Oh, yeah, osso, the UNAH murals in Mexico City!
The Boston area has a lot of public art, since for awhile, maybe still, there was a law that public construction had to include 1% for art, if I remember correctly. A lot of it is small scale, and fun, Mags Harries did some of the ones I like best. Haymarket has been the public street produce market for something on the order of three centuries. She did bronze casts of the refuse left in the street at the end of the day, the squashed fruit, the cabbage leaves, the smashed boxes, and inlaid them in the streets and sidewalks around the market. In Harvard Square, there's about forty feet of bronze horseshoes inlaid in the sidewalk, honoring the route of Paul Revere's Ride (and Samuel Dawes' and William Prescott's). At the Porter Square subway station, which is WAY underground, there's an endless escalator. You get on and you see a crumpled glove someone lost beside the handrail. Then another and a couple more. You touch them and they're bronze. There're a whole raft of them collected at the bottom. Another Harries work.
Fresh Pond Reservation, which is Cambridge's water supply and a public park, and the Camb. Water Dept. HQ, has a drinking fountain in the shape of a surging wave of water, made out of bronze (or maybe patinated aluminum, I don't know) about ten feet long, surging out of the earth, with a drinking fountain bowl cradled in it.
I like the sort of light-heartedness of art like that.
And there's always the huge troll eating a VW Bug (original, not new Bug) under the bridge in Seattle.
Here are the escalator gloves:
And there's Providence's WaterFire, which they do every couple of weeks during the summer on the river which runs through town:
... this public Penguin project is quite colorful and more imaginative then two separate yet similar cow project and the 9/11 rescue dog project that have been in NYC once upon a time.
You have some great examples here in your posts. Thanks.
And like the various bronze sculptureettes scattered into the urban landscape, the NYC has some great examples of public art.
Can't grab the photo's url ... so in case I forget to post the photograph of this very powerful public art work:
Barbara Anderson, whose parents marched for civil rights, walks through a sculpture titled ‘Police Dog Attack’ at a park in the Civil Rights District of Birmingham, Ala. The statue recalls the violence often faced by civil rights advocates.
Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Currently at the Time Warner Center, home of the most expensive restaurant in New York City, Per Se
, is a public art exhibit of Salvador Dali's
Salvador Dali "The Vision of a Genius"
Open to the Public thru April 30, 2011
Time Warner Center presents an exciting exhibition dedicated to the renowned artist and master of Surrealism, Salvador Dalí. Arranged by Galerie Elysees and curated by Mr. Beniamino Levi, President of the Stratton Foundation, and Enrique Sabater y Bonany, the exhibition features a rare collection of original Dali artworks that will delight and surprise audiences.
The Collection consists of sixteen stunning museum size bronze sculptures featuring the renowned and iconic 'Toreador Hallucinogene' and 'Profile of Time'. The highlight of the exhibition are two monumental sculptures bound to leave visitors awestruck - 'The Persistence of Memory' and 'Woman Aflame', standing respectively 16.5 feet and 11.5 feet tall.
This exhibition also features over forty original drawings, watercolors, collages and studies for important paintings on show for the first time ever in New York. These original artworks are on loan from the famous private collection of Enrique Sabater y Bonany, who worked as Dalí's private secretary and confidante for 12 years from 1968 to 1981.
Location: Exhibit on the Ground Floor and Second Floor in The Shops at Columbus Circle.
If you're in the neighborhood, these are some fascinating and imaginative works of art.
This is one of the statues by Jorge Marín in Reforma Ave. (Temporary)
As you walk past the Marín exhibit, you find Juan Soriano's
In Montreal (my adopted city)
Sanctuary of the Tribal Alligator
T. Paul Hernandez
Opossum Temple and Voodoo Pew
Lars A. Stanley
T. Paul Hernandez
(I like this one, it spins in the breeze)
Thanks fbaezer! Great set of public art shots! I love the benches. One way to win the public's heart is one part whimsical, one part practical, and one part durable.
That's a cute bit of public sculpture George.
Don't know if this unique bit of public art is a permanent fixture to the High Line Park but it's literally for the birds. LITERALLY!
It's part bird bath, bird feeder, and part bird apartment complex: