On Location

October 8, 2014

Repurposing the University

UCIRA and embedded arts research across California

California (2010) – California artists and arts institutions are adjusting to downsizing in all sectors of state public programs. Scarcity can trigger unimaginative belt-tightening, but it also opens a liberal space for those on the margins to enter stage left with different propositions. In the face of economic and social instability, a new creative force … Read More

September 17, 2014

Old and New in Rhode Island

Tradition and innovation merge to benefit the community

Rhode Island (2011) – The recent unveiling of Maya Lin’s design The Meeting Room—a park redesign intended to improve and reenergize Queen Anne Square in the center of Newport, Rhode Island—reveals the challenges involved in placing public art in Rhode Island. This state prides itself on being home to more historic structures per capita than … Read More

Martina Windels | On Location, Public Art Review

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 30, 2014

Scraps of Fantasy

A video interview with Dr. Evermor and Eleanor Every

Sumpter, Wisc. – VIDEO – There is an unusual public art park in Sumpter, Wisconsin, run by the husband-and-wife team of Dr. Evermor (AKA Tom Every) and Lady Eleanor (AKA Eleanor Every). The park is filled with large metal sculptures built by Dr. Evermor, including Forevertron, a monumental kinetic sculpture that stands 50 ft. high, 120 ft. wide, and weighs 300 … Read More

Public Art Review | On Location, Public Art Review

July 28, 2014

Once More to the Island + VIDEO 1

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