Category Archives: art in public spaces

Destroying symbols of evil, and praying for peace & tolerance…public art as flashpoint


http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/the-heated-politics-of-public-monuments-1.4123423

http://video.canoe.com/video/featured/editors-picks/2480354564001/how-countries-outside-the-us-have-handled-controversial-statues/5548402085001

Why not round up all of the old Confederate statues and put them together in a grassy public park, perhaps on the site of a famous Civil War battle (Bull Run?!). Then mix in some appropriate interpretation at a new visitor centre for added context.

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What to do with a prize-winning cow on stilts that gives no milk?!


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https://www.thestar.com/amp/news/gta/2017/08/04/just-who-gave-approval-for-markhams-cow-statue.html

Are aliens responsible for the giant naked Amazon lady in Flat River PEI?!


This 6 foot tall nude sculpture has been halting traffic on the TransCanada Highway in rural PEI since 1974. She’s a right beauty, and sometimes in the spring she wears a grass skirt.  As far as I know, she’s one of a kind, at least here on the Island…which is saying somethin’ 😉

 

“Worst view in the world” by Banksy


Often travel simply serves to “open your mind, til you can’t get your head through the door” (per Elvis Costello)…but this is different. You really should go see this…it’s an opportunity for Israelis (& other local tourists) to come face-to-face with the brutal concrete wall that they have built to fence themselves in. “Oh little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie…”

‘Worst view in the world’: Banksy opens hotel overlooking Bethlehem wall|The Guardian

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/03/banksy-opens-bethlehem-barrier-wall-hotel

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Photo by Quique Kierszenbaum for the Guardian

 

Over in Dover: new Banksy art takes on Brexit


A man on a ladder chipping away at the stars on the EU flag…

http://click.mail.theguardian.com/?qs=01f428bab12213fcb2a609b2443e282e5a20a3e31949d5b7917c308077aec99b0e4064495b8cb7e2c1e03dcf570d8a99

New Japanese subway posters in ukiyo-e style


The Miss Manners of Japanese subway behaviour lays out the do’s & don’ts using classical ukiyo-e traditional printmaking style. Bravo to Seibu Railway!

http://www.spoon-tamago.com/2017/03/28/ukiyoe-manner-posters-seibu-railway/

  

Laurent Kronental: La Souvenir d’un Futur


https://www.dezeen.com/2016/01/03/laurent-kronental-souvenir-d-un-futur-photo-essay-paris-forgotten-housing-estates/
  

Newly released: map of brutalist architecture chez Paris


if you love concrete & modernist blocky buildings (like I do) then this map is for you…(price £8)

http://www.archdaily.com/806139/new-map-celebrates-paris-brutalist-architecture

Brutalist Paris Map
  

Right wing hate slogans on “Queen’s vagina” to remain, unwhite-washed


The sculptor of “dirty corner” (aka the Queen’s vagina) located in Versailles France says that he will not remove hateful graffiti from his sculpture, for educational reasons.

Anish Kapoor is being sued for not removing the racist graffiti.  What do you think?

http://click.mail.theguardian.com/?qs=f7fe68cb844c6ef48ff682d3bd8a7e146b489b6c23fd07d3865196ef414ceda17193ea70389e6ce7da496874ae1011a1

Paolozzi tiles up again at Tottenham Court Rd Station


The recent renovation of London’s Underground involved a total redo at Tottenham Court station where Paolozzi’s 1984 mosaics were located. After much effort, the beautiful colourful mosaics have been restored as part of the new station. Hurray for the London Underground!

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/restored-mosaic-goes-back-on-display-at-tottenham-court-road-tube-station-a3455516.html#gallery

https://art.tfl.gov.uk/projects/paolozzi-restoration-at-tottenham-court-road-station/

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/feb/16/paolozzi-mosaic-tube-tottenham-court-road-station-lift-platform-level-

  

Photo courtesy of the Guardian by Linda Nylind