The rising tide of Charm-bracelet art? Jeff Koons’s Puppy versus Serra’s Tilted Arc

Please don’t walk on the sculptures…

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In order to be acceptable to the public at large, do large artworks intended for public space have to meet some basic criteria?  I stumbled across an interesting old 2009 article online that discussed public reactions to several large artworks that have been staged outdoors in NYC during the last several decades.

One NYC art critic thought that all public artworks should be “crowd-pleasing”, which seems to favor those works that are cute and representational, rather that abstract.  Low art versus high(brow) art?  IMO this is a problem.  Good art is not decoration — it should challenge viewers to think, or at least to stop and ponder a bit.  IMO the recent trend towards large oversized animals as cutsie sculpture (Koons’s Puppy, Louise Bourgeois’s giant spiders, or even Roxy Paine’s metal trees) is almost as bad as clogging up outdoor parks with sculptures of dead soldiers on horseback.  These romantic…

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Il pleut…Sarah


August Heath


Sunny Sunday. Kirk July 31


7:17:2016 Heath 


Blue bacon. 3200 people strip naked for Spencer Tunick event in Hull

…and it was a bit chilly, but not as bad as Dublin.

  Photo: Danny Lawson/PA for the Guardian

Ikebana pot: before / after

Blue celadon glaze…turned out more green than blue. Surprise!


Day before 4th of July, Sarah


Christo’s “Floating Piers” on Northern Italian Lake is so popular it must be closed at night

Only a few days remaining until July 3, when this floating public art installation will be dismantled. Run, don’t walk…

Huge fabric bridge in Italy closes for a stretch as visitors wear it out | Art and design | The Guardian

Kirk. Father’s Day in PEI



Walk on water. On Lake Iseo in Northern Italy. For 2 weeks only, starting June 18th

Christo is still stitchIng together the final touches for his 3km long floating pathway across Lake Iseo…some golden yellow fabric to cover the floating walkway. “Floating piers”


Walk on water: Christo floats 3km path across Italy’s Lake Iseo | Art and design | The Guardian