Public Art

February 23, 2018, 10am PST
A landmark judgement potentially paves the way for graffiti to be protected under the Visual Artists Rights Act.
Modern Cities
January 3, 2018, 7am PST
Cities have become obsessed with going viral.
November 16, 2017, 2pm PST
"You could be forgiven for reading the art as a message to less-than-opulent New Yorkers: You’ve lost your place," writes Michael Friedman.
September 1, 2017, 5am PDT
The "Inside Out Project: We Are Edison" installation posted large portraits of residents in the Kalamazoo neighborhood of Edison on the side of a building. The exhibition invites the community to take a look at itself.
August 21, 2017, 9am PDT
There will be important functions in public space that are not always “art” whose value is not in proportion to their prettiness.
August 19, 2017, 9am PDT
Baltimore tore down its Confederate monuments, now they have an opportunity to showcase the city's artists.
May 24, 2017, 10am PDT
Planning and art don't traditionally mix, but that's changing. Embedded at NYC's Department of Design and Construction, artist Mary Miss envisions public art as an infrastructural aid.
Next City
May 12, 2017, 9am PDT
The city of San Jose and designers from the University of California, Davis have completed a community-led design process to raise awareness about the connections between the kitchen, sewers, and the environment.
The Confluence
April 27, 2017, 5am PDT
An art instillation of colorful LED lights hanging under the L on Wabash looks to grow.
February 24, 2017, 6am PST
"All aboard to funkytown," writes Chloe Booker, transporting readers to a time and a place where the trains had soul and the bells had bottoms.
The Sydney Morning Herald
January 31, 2017, 11am PST
Simply inviting residents to participate in design charrettes or a community planning process does not mitigate the significant loss they feel as they witness the physical destruction of their homes and lived history.
August 28, 2016, 5am PDT
The population of Nagoro, Japan has declined in recent years from 300 to just 30 people. Local artist Tsukimi Ayano has populated the village with scarecrows to replace some of the familiar community figures who are now gone.
August 18, 2016, 1pm PDT
Never underestimate the power of whimsy in the built environment. A genuine and unconditional spirit of welcome and inclusion can be found in the most unexpected forms of participatory art.
June 9, 2016, 8am PDT
LADOT’s first artist-in-residence will engage the city’s many subcultures, and its lively art scene, in his effort to improve pedestrian safety.
May 20, 2016, 9am PDT
The "Raining Poetry" art installation hides poetry in plain sight—the words of poets like Langston Hughes are stenciled on sidewalks around Boston and only revealed when water is added.
The Boston Globe
May 11, 2016, 9am PDT
Seattle celebrates a transit project with public art that plays to the city’s strength: rain.
September 22, 2015, 2pm PDT
After billionaire landlord Dan Gilbert commissioned a mural, less-legal works in Fairey's style began showing up around the city. Detroit's case against the artist brings gentrification's ironies into focus.
September 2, 2015, 5am PDT
Washington City Paper creates a record of the many murals that have been lost to new construction and shifting demographics in neighborhoods around Washington, D.C.
Washington City Paper
Blog post
July 15, 2015, 6am PDT
A retrospective of a billboard art exhibition at the 2013 Biennial of the Americas on the occasion of the 2015 Biennial's kick-off implicates an excellent model of citizen engagement and possibly some lessons for civic leaders and urban planners.
Dean Saitta
January 19, 2015, 12pm PST
Cities around the country have been making it easier to decorate mundane utility boxes into something more colorful and representative of the neighborhoods they serve.