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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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December 25, 2015

Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia

Imagining a New Monument for the City

Philadelphia, Penn. – “What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?” This central question motivated Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia, a public art and urban research project centered at City Hall from May 15 – June 7, 2015. Curated by Ken Lum, Paul M. Farber, and A. Will Brown, Monument Lab … Read More

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December 18, 2015

Boston’s Isles Arts Initiative

Summer series celebrates Harbor Islands

Boston, Mass. – From July 11 – August 26, 2015, the Isles Arts Initiative animated the Boston Harbor Islands with a series of site-specific installations and performances. Aimed to raise awareness of the intrinsic value of the islands, the public art series paired art interventions with inventive performances and a responsive gallery show. The Boston … Read More

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December 4, 2015

My Yangon My Home

Art and Heritage Festival in Myanmar

Yangon, Myanmar – My Yangon My Home, the first Yangon Art and Heritage festival, enlivened the city’s public and private spaces with art from March 1 to March 22, 2015. Curated by Jose Abad Lorente, Diana Valarezo, and Htein Lin, the festival was organized in collaboration with Ambassador Andrew Patrick, Tina May Thwin Oo, and … Read More

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October 28, 2015

History on a Billboard

Artist-designed billboards across the southern United States explore the concept of manifest destiny

The United States’ westward expansion during the nineteenth century was justified by the concept of “manifest destiny”—the notion that the virtue and taming influence of American settlers preordained the settling of the West. The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project explores this theme through a series of billboards along Interstate 10 through Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, New … Read More

September 18, 2015

Revolutionary Art in the Digital Realm

Artist activists use social media to build audience and provoke action

On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black male, was shot and killed by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri. Just over a month later, 43 male students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers College of Ayotzinapa went missing in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. The students were later pronounced dead. Iguala’s mayor and his … Read More

July 27, 2015

Coney Art Walls

New street art exhibition comes to Coney Island

Brooklyn, N.Y. – Coney Art Walls, a large-scale exhibition that opened in July and is open until September 6, has turned Coney Island into an outdoor museum of street art. Curated by Jeffrey Deitch and Joseph J. Sitt, the exhibition presents works by local and international artists, including Crash, Daze, Eine, Ron English, Shepard Fairey, … Read More

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March 27, 2015

New Zealand’s Headland Sculpture on the Gulf

Site-specific sculptures installed along scenic walkway

Waiheke, New Zealand – The seventh biennial Headland Sculpture on the Gulf event, which took place January 23 – February 15, 2015, featured a series of 31 site-specific sculptures along a scenic walkway and in the Headland Pavilion on New Zealand’s Waiheke Island. Started in 2003 by the Waiheke Community Art Gallery, Headland Sculpture on the Gulf included … Read More

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March 23, 2015

Scottsdale’s Annual Canal Convergence Art Event

Interactive art came to the Arizona Canal for third year

Scottsdale, Ariz. – The third annual Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light event, including interactive art, hands-on activities, and live music, took place February 26 – March 1 this year. Located on the Scottsdale Waterfront, the event staged five large-scale art installments, two dance performances and an educational water conservation display. Artworks and installations … Read More

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March 16, 2015

Art That Moves

Highlights from the 2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium

Boynton Beach, Fla. – The second biennial International Kinetic Art Exhibition and Symposium took place February 6-8 this year. In addition to experiencing more than 60 indoor and 16 outdoor kinetic artworks, visitors could attend workshops and presentations, participate in a community project called Kinetic Connection, and meet international kinetic artists. Some of the symposium … Read More

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