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November 15, 2017

Thiago Mundano: 2017 IAPA Winner

Pimp My Carroça, São Paulo, Brazil, 2007

Brazilian street artist Thiago Mundano has been named the winner of the 2017 International Award for Public Art (IAPA) for his project Pimp My Carroça. The project began in 2007 when Mundano approached São Paulo’s unofficial garbage-collection workers with a proposal: he and artist colleagues would give their carts—carroças—a colorful makeover. The goal: make the … Read More

Public Art Review | Featured, Public Art Review

November 15, 2017

A Creative Community Discovered

The Wildflowers Institute’s unique approach to highlighting informal local networks is helping under-the-radar artists in San Francisco’s Tenderloin find their voices—and each other

Gayle Rosemond’s day wasn’t going particularly well. Returning from the laundromat, she discovered she’d locked herself out of her room at the Pierre, a hotel that had been converted to an SRO, or single-room occupancy building, in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, a 50-block area that’s the poorest in the city, yet abuts the … Read More

Jacqueline White | Featured, On Location, Public Art Review

November 15, 2017

Resist

Artists ask us to rise up

Art is resistance. Resistance can be defined as “the refusal to accept or comply,” and artists, by their very nature, question what is and why. They dig beneath the surface to get at the human essence. Throughout our history, art and artists have resisted oppression, violence, injustice, and inequality. Today, at an unprecedented moment in … Read More

November 8, 2017

Micro-housing in Beijing

Starting in 2010, Zhang Ke led a team that used alleyway design to revitalize Beijing neighborhoods

Under the aegis of the city’s official design showcase, Beijing Design Week (BJDW), architects and designers are making interventions into two traditional Beijing neighborhoods that are both innovative and respectful of scale and tradition. Dazhalan (Dashilar in the Beijing dialect) is an 800-year-old neighborhood not far from Tiananmen Square that became the city’s main business … Read More

November 8, 2017

Flows Two Ways

by Stephen Glassman

NEW YORK – Without Stephen Glassman’s eight-story-tall sculpture Flows Two Ways, the view out of the primarily subsidized, middle-income apartments at Via 57 West, a new mixed-use and residential high-rise on the West Side of Manhattan, would have been a concrete wall. Instead, residents now see a 3,600-square-foot sculpture that looks like the Hudson River at … Read More

October 19, 2017

Dance of the Leaves—and the Data

Climate-data-based music accompanies tree-ballerinas in a unique arboreal performance in Oregon

BEND, Ore. – The fact that trees are wearing tutus is not the only remarkable thing about Arbor Ballet, an installation and performance, conceived by public artist Helen Lessick, that premiered in Bend, Oregon on October 5. It’s got some highly original, science-based music to go with it. Lessick outfitted ten of the trees in … Read More

October 19, 2017

Wild Style on the High Plains: RedCan Graffiti Jam

PAR57 sneak peek

EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. – The Cheyenne River Youth Project (CRYP) is harnessing a controversial artistic medium—graffiti—to reclaim and revitalize traditional Lakota narratives and values, as part of a broader strategy to engage, educate, and empower indigenous youth in America’s fourth largest tribal reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. RedCan is a ‘graffiti jam’ spearheaded by … Read More

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September 7, 2017

Oystermen

Artist: Marco Casagrande

Sculptures provide homes for tiny ocean residents. The island of Kinmen, Taiwan—where oyster cultivation is a long-standing tradition—was the final flashpoint of the Chinese Civil War in 1949. More recently, Finnish environmental artist and architect Marco Casagrande noticed that rusted steel anti-landing poles still standing in the waters around the island are covered in oysters—and … Read More

June 1, 2017

What Are We Risking?

An interview with Carlton Turner

Carlton Turner is all about creating narratives: true narratives that challenge lazy assumptions about the world and what art and artists are—narratives that confront false limitations on what art can say and how it can change the world. Since 2001, Turner has worked with Alternate ROOTS, a regional arts membership organization based in Atlanta; he … Read More

May 23, 2017

Looking for CETA

Tracking the impact of the 1970s federal program that employed artists

There are so many reasons to celebrate what the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) did for the arts in the 1970s, but it’s difficult because the evidence is practically invisible. CETA was a federal jobs program that, like the Works Progress Administration (WPA) before it, funneled many hundreds of millions of dollars to visual … Read More

Linda Frye Burnham and Steven Durland | Featured, Magazine Feature, Public Art Review

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

February 10, 2017

Transforming Spaces

Catherine Widgery’s installations use subtle motions of light, wind, and water to awaken the urban landscape—and those who inhabit it

Catherine Widgery’s epiphany as an artist came just over a decade ago with a sculpture she created for the opening of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum on Cape Cod. Stringing together rusted chains, fishing gear, shells, and other debris, she created a whirlwind of junk in the center of the gallery—and after the exhibit, … Read More