Public Art Around the World

detail: This temporary, site-specific, public art project, “Mental Banquet: Painting with Lights,” was created by Oyoram. The music score was in collaboration with Jack Gallup and Melvin Veach. Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation organized and funded the October 14 and 16, 2018 presentation, with in-kind support from CLE Productions, Ruan Transportation Management Systems, Inc., and The World Food Prize Foundation for its access to the east facade of Hall of Laureates.

The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation proudly presents the world premiére of temporary, site-specific, public art project called MENTAL BANQUET: PAINTING WITH LIGHTS. Internationally recognized artist Oyoram (aka Yorame Mevorach created the project. Oyoram uses 3D video mapping technology to push visual boundaries. With digitally constructed and animated images, the artist colorfully and dramatically transforms the (72 x 164

As well as the practical application of allowing skaters to practice their craft at night on the park’s different bowls, cradle, and tunnels, it’s also supposed to be experienced as an artwork—as a sensorial landscape, integrated into its surroundings, that plays with light and shadows.

Skate parks are all well and good in the daytime when skaters can see where they’re going, but what about at night? Korean artist Koo Jeong-A has come up with a solution—night-skating with glow-in-the-dark skate park which has been built in Vassivière Island, France. Drawn to the surrounding mysterious wooded French landscape, the Korean artist wanted to

The church, located in Llanera, Asturias, was converted into a skate park by a collective called the Church Brigade. The more than 100-year-old church was turned into a community space with the addition of a skateboard ramp, and became a popular site with local skaters. Photo by Lucho Vidales

A disused church in the Spanish city of llanera has been given a new lease of secular life. The church was designed by a Spanish architect Manuel del Busto in 1912. During the Spanish Civil War (1936 to 1939) it became part of a complex that housed workers in an explosive factory, according to the organizers. After

Campbell, whose electronic artwork you may have seen in permanent collections at the MoMa, Smithsonian American Art Museum, or SFMOMA, holds almost 20 patents in video image processing. "DAY FOR NIGHT" was commissioned by Boston Properties and Hines, the developers of the Salesforce Tower. The artist debuted two sepia-toned dancers on the tower’s top six floors April 2018 in the initial test of the installation. Now, his creation—one of the most visible art projects in the world—takes up the top nine floors with images from Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Park, along the Embarcadero and more. Projections shown each evening will be that of the day’s visuals. Think of it as a video dairy. Taking up roughly two-thirds of the top, he surely crowned San Francisco’s tallest building. 
(Photo Bryce Wolkowitz)

Recently, The New York Times reported that the Salesforce Tower, the second tallest building west of the Mississippi, has taken the concept of public art to new heights in San Francisco. Since May 22,2018, 11,000 LEDs projected an ever-changing visual display on the six-story crown of the building. The screen is fed in part by

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

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