In 2012, Asheer Akram decided to create a midwest-themed Pakistani cargo truck as a mobile sculpture. In this awesomely detailed video, Akram talks about exactly how he and his team of artists and craftsmen lovingly accomplished this feat of public art.
Project of the Day — Bring Janet Echelman’s massive, ghostly, 700-foot aerial sculpture to Vancouver.
Project of the Day — Participatory GumHearts Installation “LOVES”, a public art installation of decals made from photos of discarded chewing gum in naturally-occurring heart shapes.
Steve Lambert’s Capitalism Works For Me! True/False began in the summer of 2011 as a Kickstarter project to create a public art installation that invites people to answer a simple question, “Does Capitalism work for me?” The piece, which has toured the world, is currently set up in Times Square. The exhibit will be up for 2 weeks, so check it out if you can!
A provocative public art project in Brooklyn and Philly to stop the harassment of women goes on Kickstarter to take it to other cities.
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Clouds 4 EVA.
Endless LOLs in Kurt Braunohler’s new Kickstarter project to write jokes in the sky. A simple reward for $4,000: “I’ll marry you.”
Kurt is a man on a mission. Let’s all help him “hire a man in a plane to write stupid things with clouds in the sky.”
The little park that could.
Portland’s Two Plum Park is a testament to the strength of a neighborhood.
Once a vacant, overgrown lot, the surrounding community banded together to transform this tiny green space into a city park. Now a local nonprofit is raising funds to install a bench in Two Plum, completing a revitalization that began nearly 15 years ago.
Won’t you be their neighbor? It’s our Project of the Day.
The sound of growing things.
The Switched-On Garden is an outdoor art experiment that merges technology and the natural world through live music and participatory installations.
The team behind this bio-interactive event successfully funded the project on Kickstarter and just uploaded an eight-part documentary of the strange and wondrous day in Bartram’s Garden.
Light it up.
Ever since he was a child, photographer Fernando Ortiz has loved a certain lonely mango tree on top of a mountain in his native Puerto Rico.
This year, he decided to give the tree a gift and illuminate it with a web of solar-powered LED lights. He successfully raised the necessary funds on Kickstarter and finished installing the lights just in time for the holidays. The neighbors are proud, the tree looks beautiful, and Ortiz is thinking about new ways to mobilize his community to make public projects together.
The beach is that way.
Luna Girls on Alki is a public sculpture designed by Seattle artist Lezlie Jane. Her idea is to create a permanent installation on Alki beach, greeting visitors and highlighting the gorgeous view of the Olympic Mountains with a trio of bathing beauties.
Forged from thin lines of black steel, the sculptures will appear to be drawn in midair.
Birds of Ohio.
A once derelict bridge underpass has been rejuvenated by ALTernative, a community design group based in Columbus, Ohio. Earlier this year the team set out to transform an underpass caked with grafitti into a space that not only enhanced the landscape, but featured it. They painted over the scattered tags to create a new mural featuring 35 bird species native to Ohio.
It’s been five months since the project ended and the team has just been honored with the 2012 Presidential Award award from the Columbus Landmarks Foundation. Even more exciting, a new grant has been established which will continue to ensure that the mural, and its surrounding park, are maintained for years to come.
San Francisco’s Come Out and Play festival will transform the city into a giant outdoor playground.
The free, volunteer-organized event includes an exhibition of collaborative, public street games that opens this weekend at SOMArts. The Festival proper goes down December 1-2, with large-scale, live games throughout the neighborhood.
RSVP to skip the lines at the opening party tomorrow night!
No more tears.
Acceptable Reasons to Cry in Public is a participatory art project by “A Girl in Salt Lake City.” The girl in question (a writer and artist from the University of Utah) launched a Kickstarter project to find support for her publication, solicit stories from backers, and deputize a crew of curator-distributors.
It worked. She sold out the entire run of the broadsheet and got hundreds of strangers invovled, resulting in a simultaneous exhibition wherever her backers live. Beginning this morning, all 336 backers will post three copies of the essay in public places, documenting each installation and sending the results back to the artist.
Getting all the essays mailed out in time proved to be a little tricky, when Mother Nature intervened with a snowstorm. But the artist, her collaborator and a friendly employee of the USPS managed to wrangle each publication out to its backer. We’re looking forward to the teary results.
Live from Times Square.
Congratulations to the entire team behind Peace & Quiet — a temporary pavilion installed in the heart of Times Square. Constructed in time for Veterans Day, the architectural intervention is designed to provide a calm and inclusive environment for soldiers and civilians to discuss military service.