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Kelsey Brookes, LaJolla 2014

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's quote on public art: “Public art installations allow Chicagoans to be active participants in arts and culture, and as part of the Chicago Cultural Plan, we’ve made progress on a number of fronts to bring the arts directly to Chicago neighborhoods,” said Mayor Emanuel. “From Sculpture on the Boulevards to art installations on the lake front to more than 1,000 events … [Read more...]

Cement Relief Murals: Nair, Mitchell, Nivola and Scuri

Costantino Nivola,  Olivetti Showroom, NYC 1950s

Over the last 70 years, a few artists have worked in concrete or cement for relief sculpture in public spaces.  The work includes pre-cast concrete panels hung on the building, form liners for poured in place concrete walls and hand carving of "green concrete" spread over a wall.  Four artists completed a significant amount of work: Costantino Nivola, Italy/USA, 1911-1988 Primarily: green … [Read more...]

Street Artists make Place Identity

Pigment Workroom, Bari, Italy, 2014

Street artists like Haas and Hahn or JR are volunteering with or without crowd-funding or being commissioned by NGOs to help make place.   Sometimes place making by paint occurs overtime such as the Wynwood Arts District murals in Miami or older historic murals in smaller towns across America in the 1980-90s such as Lake Placid, Florida.  But this visioning by a single artist or artist team seems … [Read more...]

Is the Blue Light Tower the new 19th Century Memorial Obelisk?

"Spectra" by Ryoji Ikeda, London, 2014

For a hundred years, the stone obelisk became western civilization's preferred memorial for important individuals and death in wars.  Recently, the blue tower of light has emerged as the new memorial including the new "Spectra" by Ryoji Ikeda in London for WW1 dead from the UK.  A few differences: - Momentary vs Permanent - Night vs Day - Photographs Blue vs White - Random Location vs … [Read more...]

El Seed – Street Artist of Arabic Calligraphy

El Seed, "Lost Walls"

Street artist el Seed has developed a powerful mural style deriving from the great history of Arabic calligraphy in architecture and books.  A catalog of el Seed's work can be found in the new book, "Lost Walls".  http://www.elseed-art.com     https://www.facebook.com/elseed.artist Translation of quote on the Mosque:  "Oh humankind, we have created you from a … [Read more...]

Calgary Public Public Art Receives Punishment for the “Blue Ring”

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Since the installation of "Traveling Light" by inges idee from Berlin, a "waste of government money" controversy was made serious when Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi declared the sculpture “awful.” The sculpture 17 meters tall, bright blue and sports two replica lampposts sprouting from its top. It came with a $470,000 price tag. After the Giant Blue Ring controversy, Calgary has changed its … [Read more...]

Cai Guo-Qiang exhibit boosts economy $14 million in Brisbane

Queensland Museum 2013-14

BRISBANE.- ‘Falling Back to Earth’, the first Australian solo exhibition by Chinese contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang, presented at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) from November 2013 to May 2014, has resulted in a $14.51 million boost to Queensland’s economy. ‘Visitors were entranced by Heritage (2013), Cai’s installation of 99 animals peacefully gathered around a serene lake directly … [Read more...]

Kashink Street Art

Kashink, Montreal, 2014

According to her blog, KASHINK is one of the few very active female artists in the French graffiti/street art scene.  She paints huge four eyed characters, with thick lines, vivid colors, in a very distinctive style.   http://www.kashink.com … [Read more...]