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 a look at how the use of shipping containers can improve Cleveland’s economy, beating gentrification in D.C. and what New York looks like when 32,000 cyclists take over the 5 boroughs.
A behind-the-scenes look at how the French artist JR created a large-scale pasting in the triangle below the Flatiron Building for the Walking New York issue of The New York Times Magazine.
Richelle Sibolboro is Managing Editor of OpenCity Projects
Soft Spin, a sculptural and sound installation by Toronto-based artist Heather Nicol located in the Winter Garden Atrium of Brookfield place in New York’s financial district. Designed to conjur up the feel of swirling skirts, six colorful sculptures are suspended from the ceiling. The “skirts” swirl when pedestrians pass by, creating the sound of singing voices–six different voices. Continue reading
Artist Peggy Ahwesh’s City Thermogram, a portrait of the urban everyday through the lens of a heat-sensitive camera, will warm up Times Square’s signage from 11:57 pm to midnight each night in April. Using innovative technology, the piece recasts our ‘photographic’ world into one of unexpected revelations about our bodies, energy sources and personal devices. Continue reading
Gowanus artist Ruth Hofheimer has partnered with DOT Art and Arts Gowanus to install six steel sculptures along the median at 4th Avenue and Prospect Avenue in South Slope, Brooklyn. The series of bright and humorous cartoon-like cut outs titled, “Greenery” features abstract vegetative forms and organic growth. While the plant-like structures provide a contrast to the surrounding urban landscape, the steel materials of Hofheimer’s pieces also reference the vehicular industries that dominate the avenue. Continue reading
DOT Art has partnered with the Dominique Lévy Gallery and the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership to present the installation of “Snow Monsters” at the Flatiron Plaza on Broadway and 23rd Street. The group of 12 white and gray marble sculptures, created by Swiss-artist Peter Regli, are meant to “interrupt the quick glance” of passerby within the urban atmosphere of the plaza. Continue reading
Cristina and Cyla painted a wall in Bushwick, Brooklyn, as a tribute to the great poet Paulo Leminski who would be 70 years old in August 2014. We are very grateful to our new friend Nev (No Entry Design), for all the support and contact with Livestream Public who gave us the opportunity to paint this mural at the corner of Morgan Ave & Stagg St. If you’re around, come and see it in person.
Something he has “dreamed of capturing for decades,” Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Vincent Laforet has released a stunning set of images that captures his hometown of New York in a way that has never before been seen. Taken from a nauseating 7500-feet above the city, Laforet’s “Gotham 7.5K” series reveals the unrelenting, pulsating energy that radiates from the Big Apple’s city grid. Continue reading