January 19, 2017

Sarah Sze Withdraws SF Proposal Over “Significant Changes” to Siting Terms

“Comfort women” memorial also claims a place on St. Mary’s Square site

SAN FRANCISCO – Sculptor Sarah Sze has withdrawn her proposal for a work commissioned by San Francisco’s Chinese Culture Center. The internationally known Chinese-American artist (profiled in our recent cover story on MacArthur “genius” award winners) acted in response to a dispute over the site. The San Francisco Examiner reports that the kerfuffle centers on … Read More

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November 30, 2016

Artists Support the Standing Rock Water Protectors

Mirror Shields, Posters, a Pilgrimage

STANDING ROCK – Artist-led projects backing the pipeline protest include Masonite-and-mirror shields and a “migration.” The nearly eight-month-long gathering of Native people and non-Native supporters against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which crosses the Missouri River and traditionally-tribal lands in North Dakota, has drawn support from the artist community, in forms both familiar (posters, banners) … Read More

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November 7, 2016

North Carolina Public Art on Hold Until Planning Process Becomes More Inclusive

Asheville/Buncombe County commissioners vote to suspend project that had no African-American input

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – When the public art planning committee for Buncombe County, N.C. , whose seat is Asheville, requested proposals for a history wall and a kinetic sculpture for their new courthouse, they didn’t consult the African-American community. Now the county commissioners have voted to suspend the project until they gather input from those citizens, … Read More

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October 5, 2016

Yoko Ono Reaches Out to Women in Reykjavík Project

In "Arising", the artist asks women to submit statements of harm done, as well as photographs of their eyes

REYKJAVIK — Women anywhere in the world to whom harm has been done – simply because they are women – have been invited by conceptual art pioneer Yoko Ono to write the stories of their abuse and send them to Iceland’s main art museum. Her project, Arising, also asks the women to submit photographs of … Read More

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July 26, 2016

A Natural High

Unused elevated train tracks in Queens could turn into the Wild Line

NEW YORK – If a Queens, NY, architectural firm and a Brooklyn rooftop-farm builder get their way, a derelict Long Island Railway (LIRR) spur in Long Island City, Queens, will become the Wild Line—a nature sanctuary that’s a shorter, greener, wilder version of Manhattan’s popular High Line. According to a proposal put forward earlier this … Read More

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July 11, 2016

Smithsonian American Art Museum Acquires Works by Three Major Public Artists

WASHINGTON, D.C. – From November 2015 to July 10, the Smithsonian American Art Museum celebrated the post-renovation reopening of its Renwick Gallery with WONDER, an exhibition that invited artists to create a single immersive installation piece for each of the Renwick’s rooms. The result was a highly successful show that drew some 700,000 visitors. Now … Read More

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June 29, 2016

Issue-Oriented Art on Lunchroom Tables

NEW YORK — May 14 saw the kickoff of one of New York City’s most wide-ranging public art projects: ten artworks addressing critical social issues, installed in ten public parks in all five boroughs. The artists were eleven, twelve, and thirteen years old, and their canvases were school lunchroom tables. A rally in Manhattan’s Union … Read More

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June 10, 2016

Documenting Cultural Change

Minnesota documentary filmmaker Dawn Mikkelson turns her lens on an award-winning public art project in Caracas

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 Becker, executive … Read More

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March 9, 2016

International Researchers Discuss Public Art

2016 Institute for Public Art Research Network Meeting

Shanghai – Researchers from across the globe gathered last week to share their perspectives on public art. Sponsored by the University of Shanghai, the two-day meeting invited scholars, curators, artists, project managers, and city planners to give presentations about recent public art projects as well as discuss the nuances of place re-making throughout the world. … Read More

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February 26, 2016

The Wabash Lights Switch On!

Chicago – When it costs over $5,000,000 to realize a project, each step towards completion becomes a landmark victory. The Wabash Lights, a long-term interactive light installation that transforms the underside of elevated train tracks, took a giant leap forward on February 4, 2016 when designers Jack Newell and Seth Unger switched on the first … Read More

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February 17, 2016

What Happens to Abandoned Public Art?

Williamsburg Presidential Museum Project

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – What happens when public sculpture loses its home? A farmer in Virginia shows that sometimes it’s up to community members to save the art around them. Presidents Park, a ten-acre sculpture park inspired by Mount Rushmore, featured towering busts of 43 presidents. Not able to draw a big enough crowd to sustain … Read More

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January 15, 2016

Knight Cities Challenge Announces 2016 Finalists

158 projects move on to the next round

Miami, Fla. – Over 4,500 project ideas were submitted to this year’s Knight Cities Challenge, which invites innovators to actively shape the futures of cities across the U.S. Reviewers spent two months looking over applications in order to select the 158 finalists, who have until the end of the month to submit formal applications. The winners of … Read More

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