All posts tagged “Public art

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Starry night

  A star is born in mainland Penang, Malaysia. Steel cables – aglow in more than 500 meters of LED lights – pierce through a four-story cement building, a celestial jax in an urban nocturne. “The Star” is the “low-tech materials meets high-tech application” work of… Read More

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Water under

  More than 7,000 people attended the Aug. 22 opening of Olafur Eliasson’s Cirkelbroen Bridge last week in Copenhagen, an instant tribute to the stunning work of civic art. Crossing a canal in the Christianshavn neighborhood, the design channels Eliasson’s childhood memories of hop-skipping between… Read More

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Effects loop

Summer in rural America, a wish-you-were-here postcard framing a county fair. My recent foray reintroduced rollercoasters into my life. And now this, a same-same-but-different scene of gravity (and culture) defiance from France: “Stellar,” a public art piece by Baptiste Debombourg in Nantes. The sculpture, part of… Read More

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Back in the saddle

  Weeks away from writing (while traveling in Italy) turned into a month-long lapse that grew into a summer gulf of guilt. No more excuses. Time to get back into the saddle with a fun frolic back in time to a swing set setup by… Read More

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Casting wide

        Though I missed his diaphanous rooms, I did see Do Hu Suh’s Net-Work at Laguna Gloria, the Contemporary Austin’s magical sculpture garden. It was a fickle morning with sun and clouds vying for attention (and the outcome of this convertible shell).… Read More

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Starry night

              A Sunday in sweatpants could take a glamorous turn with a nighttime ride along this shimmering bike path in Nuenen, Netherlands in these twins-in-shimmer track pants. Vanguard Dutch design lab Studio Roosegaarde applied its “techno-poetry” approach to a… Read More

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Seismic wave

These tantalizing folds – tar black layers with scraggy edges – diverted me from my route yesterday along Second Avenue in the Lower East Side. Geologically graceful (like this Acne sweater), the humps are made of rubber conveyor belts once used to ferry ore from… Read More

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Lowe and behold

                      It all began with a plucky high school student and his assessment that Rick Lowe’s portfolio of political art failed to address social need. “People need solutions,” the student said. “If you are an… Read More

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They might be giants

Go big or go home only partially applies to Os Gêmeos. Because even at home in Brazil, nay especially in São Paulo, the trailblazing twins go gigantic in their art, literally: Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo have populated walls around the world with yellow-faced giants, a… Read More

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Fountain bed

                  A ménage à trois, by design. Channeling the spontaneity of a prank, Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi plunks hotel rooms atop public art and architecture, remaking city landmarks like the waterfront Market Square in Helsinki, Finland. Until… Read More