Ugo Rondinone (born 1964 Brunnen, Switzerland) is a New-York based mixed-media artist whose works explore themes of fantasy and desire.
Artist Peter Gibson, aka Roadworth, creates art works that explore Montreal’s metropolis environment and the conflicts surrounding car culture—emphasizing the importance of bike paths and attempting to draw attention to capitalist systems built around speed, consumption, convenience, and the like.
Every year, Paris’s Grand Palais gets re-imagined by a famous artist, courtesy of the Monumenta project. In 2008, the artist was Richard Serra and his work of art was called Promenade. Listen to Adrian Searle describe an unforgettable image.
Among the walking and biking tours, a downtown guide created by the Des Moines Bicycle Collective has featured a walking tour called “Public Art in the City.”
Tel Aviv, Israel: A design for a new pedestrian bridge is constructed from a continuous line of 800,000 shipping containers punctuated by balconies that provide space to stop, rest and take in the view. Wow!
Nine Mudras by Ayush Kasliwal at the canyon wall. ‘Mudras’ of Hands are depicted using huge metallic structures at Terminal-3 at IGI, New Delhi, India.
Anjolie Ela Menon’s mural, The Walled City, was commissioned for the Indira Gandhi International Airport (T3), New Delhi. “This street in an walled city is a microcosm of the Indian street. It is unique to our urban culture that the street is the arena for life itself,” says Anjolie Ela Menon.
“This is where people live, work, travel, ply their trades, interact, romance, play, celebrate and protest. Here human beings and animals co-exist in surprising harmony where where tradition and modernity blend seamlessly in a throbbing scenario of sound and color, creating endless street theatre,” she says.
Menon, who is considered as the country’s foremost muralist took over six months to handpaint the mural, according to an official of India’s Vadehra Art Gallery, which is supporting the artist.
Artist Alice Aycock is featured in the May 2013 issue of Sculpture magazine—check it out! The feature celebrates her recent show, Alice Aycock: Drawings at the Grey Gallery, New York University and the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York.
Aycock analogizes the structure of highways and systems. “Systems with many nodes – like the body’s arterial system – have an efficient design. Something happens in one part of the system, and it affects other parts and layers.”
Opening April 12, 2013 in Millennium Park is a major public art project which will be on view through November 4, 2013. It features 17 figurative sculptures interpreted from Japanese folklore characters called Tanuki. In additionare 13 of the monumental works the artist created at his Mission Clay: Pittsburg project.
Artist Jun Kaneko is internationally renowned for creating the largest free standing ceramic art pieces in the world. His monumental design extends to the stage, to opera, and to entire city plazas. His openness to new ideas has led him to begin building what he calls “an open space for the mind” in Omaha, Nebraska’s historic center—it is a place that aims to foster creativity in the arts, sciences, and philosophy.
James Turrell is “the first artist who really stated unequivocally that you can liberate light from its source and make it the artwork,” said Alison de Lima Greene, curator of contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX. Houston’s museum is joining with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York in coordinated, successive Turrell exhibitions beginning in May 2013, offering an unusual opportunity to experience his immersive light environments that allow viewers to “see ourselves see,” as he puts it.
Recognizing the challenge of accommodating Turrell’s expansive vision within the confines of a single museum, the organizers passed over the standard model of a single traveling retrospective in favor of this collaboration of complementary exhibitions. The LA County Museum’s exhibition opens May 26 and runs through April 6, 2014; it is the largest of the three, with 40 works spanning the artist’s career.
The trick of the piece is to set up a kind of anti-architecture that allows you to feel the light and space. “You normally look across the ramps and don’t think about this volume that is the center of the museum,” said Nat Trotman, who organized the Guggenheim show with Carmen Gimenez. “That is crystallized and solidified. It’s really about a dialogue between [architect and artist] Wright and Turrell.”
Turrell has site-specific installations in 25 countries, has more typically worked outside major cities. His most ambitious and continuing project is at Roden Crater in the Arizona desert, which he found in 1974 after seven months of canvassing western America in his miniplane in search of an extinct volcanic crater. There, over the last four decades, he has designed and excavated a multi-chambered, naked-eye observatory where visitors can perceive astronomical phenomena from the vantage points he has created.