Magazine Feature

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

BRISTOL – 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 … Read More

July 15, 2016

A Shift Toward Trust

Indian artist Jasmeen Patheja describes her work and the genesis of the Talk To Me project

BANGALORE, India – Jasmeen Patheja began addressing critical social issues early in her career as an artist. While still an art student in Bangalore, India, in 2003, she initiated a project that ultimately led to the formation of Blank Noise, a collective that emerged in response to the widespread harassment and rape of women. Blank … Read More

June 3, 2016

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Public art is thriving in Norway, fueled in part by the country’s burgeoning oil economy

The marble-clad roof and glass walls of Oslo’s Opera House rise, iceberg-like, from the fjord, connecting land and sea in a harmonious meeting of cultural life and the environment. So, too, is the Snøhetta-designed Opera House a place where art meets the public. The sloping roof is designed so that anyone who wishes may clamber … Read More

April 11, 2016

Art in the Arab Street

An innovative and ambitious festival brings street artists to Tunisia

It is four years since street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi burned himself alive and activated the extraordinary chain of events that became the Tunisian uprising. The uprising deposed the dominant state narrative only to reveal the flux of competing cultural, economic, and political paradigms currently affecting Tunisia. It is in this context of post-revolutionary flux that … Read More

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

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 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

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 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

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July 1, 2015

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Finalist: 2nd International Award for Public Art

Conflict Kitchen was a finalist for the 2nd International Award for Public Art. Located within the park surrounding the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Conflict Kitchen is both a restaurant and a socially engaged public art project that serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. The project, created by Jon Rubin … Read More