July 24, 2014

Interview between Works Progress and Public Matters: Podcast

In this artist-to-artist interview, Shanai Matteson and Colin Kloecker of Minnesota-based Works Progress Studio—a network of creative collaborators that designs multi-disciplinary events, programs and exhibits—chat with principal Mike Blockstein and creative director Reanne Estrada of Public Matters, a California-based organization of artists, educators, and media professionals that design and implement socially-engaged public art projects aimed at catalyzing long-term community benefits. Matteson, Kloecker, Blockstein, and Estrada discuss … Read More

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July 22, 2014

Interview between Works Progress and DS4SI: Podcast

Shanai Matteson and Colin Kloecker of Minnesota-based Works Progress Studio—a network of creative collaborators that designs multi-disciplinary events, programs and exhibits—host an artist-to-artist interview with Kenneth Bailey, sector organizing and strategy lead for Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI), an organization in Boston, Mass., that develops public projects that reimagine the way complex social issues are addressed. Matteson, Kloecker, and Bailey … Read More

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July 18, 2014

Self-Made Worlds

Meet the makers of hand-built art environments, where the creative spirit reigns

Called outsider art by some, folk art environments by others, self-made worlds are generally the works of individuals not trained in the formal arts (but by no means untrained in their own fields), using nontraditional materials and building methods. Raw Vision editor John Maizels addressed the difficulty of defining self-made worlds in an early issue of … Read More

July 7, 2014

Cash Cow: The CowParade™

The CowParade™ and its discontents

When I moved with my family to Chicago at the turn of the millennium, we were not without misgivings. Ex-New Yorkers returning to the States after a decade in Europe, we packed most of the predictable prejudices about the Midwest: Were we abandoning the cultural riches of Mitteleuropa for the banality of Big Brats and … Read More

July 4, 2014

Artists and Parks

How artists shape our shared spaces

At the Tolt River–John MacDonald Park near Carnation, Washington, artist Elizabeth Conner recently spent six months with staff scientists from King County’s natural resource divisions. Together they monitored fish biology and the water’s movement at a flood plain restoration site. But Conner asked different questions and used different words than the scientists to describe what … Read More

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June 25, 2014

A Green Way Through

How public artist Vicki Scuri made a new highway more palatable

Sandpoint, Idaho – U.S. Highway 95 is the main north-south route through Idaho. Yet until recently, it slowed to 25 miles per hour in Sandpoint, a small city on the state’s panhandle. Big trucks, often dragging more than one trailer, struggled to make the tight turns through Sandpoint’s historic downtown. Crossing Fifth Avenue on foot … Read More

June 20, 2014

Interview with Sonja Hinrichsen: Podcast

As a child in Germany, Sonja Hinrichsen was always out playing in nature. Now, the artist—who does site specific art around the world—sees a generation that is becoming increasingly disconnected from the natural world. One of her efforts to help reconnect others to environmental stewardship involves creating massive snow drawings on American landscapes. Many of … Read More

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June 20, 2014

Gone Tomorrow

Five artists trace evanescent designs into sand and snow

The effort that goes into large-scale projects would seem to demand long-lived rewards. But the artists featured here find their rewards in large-scale works on sand or snow that last as little as an hour or two. Sonja Hinrichsen Sonja Hinrichsen believes the earth is “already terribly cluttered” with human-made “stuff.” Instead of making more, she … Read More

June 18, 2014

Highly Infectious

Cape Town’s annual public art festival trades on the city’s rich and sometimes contradictory culture

Public Art Review contributing editor Jon Spayde visited Cape Town, South Africa for the Infecting the City festival in March 2014.  Todd Melby interviewed him for the Public Art Review Podcast. Listen here to Jon talking about his experience walking the streets for 5 days, experiencing sensory explosion that was Infecting the City.   Cape … Read More

June 18, 2014

Stadium Arts

Meet four favorite artworks at U.S. sports stadiums

Public Art Review asked members of the Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Listserv to nominate their favorite works at sports stadiums. The nominations poured in and, after looking through projects at hockey arenas, football fields, and ballparks, we present to you four works that celebrate sports and the athletic spirit. —The Editors