In a few short years, the term placemaking has migrated from wonky urban planning circles to neighborhoods across the countryâ€”that communities come together around public space is no groundbreaking observation, but when successful the idea can be revolutionary on a local scale.
So hopes Chicagoâ€™s Metropolitan Planning Council, who this weekend will sponsor â€œOld Place New Tricks,â€ a bid to â€œactivateâ€ neighborhoods from Englewood to Ravenswood with public space interventions that range from a â€œhealthy eating happy hourâ€ to â€œSelfie Sunday.â€
Through Saturday night, a public art project by LAND studio is turning Clevelandâ€™s downtown malls into canvases for light displays including sweeping rainbows, iridescent discs, and high-definition projections.Â â€œLight Up Cleveland!â€ runs August 7â€“9Â and is sponsored by a slew of companies and nonprofits. You canÂ see a map and full schedule of events on ahacle.com.
Barcelona-based artist Jaume PlensaÂ said the first thing he does after checking into his hotel during stays in Chicago is drop by Crown Fountain, the digital waterwork that features human faces spitting water, just to make sure his popular downtown installation really exists.
â€œSometimes I think it was just a beautiful dream I had 10 years ago,â€ Plensa said at a press conference Tuesday. Millennium Park, which turns tenÂ years old in 2014, counts Plensaâ€™s whimsical fountains among its more popular installations. A new piece of his, on loan from the artist through the end of 2015, attempts to build on that momentum.
Flint, MichiganÂ kicked off a series of events celebrating education and the arts Friday, unveiling interactive installations cooked up over a year-long after school program local students have dubbedÂ Museum of Public Schools.
Produced by the Flint Public Art Project, the ongoing exhibition will culminate in a series of proposals by students to change their school system. Mott Middle College plays host to the ongoing event.
June brought good weather to Cleveland, and those who rang in summer with a visit to the Cleveland Public Library encountered an airy installation of white frames and threads crisscrossing the Eastman Reading Garden.
Itâ€™s not the first piece of public art to active the space outside the Cleveland Public Library. Last year a giant reading nest designed by LAND Studio and New York artist Mark Reigelman took wing in the libraryâ€™s Eastman Reading Garden.
AÂ new, mid-rise, rental building on Pacific Street in Boerum Hill, BrooklynÂ looks like many of the new, mid-rise, rental buildings in the boroughâ€”at least from the front. The GF55-designed buildingâ€™s brick and glass facade is fairly nondescript, but around the corner, on the building’s eastern flank, a new 45-foot-wide, 75-foot-tall muralÂ could become one of the mostÂ iconicâ€”certainly the most Instagrammedâ€”pieces of public artÂ in the neighborhood.
An art installation along Philadelphiaâ€™s Northeast Amtrak corridor is adding some color to the travel experience for 34,000 daily riders.Â Berlin-based artist Katharina Grosse has been commissioned by the cityâ€™s Mural Arts Program to transform seven sites alongside the tracks with vibrant (and environmentally friendly) coats of paint: Orange and white streak across a warehouse, green and white do the same on an abandoned brick structure, and hot pink cover brush and boulders.
A nonprofit in Detroit is calling on artists and designers â€œto breathe new life into the historical viaducts at Second and Cass Avenue in Midtown.â€ In partnership with the New Economy Initiative, Midtown Detroit, Inc. will sponsor public art and light installations in the TechTown District of Midtown Detroit. Read More
Itâ€™s open season for public art in St. Louis, according to the groups behind Sculpture City St. Louis 2014â€”an ongoing festival â€œintended to draw attention to the rich presence sculpture has in the visual landscape of our region.â€ The programming leads up to and continues after an April conference.
Art exhibitions throughout the year aim to continue the conversation.Â For instance,Â Art of Its Own Making, a show at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts that features sculpture, installation, film, and performance works through August 20.
In his school project, Puzzle Facade, Spanish designer Javier Lloret decided to transform the exterior of an Austrian museum into an interactive piece of architectural entertainment: a giant Rubikâ€™s Cube. Lloret wirelessly connected a 3D-printed handheld cube to a laptop responsible for controlling colors on the facade of a nearby building roughly shaped like a cube: the Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria. The building proved to be an ideal canvas for the project as it was already furnished with an LED-lit media facade.
First proposed in 2011, Brooklyn’s Silent Light installation has finally become a reality.Â Located at the intersection of Park Avenue and Navy Street under the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) in Red Hook, the series of gates frames a pedestrian walkway that passes through an area of heavy vehicular traffic. The structures are covered in LED lights activated by surrounding noise from cars to create fleeting light shows of various colors and patterns.
Crossing the street in Baltimore just got a lot more fun. The city has just unveiled its newest dispatch: a “hopscotch crosswalk” transforming the downtown street crossing at the corner of Eutaw and Lombard streets into an entertaining diversion for pedestrians. The project was a component of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts for the Bromo Seltzer Arts & Entertainment Districtâ€™s desire in incorporate public art in various areas of the city.