Inspired by the diversity of New York City, a 3,475-square-foot asphalt mural adorns the ground of Ascenzi Square in Williamsburg. Created by artist Andrea von Bujdoss (known as “Queen Andrea”), the mural reads “GOOD DAY” in vibrant letters, while technicolor designs light up the street. Continue reading
Times Square marquees, roadside signs, and advertising logos are the stock-in-trade for giant neon signs. Martin Creed has adapted the medium for his own colossal sign, proclaiming a word rather than selling a product. His chosen word, “understanding,” is fundamental to communication between people. Continue reading
Brooklyn-based photographer Justin Bettman is turning unwanted and discarded materials into alfresco living rooms in various cities around the world. Set in the Street is a collection of elaborate living room sets erected in public space. After Bettman is finished shooting photos in the spaces, the sets are left up on the street, where passersby are invited to shoot their own photos. 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 a booming Brooklyn, an app that encourages you to take the long way home and designing parks in downtown LA. Continue reading
At OpenCity Projects, we love that street art brings beauty, subversiveness and alternative voices to our public spaces. Here’s five of the coolest street art projects we covered in 2015.
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
Public Art Fund announces Please Touch the Art, a major new exhibition by Danish artist Jeppe Hein featuring 18 playful sculptures designed specifically for public interaction at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Engaging visitors through pieces that are both accessible and surprising, the show includes three distinct bodies of work. 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
American artist Patrick Dougherty specializes in “stickwork” installations; sculptures made from saplings. With the help of teams of volunteers, Dougherty spends around three weeks at a time on sites around the world, using the local environment and indigenous species to inform and create the final product. Continue reading
This past summer, New York City’s Department of Transportation (DOT) rolled out the first stage of its WalkNYC campaign, a newly designed wayfinding system that highlights walking as an integral mode of public transit.