Public Art Around the World

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, a public art exhibition by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

A recent magazine article drew attention to art which engages with current events, whether exhibited in galleries or public spaces, have been a major source of news coverage around the world. Ai Weiwei’s Good Fences Make Good Neighbours project, for example, placed fences in public spaces around New York in order to highlight the city’s diversity

Art Walk by Massive Design.

Browsing through a recent Interior Design magazine, I read with great interest a project by a Warsaw firm called Massive Design. Marching across a city square was a parade of white podlike forms, each with a huge asymmetrical window that’s recessed and aglow. Peek through any of the windows, and a miniature art gallery of sorts

"Interloop" is the name of the new artwork above that reuses the escalators which had been used since 1932.

"Interloop is a project that really talks about past journeys and future journeys – this idea of two stitching stairways that interloop over each other using these heritage treads," the artist Chris Fox said.

Artist Chris Fox has created a mind warping public sculpture in Sydney, Australia’s heritage-listed underground railway station Wynard. Interloop is Fox’s answer to repurposing the old wooden stairs after being replaced by metal ones, part of a major plan directed by local redevelopers who commissioned the artist to help transform the city’s financial district. About the

Rendering of propose public art project "A Monumental Journey" in park at 2nd & Grand Avenues, Des Moines, Iowa. The dedication is scheduled July 11 & 12, 2018.

Today (01 Dec 2017), ARTnews posted a new article that heralds the important public art project called “A Monumental Journey.” A MUST READ! The article — “The Arc of Justice: Kerry James Marshall Honors Pioneering Black Lawyers in New Monument in Des Moines” — emphasises that  “A Monumental Journey, speaks to centuries of struggles, solidarities and

R & R STUDIOS, "FLOWER POWER," 2017 Site-specific intervention, 200 S Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL

Miami, Florida: A new public art project called FLOWER POWER is a monumental site-specific installation by Miami-based collective R & R Studios. Roberto Behar & Rosario Marquardt of R & R Studios are among Miami’s most internationally celebrated interdisciplinary practitioners connecting art, architecture, and design. FLOWER POWER appropriates the form and function of a flag

Italian artist GUE shared impressive images from a brand new installation he finished in the city of Alessandria in Italy. The artwork is a tribute to Carlo Carrà, futurist artist, who was born in Alessandria. As part of the redevelopment of the Carlo Carrà park, Gue transformed a 347-square-meter basketball court into a geometric labyrinth

Augusta Savage with one of her sculptures, 1938. (Archives of American Art)

A friend sent me a blog by Keisha A. Blain about the artist Augusta Savage, whose early career flourish with burgeoning arts scene of the Harlem Renaissance when her talents led her to New York. Dr. Blain writes that Savage’s “work was lauded, and she was consistently admired by contemporary black artists, but her renown was transient. And

Zaha Hadid was a pioneer in the field of architecture, becoming the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize (the Nobel Prize of her field) in 2004.

Internationally acclaimed architect, Dame Zaha Hadid was the first woman to receive the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) Gold Medal in recognition of her work. Her designs have been commissioned around the world, including Hong Kong, Germany and Azerbaijan. Zaha Hadid died yesterday following a heart attack in a Miami hospital, where she was being treated for

Hans-Ulrich Obrist has conducted 2,400 hours of interviews with creative people: “salons of the twenty-first century.”  Pictured is his book cover: Hans-Ulrich Obrist, "Conversations, Vol. 1," Manuella Editions, Paris, ISBN : 978-2-917217-00-9.

  The art that Hans-Ulrich Obrist is most passionate about doesn’t hang on walls and often doesn’t have a permanent emanation. It can take the form of a dance or a game or a science experiment, and often leaves nothing behind but memories and an exhibition catalog. (Obrist has published more than two hundred catalogues.) He

“Sky Ladder,” a pyrotechnic artwork by Cai Guoqiang. Born in 1957 in Quanzhou City, Fujian Province, China, Cai moved to Shanghai in 1981 to study theater design at the Shanghai Theatre Academy. After spending nearly a decade in Tokyo (1986-95) he moved to New York City where he currently lives and works. At the close

Thin glass bars cleverly crafted to move like wings make up Studio Drift’s latest body of poetic work for the 2015 Venice Art Biennale. Titled In 20 Steps, the Amsterdam-based artist-designers have channeled the ‘human desire to be able to fly, despite the force of gravity, and the poetry of persistence in the face of

Fabio Lopez aka DourOne is a spanish multidisciplinary artist from Madrid. His self-taught style reflects on his experiences in the world, which captures real-life moments that stand out for their beauty. His works are often defined as figurative illustration, classical, and surreal. DOURONE’s mission hasn’t changed: “Traveling and being an artist when he grows up”

Anish Kapoor’s Descension, a water vortex made by the famous artist Anish Kapoor, is an installation that is exclusive to Kochi Biennale as the artist has used a portion of Aspinwall to create an artificial vortex filled with water and diesel, confronting the visitor with a perpetual force that pulls him to the unknowable interior.


Despite strong reviews and a presence in leading museum collections, Doris Salcedo’s work has not had much exposure in the United States until now. The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is presenting the first retrospective of the work of renowned sculptor Doris Salcedo (Colombian, b. 1958). Salcedo—who lives and works in Bogotá—gained prominence in the

01 | 22 | 15Ode to Joy

Here is a flashmob performing one of the best-known works of the repertoire of classical music: Ode an die Freude (Ode to Joy) Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No.9. The symphony was the first example of a major composer using voices in a symphony. Among critics, it is almost universally considered to be Beethoven’s greatest work,

The “Lichtgrenze,” or Border of Light, a temporary public art project is meant to evoke the brutal division of the past. At the same time, its use of modern materials and techniques symbolizes how much the city and the world around it have changed in a quarter-century. To remind Berliners and others of the night

The artist said: “The first time I went to Hong Kong about 12 years ago I had thought about what it might be like to program the lights on one of the tall buildings. I was already making work with LED lights and was fascinated with thinking about what kinds of imagery might work at

10 | 29 | 14Exploring Light

The Kinetica Art Fair has featured multiple installations that explored light using the latest technology to create art, such as the projection mapped sculpture. Visual artist David Ogle‘s “O18015” uses nylon fishing line that is stretched across an open space in a geometric grid and then illuminated with UV LED panels. Check out the video


10 | 13 | 14BMW Art Car

The BMW Art Car Project was introduced by the French racecar driver and auctioneer Hervé Poulain, who wanted to invite an artist to create a canvas on an automobile. In 1975, Poulain commissioned American artist and friend Alexander Calder (1898-1976) to paint the first BMW Art Car.

Renowned South African artist Esther Mahlangu recently painted two mural-scale works, which serve as a gateway to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ African Art Gallery. Mahlangu has built an international reputation for her boldly colored geometric patterns and intricate black and white borders, designs linked to the traditional beadwork that adorns Ndebele clothing and

Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation

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