Public Art Category


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.

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

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September 30, 2013

Call for Suggestions: International Award for Public Art

Global – Forecast Public Art and the Institute for Public Art have opened a Call for Suggestions for the second International Award for Public Art. The award honors excellence in the field while also seeking to increase visibility for public art internationally and to foster knowledge through research, discussion, and debate. Please send suggestions by … Read More

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September 24, 2013

Elevate Week: October 18–26, 2013

Atlanta, Ga. – Beginning October 18, 2013, downtown Atlanta will play host to a medley of large-scale public art projects, performances, and educational opportunities in its 3rd annual art festival known as Elevate Week. The theme of this year’s festival is “Transit: Time, People & Places.” Elevate Week runs October 18–26, 2013, along North and South … Read More

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May 21, 2013

San Francisco’s International Orange Exhibition

Past and Present: Artists respond to the Golden Gate and Fort Point

San Francisco, Calif. – In 2012, San Francisco celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge with International Orange, a major exhibition and public art project. One of the 16 artists involved in the exhibition was Andy Freeberg. For his photographic installation called Gatekeepers, Freeberg created a series of images of the bridge’s numerous … Read More

August 23, 2012


Artist: Mark Nixon

Aarhus, Denmark (2010) – As part of the third annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Aarhus, Denmark, in June 2011, British architect and designer Mark Nixon installed the kinetic sculpture Chimecco. The piece is a large-scale wind chime made with 600 gold-anodized aluminum pipes and attached to the underside of a bridge nestled in the woods … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Station Identification”

Artists: The Notion Collective

Minneapolis, MN (2011) – During the Northern Spark public art festival in Minneapolis in June 2011, The Notion Collective staged STATION IDENTIFICATION, an interactive exploration of the Twin Cities’ radio landscape. Radio plays an important role in the geography of modern cities.  For many residents and passers through, it’s not maps that shape the landscape in people’s … Read More

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August 20, 2012

“Grrr Jamming Squeak”

Artist: Paola Pivi

Rotterdam, NL (2010) – GRRR JAMMING SQUEAK is a new public artwork by the Italian artist Paola Pivi, created for the city of Rotterdam. Located in the city’s center, Grrr Jamming Squeak is a fully functional recording studio open to anyone at any time. Admission is free. The recording studio is equipped with advanced recording technology and is managed by … Read More

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June 1, 2011

Krzysztof Wodiczko: Guests

Bozena Czubak, Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, John Rajchman, Anna Muszynska + Wodiczko

A collection of photographs and analysis of Krzysztof Wodiczko’s site-specific video-and-sound projection Guests. This project took place in the Polish Pavilion during the 53rd Venice Biennial. By animating public monuments with the projections of illegal immigrants, Wodiczko brought attention to “eternal guests” while investigating the ideas of boundaries, inclusion, and exclusion. The book begins with … Read More

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June 1, 2011

Light Color Sound: Sensory Effects in Contemporary Architecture

Alejandro Bahamón, Ana María Álvarez

A showcase of 30 contemporary buildings around the world in which sensory effects are the central focus. Sorted into sections titled “Light,” “Color,” and “Sound,” this book covers the conceptual, aesthetic, and technical integration of sensory effects into structures. The process of transforming buildings into mechanisms of interaction with their publics is explored through architectural … Read More

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