August 17, 2015


Artist: Melissa McGill

Beacon, N.Y. – Stars provide reference points that guide travelers across land and sea, but what if features of the land—including the built environment—could influence the placement of the stars? Constellation, a large-scale light installation by Melissa McGill that opened in June, draws upon architecture and local history to make this happen. Situated above the … Read More

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August 14, 2015


Artist: Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

Genk, Belgium – In celebration of the art center C-mine‘s tenth anniversary, Gijs Van Vaerenbergh designed a large-scale steel labyrinth influenced by the structures of the old coal mine where the center is located. From the top of the old mine shafts, the labyrinth can be seen in full. Known for the 2011 project Reading … Read More

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July 17, 2015

Discovering the Unknown

An interview with Janet Echelman

Janet Echelman is an artist who defies categorization. Her work is at the intersection of fine art, ancient craft, cutting-edge technology, architecture, and public art. Starting out, she was rejected by every art school she applied to. Today she has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Aspen Institute’s Henry Crown Fellowship, and a Harvard University Loeb … Read More

July 7, 2015

A Mini Public Art Filmfest

An hour-long filmfest inspired by the 2015 Public Art Network Preconference

Stories about public art projects shared at the Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network Preconference in June inspired this hour-long DIY mini-film fest for Public Art Review. Many of the projects listed below were selected for the Public Art Year in Review, an annual event recognizing the best in public art; others are from … Read More

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July 1, 2015

Winner! 2nd International Award for Public Art

The public art project Talk to Me received the International Award for Public Art on July 1, 2015 at the Cities in a Climate of Change: Public Art and Environmental and Social Ecologies conference in Auckland, New Zealand. The conference brings together artists, curators, urban planners, architects and museum directors from around the world to discuss art and … Read More

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May 29, 2015

Artists and Fabricators: So Happy Together

Most public art projects are the result of collaboration between artist and fabricator. What makes this relationship tick?

Artists curious about working in the public realm are sometimes told that public artists work in teams, but if one hasn’t been exposed to this way of working, it’s hard to understand what that really means. How do artists and fabricators decide to work together? What makes for a fruitful partnership? What are some of … Read More

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April 27, 2015

Desire Lines

Tatiana Trouvé's Central Park installation

New York, N.Y. – Desire Lines, the first public commission in the United States by Paris-based artist Tatiana Trouvé , translates 212 of Central Park’s winding pathways into lengths of colored rope. The same number of wooden spools wound with the ropes fill three industrial shelving units positioned in Doris C. Freedman Plaza, where some of the paths originate and where Scholar’s Gate acts … Read More

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April 22, 2015

Artefact: A Documentary

Short film considers public art in Bristol

Bristol, U.K. –  Artefact, a short documentary directed and produced by Adam Jouahri, considers the place of public art in Bristol from a number of perspectives, including conversations with artists and curators. Works by Tomás Saraceno, Herman Kolgen, and others offer examples of public art projects in Bristol that have engaged the community in new … Read More

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April 11, 2015

Lexington, Ink

A collective tattoo connects people who love where they live

How much do you love your hometown? Enough to tattoo a few words of adulation on your body? For more than 200 residents of Lexington, Kentucky, the answer is yes. Arts administrators, city officials, and even a family of five—two parents, three children—braved the tattoo artists’ needles for the Lexington Tattoo Project, a community-wide artwork … Read More

March 4, 2015

Interview: JR

French artist JR talks about boundaries, questions, finding out what’s possible, and his latest work on Ellis Island

Born in 1983 in France, JR began his career surreptitiously tagging around Paris. In the last decade he has reached audiences all around the globe, carrying out public projects focusing on the human face and its symbolic power. After he won significant financial support in the form of the 2011 TED Prize, JR created the … Read More

February 27, 2015

Homestead Act

Artist Peter von Tiesenhausen copyrights his land

Alberta, Canada – To understand why Alberta artist Peter von Tiesenhausen copyrighted the land that he and his wife own, it helps to look with his eyes out the window of the studio he built himself on their remote 800 acres northwest of Grande Prairie. The copyright was a novel legal maneuver to prevent the … Read More

February 11, 2015

Reenactment: Public Artists as Public Intellectuals

Speaking of Public Art: Mark Tribe discusses his Port Huron Project with Patricia C. Phillips

In the context of New Left radical politics of the 1960s and 1970s, Coretta Scott King, Howard Zinn, Paul Potter, César Chávez, Angela Davis, and Stokely Carmichael delivered powerful protest speeches that challenged the Vietnam War, racism, and conditions of social and economic injustice. From 2006 to 2008, those speeches were reenacted—and reanimated—as public art … Read More

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