September 23, 2016

Repellent Fence

by Postcommodity

DOUGLAS, ARIZONA, USA / AGUA PRIETA, SONORA, MEXICO—This temporary project raised a fence that was designed not to repel, but rather to bridge the gap across borders. Conceived by Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez, and Kade L. Twist, artists with indigenous roots who work under the collective name of Postcommodity, the project was funded on Kickstarter, … Read More

September 21, 2016

Anything to Say? A Monument to Courage

Charles Glass and Davide Dormino

BERLIN—Though inanimate, Anything to Say? A Monument to Courage is anything but passive: This life-sized bronze sculpture conceived by journalist Charles Glass and sculptor Davide Dormino invites viewers to stand up and express themselves—literally on the sculpture itself. The work depicts whistleblowers Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and Chelsea Manning standing on chairs. A third, empty … Read More

September 18, 2016


by Robyn Backen, Andre Dekker, Graham Eatough, Nigel Helyer, and Jennifer Turpin

DUISBERG, GERMANY—No Man’s Land was the deadly zone between two opposing lines of trench warfare during World War I, and it serves as the inspiration for Nomanslanding, an ambitious traveling artwork designed by five international artists in answer to a co-commission by three curators based in Australia, Germany, and Scotland. The artists (Robyn Backen, Nigel … Read More

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September 16, 2016

Bristol’s Wild Style

Powered by visionary curators, innovative local artists, a vibrant music scene—and Banksy—public art in the capital of England’s west country is making a mark

The capital of England’s West Country, Bristol, is a very visual place. Houses are painted in bright colors and the city center is dominated by the graceful shapes of the sailing ships on the Floating Harbour, which faces the blue Bristol Channel and the Irish Sea. Bristol is also very visual in another sense: For … Read More

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September 14, 2016

Concrete Cabin

Rachel Whiteread’s first major permanent public commission in the United States is a symbol of retreat and introspection – with whimsy added

The exteriorization of interior space is Rachel Whiteread’s signature. The British artist has cast the interiors of wardrobes, rooms, and even entire buildings in concrete. The objects that result solidify “negative” space into sculpture. For Cabin, her first major permanent American public commission, Whiteread has cast the inside of a modest cabin and sited it … Read More

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September 12, 2016

Milwaukee Moves

In Creational Trails, Sara Daleiden’s role as artist involves curating and crafting conversations

Think “art” and “Milwaukee” and what most likely comes to mind is the dramatic visual spectacle of the Santiago Calatrava addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum set on the shore of Lake Michigan. The architectural landmark features winglike structures that extend twice daily as if to take flight across the lake. But no matter how … Read More

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September 9, 2016


by Narcelio Grud

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL—In the waters just beyond the marina of Fortaleza, Brazil, rests the Mara Hope, a former cargo ship that was stranded during a journey from Texas to Taiwan, where it was scheduled to be scrapped due to intense fire damage it had sustained. The wreck was officially declared unsalvageable in 1985, and has rested … Read More

September 7, 2016

The Story on the Street

On August 28, residents of the Riley Park neighborhood in Vancouver, BC found themselves caught up in a story – a story appearing all over the neighborhood. The Active Fiction Project (AFP) had been reactivated. The AFP, brainchild of Jaspal Marwah of the nonprofit advocacy group Vancouver Public Space Network, invites people to follow the … Read More

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August 31, 2016

The Bosch Parade

Imagine the bizarre creatures in Hieronymus Bosch’s apocalyptic paintings coming to life and making their way down a Dutch river, and you’ve pretty much got the idea of the 2016 Bosch Parade. Organizers in the 15th-century artist’s hometown of ‘sHertogenbosch (Den Bosch for short) invite professional artists, designers, composers, and choreographers to design waterborne craft … Read More

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August 17, 2016

Rio’s Gold-Medal Street Art

Work by Brazilian artists—including Eduardo Kobra—in the streets of Rio de Janeiro

When it comes to public art in Rio de Janeiro, French street-art star JR’s three massive sculptural images of young athletes in action have garnered most of the international attention. (JR is one of three official Olympic artists-in-residence; the other two are German writer Tilman Spengler and American Vine-video star Gerald Andal.) But Rio hardly … Read More

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August 4, 2016

“Lightgraff” Calligraphy in Western Australia

Tunisian artist Karim Jabbari “writes” in light in a dramatic landscape

FORM bills itself as “an independent, non-profit cultural organisation… that develops and advocates for excellence in creativity and artistic practice in Western Australia.” The nonprofit is headquartered in central Perth, but its associated venues, and its programming, reach far out into the vast state, which includes some of the most dramatic landscapes on earth. In … Read More

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July 26, 2016

A Natural High

Unused elevated train tracks in Queens could turn into the Wild Line

If a Queens, NY, architectural firm and a Brooklyn rooftop-farm builder get their way, a derelict Long Island Railway (LIRR) spur in Long Island City, Queens, will become the Wild Line—a nature sanctuary that’s a shorter, greener, wilder version of Manhattan’s popular High Line. According to a proposal put forward earlier this year by BanG … Read More

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