UK street artist Phlegm recently completed an eight-storey mural at Yonge and St. Clair. Located within a community that is currently undergoing a vast amount of change, the mural was designed in collaboration with the community, and coordinated by public-art organization STEPS. 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
Perception, a new “calligraffiti” project by artist eL Seed, questions the judgement and misconceptions society can have on a community based on their perceived differences. The anamorphic piece covers almost 50 buildings in Cairo’s Coptic neighbourhood of Zaraeeb – a community responsible for the city’s trash and recycling collection. Despite the immeasurable public service made by the area, the place is perceived as dirty, marginalized and segregated. With the help of locals, the artist and his team developed a project to shed a positive light to the community. Continue reading
“Disorder: 9 Uneven Angles,” a soaring sculpture by Bernar Venet is installed within the pedestrian plaza at East 17th Street and Broadway in Manhattan. Based on a series of paintings completed by Venet that were inspired by the variety of architectural angles he observed throughout the city, the structure plays off of the verticality of the surrounding buildings in the Union Square area and is situated at an intersection where high volumes of pedestrian and vehicular traffic all cross at different “angles.” Continue reading
Multi-disciplinary artist and designer Dan Corson pays homage to the cloud in his installation at Amazon’s Brazil Building in Seattle, Washington. Called ‘Nebulous’ the site-specific piece takes form as two large ‘clouds’ made of electronically controlled switch-glass, semi-transparent glass discs and LED fixtures. Continue reading
A surreal sight has taken over part of the urban landscape in Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Spain. Artist collective CÚMUL installed ‘ONA,’ a public art installation, made from old tires, that calls attention to waste and the threat it poses to the environment. Created for the city’s Cultura de la Calle Festival, ONA takes on the shape of an emerging wave symbolizing the notorious sea of old tires dumped in the nearby Spanish town of Seseña. Continue reading
“The Wabash Lights,” a public-art idea from the minds of local designers Jack Newell and Seth Unger reached (and actually surpassed) its Kickstarter goal of $55,000 for its beta version on Monday. That means that the project’s system of interactive LEDs will soon illuminate Wabash Avenue underneath a portion of the train tracks between Monroe and Adams streets. 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 Mexican neighbourhood that finds itself inside a giant mural, transforming Vancouver’s “dead” zones and how women are reclaiming their right to public space in Delhi.