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 13, 2017

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

Artist: Ai Weiwei

NEW YORK – As border relationships remain tense globally, Ai Weiwei’s new multi-site installations across New York—the city famous for that beacon of hope, the Statue of Liberty—use metal wire security fencing to stand for both the real and the conceptual walls we raise. Commissioned for the 40th anniversary of the Public Art Fund and open … Read More

May 23, 2017

Looking for CETA

Tracking the impact of the 1970s federal program that employed artists

There are so many reasons to celebrate what the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) did for the arts in the 1970s, but it’s difficult because the evidence is practically invisible. CETA was a federal jobs program that, like the Works Progress Administration (WPA) before it, funneled many hundreds of millions of dollars to visual … Read More

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March 17, 2017

Seven Magic Mountains

Artist: Ugo Rondinone

LAS VEGAS – Half an hour outside Las Vegas, seven striking cairns in a neat row rise 30 feet from the desert floor. In form, these structures resemble hoodoos—tall and spindly natural rock formations commonly seen in the western United States—but if their isolated placement doesn’t signal artificial origins, their intense color erases any doubt. … Read More

March 10, 2017

The Hive

Artist: Wolfgang Buttress

LONDON – Inspired by scientific research about the health of bees, British artist Wolfgang Buttress designed The Hive to raise awareness about the importance of pollinators in feeding humanity. From a distance, The Hive—surrounded by a one-acre wildflower garden—looks like a swarm of bees. Its 17-meter-tall latticework structure is made from 170,000 aluminum pieces weighing … Read More

March 8, 2017

Honoring Heroes, Milestones of a Long Struggle

Miami’s first permanent monument to the fight for LGBTQ rights is unveiled

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. – Miami’s record in the battle for the recognition of LGBTQ people as full citizens is a notable one, from the work of Ruth Shack, the Dade County commissioner who, in 1977, added sexual orientation to a bill forbidding discrimination (and fought her ex-friend Anita Bryant on the issue) to the Miami-born … Read More

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March 3, 2017

Hunting the Symbol

An interview with sculptural landscape architect and writer Charles Jencks

DUMFRIES, Scotland – Apparently, our universe is not immense enough to contain the imagination of landscape architect and author Charles Jencks. He instead thinks in terms of multiple universes, which he evokes in his most recent work, the Crawick Multiverse, a 55-acre sculptural landscape that sits on the site of a former open-pit mine in … Read More

March 1, 2017

The Infinite Green

Artist: Adam Kalinowski

WROCLAW – After building the 110-square-meter wood and steel structure for The Infinite Green, Polish artist Adam Kalinowski covered it in 3,000 plants. The green sculpture, whose shape recalls an infinity sign, contains more than 100 plant species, including perennials and succulents that bloom at different times of year. With seven levels that feature an … Read More

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February 27, 2017

Intrude

Artist: Amanda Parer

WORLDWIDE – Rabbits have become a seriously invasive species since they were introduced in Australia in the 1780s. And now the gigantic, glowing white rabbits that make up Australian artist Amanda Parer’s Intrude—pictured here in Sydney and at San Francisco’s Civic Center —are popping up in festivals and lawns around the world. Standing at about … Read More

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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