Thomas Heatherwick has been called the Leonardo da Vinci of our times, and this kind of acclaim is not thrown around lightly. His UK-based design firm takes inventive approaches to problem solving, whether crafting an ergonomic chair or designing urban landscapes. If you find yourself in New York City, you can explore their work and creative process at the exhibit Provocations: The Architecture and Design of the Heatherwick Studio. Presented by the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, the exhibit features a wide range of their work, spanning multiple scales and climates.
Brooklyn Bridge Park has undergone a massive renovation that offers great views, engagement spaces and rotating art installations. Currently, acclaimed artist Deborah Kass’ monumental sculpture OY/YO, commissioned by Two Trees Management Co., walks the line between respectful homage and brazen appropriation. Sourced from urban and Brooklyn slang, the statement “I am” in Spanish, and the popular Yiddish expression, OY/YO has been a significant and reoccurring motif in Kass’ work, taking form in paintings, prints, and tabletop sculptures. Continue reading
Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week we bring you 250 “alternative” blocks of sidewalks in Seattle, love letters for that special city in your life and New York City plants its millionth tree. Continue reading
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What does the future of hold for New York City? To maintain its stature as one of the world’s great global cities, New York City continues to cultivate opportunities and nurture innovation in all spheres. MAS Summit for New York City, presented by the Municipal Art Society invited over 1000 innovative city shapers and thought leaders to discuss the summit themes of: Development, Density and Diversity – explored the balancing act of users and uses and the challenge of building a globally competitive city that is socially, economically and environmentally resilient – and liveable – for all New Yorkers. Continue reading
Xenobia Bailey’s “Funktional Vibratons” is a highlight of the new NYC subway station at 34 St. Majestic mosaics are suspended above the main entrance and feature overlapping mandala-like circles and patterns against a cobalt blue background. Starbursts and rays of light fill the space creating a vibrant and joyous attraction. Bailey is a fiber artist and her art for the station began as crocheted pieces, which were transferred to digital images, enlarged and interpreted into mosaic by Miotto Mosaic Art Studio. Continue reading
For the month of August, “ICY SIGNS,” a temporary public art signage project, will be presented on street light poles along the Summer Streets route. Inspired by traditional hand-painted signs, artist Steve Powers’ installation uses the common sign to overstate its importance as a tool to guide us through the hectic world around us. Continue reading
Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week we bring you the Luminous Veil in Toronto, the New Yorkers turning vacant lots into community gardens and black vernacular architecture.
From now until winter 2016, visitors to New York’s Madison Square Park can find themselves enveloped beneath a mirrored labyrinth, hovering above both them and the surrounding landscape. Mad. Sq. Art presents ‘Fata Morgana’ by American artist Teresita Fernández, a 500-foot-long sculpture comprising mirror-polished discs that create kaleidoscopic canopies above the park’s central pathways and recreational areas. Continue reading
Through the NYC Parks and The Fund for Park Avenue, Marlborough Gallery has brought us seven Santiago Calatrava sculptures that will grace the Park Avenue mall from June 8th through mid-November beginning at East 52nd Street. The seven sculptures are of painted aluminum construction and range in size, with the tallest piece standing eighteen feet. Continue reading