November 18, 2015

Documenting Cultural Change

A trailer about the award-winning Tiuna El Fuerte Cultural Park

VIDEO – TIUNA EL FUERTE CULTURAL PARK—a pop-up cultural park created by Alejandro Haiek Coll and Eleanna Cadalso in Caracas, Venezuela—won the first International Award for Public Art (IAPA) in 2013. Now the park is the subject of a feature-length documentary planned by Minnesota filmmaker Dawn Mikkelson. Mikkelson first heard about the project from Jack … Read More

Amy Danielson | Featured, Public Art Review

September 25, 2015

Remembering in Light

Tunisian artist Karim Jabbari honors those who died in Arab Spring

Karim Jabbari witnessed the unfolding of Arab Spring in his native Tunisia from his adopted Canada. More protestors—including Jabbari’s uncle—were shot and killed by government forces in his hometown of Kasserine than in any other Tunisian city. In an effort to come to terms with his own anger and feelings of helplessness, the desires of … Read More

September 23, 2015

Future Reading

A Norwegian public art project locks away book manuscripts for the next century

Conceptual art often flirts with the concept of legacy. Artists like Stephen Kaltenbach and Andy Warhol made frequent use of artful time capsules to question the unpredictability of the future and the meaning (or meaninglessness) of everyday life. While standard time capsules cradle fragile newspaper clippings or quirky kitsch, artists’ might outline obscure time-based instructions … Read More

September 21, 2015

Room for Everyone 1

A new public art administrator’s path to reaching underrepresented artists

I spent 17 years as a nurse before transitioning to my career as a public art administrator. In 2012, I began volunteering in my neighborhood to develop and implement a project that paired artwork with vacant commercial storefronts. I quickly found that my desire to connect artists with opportunities to beautify blighted pockets of my … Read More

Joan Vorderbruggen | Featured, Public Art Review

September 18, 2015

Revolutionary Art in the Digital Realm

Artist activists use social media to build audience and provoke action

On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black male, was shot and killed by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri. Just over a month later, 43 male students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers College of Ayotzinapa went missing in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. The students were later pronounced dead. Iguala’s mayor and his … Read More

September 16, 2015


How Artists are Affected by Funding Mechanisms

Public art is funded in a variety of ways, and many financial structures are quite complex. The works pictured here offer a basic overview of how some public art projects—with a range of budgets from $50 to $3.5 million—are funded. When Chilean-born artist Alfredo Jaar visited the town of Skoghall, Sweden, which had invited him … Read More

September 15, 2015

Love Letter to the Strandbeest

Christina Lanzl's words of admiration for Theo Jansen's creation

Salem, Mass. – Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen, the first major American exhibition on the Strandbeest, is on view September 19, 2015 to January 3, 2016 at the Peabody Essex Museum. The exhibition will feature drawings, photography, “fossils,” and demonstrations. August and September events in the Boston area are listed here. Theo Jansen’s … Read More

Christina Lanzl | Featured, Public Art Review

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

Karin L. Wolf | Featured, Public Art Review

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

The editors of Public Art Review & Leon Tan, Ph.D. | Featured, Magazine Feature, Public Art Review, Recent Projects

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

Elizabeth Keithline | Featured, Magazine Feature, Public Art Review

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

Public Art Review | Featured, Public Art Review