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June 1, 2016

Walking on Water

Christo’s latest project, set for completion this summer in Italy, will be an exercise in “sexy” island-hopping

LAKE ISEO – In the summer of 2016, Bulgarian-born artist Christo will install his latest project, The Floating Piers, on Italy’s Lake Iseo, 60 miles east of Milan. Two hundred thousand cubes made of high-density polyethylene, filled with air and covered with soft nylon fabric tinted dahlia-yellow, will create an Oz-like pathway that allows the … Read More

Karen Gardiner | Featured, Public Art Review

May 2, 2016

Taking Public Liberties:

Three graces in an African metropolis

Three public “liberties”—all thumbing their nose to varying degrees at Eugène Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People (1830)—are tramping through downtown Johannesburg: The amazon of Reshada Crouse’s painting Passive Resistance hails audiences from the Nelson Mandela Theater; the child in Marlene Dumas’ tapestry The Benefit of the Doubt surveys the Constitutional Court; and William Kentridge and … Read More

Leora Maltz-Leca | Featured, Public Art Review

April 29, 2016

Co-Creationists

Curators are emerging as an important force in the world of public art

Where does public art come from? How does it get made? These are simple enough questions, but they raise some complicated issues—especially when it comes to the emerging forms of “social practice” that are rapidly reshaping the world of public art. Consider the monumental steel sculpture that towers over a corporate plaza or the mural … Read More

April 27, 2016

Artists and Fabricators: Constructing a Relationship

Artist Mark Dion and fabricators Rick and Ido Yoshimoto forged a collaborative bond in creating The Ship Chandler

Public art is public memory, in either intention or effect. Some pieces commemorate history; others become landmarks, anchoring new memories. The Ship Chandler, Mark Dion’s installation for the Port of Los Angeles, plays with this truth. The work disrupts the present with a visitation from a past that is not so much remembered as imagined. … Read More

Arlene Goldbard | Featured, Public Art Review

April 4, 2016

Glass Fusions

Artists and manufacturers explore techniques, from 3D printing to solar cells

When it comes to public art made from glass, new technology has led to new innovation. A variety of glass manufacturing studios and artists revealed a peek at some of the current techniques and expectations for artistic and architectural glass.   Renewable Energy Collaborating with artist Sarah Hall, Peters Studios—formally known as Glasmalerei Peters Studios—updated … Read More

March 16, 2016

Sans façon

artist duo makes context and relationships the center of each project

Each year, the Public Art Network (PAN) of Americans for the Arts nominates 50 public artworks as outstanding representations of the genre. When Charles Blanc and Tristan Surtees, collectively known as Sans façon, put a few projects in the hopper for the distinction, they never expected to be chosen; they simply hoped to make a … Read More

February 29, 2016

Remembering with Beads

A traveling memorial pays tribute to missing and murdered indigenous women

How can a memorial reflect the presence of grief and the absence caused by lost lives? How can it bring tragedy to light without reducing lives to stories of violence? Walking With Our Sisters (WWOS) attempts this balance as both a space for remembrance and a traveling memorial that draws attention to the staggering number of … Read More

Jessica Fiala | Featured, Public Art Review

February 17, 2016

Heightened Perception

walking with Carmen Papalia—eyes closed and other senses open

I can’t tell if we are on a sidewalk, in an alley or in the middle of a road. Every slope in the pavement underfoot is amplified, as is every sound—a car passing, a child crying, people chatting on a restaurant patio. With my right arm I feel for trees, signposts, fire hydrants, and other … Read More

Jennifer Van Evra | 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

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