta Beltline

“It’s a gallery for people who don’t do galleries,” says Jenny Odom, describing the annual Art on the Atlanta BeltLine outdoor sculpture exhibition. Odom is communications coordinator for Atlanta BeltLine Inc., which is currently constructing 22 miles of modern streetcar lines and transforming a former railway corridor into 33 miles of combined pedestrian and cycling … Read More

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February 17, 2016

What Happens to Abandoned Public Art?

Williamsburg Presidential Museum Project

Williamsburg, Va. – What happens when public sculpture loses its home? A farmer in Virginia shows that sometimes it’s up to community members to save the art around them. Presidents Park, a ten-acre sculpture park inspired by Mount Rushmore, featured towering busts of 43 presidents. Not able to draw a big enough crowd to sustain … Read More

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January 25, 2016

“Own Your Peace”

Artist: Ted Clausen

Needham, Mass. – Last September a new work of art greeted Needham High School students. Carefully placed on school grounds in an area accessible to all Needham community members, Ted Clausen’s Own Your Peace is a sculpture that sparks critical conversations about mental health. During times of great sadness, people often feel hopeless and alone. Without the support … Read More

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