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.

May 6, 2016

“Breaker”

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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January 8, 2016

“Duwamish Revealed”

Artworks and programs center on Seattle's only river

Seattle, Wash. – Duwamish Revealed, “a creative celebration of Seattle’s only river,” presented a series of installations, performances, and community events from June 1 to September 30, 2015. Artistic directors Nicole Kistler and Sarah Kavage, who brought The Living Barge Project to the Duwamish in 2006, partnered with the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS) … Read More

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January 6, 2016

“Golden Waters”

Artist: Grimanesa Amorós

Scottsdale, Ariz. – Golden Waters, a site-specific light sculpture by New York-based interdisciplinary artist Grimanesa Amorós, animated the Scottsdale waterfront this past summer. The sculpture measured 40 x 135 x 18 feet and consisted of LED tubes, diffusion and reflective material, and electrical hardware. It was attached to the Soleri bridge so that it extended … Read More

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December 29, 2015

“EKKLESÍA”

Artist: Pink intruder

Valencia, Spain – For the 2015 Fallas de Valencia festival last March, architect Miguel Arraiz García and sculptor David Moreno Terrón of artist group Pink intruder designed EKKLESÍA, a cardboard-and-wood installation at a street intersection. EKKLESÍA was burned along with other fallas throughout the city in celebration of the arrival of spring. Every year, groups … Read More

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December 21, 2015

“Gazing Globes”

Artist: Paula Hayes

New York, N.Y. – For Gazing Globes, her first outdoor sculpture exhibition in New York, Paula Hayes recycled contemporary technological and industrial scrap material into a series of fantastical miniature landscapes housed within 18 transparent spheres on fiberglass pedestals. Like freshly fallen snow, dust made from pulverized CDs coated the multicolored metals and plastics of … Read More

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