On Location

October 19, 2016

The Arch Turns 50

New grounds show off Saarinen’s modernist masterpiece

St. Louis—To mark the fiftieth anniversary of “Topping Out Day”—the harrowing placement of the keystone into the St. Louis Gateway Arch on October 28, 1965—a metaphorical keystone will drop into place with the completion of the new Park Over the Highway. Long severed from downtown St. Louis by Interstate 44, the Arch will finally be … Read More

Stefene Russell | On Location, Public Art Review

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

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 sense: For … Read More

September 12, 2016

Milwaukee Moves

In Creational Trails, Sara Daleiden’s role as artist involves curating and crafting conversations

Think “art” and “Milwaukee” and what most likely comes to mind is the dramatic visual spectacle of the Santiago Calatrava addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum set on the shore of Lake Michigan. The architectural landmark features winglike structures that extend twice daily as if to take flight across the lake. But no matter how … Read More

Jacqueline White | On Location, Public Art Review

August 17, 2016

Rio’s Gold-Medal Street Art

Work by Brazilian artists—including Eduardo Kobra—in the streets of Rio de Janeiro

When it comes to public art in Rio de Janeiro, French street-art star JR’s three massive sculptural images of young athletes in action have garnered most of the international attention. (JR is one of three official Olympic artists-in-residence; the other two are German writer Tilman Spengler and American Vine-video star Gerald Andal.) But Rio hardly … Read More

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August 4, 2016

“Lightgraff” Calligraphy in Western Australia

Tunisian artist Karim Jabbari “writes” in light in a dramatic landscape

FORM bills itself as “an independent, non-profit cultural organisation… that develops and advocates for excellence in creativity and artistic practice in Western Australia.” The nonprofit is headquartered in central Perth, but its associated venues, and its programming, reach far out into the vast state, which includes some of the most dramatic landscapes on earth. In … Read More

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June 3, 2016

Northern Regeneration 1

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

March 21, 2016

Stories from Yangon

29th Street Serenade (And Other Love Songs) reflects democratic reform in Burma

New Zero Art Space As Burma slowly transitions toward genuine democratic reforms in the judiciary and executive branches of government, artists and journalists have become litmus tests for the changes occurring in society. While subtle and sometimes not so subtle forms of censorship continue to plague print media, visual artists have seen their opportunities open … Read More

Roger Colombik | On Location, Public Art Review

March 2, 2016

Atlanta Beltline

“It’s a gallery for people who don’t do galleries,” says Jenny Odom, describing the annual Art on the Atlanta BeltLine outdoor sculpture exhibition. Odom is communications coordinator for Atlanta BeltLine Inc., which is currently constructing 22 miles of modern streetcar lines and transforming a former railway corridor into 33 miles of combined pedestrian and cycling … Read More

Jacqueline White | On Location, Public Art Review

February 10, 2016

A Water Park for the Art Tourist

Jason deCaires Taylor unveils his final additions to underwater sculpture park, MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte)

Mexico (2013)— Jason deCaires Taylor  revealed his final sculptures for MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte), a long-term project devoted to diverting underwater tourist traffic away from delicate coral reefs. Designed as a tour of Mexico’s Punta Nizuc reef system in the waters of Cancún, his contributions now total 510 permanent sculptures made from live transplanted … Read More

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February 3, 2016

French Revival

public art in Nantes, France

“La Ville Bizarre.” That’s what local tourism promoters proudly call the port city of Nantes, on the river Loire, about 240 miles southwest of Paris. The bizarrerie comes courtesy of the public art that’s been installed in Nantes and its environs since 2007: a whole lot of challenging, generally uncompromising public work by major artists … Read More

January 8, 2016

“Duwamish Revealed”

Artworks and programs center on Seattle's only river

Seattle, Wash. – Duwamish Revealed, “a creative celebration of Seattle’s only river,” presented a series of installations, performances, and community events from June 1 to September 30, 2015. Artistic directors Nicole Kistler and Sarah Kavage, who brought The Living Barge Project to the Duwamish in 2006, partnered with the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS) … Read More

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