Archive for the 'Public Art' Category
Monday, June 14th, 2010
Barbara Kruger has designed the London Underground’s latest pocket map cover. Kruger’s Untitled (Tube Map) depicts part of a standard tube map (the most recognized area of Zone 1) with station names replaced by emotions and other words that evoke feelings for select areas of the city. Piccadilly Circus is Irony, for example. The maps are available now.
Beginning in 2003 with a commission by Emma Kay, the Art on the Underground program has invited an international mix of artists to design covers for the city’s rail system. Past contributors include Richard Long, David Shrigley, Cornelia Parker and Gary Hume.
Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
Commissioned for the Oakland Museum of California’s new Gallery of California Art. On view now through 2013.
Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
(All Images via A Love Letter for You)
Steve Powers celebrates the completion of his ambitious Philadelphia-based Love Letter project with a series of weekend-long events. On Friday, Feb. 12, a special exhibit documenting the year long planning and creation of the multi-site public mural project will open, followed by a book signing on Saturday at Exit Skateshop. But the real treat will go down on Valentine’s Day, when Powers himself hops aboard a privately chartered elevated SEPTA El train to MC (“working on my train announcer chops,” he hints) a special Love Train Tour of the 50 rooftop murals that comprise the installation. The tour will be followed by a reception at SEPTA’s Grand Mezzanine. Space is limited for this event and tickets are required.
Event and ticket info below.
A Love Letter for You art show opening
Friday, February 12th, 5:30-8:30
1226 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA.
A Love Letter for You book signing
Saturday, February 13th, 5 – 7pm
825 North 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Valentines Day Love Train
February 14th, 3-6pm
Departs from Love Park, Fairmount Park Visitor’s Center
16th St. at JFK Blvd.
Tickets: $40 per person/$75 per couple.
To purchase contact the Mural Arts Tour Office at 215.685.0754
Saturday, November 28th, 2009
Bloomberg reports that due to budget constraints and a drastically shrunken endowment, Jeff Koons’ $25 million commission for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has been postponed, and may come to a complete halt altogether. Dubbed by The Art Newspaper as most expensive museum commission ever, the proposed sculpture would dangle a full-scale motorized replica of a 70-foot 1943 Baldwin locomotive from a crane in front of the museum’s entrance. Three times a day the train’s wheels would start up, while sounding its whistle and blowing off steam. “We wouldn’t do it unless someone funds it; someone has to write us a check,” said Barbara Pflaumer, LACMA’s associate vice president for communications and marketing.
Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
Unless you frequent the Market-Frankford elevated train line in West Philadelphia, chances are you’ve seen very little of Love Letter, artists Steve Powers’ most recent public arts project. While the multi-site mural was painted in 30 parts spanning 20 blocks of West Philadelphia rooftops, you can now take the entire thing home in book format. A Love Letter for You: Love in Transit is available soon via Gingko Press, and documents the entire love affair across 96 pages. $14.95 means buy two and give somebody you love an early holiday present.
Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
Cardiff is the latest site for some serious graf bombing by the talents of Remi/Rough and Timid. In this video, entitled Agents of Change, we see the process first-hand. Needless to say, street art is alive and well in the UK.
Monday, August 24th, 2009
Today, a friend lost his life in a scooter accident while driving across the Williamsburg Bridge, here in NYC. Word came in shortly after reading the day’s blog posts about the new Judith Supine piece on top of the bridge. Though not its intent, I can’t help but feel it’s an appropriate memorial to one of the nicest guys I can think of. Goodnight Josh Link- rest in peace and dreams. Our prayers are with your family.
Image: Wooster Collective/S. Duncan
Monday, August 17th, 2009
With his ambitious Love Letter to his home-town of Philadelphia, Steve Powers once again proves mastery of the art of giving back while getting over. Early last month we reported that production on the 50-wall Market Street mural was already underway, in partnership with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, funded by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative.
Now, with several more locations painted and more project details to announce, Power’s updates us via a new website. In addition to the multi-site mural, Love Letter will include a documentary film with scripted elements, a sign school and shop that will provide training for local youth and free signage for businesses along Market Street, and two books - a small paperback that will be given free to area businesses for them to sell to visitors, and a hardcover book that will document not only the artwork, surrounding neighborhood and inspirations for the project.
Keep track of Love Letter’s progress on the project’s site or follow the Twitter feed here
Thursday, July 16th, 2009
With a dedication to the late Dash Snow, Os Gemos completed their new mural in New York’s Lower East Side last night. The twins’ memorial borrows a fittingly bittersweet line from the Neil Young classic Powderfinger. “Think Of Me As The One You Never Figured,” reads the inscription, suggesting the song’s final verse:
Shelter me from the powder and the finger
Cover me with the thought that pulled the trigger
Think of me as one you’d never figured
Would fade away so young
With so much left undone
Remember me to my love,
I know I’ll miss her.
TAC extends a heartfelt thanks to Otavio and Gustavo for their beautiful addition to the city and tribute to a lost artist.
Thursday, July 9th, 2009
Summertime in the Lower East Side has just gotten a little brighter. Os Gemeos have descended on New York and have set up shop on the corner of Houston and Bowery. The brothers from Sao Pãulo were invited by Deitch Projects to create a public mural at the now former site of the Keith Haring tribute wall. The project is still in its beggining stages, with today marking the first full day of production.
Though the twins did leave their mark in the streets while prepping last year’s unforgettable exhibit with Deitch, this is their first large-scale legal commission in the city since making a spectacular contribution to Coney Island as part of Creative Time’s Dreamland Artist Club.
Expect to see the duo at work over the next week and perhaps stop by with an offering of a cold beverage. Read on for our images of the early stages, taken throughout the first day and click for larger views. More to come…. Read the rest of this entry »