February 9, 2016

Game Theory

Johan Ferner Ström’s Puckelboll is an artist-designed playing field

When artist Johan Ström’s first Puckelboll installation was constructed in Malmö, Sweden, in 2009, it didn’t take long before it was in use. The construction workers couldn’t resist and right away began to kick around a soccer ball. “One of the aims with the Puckelboll field is to serve as a catalyst for dialogue and … Read More

Shauna Dee | Featured, Public Art Review

January 11, 2016

The Journey is the Destination

Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures. Part 4 of 4 in the Artography series.

Part map, part artwork, part public art scavenger hunt, Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures turns a viewer’s journey toward a sculpture into an artwork of its own. The temporary installation consists of directional signs and maps bearing black-and-white icons of public sculptures, paired with the distance to each from the Queens Museum at Flushing Meadows–Corona … Read More

January 11, 2016

Mapping Cultural Assets

Mapping public art with cultureNOW. Part 2 of 4 in the Artography series.

“The maps started as a tool for getting people back downtown,” says architect Abby Suckle, who began mapping New York City’s cultural assets in response to 9/11. “It was way before Google Earth. I actually created the first map out of old real estate maps and something from City Planning. I squashed it all together. … Read More

January 11, 2016

Maps in the ‘Hood

Mapping public art: Project Willowbrook. Part 1 of 4 in the Artography series.

In the middle of South Los Angeles, practically hidden between Watts and Compton, sits Willowbrook. Though few have ever heard of the unincorporated neighborhood, it’s been home for decades to the Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital—one of the only medical facilities accessible to residents of South L.A. After the hospital lost its accreditation in 2007, … Read More

December 2, 2015

“(A)mare Conchiglie” by Kyrahm and Julius Kaiser

Approaching the immigration conversation

VIDEO – Rome, Italy – Just before sunset on July 3, 2015, a performance piece began on the shore of the Tyrrhenian Sea in the town of Nettuno, south of Rome. For A(mare) Conchiglie, Rome-based artists Kyrahm and Julius Kaiser set a long table in the water and invited elderly Italian and recent African migrants … Read More

Public Art Review | Featured, Public Art Review

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 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