INTERNATIONAL SCULPTURE DAY: “AURORA BRIGHT DAWN” CONNECTING COMMUNITY TO PLACE

International Sculpture Day (IS Day), on April 27th, is a worldwide event celebrating the many ways sculpture and public art impact and improve people’s lives. IS Day, first initiated by the International Sculpture Center (ISC) in 2015, occurs on the last Saturday of April. On this day, Artists and groups interested in the Arts, host events including workshops, studio tours, gallery openings, performances, project dedications, and more, celebrating how sculpture, in its many forms, improves lives.

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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

I Want to Make a Phone Call

phone-booth-feature

This past March, in the city of Laguna Beach, California, a tribute to the past was wryly transformed into a work of art by Michael Graham. As in years past, he decided to respond to the city’s call for a new temporary artwork that will remain in situ for roughly two years. For its site, the artist proposed to create a sculptural ode to the telephone era, which has predominantly been replaced by digital technologies Continue reading

Nancy Holt | Sun Tunnels

Sculpture Nancy Holt Sun Tunnels

Nancy Holt, Sun Tunnels (1973-1976). Photo by Adam Rothstein.

Nancy Holt passed this February, at the age of seventy-five. The artist’s work, Sun Tunnels (1973-1976) is a lasting marker of a career that sought to connect people with the systems of the earth, with the ways that time and space function around us. Residing outdoors in the middle of northwestern Utah rangeland, the site of Sun Tunnels allows one to join those systems, in order to see the art and oneself as part of those systems. The artist has departed, but the mechanisms she created remain.  Continue reading

Campus Plus: How Does MIT Commission Public Artists?

Sculpture Sarah Sze

Blue Poles, Sarah Sze, 2004-2006, painted steel and aluminum

In a recent interview, Alison Upitis, Assistant Curator of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s List Visual Arts Center, (LVAC), noted that it wasn’t until after World War II that MIT first committed to art on campus, reacting to a need to humanize scientists who were involved in the war effort. Continue reading

It doesn’t have to look like public art or how to break the “rules”

Sculpture The Morisons

“Journée des Barricades”, 2008, Heather & Ivan Morison. Photo: Stephen Rowe

Let’s forget for once monumental bronze sculptures and large permanent memorials. Let municipalities and those who fund art projects for the community get convinced that a work of public art may be small in size, humble in its presentation or, what is more amazing, ephemeral, and yet a landmark in the memory of a city. Continue reading