Brown University Public Art

Brown University Sculpture

Reclining Figure No. 2, Henry Moore, Gift, 1963, photo credit Jo-Ann Conklin

The state of Rhode Island is lucky to have two great schools in Providence, Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. Of the two, RISD probably gets more credit for Providence’s reputation as the ‘Creative Capital’, but Brown is quite active in the arts and has an excellent campus public art program.  Continue reading

Lynne Harlow: Big Interventions, Minimal Elements

Lynne Harlow Sculpture

Against the Velvet of the Long Goodbye, 2013. Fender guitar and amp, vinyl rain curtain, tinted light site-specific installation: MINUS SPACE, Brooklyn, NY. Courtesy of MINUS SPACE

Reducing Work To Its Essence

It takes courage to be spare. Artists have to trust audiences to understand minimal work or be brave enough not to care if they don’t. Continue reading

Sidewalks: A Love Letter

Candy Chang Sculpture

Sidewalk Psychiatry, detail, Candy Chang, 2004

“Under the seeming disorder of the old city, wherever the old city is working successfully, is a marvelous order for maintaining the safety of the streets and the freedom of the city. It is a complex order. Its essence is intricacy of sidewalk use, bringing with it a constant succession of eyes. This order is all composed of movement and change, and although it is life, not art, we may fancifully call it the art form of the city and liken it to the dance — not to a simple-minded precision dance with everyone kicking up at the same time, twirling in unison and bowing off en masse, but to an intricate ballet in which the individual dancers and ensembles all have distinctive parts which miraculously reinforce each other and compose an orderly whole. The ballet of the good city sidewalk never repeats itself from place to place, and in any one place is always replete with new improvisations.” Continue reading

The Public Art Network 2014 Year In Review

Grand Central Lights by Improv Everywhere for MTA Arts For Transit And Design, New York, NY

Grand Central Lights by Improv Everywhere for MTA Arts For Transit And Design, New York, NY

From the Americans For the Arts website:

Americans for the Arts Public Art Network (PAN) develops professional services for the broad array of individuals and organizations engaged in the diverse field of public art. PAN is the only professional network in the United States dedicated to advancing public art programs and projects through advocacy, policy, and information resources to further art and design in our built environment. Continue reading

Reykjavik’s Thriving Street Art Scene

Heart Park Sculpture

Heart Park In The Midnight Sun, Reykjavik, 2012. Photo credit unknown

A recent exploration of Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik led to the discovery of a lively and evolving street art scene. A walk around the city reveals fresh work at every turn, so if you visit, expect to peer down quite a few alleyways. Some murals are created with permission from private building owners and some are less formal, but either way, the sheer variety is one of the strengths of the scene. Continue reading