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April 24, 2014

The Land Art Generator Initiative at Fresh Kills

Trash to Treasure: Conceptual projects imagine a renewable future

New York, NY — The Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island was one of the more dubious pen-strokes of New York’s “master builder,” Robert Moses, in 1948. The idea: Take the garbage from New York City, dump it into an unbuildable wetland for a few years, and then develop the trash heap into residential or … Read More

April 21, 2014

Activating Vacant Spaces 3

A video interview with Joan Vorderbruggen

Minneapolis, Minn. – VIDEO - Artist and organizer Joan Vorderbruggen envisions possibilities for the most dejected spaces, transforming vacant storefronts into magical, whimsical worlds. This video interview explores Joan’s roles as the Cultural District Arts Coordinator for Hennepin Theatre Trust and as founder and director of Artists in Storefronts. Video produced by Line Break Media, and made possible through support … Read More

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April 19, 2014

The Art of Ritual: Burning Man

Religion, spirituality, and public art at Burning Man

Burning Man is grand-scale theater for eclectic spirituality, self-expression, personal transformation, communal bonding, and cultural renewal. For one week every year, around 50,000 participants transform a harsh and utterly empty expanse of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert into a pulsating cultural laboratory populated with hundreds of art installations. Culminating in the spectacular incineration of the eponymous … Read More

April 14, 2014

Sara Daleiden: Encouraging Public Intimacy

An interview from the Placemakers series

Raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Sara Daleiden now lives in Los Angeles, where she takes an interventionist and activist approach to redefining the public spaces of her adopted city. Much of her work is rooted in the tradition of the flâneur, who experiences urban space through directionless walking. Transplant this concept to car-crazy L.A., and the … Read More

April 12, 2014

Home Makers

Artist-involved projects focused on housing and neighborhoods

Rick Lowe, founder of Project Row Houses (PRH), was making billboard-sized political paintings in his Houston, Texas, studio in the 1980s when a visiting high school student challenged his work. As Lowe recounted to the New York Times in 2006, “If I was an artist, he said, why didn’t I come up with some kind … Read More

April 4, 2014

The Vision Behind the Land Art Generator Initiative 1

A video interview with Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry

New York, New York – VIDEO – The Land Art Generator Initiative has formulated an approach to design thinking that intrigued us since the moment we first found out about them. We wanted to know more about their vision and mission, so we asked them for an in-person interview. This video will take you behind … Read More

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February 26, 2014

Healing Arts 1

Five hospitals demonstrate models for integrating art in institutional settings

The past five years have seen an explosion in new hospital construction, and many of these new facilities have highly organized arts programs to fill their blank buildings with sculptures, murals, paintings, even interactive art exhibits. Commissioned art for hospitals is nothing new, of course. But several recent hospital projects suggest new approaches and a … Read More

February 26, 2014

Righteous Indignation

What happens when public art touches religious nerves

When a David Wojnarowicz video was removed from the National Portrait Gallery’s Hide/Seek, an exhibition in November 2010 devoted to homosexual identity, censorship based on charges of sacrilege was back in the news. Wojnarowicz’s 1987 A Fire in My Belly includes an 11-second clip of ants swarming over a crucifix and was inspired by the … Read More

February 26, 2014

The Hart Island Project

Melinda Hunt's quest to identify the anonymous

“The feeling that it’s within your control to commemorate your loved one is an important feeling to restore,” says Melinda Hunt, an artist who, for the past two decades, has sought to do just that for relatives of the 850,000 people buried since the Civil War on Hart Island, a potter’s field in Long Island … Read More

February 10, 2014

A Waterfront Watershed

A new waterfront raises awareness of public art in Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay, Ontario, made its name as a manufacturing and lumbering city, and as the westernmost Canadian port on the Great Lakes. Proud of its ethnic heritage (in which Finns, Italians, Natives, and Métis—descendants of Native-white unions—are prominent), it’s faced the sort of economic decline afflicting blue-collar, heavily industrial communities throughout North America, and like … Read More