public art

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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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Post image for Jeff Koons, Kara Walker, and the Challenge of Public Art

As if his museum-filling Whitney retrospective weren’t enough, Jeff Koons currently has a massive sculpture on view at Rockefeller Center. “Split-Rocker” is comprised of two halves, one the recreated head of a toy pony rocker, the other the head of a toy dinosaur rocker.

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Street

A Shock of Color in the City

by Sarah Archer on June 19, 2014

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PHILADELPHIA — There are two public works on view in the Northeast right now by the Berlin-based artist Katharina Grosse. One, in Philadelphia, zips past as you ride a moving train; the other, in Brooklyn, inspires you to stand still and look closely.

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Post image for New Subway Art Installation Brings the Home into the Commute

Three stations on the M subway line in Ridgewood, Queens now have permanent art installations that bring moments of home into the commute.

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Post image for Covering a City’s Potholes with Art

CHICAGO — Jim Bachor began his personal public-works project to repair potholes with mosaic works in the summer of 2013.

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Post image for What Does Kara Walker’s Sugary Sphinx Tell Us?

One of the season’s most anticipated art events will finally open to the public tomorrow. Kara Walker’s “A Subtlety,” aka the “Marvelous Sugar Baby,” is the renowned artist’s first public artwork.

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