public art

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Baltimore’s McKeldin Fountain, a fixture of the city’s inner harbor since water started cascading down its tiered basins in 1982, may soon be demolished.

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A beloved landmark by Italian artist Angiolo Vannetti that stood in a fountain in the center of Tripoli, Libya for more than 80 years was removed sometime during the evening of November 3 and the early hours of November 4.

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The Steve Jobs monument in St. Petersburg

A public statue of an Apple iPhone installed in St. Petersburg, Russia as a memorial to Steve Jobs was removed on Friday, allegedly in response to the tech company’s new chief executive, Tim Cook, coming out as gay.

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Minneapolis

Minneapolis won’t be getting any new public art next year if the city’s mayor gets her way.

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An eight-foot-tall sculpture of a wizard in a couple’s front yard has sparked a debate in the village of Oakland Mills, Maryland, about what constitutes appropriate neighborhood statuary, who has the power to decide what is and isn’t art, and whether or not the towering sorcerer could help lift the community out of economic depression.

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One week ago, an installation by artist Abigail DeVille was dismantled in Washington, DC. “The New Migration” was a collection of materials gathered by DeVille during a road trip from DC to Jacksonville, Florida, retracing and reversing the steps of a popular route taken by African Americans fleeing the South during the Great Migration.

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A white flag on the Brooklyn Bridge

The New York Times is reporting that German artists Mischa Leinkauf and Matthias Wermke have taken credit for what they’re calling an artistic act meant to celebrate “the beauty of public space.”

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Katie Paterson, “Future Library”

It takes a certain measure of both hubris and selflessness to create an artwork that won’t be completed until long after your death. Scottish artist Katie Paterson’s “Future Library” begins this year and will come to fruition in 100.

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Fountain by Alain Mila repainted without the artist's permission

French municipalities are mistreating the public works they commission under a national “1% for art” program, with one going so far as to recently repaint a sculpture without the artist’s approval, Libération reported.

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Paint the Pavement mural in St. Paul, Minnesota

Drivers need to slow down. Traffic deaths are a serious problem across the United States, with pedestrian fatalities increasing in past years. One effort to keep eyes on the road is the use of colorful street art — painted right on the streets.

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