Public Art Category

Sound

Any work employing acoustic or amplified sound as the primary function or an integral element. This could include works incorporating music or sound effects, echoes, or vibrations. While not typically performed live, sound art in public can take many forms.

July 21, 2014

“Congregation”

Artists: KMA (Kit Monkman and Tom Wexler)

Pittsburgh, PA (2014) – Pittsburgh’s new Market Square Public Art Program kicked off its three-year plan to exhibit temporary public art with Congregation, an interactive kinetic video and sound installation designed by UK media artists Kit Monkman and Tom Wexler (collectively known as KMA). The piece featured a 50-square-foot projection of geometric shapes into the Market Square … Read More

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July 11, 2014

“Megaphone”

Artists: Moment Factory

Montreal, Canada (2013) – With Megaphone, Montreal’s citizens and visitors were given a public platform with which to share their ideas and concerns about issues that affect the city. The interactive installation by Moment Factory, a design and production studio specializing in multimedia projects, featured a designated area in the Quartier des Spectacles where people could express … Read More

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June 16, 2014

“Red Walk”

by Su-Chen Hung

Treasure Hill Artist Village, Taipei, Taiwan (February 15-March 16, 2014) – San Francisco-based artist Su-Chen Hung recently presented a public light and sound installation titled Red Walk for the 2014 Chinese Lantern Festival in Taipei. Made of LED light strips, metal wire and bamboo sticks, the piece was fashioned into a spiral-shaped maze for visitors to explore … Read More

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May 28, 2014

Summer Arts Festivals 2014

Check out the arts festivals happening around North America this summer and start making travel plans. Here is a list to get you started: 2014-2016 Vancouver, British Columbia Vancouver Biennale – Guided by the theme “Open Borders / Crossroads Vancouver,” the 3rd annual Vancouver Biennale will include a variety of artistic mediums, including music, performance, sculpture, and … Read More

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April 23, 2014

“Voice Tunnel”

by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

New York, N.Y. (2013) – As part of New York City’s annual Summer Streets celebration, artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer took over the Park Avenue Tunnel with his large-scale interactive installation, Voice Tunnel. The installation consisted of 300 theatrical spotlights mounted along the two facing tunnel walls, producing columns of light that followed the natural curve of the tunnel to just barely … Read More

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April 19, 2014

The Art of Ritual: Burning Man

Religion, spirituality, and public art at Burning Man

Burning Man is grand-scale theater for eclectic spirituality, self-expression, personal transformation, communal bonding, and cultural renewal. For one week every year, around 50,000 participants transform a harsh and utterly empty expanse of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert into a pulsating cultural laboratory populated with hundreds of art installations. Culminating in the spectacular incineration of the eponymous … Read More

March 25, 2014

Bringing the Biennale Home

What the director of an American sculpture park learned in Venice

My primary goal at Laumeier Sculpture Park is to use the whole space and history of St. Louis as a platform for artistic research, using the rubric “archaeology of place” to guide our thematic shows. This notion has helped us commission work by artists from around the globe—Matts Leiderstam (Sweden), Ken Lum (Canada), Tea Mäkipää … Read More

Marilu Knode | On Location, Public Art Review

March 25, 2014

“Pulse of the City”

by George Zisiadis

Boston, Mass. (2013) – Initially developed in 2012 for San Francisco’s Urban Prototyping Festival—an event that encourages artists to explore ways to improve cities through art, design, and technology—Pulse of the City has been adopted by the city of Boston as part of a health and fitness initiative. Shaped like a cartoon heart, Pulse of the City is a solar-powered device with … Read More

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February 10, 2014

A Waterfront Watershed

A new waterfront raises awareness of public art in Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay, Ontario, made its name as a manufacturing and lumbering city, and as the westernmost Canadian port on the Great Lakes. Proud of its ethnic heritage (in which Finns, Italians, Natives, and Métis—descendants of Native-white unions—are prominent), it’s faced the sort of economic decline afflicting blue-collar, heavily industrial communities throughout North America, and like … Read More

November 5, 2013

The Curator-Driven Public Art Festival

Capital as Context: 5x5 in Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C. – As the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., combines instantly recognizable symbols of national and international significance with an urban environment that is rich, diverse, and complex. But, like many other U.S. cities, aspects of the District of Columbia’s urban realm have been ignored and forsaken. And although Washington is a nexus of public … Read More

Ronit Eisenbach and Welmoed Laanstra | Magazine Feature, On Location, Public Art Review