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.

February 23, 2015

“Nuestros Silencios (Our Silences)”

Artist: Rivelino

San Diego, Calif. – An installation of monumental sculptures by the artist Rivelino will stand in San Diego’s Ruocco Park through April 15. Nuestros Silencios (Our Silences) consists of ten eleven-and-a-half-foot figural bronze sculptures arranged in rows. Each figure has a metal plate over its mouth and the figures do not face each other directly, … Read More

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February 20, 2015

“Airway”

Artist: Vicki Scuri

El Paso, Texas – Completed in 2014, the large-scale Airway Aesthetic Improvement Project (Airway) by Vicki Scuri builds upon existing infrastructure to form a gateway to El Paso International Airport and downtown. Airway extends over 2,000 linear feet and consists of 50-foot, functional, illuminated wind turbines with customized radial armatures, low illuminated sculptures, arched planters for … Read More

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February 16, 2015

Robert Indiana’s “Seven” Stirs Controversy

Questions about the sculpture's Portland installation

Portland, Maine – Robert Indiana’s sculpture Seven now sits outside the Portland Museum of Art at 7 Congress Square. Known for his contributions to the Pop art movement, Indiana conceived of the series NUMBERS ONE through ZERO in the 1980s and made Seven in the 1990s. In a recent opinion piece, local poet Martin Steingesser … Read More

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February 2, 2015

Urban Foragers

Mobile food and shelter dresses by Nicole Dextras

SLIDE SHOW + VIDEO (2013) – Environmental artist Nicole Dextras works with natural elements to create sculptures and interactive installations, many of which are temporary and endure only in her exquisite photographs. Some of her most impactful work comes in the form of wearable art that provides one with everything needed to survive. These garments … Read More

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January 26, 2015

Innovations in Art Parks

Sculpture parks and gardens are brimming with creative ideas for drawing new visitors and introducing them to art

FROM THE ARCHIVES (2011) – It’s Saturday morning and 20 enthusiastic yogis clad in various layers of Lululemon athletic gear roll out a rainbow assortment of mats to begin their sun salutations. A typical West Coast scene, but this one has a twist: The location for this workout is the Olympic Sculpture Park in downtown … Read More

January 23, 2015

Putting Him, and Her, on a Pedestal

Artists: Antony Gormley & Kate Gilmore

New York, New York (2010) – Performance, video, the expanded field, the urban context, the revision of both the object’s and the spectator’s status: All these seem fairly new in contemporary art, having gone mainstream in only the past 40 or so years. But just as cubism depended on the genre of the still life, … Read More

January 21, 2015

Cultural Landscapes: Ai Weiwei and Bert Benally

A temporary installation by Ai Weiwei and Bert Benally explores culture and collaboration

VIDEO – New Mexico – In late June, beneath a blanket of stars in remote Coyote Canyon on the Navajo Nation, I stood at the edge of a cliff with a small group and watched as the center of Bert Benally’s sand art piece ignited and sent flames radiating outward to slowly reveal the intricate … Read More

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January 16, 2015

The Eagle Has Landed

Artists: Homecoming! Committee

  VIDEO + SLIDE SHOW Fort Worth, Texas (2014) – Many cities boast a single, iconic public artwork—a sculpture, like the St. Louis Gateway Arch, that is intrinsically identified with that place. In Fort Worth, Texas, that piece was once Eagle, a 39-foot-tall, origami-like steel sculpture by Alexander Calder that stood for some 30 years … Read More

January 12, 2015

Sugarcoated

Kara Walker explores the bitter legacy of colonialism.

VIDEO + SLIDE SHOW – New York (2014) – More than 100,000 people, according to the New York Times, stood in line last summer to view A Subtlety, Kara Walker’s monumental sugar sculpture, constructed in Brooklyn’s iconic Domino Sugar factory. It isn’t the attendance numbers, however, but the ongoing conversation about the work that indicates … Read More

January 5, 2015

Park-Time Work

Three artists talk about their park residencies

FROM THE ARCHIVES 2011 – For public artists, the fact that parks are public spaces may give park residencies a special magnetism. The chance to work in the open, the immediate presence of an audience, the sense of contributing to an important public amenity, all may be elements of the attraction. Still, the effect of … Read More