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June 24, 2015

Bloomberg Public Art Challenge Winners Announced

Four cities will receive up to $1 million each

Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced the four winners in their Public Art Challenge. Each city will receive up to $1 million toward the development and execution of the proposed project over the next two years. The winners are: Albany, Schenectady and Troy, NY – Breathing Lights. Architect: Barbara Nelson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Artist: Adam Frelin. Illuminating the Need … Read More

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June 1, 2015

In Remembrance: Jackie Brookner

Innovative ecological artist Jackie Brookner died May 15, 2015, at age 69. Brookner earner her BA from Wellesley College in 1967 and went on to Harvard University, where she completed all but her dissertation for an art history PhD by 1971. She studied art and served as co-dean at The New York Studio School in … Read More

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May 28, 2015

In Remembrance: Chris Burden

Conceptual artist Chris Burden died May 10, 2015, at age 69. Burden earned a BFA from Pomona College, and an MFA from the University of California at Irvine. In 1978, he became the first artist represented by Larry Gagosian, and began teaching at UCLA, where he was tenured in 1986. His work is at once … Read More

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May 27, 2015

UNBOUND coming to Chapel Hill Public Library

Interactive, media-based artwork to incorporate community content

Chapel Hill, N.C. – This summer, UNBOUND, a new project by Rhode Island-based media artist and composer Erik Carlson of AREA C Projects, will present a digital “memory library” of content submitted by community members in a permanent installation at the Chapel Hill Public Library. During a week-long residency in Chapel Hill in March, Carlson worked with … Read More

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May 18, 2015

SPECTRUM Street Art Festival in New Zealand

Multi-venue exhibit explores global street art

Christchurch, N.Z. – SPECTRUM Street Art Festival, a partnership with the YMCA directed by George Shaw, began February 14 and runs through May 10. The latest in a series of Oi YOU! festivals, Spectrum includes local and international artists, and boasts the largest Banksy collection in the southern hemisphere. Installed in several rooms at the YMCA, the … Read More

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April 15, 2015

Confluence Project Art To Establish Maintenance Fund

Part of a $1 million gift may be used to create a maintenance endowment

Cape Disappointment, Wash. – After being exposed to the elements for ten years, some of the art installations by Maya Lin at the Cape Disappointment, Washington, one site of the Confluence Project, need maintenance. The fish cleaning station has been worn down so much that the lettering of the Chinook creation story needs to be re-etched, and … Read More

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April 13, 2015

Google Doubles Street Art Collection

Street Art Project now has more than 10,000 images

On March 17, Google Art Project announced that it has doubled its world collection of street art from its first incarnation last June, covered in issue #51 of Public Art Review (story below). The project aims to preserve ephemeral street art, and also includes audio tours, online exhibitions, GIF art, and artist stories to provide viewers with … Read More

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April 10, 2015

Summer Strandbeest Events Announced

Theo Jansen continues to develop this ongoing project

Theo Jansen’s self-propelling Strandbeest creatures, made out of plastic, wood, and cloth, can “walk on wind.” Using his knowledge of both engineering and art, Jansen has been developing the creatures to react to their environments. The Strandbeests have evolved over time so that some can now store wind power, sense water, or even anchor themselves to the ground … Read More

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March 25, 2015

Ed Wilson Wins Houston Sculpture Commission—Again

Controversial selection process ends on a good note

Houston, Texas – Last October, Texan artist Ed Wilson was unanimously selected to receive an $830,000 commission for a sculpture in the new lobby of the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Less than a month later, however, the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) rescinded the commission. Wilson had produced a concept model earlier in November, … Read More

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March 18, 2015

#SFPublicCanvas Opens Dialogue

BANDALOOP invites social media contributions

San Francisco, Calif. – BANDALOOP, whose distinctive work in vertical dance performance has been presented in cultural institutions, in nature, and on skyscrapers, bridges, and billboards, has introduced a new multimedia project called #SFPublicCanvas. The piece will be a “many-to-many conversation” focused on San Francisco’s Mid-Market district, incorporating social media contributions of art, words, and video from the public. Contributions are … Read More

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February 16, 2015

Robert Indiana’s “Seven” Stirs Controversy

Questions about the sculpture's Portland installation

Portland, Maine – Robert Indiana’s sculpture Seven now sits outside the Portland Museum of Art at 7 Congress Square. Known for his contributions to the Pop art movement, Indiana conceived of the series NUMBERS ONE through ZERO in the 1980s and made Seven in the 1990s. In a recent opinion piece, local poet Martin Steingesser … Read More

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February 9, 2015

FIGMENT City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition Winners Announced

Two designs chosen for 2015

New York, N.Y. – For the 2015 cycle of the FIGMENT City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition, two winning designs have been announced instead of one. Both designs respond to environmental issues and take cues from organic forms. Billion Oyster Pavilion by New York-based BanG Studio is grounded in local history, tapping into discussions around … Read More

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