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London's Living Walls Public Art
The legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games is still very much alive in East London. After the success of the event itself, which many of the famously cynical Londoners had assumed would cause traffic chaos and be a waste of money, the pride felt when all...
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Art Everywhere US
There's no questioning Times Square's cultural relevancy. While it's currently mostly full of big box chain stores, gimmicky restaurants and ticket hustlers, the fact remains that it's one of the most iconic public spaces in the world. Now—to the...
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Robert Vargas Paints the Faces of Downtown LA
Large almond-shaped eyes peek out from the corner of 9th and Flower in downtown Los Angeles. The big, black and white painting—dotted with a glamorous beaded headpiece—watches over the busy intersection near FIDM. The painter Robert Vargas created...
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Leonardo Magnani: The Voyage 2014
In his four years traveling the globe, Charles Darwin filled notebook upon notebook of observations and experiences—enough source material for the scientist to pen "On the Origin of Species." Now, Florentine artist Leonardo Magnani hopes to retrace...
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ARTLANTIC: Atlantic City's Public Art Spaces
A city forever changing, dotted with many historic attributes: A resort location starting in the mid-1850s near enough to New York City and Philadelphia, the longest continuous boardwalk in the world, the East Coast's original gambling capital, further...
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Interview: Orly Genger
It's been two months since "Red, Yellow and Blue" opened in NYC at Madison Square Park, and every day it continues to leave a gaze-worthy impression on passerby who are unsure how to approach the spilled, towering waves of vivid primary colors. Onlookers...
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The Bay Lights Turn On
When we last checked in with Leo Villareal one year ago, he had just proposed The Bay Lights, an ambitious project aimed at blanketing San Francisco's Bay Bridge with 25,000 outward-facing LEDs for a light show of epic proportions. Like many concepts...
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Shonibare's Ship in a Bottle
For centuries model-makers and artists have played with the challenge of building a ship in a bottle, and in May 2010, British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE erected the largest to date for the Fourth Plinth commission in Trafalgar Square...
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Who is Bozo Texino?
One man's sixteen-year quest to track down the elusive artists of a moniker that's been appearing in railyards across America for 80-odd years is beautifully captured in the 56-minute documentary Who is Bozo Texino? The film debuted in 2005 and since...
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R.A.D.
An aptly-titled children's zine, R.A.D. (aka Read and Draw) gears its publication toward creative children and their parents in Brooklyn's Williamsburg and Park Slope neighborhoods. Each clever issue takes up a particular seasonal or educational...
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The University Avenue Project
What happens when you ask people what they think about race? Who they are and their dreams? What happens when you ask them to write it down? Photographer Wing Young Huie did just that, wandering a six-mile-long stretch of University Avenue in Saint...
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Virtual Street Corners
In an effort to bridge gaps between two neighborhoods of Boston, digital media artist John Ewing created the public art project Virtual Street Corners. The project, set to unveil June 2010, uses live video feeds between Boston locales Brookline and...
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How Many Billboards? Art In Stead
All images by Gerard SmulevichOn the heels of Via, the latest project to hit Los Angeles' public spaces is How Many Billboards?, an earnest strategy by MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House bringing art into the everyday discourse...
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Creative Time Slumber Party
Playing on the concept of childhood sleepovers, public art non-profit Creative Time's upcoming slumber party benefit launches a pair of limited edition pajamas designed by painter Will Cotton. The night, held at Ace Hotel New York, promises drinks...
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The New Millennium Paper Airplane Book
A delightful collection of paper airplane designs and their accompanying stories, "The New Millennium Paper Airplane Book" by Klara Hobza documents her art happening at the New York Hall of Science in Queens last fall. The New Millennium...
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Martha Cooper: Os Gemeos Houston Street Mural
Of the coverage about Os Gemeos' new mural on Houston in NYC, the indefatigable Martha Cooper's series of images wins for the most elegant telling of the recent history of the street corner. Contrasting images shot over the last several days...
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No Longer Empty
No Longer Empty, a new non-profit group of artists and curators, finds unused (or should we say un-leased) storefronts in Manhattan and fills them with temporary art shows. The project revitalizes empty spaces by filling them with art, situates art...
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A Clearing in the Streets
A ten-sided plywood structure surrounding a miniature meadow of indigenous vegetation, "A Clearing in the Streets" is a temporary landscape in downtown Manhattan's Collect Pond Park. The installation, commissioned by the Public Art Fund...
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Hudson River Piling Project Preview
by Ariston Anderson Figurative sculptor Joan Benefiel decided to further beautify one of Hudson River's scenic piers with a new installation of sculptures to be mounted atop abandoned pilings. The Hudson River Park, stretching five miles up Manhattan...
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Cool Hunting Video Presents: See It Split, See It Change
by Brian Rigney Hubbard In this Capsule Video, we visit NYC's latest subway installation by the artist-twins Doug and Mike Starn. The duo explains the rhizomatic tree-subway connection of the site-specific work and the process of printing their imagery...
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Christian Jankowski: Living Sculptures
Part of the Public Art Fund's current programming, Christian Jankowski's Living Sculptures, on view in the Doris Freedman Plaza in Central Park through April 2009, is a must see for New Yorkers and visitors alike. Essentially statues of people...
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The New South Ferry Terminal: See It Split, See It Change
by Oliver Schwaner-Albright Sometime by the end of the month the public will get its first view of See It Split, See It Change. A 250 foot-long curved wall of fused glass panels and mosaics by Doug and Mike Starn, it snakes along the new South Ferry...
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Joshua Callaghan
L.A.-based artist Joshua Callaghan uses his education in cultural anthropology and fine arts to create clever installations that serve as both art and a way to disguise undesirable city objects such as utility boxes. Using adhesive vinyl graphics...
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Eduardo Srur: Sobrevivencia
Known for his headline-grabbing, large-scale public interventions—like the one in which he placed giant PET bottles along the Tiete River in São Paulo to make a point about the notoriously filthy waterway—Brazilian artist Eduardo...
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