On Location

August 25, 2014

Where People Gather

Maya Lin’s work on the Confluence Project honors the past, and the project’s new executive director reaches out to the public on behalf of the future

Back in 1999, when Vancouver, Washington, nonprofit leader Jane Jacobsen first learned of a potential $500,000 gift to fund a public art project commemorating the upcoming bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition, the bare outline of how to spend the money was immediately obvious. “Let’s start in the West, where Lewis … Read More

Jacqueline White | On Location, Public Art Review

August 8, 2014

Standing at the Gateway

Public art projects in St. Louis are reconnecting the city’s fragmented infrastructure—and its people

Word for word, no public artwork in St. Louis has been discussed more than Richard Serra’s Twain. It’s been disparaged at dinner parties, criticized in the newspaper, and one vandal-critic even spray-painted “GET RID OF THIS THING!” on its weathered Cor-Ten surface. Located on the Gateway Mall, a block-wide park that ribbons through downtown, Twain … Read More

Stefene Russell | On Location, Public Art Review

July 28, 2014

Once More to the Island + VIDEO

Governors Island, a former military base near Manhattan, becomes an open oasis for the arts

Riding the ferry to Governors Island on a foggy February morning, it’s easy to imagine that you’re heading to a new and foreign land. Only a half mile from the bustling southern tip of Manhattan, it seems a world apart. In many ways, it once was. A retreat for the British royal governors in the … Read More

Valerie Gladstone | On Location, Public Art Review

July 16, 2014

From Public Space to Market Place? 1

The history and challenge of public art—and funding—in Liverpool

Liverpool once had a proud tradition of privately commissioned permanent art that helped define its public space. But over the past 40 years, its new public art has been different in character: ephemeral, detached from the built infrastructure, attempting to reimagine the city in and for the present, and paid for by the public purse. … Read More

June 30, 2014

Made in Taiwan

Environmental art on the Beautiful Island

Portuguese explorers gave Taiwan the name Ilha Formosa (beautiful island) for the striking beauty of its rich, natural landscape. Today, Taiwan—with its bustling, industrialized urban centers—faces the environmental consequences of high population density and the rapid industrialization behind the “Taiwan Economic Miracle” of the past five decades. As in other areas of the world, public … Read More

Elizabeth Wilson | On Location, Public Art Review

June 23, 2014

Hardrock Revision

Artists reconsider a mine site in Lake City, Colorado

Public art is a dynamic and expanding endeavor. As art’s concerns adjust to our increasingly complex world, the role of artist is shifting from object maker to problem solver. In the summer of 2011, the Colorado Art Ranch in conjunction with the town of Lake City, Colorado, embraced this definition of public art in the Hardrock … Read More

Linda Wysong | On Location, Public Art Review

March 25, 2014

Bringing the Biennale Home

What the director of an American sculpture park learned in Venice

My primary goal at Laumeier Sculpture Park is to use the whole space and history of St. Louis as a platform for artistic research, using the rubric “archaeology of place” to guide our thematic shows. This notion has helped us commission work by artists from around the globe—Matts Leiderstam (Sweden), Ken Lum (Canada), Tea Mäkipää … Read More

Marilu Knode | On Location, Public Art Review

November 26, 2013

Elevate Week 2013

Atlanta, Ga. (October 18-26, 2013) - SLIDE SHOW – For one week every year, muralists, performance artists, musicians, and installation artists bring their creativity to downtown Atlanta as part of Elevate Week, an event curated by the Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs. For this year’s event, artists responded to the theme “Transit: Time, People & Places,” showcasing … Read More

Public Art Review | On Location, Public Art Review

November 14, 2013

Art in Odd Places

New York, N.Y. – SLIDE SHOW – Art in Odd Places (AiOP) returned to 14th street in Manhattan for its ninth annual festival October 11-20. This year’s theme was Number. “From bank balances to checks and balances, votes to foreclosures, inflation to recession… [numbers] demand our continual attention, molding the experience of our everyday…. In … Read More

Public Art Review | On Location, Public Art Review

November 5, 2013

The Curator-Driven Public Art Festival

Capital as Context: 5x5 in Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C. – As the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., combines instantly recognizable symbols of national and international significance with an urban environment that is rich, diverse, and complex. But, like many other U.S. cities, aspects of the District of Columbia’s urban realm have been ignored and forsaken. And although Washington is a nexus of public … Read More

Ronit Eisenbach and Welmoed Laanstra | Magazine Feature, On Location, Public Art Review