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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 15, 2017

Space Invaders

Artist: Invader

GLOBAL – Since 1998, an anonymous French citizen who identifies himself as an Unidentified Free Artist (UFA) and goes by the name Invader has developed a public art project that’s reached around the world…and beyond. The project, Space Invaders, “liberates art from its usual alienators”—museums and other institutions—and introduces pixelated, video-game-like ceramic tile invader figures … 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 6, 2017

Truck Art Project

Artists: Javier Arce, Javier Calleja, Abraham Lacalle, Daniel Muñoz, Okuda San Miguel, Suso33, and Marina Vargas, and more

SPAIN – In Spain, over-the-road trucks are bringing challenging contemporary art to places that rarely see it. The Truck Art Project, an ongoing collaboration between Jaime Colsa, owner of the transport firm Palibex (and a noted art collector), and Madrid’s Iam Gallery, aims to turn a total of 100 Palibex trucks into moving art galleries. … Read More

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 24, 2017

The Draw at Sugar House

Artist: Patricia Johanson

SALT LAKE CITY – When practicality meets artful invention, whole communities are transformed. Never has this been more clear than with Patricia Johanson’s recent and ongoing project, The Draw at Sugar House. Partially opened in June 2015, the project includes a flood control spillway, a pedestrian walkway, a plaza and park, and functional sculpture. The … Read More

February 22, 2017

“Black Artstory Month” in Fort Greene

A celebration of African-American artists in a Brooklyn neighborhood features a treasury of store-window murals and exhibitions.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – In a pointed parallel with the commemoration of black history during February, the community-development organization Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership has been highlighting the rich African-American art scene in Fort Greene, in the borough, and in the rest of America, with the fifth annual Black Artstory Month festival. Entitled The Altar: Rituals of … Read More

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February 20, 2017

The Lunar Cycle + Installation on Bastion de France

Artist: Mademoiselle Maurice

PARIS + CORSICA – Following a year living in Japan, during which the country suffered many natural and human-made disasters, French artist Mademoiselle Maurice began installing her colorful origami interventions as positive statements about humanity and sustainability. With paper and thread, Maurice spreads the message of the crane, an elegant symbol of good health, longevity, … Read More

February 17, 2017

Arabian Artscape

The United Arab Emirates’ nascent public art scene

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – With a rapidly expanding gallery culture in Dubai, the Louvre and Guggenheim set to open museums in Abu Dhabi, strong annual art fairs in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, more than 18 museums and cultural institutions operating in Sharjah, and government and museum support for bringing in public art from around … Read More