Public Art Review

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 21, 2014

“Shop Lifting”

by Mithu Sen at the 3rd Annual Art Chennai Festival

Chennai, India (February 8-16, 2014) - For Art Chennai 2014, award-winning artist Mithu Sen turned an empty space in a luxury mall into a typical street stall selling flowers for “Shop Lifting.” Over 75 artists and 35 events appeared in the 3rd annual Art Chennai, the largest festival of modern and contemporary art in India. Attractions included exhibitions, conferences, … Read More

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April 16, 2014

“From the Knees of my Nose to the Belly of my Toes”

by Alex Chinneck

Kent, U.K. (2013-2014) - An abandoned building along a residential street in Kent has transformed into From the Knees of my Nose to the Belly of my Toes, a temporary installation by artist Alex Chinneck. The front of the building was replaced with a curved brick facade, making it appear as though the wall is sliding down into … Read More

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April 11, 2014

“Industrial Harvest”

Speculative Art: Sarah Kavage’s project compared actual wheat to a “wheat future”

Chicago, Ill. (2010)—Behind every box of Wheaties stands a largely invisible system of international finance, a marketplace of buying, selling, and risk that makes Wall Street seem transparent. At its simplest level, the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile give investors the opportunity to speculate on the future cost of food, transferring risk … Read More

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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March 3, 2014

“Open House”

by Matthew Mazzotta

York, Ala. (2013) - If you approached a resident of York, Alabama, a couple years back and asked about the town’s biggest eyesore, you would likely have heard about the salmon-colored house on Main Street. You know the one, they’d say. The roof is caving in. One side of the house seems to be sliding down a … Read More

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February 28, 2014

“With Everyone and for the Good of Some”

Two artists walk 600 miles

Cuba (2013) – Artists Tanya Lucia Bernard and Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara took a 7-foot-tall paper mache sculpture of ‘La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre’—the Patron Saint of Cuba—on a 600-mile pilgrimage that began in Havana on September 12 and ended in Santiago de Cuba. The sculpture was made by Alcántara in collaboration with youth and … Read More

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February 26, 2014

“Ideas of Stone”

by Giuseppe Penone

New York (2013) - Giuseppe Penone’s Ideas of Stone is a gravity-defying balancing act consisting of three 30-foot-tall bronze trees with giant, fruit-like stones suspended in their branches. The sculpture was commissioned by Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art. and was first shown in Madison Square Park. Giuseppe Penone is the subject of new book, Giuseppe Penone: The … Read More

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January 24, 2014

“Sleeping Bag Project”

by Tyler Hodgins

Duncan, British Columbia (2013) - Artist Tyler Hodgins has created a series of ice sculptures aimed at generating discussion surrounding the issue of homelessness. Titled Sleeping Bag Project, the sculptures take the form of a person huddled in a sleeping bag, and are placed on public benches. Hodgins creates the sculptures using a rubber mold, ice, and tempera … Read More

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November 26, 2013

The Rwanda Healing Project / Rugerero Genocide Memorial Park

by Lily Yeh

Rwanda (2007) – Lily Yeh first toured Rwanda in 2004, a decade after the brutal genocide that claimed as many as a fifth of the country’s citizens. While visiting a village in the Rugerero Sector where people lived near a crude mass grave, Yeh was struck by the absence of adults outside: “They were suffering … Read More

October 21, 2013

The Farm Project 2013

Eighth annual outdoor exhibition on Saunders Farm

Garrison, N.Y. (2013) – SLIDE SHOW – From August to October, Saunders Farm hosted the eighth annual outdoor exhibition The Farm Project 2013. Presented by Collaborative Concepts, an arts nonprofit based in Putnam County, New York, the exhibition spanned the 140-acre landscape and showcased 52 sculptures by various artists. The Farm Project 2013 was supplemented by performance art, … Read More

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October 2, 2013

“Color Jam”

by Jessica Stockholder

Chicago, Ill. (2012) - During the summer of 2012, the streets and buildings of Chicago were a giant canvas for artist Jessica Stockholder. Using adhesive vinyl and vinyl scrim, Stockholder coated building façades, sidewalks, and crosswalks at State Street and Adams with strips of bright color for an installation called Color Jam. The largest public artwork in Chicago … Read More

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September 25, 2013

“Grammar of Ornament”

Rachel Barron's first major exhibition called for public participation

Glasgow, Scotland (2013) – Members of the public took part in Grammar of Ornament, a collaborative art project spearheaded by Glasgow-based artist, printmaker, and graphic designer, Rachel Barron. Between August 5 and 23, people of all ages and skill levels were invited to stop by the Briggait—originally a fish market and now home for about … Read More

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September 24, 2013

“Sheep Station”

With sheep by François-Xavier Lalanne

New York, N.Y (2013) - Sheep Station, presented by the Paul Kasmin Gallery, will be on view at Getty Station between September 17 and October 20, 2013. This installation transforms the landscape into a grazing pasture for 25 epoxy and bronze sheep crafted by the late artist François-Xavier Lalanne. Aptly named after the filling station that once … Read More

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September 23, 2013

“Curiosities of Lyndale”

Artist: Carly Schmitt

Minneapolis, Minn. (2013) – Drab sidewalk utility boxes in Minneapolis’s Lyndale neighborhood have been transformed into curio cabinets through the clever combination of beloved objects shared by residents, a camera, Photoshop software, and Avery Wrapping Film. Artist Carly Schmitt worked in collaboration with the Lyndale Neighborhood Association and the Youth Farm and Market Project to … Read More

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September 23, 2013

“The Practice of Freedom II”

by Adam Kalinowski

Poznan, Poland (2013) - Artist Adam Kalinowski created an interactive space filled with colored sand and sculptures for the H. Dabrowski park in Poland. Titled The Practice of Freedom II, the installation encourages community members to use their creativity and play with the materials to re-create the environment around them.  

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September 4, 2013

“Red, Yellow and Blue”

Orly Genger's sculpture on view in Madison Square Park until September 8, 2013

New York – Orly Genger’s massive sculpture titled Red, Yellow and Blue, is fashioned out of 1.4 million feet of repurposed rope the artist gathered from the coast along the Eastern seaboard. Once collected, the rope was hand-knotted, separated into three sections, and each section coated in a primary color. Altogether, Genger used 3,500 gallons of paint to create her vivid … Read More

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May 28, 2013

“A-maze-ing Laughter”

by Yue Minjun

Vancouver, BC, Canada – Sometimes public art can really bring a community together. A-maze-ing Laughter, a collection of 14 larger-than-life bronze self-portraits by the Chinese artist Yue Minjun, exists in a state of overwhelming amusement in Morton Park at English Bay in Vancouver. Some of the figures playfully make faces while others are doubled over … Read More

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March 5, 2013

“The Bay Lights”

Artist: Leo Villareal

San Francisco, Calif. – On March 5, 2013, at 9 pm PST, Leo Villareal‘s The Bay Lights—the largest LED light sculpture in the world—was lit. Since 1936, the Bay Bridge has been a central landmark of the Bay Area of California, connecting San Francisco and Oakland. The Bay Lights was inspired by the bridge’s 75th … Read More

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February 13, 2013

Two Love-Related Projects

Months after surviving Hurricane Sandy, the cities of New York and New Jersey continue to come to terms with the loss and devastation they endured last October. The destruction of much of the iconic boardwalks lining their shores came as an especially hard blow, breaking the hearts of many who looked to these boardwalks as … Read More

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November 12, 2012

“Weaving the Blackstone at Slater Ridge”

Artist: Donald Gerola

Pawtucket, Rhode Island – Thanks to sculptor Donald Gerola, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, sports the nation’s—and perhaps the world’s—first woven river. Pawtucket is home to Slater Mill, one of America’s first successful textile mills and birthplace of America’s industrial revolution. Weaving the Blackstone At Slater Bridge celebrated that history by using 30,000 feet of polyester, nylon, … Read More

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November 12, 2012

“Untitled” in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Artist: Herbert Dreiseitl

Ann Arbor, Michigan – A new permanent artwork that celebrates the local watershed consists of a tall, carved metal structure that sits atop a sculpted concrete ramp. Storm water collected from the roof of city hall is directed through the sculpture, pouring down past blue LED lights. When the water hits the concrete ramp, it … Read More

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November 12, 2012

“Dithyrambalina”

Artist: Swoon (Caledonia Dance Curry)

New Orleans - Louisiana is getting its first interactive sculpture that also functions as a living space. Both a house and a musical instrument, Dithyrambalina is the in-progress creation of the artist Caledonia Dance Curry, who also goes professionally by the name Swoon. She is developing the project with New Orleans Airlift, an artist exchange that … Read More

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November 12, 2012

“Mall-Terations”

Artists: Carolina Cisneros, Marcelo Ertorteguy, Mateo Pinto, and Sara Valente

New York City - To celebrate the history of immigration on the Lower East Side of New York City, a four-artist team created Mall-Terations, a temporary art installation on the Allen Street pedestrian mall between Houston and Delancey Streets. Allen Street is also known as the “Avenue of the Immigrants.” The installation was part of an … Read More

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November 12, 2012

“Urbanology”

Interactive Art Planning by the BMW Guggenheim Lab

New York City, N.Y. – URBANOLOGY is an online, interactive public art game that allows anyone with Internet access to plan their ideal urban environment. The project launched online in mid-October last year as a companion to the large-scale, interactive installation at the BMW Guggenheim Lab in New York’s East Village. More than 13,500 people experienced … Read More

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November 12, 2012

Sacramento International Airport Unveils New Artwork

Various Artists

Sacramento, Calif. – This past fall, the Sacramento International Airport unveiled a $1.3 billion addition. The new construction features 14 major artworks by highly regarded artists; in total, these works cost $6 million, making the collection Sacramento’s single largest investment in public art. One of the dominant pieces in the collection, The Baggage Handlers by … Read More

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November 12, 2012

Brightwater Wastewater Facility

Artist: Buster Simpson

Woodinville, Wash. – The new Brightwater Wastewater Facility, located 10 miles north of Seattle in Woodinville, Washington, looks and smells more like a nature preserve and sculpture park than a sewage treatment facility. Thanks to new technology in water treatment—and a philosophy of being a good neighbor—Brightwater is an aesthetic and aromatic pleasure. Two of … Read More

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November 12, 2012

“Reflection”

by Ivan Toth Depeña

Miami, Fla. – In a new installation at the MetroRail hub station at the Stephen Clark Government Center Lobby in Miami, Florida, visitors help create the art. Reflection is an interactive light installation by the American artist Ivan Toth Depeña. The piece uses infrared cameras to absorb the movement of current visitors. Then the installation … Read More

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November 12, 2012

“Passage”

Artists: Alberto Rios, Mags Harries, and Lajos Héder

Phoenix, Ariz. – A multifaceted new art installation graces the path in front of the South Mountain Community Library in Phoenix, Arizona. Focused on integrating bold visual elements and words, PASSAGE consists of four “poetry trellises” and three “acoustic chairs.” These works use sound and sunlight to create poetry audio files and project fragments of … Read More

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November 12, 2012

“Passage” 1

Artist: Randy Walker

Shanaska Creek, Minn. – A historic Minnesota bridge became a temporary loom in the early spring of 2011, thanks to artist Randy Walker. The 136-year-old bridge was part of County Road 102 in Le Sueur County and now spans Shanaska Creek. Its wrought-iron and pin construction makes it a rare design and it is on … Read More

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September 21, 2012

“IOU/USA”

Artist: John Salvest

Kansas City – Last fall, artist John Salvest made a powerful artistic and political statement at the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, Missouri. He created the temporary sculpture IOU/USA out of 105 multicolored steel shipping containers, stacked 7 high and 15 across. A series of white and light-colored containers, placed in between the darker … Read More

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September 21, 2012

“Versus”

Artist: Kyungwoo Chun

New York City - For 15 minutes one afternoon last October, artist Kyungwoo Chun gave literal meaning to the phrase “lean on me.” The performance installation, titled VERSUS, featured 50 volunteers sitting face-to-face across from someone they didn’t know on two benches shaped like half moons in Times Square in New York City. Each volunteer then … Read More

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August 20, 2013

2013 International Land Art Biennale

Plettenberg Bay, South Africa (2013) – An award-winning initiative that supports the creative work of site-specific artists, Land Art Biennale welcomed several high-profile artists to Plettenberg Bay for the second International Land Art Biennale, held August 10-17, 2013. The list of creators includes a diverse number of South African and local artists, as well as International … Read More

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November 12, 2012

“Mute Meadow” 1

by Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier

Derry-Londonderrry, Ireland – As the Northern Ireland city of Derry-Londonderry readies itself to become the first-ever UK “City of Culture” (a designation that highlights its reputation as a cultural hub) in 2013, it has commissioned artists Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier, in collaboration with ARD Ciaran Mackel Architects, to create a public art piece called … Read More

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Art By Chance

November 12, 2012

“Art By Chance”

by Various Artists

World – Thanks to the new ultra short film festival, Art By Chance, you no longer need to go to a theater to see cutting-edge contemporary films. You simply need to pass by one of the 20,000 public screens in over 200 cities in 20 countries that show these juried short films. Based on an … Read More

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November 12, 2012

“Crushed Wall”

by Walter Jack

Cornwall, England – As part of the Heartlands project in Cornwall, England, which will transform 19 acres of former tin mining land into a unique cultural and mixed-use community space, British artist Walter Jack has created a retaining wall that appears to defy the laws of physics. The wall, made of solid concrete, appears soft, … Read More

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November 12, 2012

“Agua Que Has De Beber”

by Luzinterruptus

Madrid, Spain – On a cold, dark night last January, the anonymous artists group Luzinterruptus created a six-hour installation of arresting beauty in Madrid’s public water fountains. The installation, Agua Que Has de Beber, used strings of illuminated mason jars as a sculptural representation of water, the city’s staid (but unused) water fountains as the … Read More

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November 12, 2012

“Graffiti Works”

by Bruno Dias

São Paolo, Brazil – Graffiti artist Bruno Dias is bringing the traditional images of the Brazilian countryside to the streets of São Paolo with his Graffiti Works. With each piece of rustic street art he creates, he’s building a bit of a northern Brazilian village in the heart of the city. To evoke the feeling … Read More

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Australia's Tilt Train

November 12, 2012

“Tilt Train Project”

From Brisbane to Cairns, Australia

Brisbane, Australia – Covering two passenger trains operating between Brisbane and Cairns (a distance of nearly 1,056 miles), Tilt Train Public Art Project is the longest piece of public art in Australia—and a major accomplishment for indigenous art and artists in Australia. Over 30 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island artists, including Judy Watson and Alick … Read More

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November 1, 2012

“The Speech of Swans”

By Jon Rubin and Dawn Weleski

Porto Alegre, Brazil – Brazilians got a chance to voice their opinions directly to U.S. president Barack Obama and Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez this past fall in Porto Alegre, Brazil, when the world leaders gave visitors free paddleboat rides across the lake in the city’s central park. Actually, the presidents were played by actors (who … Read More

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