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.

December 15, 2014

Elevating Artists

Why one gallery owner has a formal public art program

Los Angeles, Calif. – The distinction between “gallery art” and public art usually goes more or less unquestioned, but one veteran gallery owner is blurring the line between the two by running an active public art program out of his art space in Culver City, California. Mark Moore moved his Mark Moore Gallery to the … Read More

December 3, 2014

Glass Labyrinth

Artist: Robert Morris

Kansas City, Missouri – Kansas City native Robert Morris returned to his hometown last spring for the installation of Glass Labyrinth at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park. The triangular seven-foot-tall labyrinth spans 62-feet in length and weighs more than 400 tons. It is the artist’s first permanent labyrinth installed in … Read More

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November 28, 2014

Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks

Artist: Janet Echelman

Vancouver, British Columbia –  Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks is Janet Echelman’s most ambitious sculpture to date. Installed in March 2014 at the TED Conference in Vancouver, the work spanned 745 feet and was elevated between the 24-story Fairmont Waterfront and the Vancouver Convention Center. It took a complex matrix of 860,000 hand and machine-made … Read More

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November 19, 2014

“Tree”

Artist: Paul McCarthy

Paris, France (2014) – This fall LA artist Paul McCarthy, known for his bawdy abstractions, didn’t hold back with Tree, his eighty-foot tall installation at Paris’ Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain “Hors les Murs” (or “Outside the Walls”). The somewhat ambiguous inflated green figure wavered somewhere between a Christmas tree, a Brancusi sculpture and a butt plug. Installed … Read More

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November 14, 2014

Ai Weiwei @Large: VIDEO from Alcatraz 1

With his own personal experience of political imprisonment, it is not surprising that the provocative Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei’s latest exhibition, @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz, focuses on incarceration and prisoners of conscience. Ai, who has earned international acclaim for his work in sculpture, installation, photography, film, and more, catapulted to prominence for … Read More

David Zlutnick and Kirstin Wiegmann | Public Art Review, Recent Projects

November 11, 2014

Honoring Veterans

How public artists memorialize our nation's heroes

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” – Joseph Campbell Every year on November 11th, our nation—along with nations around the world—gathers together to honor those who have bravely served our country. We not only honor the fallen, but the 22 million veterans living in the … Read More

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November 10, 2014

DUMPSTERS

Curated by Goat Farm Arts Center

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, especially in the arts. As a part of this year’s ELEVATE public art celebration in Downtown Atlanta, Goat Farm Arts Center presented DUMPSTERS. Artists were invited to repurpose these vital and underappreciated receptacles into galleries, interactive installations and performance spaces. Overall, 10 dumpsters were scattered through the Atlanta … Read More

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November 3, 2014

Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) 2014

Artist: John Gerrard

Attention gamers, programmers and landscape artists! Lincoln Center, in association with Public Art Fund, recently opened their new digital commission by Irish artist John Gerrard. Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) 2014 is a digital simulation of an actual Nevada solar thermal power plant and the surrounding desert. Displayed on a massive 28 x 24 foot frameless LED wall … Read More

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November 1, 2014

From Model to Monument

Public art boot camp in NYC parks

ARCHIVE 2011 – Day and night, families and cyclists, lovers and school kids, bird-watchers and solitary walkers flock to Riverside Park South, seven acres of marsh grasses, wildflowers, winding paths, sports areas, and picnic spots running alongside the Hudson River from 59th to 72nd Street in Manhattan. Now additional pleasures await them. In June 2011, … Read More

Valerie Gladstone | On Location, Public Art Review

October 29, 2014

Pollinating Neglected Places

Juan William Chávez aims to help St. Louis reclaim the history and landscape of Pruitt-Igoe

Juan William Chávez, an artist and cultural activist, sees potential in vacant spaces. Since 2010, he’s been exploring the former site of the failed Pruitt-Igoe urban housing project in St. Louis, Missouri. Built in 1953, the development was riddled with poverty, violence, and segregation until it was eventually demolished in 1972. Over the years, a … Read More

Lauren Bedosky | Featured, Public Art Review