Public Art Review

October 22, 2014

New Media Night 2014

Featuring Radugadesign

The third annual New Media Night Festival, which celebrates temporary, site-specific light and sound art, brought some exceptionally progressive public displays to life this past summer. Set in the Nikola-Lenivets Art Park located about 125 miles from Moscow, the festival utilizes the existing 28 landscape installations as its canvas. Every year, different artists are invited … Read More

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October 6, 2014

CREATE: The Community Meal Serves 2000

Artist: Seitu Jones

St. Paul-based artist and urbanist Seitu Jones organized an unprecedented community gathering. On September 14, 2014 two thousand Twin Cities residents met around a table that stretched 1/2 mile across the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul. Together they shared a meal provided by local kitchens and farmers to raise awareness about food justice—the fight for all … Read More

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October 1, 2014

Tamara Johnson’s Waterless Pools

New York, New York (2013+2014) – The highlight of the Socrates Sculpture Park EAF exhibition in 2013 was a piece so subtle and well-integrated that one might have mistaken it for part of the grounds. While other pieces at Socrates are generally plopped around the larger lawn, Tamara Johnson sited her work, A Public Pool, … Read More

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September 26, 2014

Fleeting Light Opens in Hong Kong

Hong Kong – Hong Kong celebrates the media arts with Fleeting Light, an interactive public exhibition. Presented by the Hong Kong Arts Development council and organized by the City University of Hong Kong, Fleeting Light features a series of interactive media arts exhibitions and large-scale public art installations. Jim Campbell is a world-renowned artist known … Read More

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September 19, 2014

“HippopoThames”

by Florentijn Hofman

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, best known for his giant inflatable Rubber Duck that has floated down waterways across the world, has taken to sea once again with his new work HippopoThames. This wooden cartoon hippopotamus is a piece of public artwork commissioned by the Thames Festival Trust for London’s Totally Thames Festival. The festival seeks … Read More

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September 10, 2014

“Somebody”

by Miranda July

On August 28th, filmmaker Miranda July unveiled a new way to communicate: Somebody—a free app available from iTunes. This public art project creates face-to-face connections for strangers via their smartphones. When you send your friend a message through Somebody, it goes not to your friend, but to the Somebody user nearest your friend. This person (likely a stranger) … Read More

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August 18, 2014

“TALKPGH”

Artist: Jon Rubin

A traveling talk show recently made its way through Pittsburgh, during which organizers interviewed residents about their neighborhoods. This mobile talk show visited each of the city’s 90 neighborhoods in 20 days, filming residents as they shared their opinions and ideas about the state of their communities and how they would like to see them … Read More

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August 6, 2014

“Grand Central Lights”

Artists: Improv Everywhere

Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY (February 1, 2013) – To celebrate Grand Central Terminal’s 100th birthday, 135 participants of Improv Everywhere, a New York City-based prank collective, staged a choreographed light show called Grand Central Lights. Performers lined up along three floors of windows overlooking a terminal filled with commuters and tourists. Utilizing flashlights and camera flashes, they … Read More

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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 9, 2014

“East-West/West-East” 1

by Richard Serra

Brouq Nature Reserve, Qatar (2014) – Qatar Museums recently unveiled East-West/West-East, a new sculpture by American artist Richard Serra. Comprised of four standing steel plates, East-West/West-East spans a length of 0.6 miles across the Brouq Nature Reserve, connecting the waters of the Gulf in western Qatar. The plates, which rise 48.2 feet and 54.8 feet above the ground, are … Read More

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June 27, 2014

“Journey”

Artist: Mitsu Overstreet

Atlantic City, N.J. (2014) – Artist Mitsu Overstreet recently completed Journey, a large-scale mural using inkjet on weather proof vinyl mesh and acubest aluminum panels. The mural is comprised of 27 panels, each measuring 25 feet wide and 35 feet high, and covers the sides of the West Hall building with scenes depicting sunrise and sunset in Atlantic … 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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June 1, 2014

Sweet Spot

With community kids, Stevie Famulari turned a forest into Sugarland

When multisensory artist Stevie Famulari was in pastry school in the 1990s, she found herself thinking less about dough and more about which frostings would work best—and be most environmentally friendly—on deciduous and coniferous trees. In 2000, she had the chance to test her recipes. For her Sugarland project, Famulari frosted an entire quarter-acre forest … Read More

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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September 20, 2012

“Air Over Under”

Artist: Norie Sato

San Francisco, Calif.  (2011) – The remodel of San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 2 (T2) included three large-scale artworks for the glass facade, entry lobby mezzanine, and post-security area, and two other interactive works were commissioned for the children’s play areas. For the glass facade that flanks either side of the pedestrian bridge and main … 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 23, 2012

“W83rd Street Project – Where is Home?”

Artists: Richey Piiparinen and Melissa Daubert

Cleveland, OH (2010) – Artists Richey Piiparinen and Melissa Daubert decided it was time for an intervention – for a neighborhood. Their urban art therapy project The W83rd Street Project – Where Is Home? is built on the idea that cities and neighborhoods have emotional lives of their own, and that they must be tended to. If you … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“I Go Humble”

Artists: Stefani Byrd and Wes Eastin

Atlanta, GA (2011) – “Hey men of Atlanta, you are lookin’ good!” On Monday, March 21, male pedestrians at the corner of Edgewood Avenue and Park Place in Atlanta, GA were in for an unexpected earful. Artists Stefani Byrd and Wes Eastin installed I GO HUMBLE, an interactive video installation that was meant to raise awareness of street … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“High Trestle Bridge”

Artist: David Dahlquist

Woodward and Madrid, WI (2011) – In April 2011, Iowa added another prestigious bridge to its already wide selection.  Spanning the Des Moines River between the towns of Woodward and Madrid, the HIGH TRESTLE BRIDGE, created by artist David Dahlquist, melds industrial materials and contemporary desigh. It is also the final link in the 670-mile-long trail system that … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Project Cabrini Green”

Artists: Jan Tichy and Efrat Appel

Chicago, IL (2010) – Artist Jan Tichy and Efrat Appel turned the demolition of the last Cabrini-Green high-rise last March into a public art project. For Project Cabrini Green, the artists, together with students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, held workshops in which they helped youth from the Cabrini-Green area to write and … Read More

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August 23, 2012

The Fargo Sandbag Project

Artist: Michael Strand

Fargo, ND (2011) – Every spring in the Red River Valley, residents prepare for potential flooding by readying thousands of sandbags. In the past several years, artist Michel Strand has been trying to lighten sandbag wall-builder’s psychic load by adding art to the sandbags. The Fargo Sandbag Project is the work of Strand and thousands of volunteers – … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Carbon Sink: What Goes Around Comes Around”

Artist: Chris Drury

Laramie, WY (2010) – An art installation on the University of Wyoming campus, Carbon Sink: What Goes Around Comes Around, by British artist Chris Drury, is a large-scale wood and coal land sculpture that invokes a link between human activity and climate change – which upset some people in Wyoming, the nation’s top coal-producing state. The piece … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Washed Ashore: Plastics, Sea Life and Art”

Artist: Angela Haseltine Pozzi

Sausalito, CA (2011) – Some large, colorful sea creatures welcomed visitors to the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA the summer of 2011. But while the critters came from the sea, they originated in factories across the world. The creatures in Washed Ashore: Plastics, Sea Life and Art were made from plastic trash that washed up on … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Mad Homes”

Artist: MadArt

Seattle, WA (2010) – Five adjacent homes in Seattle’s North Capital Hill neighborhood were transformed into an art installation. Mad Homes was presented by MadArt, an organization that fosters community engagement in the arts through novel installations. The group decided that rather than present art on walls, they would transform the walls themselves into the … Read More

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August 23, 2012

National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Artists: multiple

New York (2011) – On the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the highly anticipated NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM opened in New York. The museum will house some of the memorial artifacts of the 9/11 attacks, including a salvaged staircase that was used to escape the fallen towers and the steel beam cross that inspired firefighters. Designed … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Anyang Women’s Conversation”

Artist: Suzanne Lacy

Artist Suzanne Lacy organized ANYANG WOMEN’S CONVERSATION, a public installation and performance involving more than 100 women from various backgrounds in Anyang, South Korea, in September and October 2010. Over the course of 10 days, the women engaged in taped and photographed conversations at 15 different locations around the city, where they talked about their perceptions … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Annorstädes (Elsewhere)”

Artist: Tania Ruiz Gutiérrez

Paris-based artist Tania Ruiz Gutiérrez has installed a moving panorama, ANNORSTÄDES (ELSEWHERE), at the Malmö Central train station in Malmö, Sweden. The piece, composed of 46 projections and deployed over 360 linear meters, is the largest permanent video artwork in Europe. It was commissioned by the National Public Art Council of Sweden and Trafikverket and … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Transport”

Artist: Antony Gormley

Renowned artist Antony Gormley has created a new sculpture for Canterbury Cathedral. Using antique iron nails from a repaired section of the cathedral roof, Gormley created the outline of a human body that appears to be punctured by the nails. The sculpture is suspended—so that it appears to float—above the first tomb of archbishop Thomas … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Martin Luther—I’m Standing Here”

Artist: Ottmar Hörl

Wittenberg, Germany – The East German city of Wittenberg experienced an invasion—of 800 small, plastic statues of Martin Luther. Luther, a sixteenth-century Protestant reformer, first railed against the practices of the Catholic Church in Wittenberg. So when the large statue of Luther that usually inhabits the town square was taken down for renovation, the city turned … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Chand Ast?”

Artist: Combat Communications

Throughout 2010, under the cover of darkness, anonymous artists have taken to the streets of Kabul to create provocative street art. The guerrilla stencils include images of tanks, soldiers, dollar signs, poppies, refugees, students, helicopters, Talibs, and question marks, arranged as a series of equations. True to the title, CHAND AST?—which roughly translated means “how much?”—the … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Earth-Water-Fire-Air”

Artist: Kimsooja

The first-ever site-specific art installation at a nuclear power plant opened in Yeonggwang, South Korea, with a video installation by the artist Kimsooja. EARTH-WATER-FIRE-AIR was organized by the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, and the Membership Society of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea. Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power and Hanjin Shipping are … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Seconde Nature”

Artists: Miguel Chevalier and Charles Bové

SECONDE NATURE, a permanent installation in Marseille, France, has two parts: an 18-meter-tall sculpture shaped like a sailboat and projected images of a giant garden. The large garden images (28 meters by 14 meters)—mainly cactuses, succulents, and palm trees—are projected from the bright orange sculpture onto surrounding warehouses. Each plant grows in its own unique, … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Time Guardians” and “Light Guards”

Artist: Manfred Kielnhofer

Ghostly hooded figures have been haunting different locations in Austria since 2007, scaring children and leaving adults with a pervasive sense of existential dread. The creation of Austrian artist Manfred Kielnhofer, TIME GUARDIANS and LIGHT GUARDS (an illuminated variation of the Time Guardians) are a group of draped figures shaped like the grim reaper. The … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Through the Eye of the Raven”

Artists: multiple

In August 2010, five artists completed a new aboriginal-themed mural, THROUGH THE EYE OF THE RAVEN, on the west wall of the Orwell Hotel, at 456 East Hastings in Vancouver. The mural, covering six stories and 7,600 square feet, was developed collaboratively, with input from the local community and financial involvement from the Great Beginnings … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Dancing Feathers”

Artist: Ray King

In May 2010, artist Ray King completed a commission for the Luzhou Metro Station in Taipei, Taiwan. DANCING FEATHERS is a large-scale feather made from colored glass and metal and suspended from a giant circular skylight at the station. Sunlight streams down from above the giant feather, illuminating the sculpture and refracting light from the colored … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Wide Open Walls: An Art Safari”

Artists: multiple

In October 2010, street artists Broken Crow, Bushdwellers, Eelus, Ian Cox (Wallkandy), Logan Hicks, Lucy McLauchlan, Mysterious Al, and Xenz traveled to Makasutu, the Gambia, and transformed the area into a living art village with WIDE OPEN WALLS: AN ART SAFARI. Makasutu is part of an 85-square-kilometer protected conservation area in Africa that includes 14 … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Favela Painting Project”

Artists: Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn

Dutch artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn, who collaborate under the name Haas & Hahn, painted  large-scale murals that span entire city blocks—and transforming the hardscrabble slums of Rio de Janeiro into beautiful places to live. For the FAVELA PAINTING PROJECT in the slum of Santa Marta, they trained local youth to work with them to … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Eau Claire Currents”

Artist: Roy Staab

Internationally known sculptor and environmental artist Roy Staab worked with students on the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire campus this past October to create a site-specific sculptural installation on the Chippewa River, called EAU CLAIRE CURRENTS. The installation coincided with an exhibit at the Foster Gallery chronicling three decades of Staab’s environmental art. The installation is a series … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Keeley’s Garden, Labyrinth 1″

Artist: Lynn Goodpasture

The Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Los Angeles are located on the former site of the Ambassador Hotel, where Robert Kennedy was assassinated. Inspired by this history, artist Lynn Goodpasture has installed a 690-square-foot ceramic tile labyrinth called KEELEY’S GARDEN, LABYRINTH 1. The French encaustic tiles are styled after the tiles that once decorated … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“The Big Print”

Artist: Kari Alberg

The main interior wall of the student commons at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, got a little brighter in the fall of 2010 with the installation of THE BIG PRINT, a 5,000-square-foot mural comprising individual art pieces by 1,180 children and adults. The overall design of the mural, which evokes a Norwegian knitting pattern, was … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Crossing Non-Signalized Locations”

Artist: Daniel Peltz

For three months in the fall of 2010, the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and artist-in-residence Daniel Peltz softened the blow of getting a parking ticket by handing out citations with yoga poses on them. The drawn poses are an attempt to take some of the anxiety out of getting a parking ticket. Peltz came up … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“RE:turn”

Artist: Aaron Stephan

Westbrook Middle School in Portland, Maine, sits on the site of the Oxford-Cumberland canal, where trees were once logged and transported to the ocean. To create RE:TURN, a sculpture that represents a tree from an old-growth forest, artist Aaron Stephan used some of the logs—now over 500 years old—that sank along the canal during transportation. … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Cyclisk”

Artists: Mark Grieve and Ilana Spector

California artists Mark Grieve and Ilana Spector were commissioned by the city of Santa Rosa, California, in conjunction with the Nissan car dealership of Santa Rosa to create a monument to the bicycle. CYCLISK is located at the gateway to the Santa Rosa Arts District. Ironically, it is also positioned right in front of the … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Louisville Arena Pedway”

Artist: Kenneth von Roenn Jr.

The LOUISVILLE ARENA PEDWAY in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, is an all-glass marvel of engineering that serves an important function and also adds beauty to downtown. Connecting the Galt House Hotel and the KFC Yum! Center one story above street level, the dramatic structure is composed of one-inch-thick laminated glass walls and roof and laminated glass … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Star of David”

Artists: Kiki Smith and Deborah Gans

The Eldridge Street Synagogue on the Lower East Side of Manhattan received a new stained-glass window co-designed by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans in 2010. The circular window called STAR OF DAVID—which consists of 1,200 plates of glass, is 16 feet in diameter, and weighs more than 6,000 pounds—has a Star of David at … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Prayer Wheels”

Artists: Patrick Miller and Patrick McNeil

Artists Patrick Miller and Patrick McNeil, who produce collaborative work under the name Faile, installed large, customized PRAYER WHEELS on the streets of Brooklyn in late 2009 and 2010. Each wheel is hand carved from merbau wood and mounted on a steel base. The wheels, which are 12 to 14 inches in diameter, are densely … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“cool(E)motion”

Artist: Ap Verheggen

Greenland (2010) – A sculptural installation, cool(E)motion, installed on an iceberg in Greenland, hopes to engage viewers on the topic of climate change. Using the dramatic, frozen landscape as a backdrop, artist Ap Verheggen installed a huge sculpture that conjures the majesty and harshness of this geographical region. To reach wider audiences, Verheggen recorded the installation of the … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Torreón Fresco”

Artist: Frederico Vigil

Albuquerque, NM (2010) – Old meets ancient in artist Frederico Vigil’s TORREÓN FRESCO at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The painting, completed in October 2010, embraces the ancient by using the centuries-old fresco method of painting, in which paint is applied to wet plaster to create a permanent chemical bond. The Torreón Fresco, which Vigil … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Portland Acupuncture Project”

Artist: Adam Kuby

Portland, OR (2010) – Portland-based artist Adam Kuby imagined his home city as a human body – and he’s begun to heal that “body” with his PORTLAND ACUPUNCTURE PROJECT. An ancient healing technique in Chinese medicine, acupuncture is said to restore the harmonious flow of chi, or energy, through the body. The artist created a set of 18-foot-tall … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Zanjero’s Line”

Artists: Mags Harries and Lajos Heder

Phoenix, AZ (2010) – THE ZANJERO’S LINE by artists Mags Harries and Lajos Heder opened on March 27, 2010. It stretches four miles along the Highline Canal, a waterway in south Phoenix at the base of South Mountain. Formerly an underused area more utilitarian than user-friendly, the new stretch of art and landscaping along the canal has … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Presidio Habitats”

Artists: multiple

San Francisco, CA (2010) – The animals that live in the Presidio, the national park ensconced in San Francisco’s Golden Gate National Recreation area, have new digs:  PRESIDIO HABITATS, funded by the FORE-SITE Foundation and the Presidio Trust and launched in May 2010. Presidio Habitats  is a site-based art exhibition that invited 11 artists to imagine habitats … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Eye”

Artist: Tony Tasset

Chicago, IL (2010) – Yes, it’s true.  You were being watched at the corner of State and Van Buren in Pritzker Park, Chicago during the summer of 2010, thanks to artist Tony Tasset’s installation sculpture EYE. A project of the Chicago Loop Alliance’s Art Loop 2010, Eye was a giant, über-realistic eyeball made of 9,000 pounds of fiberglass and 9,000 pounds … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Square With Four Circles”

Artist: Felice Varini

New Haven, CT (2010) – The painting SQUARE WITH FOUR CIRCLES in Temple Plaza in New Haven, Connecticut, is both an installation and a performance. Felice Varini’s 110-foot-tall, multidimensional painting – his first public work in the United States – was treated as a performance during installation. The installation process took eight days in June 2010, was … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Urban Lab: Chantilly Clad”

Artists: Freya Bardell and Brian Howe

Long Beach, CA (2010) – The city of Long Beach has a lacy look thanks to artists Freya Bardell and Brian Howe. In hopes of bringing community together in new and innovative ways, the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA) commissioned the duo to create an outdoor performance space for concerts, workshops, and other events. The temporary installation … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Cloudbreak”

Artist: Catherine Widgery

Denver, CO (2010) – Catherine Widgery’s new sculptural installation CLOUDBREAK was created for the Cisneros Jury Assembly Room at the Denver Justice Center. The work, which can be viewed from both in and outside the building, is a sculptural wall of glass. As the sun moves across the sky, illuminating the glass tubes, it provides an ever-changing … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“1.26”

Artist: Janet Echelman

Denver, CO (2010) – The Denver Office of Cultural Affairs (DOCA) commissioned artist Janet Echelman to create 1.26, a large, netted aerial sculpture to float above downtown Denver for the month of July 2010. The sculpture, which loosely resembled an oceanic invertebrate, was actually inspired by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) graphic representation of February’s Chilean earthquake … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Remediate/Re-Vision”

Curator: Wave Hill

US (2010) – REMEDIATE/RE-VISION is a series of art installations that took place in November of 2010 in diverse locations – parks, water treatment facilities, waterfronts, and city roofs – across the country. Artists created installations to raise awareness of ecological concerns such as watershed fragility, industrial and natural history, and ecological balance. Some pieces are part of … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“E-VO-LU-TION + JETSONORAMA”

Flagstaff, AZ (2010) – An artist who wishes to remain anonymous has been transforming the buildings of Flagstaff, Arizona into gallery walls for his black-and-white photographs. The anonymous photographer enlarged his photographs, printed them on paper, and affixed them this July to the sides of buildings all around this July to the sides of buildings all … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“FIGMENT”

New York, NY (annually) – It’s art fun for everyone! FIGMENT is the world’s largest participatory art event – a two-day, two-city affair that is free and open to the public. All attendees are invited to create, participate, touch, and perform in numerous, diverse art projects. The goal of the project, which began on Governors Island in … Read More

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August 20, 2012

“Monument de la Renaissance Africaine”

Artist: Pierre Goudiaby

Dakar, Senegal (2010) – A sculpture by Pierre Goudiaby on the west coast of Africa is a source of grandeur and controversy.  MONUMENT DE LA RENAISSANCE AFRICAINE, a large, looming statue of a mother, father, and child in a quasi-militaristic pose that invokes images of patriarchy, domination, and—in an odd twist for a heavily Muslim country—overt female … Read More

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September 15, 2014

“Folkestone Digs”

Artist: Michael Sailstorfer

Folkestone, U.K. (2014) – German artist Michael Sailstorfer tackles our thirst for fortune, adventure, and play in his recent work Follkstone Digs, part of the third edition of the Folkstone Triennial in the southeast coast of England. The project began with a press announcement declaring that $17,000 worth of gold bars are buried in the … 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

“The Kelpies”

Artist: Andy Scott

Falkirk, Scotland (2014) – Before the development of modern technology, horses were the mainstay of Scotland’s industry, agriculture and transport. Artist Andy Scott commemorates these industrious animals with The Kelpies, a pair of monumental steel equine sculptures. “The Kelpies title comes from mythological Scottish sea horses, but from that starting point I developed them towards a monument … 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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August 23, 2012

“Tower of Babel”

Artist: Marta Minujin

Buenos Aires, Argentina (2011) – To celebrate Buenos Aires being named the 2011 World Book Capital by UNESCO, Argentine artist Marta Minujin created the Tower of Babel, a spiraling tower structure made from books from all over the world. The tower, which is composed of 30,000 books donated from libraries, individual readers, and more than 50 embsassies, … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Slinky Springs to Fame”

Artist: Tobias Rehberger

Oberhausen, Germany (2011) – A long, winding, multicolored bridge that stretches between two parks on opposite sides of the Rhein-Herne Canal has sprung to life. The bridge, designed by Tobias Rehberger, was completed and illuminated in July 2011. The lights highlight the varied rainbow colors of the bridge and its lofted, ribbon-like quality. The bridge is … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Chimecco”

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

“Nordkreuz”

Artist: EVOL

Hamburg, Germany (2011) – In August of 2011, a quiet field just outside Hamburg, Germany, was transformed into a tiny subterranean city. NORDKREUZ, which was brought to life by the Berlin-based artist EVOL, was installed as part of the annual MS Dockville Arts & Music Festival. The miniature city, a few short city blocks of paper-and-stencil skyscraper … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Arcs en Desordre: 5 Arcs x 5″

Artist: Bernar Venet

Versaille, France (2010) – Following the success of an installation by artist Takashi Murakami in 2010, the seventeenth-century ode to opulence, Palace Versailles, invited French artist Bernar Venet to temporarily install a nuymber of monumental sculptures in the palace gardens. Venet designed a series of seven large, Corten steel sculptures that were installed at different spots on … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Sources & River of Light”

Artist: Laurent Louyer

Calgary, AB (2010) – The Bow River, which runs through Calgary, Alberta, got a little PR help in the summer of 2010 in the form of a seven-day living art installation and colorful balloons to illuminate the river at night. The installation was part of six-part public art series aimed at reminding Calgarians about the Bow … Read More

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August 23, 2012

“Z’s by the C”

Artists: Mia Rushton and Eric Moschopedis

Toronto, Canada (2010) – If you’ve ever nodded off on a park bench or wanted to spread out for a few zzzzs on a picnic table, you’re not alone. Artists Mia Rushton and Eric Moschopedis, calling themselves the C Project, organized a performance piece that persuaded Toronto residents to personalize sleeping masks using a simple crafting … Read More

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August 20, 2012

“Long Live the Dead Queen”

Artist: Mary Sibande

Johannesburg, South Africa (2010) – South African artist Mary Sibande has turned the city of Johannesburg into a metro-wide art museum. Her new exhibit, LONG LIVE THE DEAD QUEEN, features 19 giant canvases wrapped around buildings throughout the inner city. The canvases feature painted images of “Sophie,” a fictional domestic worker Sibande created for her sold-out exhibit by … 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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August 20, 2012

“Balance Tower”

Artist: ag4

Barcelona, Spain (2010) – A water reservoir in Barcelona received a high tech exterior in 2009 called the BALANCE TOWER. Part of a pumping station built by ATLL, a Spanish water supplier, Balance Tower has a concrete core that spans 768 square meters which is covered in a mosaic of metal, photovoltaic cells, and 18,000 LED lights (powered by the … Read More

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August 20, 2012

“Temenos”

Artists: Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond

Middlesbrough, UK (2010) – The large-scale sculptural installation TEMENOS, by the artist Anish Kapoor and structural engineer Cecil Balmon in Middlesbrough, UK, is part of a broader initiative to regenerate the whole of the Tees Valley in northeast England. Temenos, which was installed in June 2010, is just the first in a series of five large-scale installations, dubbed the … Read More

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August 1, 2012

“The Blue Trees”

Artist: Konstantin Dimopoulos

Vancouver, B.C. (2011) – In April 2011, Australian artist Konstantin Dimopoulos transformed the Garden City Community Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, intoa  forest of bright blue trees.  The Blue Trees was constructed as part of the Vancouver Biennale.  Dimopoulos and volunteers arranged 21 unplanted red alder trees in the park and then painted all the bark blue. … Read More

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August 1, 2012

“Living History”

Artist: Alayna Wool

Rabinal, Guatemala (2011) – Artist and humanitarian activist Alayna Wool completed a documentary photo project called Living History in Rabinal, Guatemala. The project, a 490-foot photo montage covering a cemetery wall, pays homage to those who died in Guatemala’s genocide of the 1980’s. Many families had few survivors. After helping survivors locate photos of their lost family members through … Read More

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August 1, 2012

“Digital Natives”

Artist: organized by the Other Sights for Artists' Projects

Vancouver, BC (2011) – If passersby thought they saw something unusual on the electronic billboards at the Burrard Street Bridge in Vancouver in April 2011, they were right.  DIGITAL NATIVES used an electronic billboard near the bridge to flash brief, artist-written messages in between the static advertisements that normally rotate on the billboards every 10 seconds.  The … Read More

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