Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunday Selections

Sunday Selections #6 Public Art
A meme for unpublished and abandoned photographs found on my computer harddrive started by Tasmanian Ceramic Artist Kim on her blog Frongpondsrock.

For this weeks post I am focusing on photographs I have taken of public art... Many times throughout my travels abroad or even daily commute, I am taken by the amount of "public art" (this includes both commissioned works and street art or graffiti art) that can be seen by the public. It is great to see art being appreciated by the majority of the public. Even if the viewer doesn't consciously set out to interact with it they are almost always taken back and some part of them becomes consumed by a work of art being placed within their daily environment.

Maybe through public art campaigns a greater connection between art and culture can exist. To me it feels both progressive and primal. I am drawn to make connections to the great temples and sculpture of Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, China, and other civilizations throughout the course of history, while evoking a sense of contemporary pride that our civilization, despite all the hardships and ugliness of the ruling class, can prevail using art as a means for communal enjoyment and discourse.

Here is a compilation of photographs I have taken that relate to this theme of public art (including both commissioned works, graffiti art and street art). These images are from my travels in the United States, Israel, and Europe. This of course won't be the full extent of my imagery because I plan to be constantly traveling and observing.

Public Art Experience: If you have any photographs of public art that you wish to share post them on your blog and label the post "Public Art Experience." Link to this site (comment below with the URL to your page so we can see your publication) or email your photos with a description or caption for each image to 

Why Aids? by Ralph Brancaccio installed in Provincetown, Massachusetts. 
Brushstroke Nude by Roy Lichtenstein (far right) and Bo Gehring's  Monk Wall (wall installation), "pop-up" the Katonah Museum of Art's South Lawn in Katonah, NY. (March - June, 2009)

Konbit Shelter by Swoon (2010) installed as part of Urban Art Project's Inaugural Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition at East River State Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn during the month of May, 2010. This was a prototype installation was a model for a series of shelters the artist, her team, and Haitian communities installed as a resource for rebuilding and community bonding after the devastating Earthquake in Haiti.

Yarn Installation by unknown artist on 67th and Lexington near Hunter College, New York, NY.

Swampdonkey street art in Williamsburg.

 Lenin Statue by Yuri Gerasimov. Located at 250 East Houston Street, New York, NY.

Falling Man by Craig Kraft on top of the Cell Theatre on West 23rd Street, New York, NY.

 7000 Oaks by Joseph Beuys, West 22nd Street between 10th and 11th Avenues, New York, NY.

The Happy Prince by Ryan Gander, September 15, 2010–February 13, 2011 at Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park 60th St and 5th Ave, New York City.

Appeal to the Great Spirit by Cyrus Edwin Dallin installed outside the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. 
 Personnage Gothique, Oiseau-Éclair (Gothic Personage, Bird-Flash), 1974, cast 1977 by Joan Miró in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture gallery in Washington D.C.

Graffiti Wall in Amsterdam with Anne Frank Stencil.

Giant Head Sculptures in Barcelona. If you recognize this artwork/artist let me know the name and info por favor.

Vasarely Mosaic at Congress Center Auditorium in Monaco.

Negev Guardian by Emilio Mogilner (2005), Alongside Route 40, Ramat Hovav, Israel.

Homage to Jerusalem Stabile by Alexander Calder (1977) with Orthodox men gathering in prayer. Mt. Herzl, Jerusalem, Israel.

Statue of Mayor Meir Dizengoff on a Horse by David Zondolovitz (2009) A bronze statue of Mayor Meir Dizengoff (the first mayor of Tel-Aviv) located on Rothschild Boulevard in front of Independence Hall in Tel-Aviv, Israel. 


  1. That's a very interesting and varied selection of art! I am fascinated by graffiti, and have several folders of local examples. Maybe I'll post some for Sunday Selections one day.

    Of these, I confess that my favourites (apart from the graffiti) are 'Appeal to the Great Spirit' and the Tel-Aviv mayor. I like figurative sculpture, I guess!

  2. Here in Tassie we had an arts conference and festival in launceston last year and there was lots of "knit graffiti" through out the city the "yarn art reminded me, it was heaps of fun to see.
    thanks for posting these Adam I really enjoyed seeing the public Art that you chose to share.

    cheers kim

  3. Jay: Definitely looking forward to seeing your public art selections.

    Kim: I would love to get the chance to see that festival. I like the idea of something other than spray paint being used for graffiti. It seems more environmentally conscious to use yarn so long as it is executed so that the birds don't get tangled up in it! But knit graffiti sounds like an amazing idea!