Public Art

10 Typographic Art Installations

Typography enthusiasts know that sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying than an elegant and expressive typeface. There is a science behind composing and arranging type, but often it is used for pure artistic expression. After spotting a unique typographic sculpture on Colossal that doubles as a bus shelter (featured below), we searched for other font-friendly installations that appeal to our inner typography nerd and explore our interaction with text (and art) in various environments. … Read More

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A Brief Survey of Naughty Public Art

Artist Paul McCarthy is at it again. We spotted his newest inflatable sculpture, a massive pile of feces, on Booooooom. You can see it after the jump, along with other public artworks that display a naughty, irreverent, and pervy side. It’s fascinating to observe the public’s reactions to subjects normally kept hush-hush in polite company. These installations, performances, and sculptures have nothing to hide, though. See how potty humor, private sex acts, and other naughty themes have entered the public sphere, framed by the fine art world. … Read More

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The 10 Coolest New York Art Sites You Didn’t Know About

New York is covered with art installations, some hidden and some right in front of your nose. You’ve probably passed them a zillion times without noticing, or perhaps wondered, “What the hell is that?” while on your morning commute. Between hippie-dippy land art, geeky tech installations, and classic little-known Keith Haring works, these sites are just begging for you to stop for a second in your busy day to smell the creativity. … Read More

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Astounding and Interactive Sidewalk Art Around the World

Alternative sidewalk design explores eco-friendly, minimally invasive ways to pave pathways for pedestrians. Artists take the concept in another direction and create a temporary reprieve from the daily grind by offering interactive spaces for play and pondering. Sometimes they’re in the concrete jungle, and other times new spaces are created in unlikely locations, allowing pedestrians to explore the terrain. The sidewalk becomes the art itself. We recently told you about a giant trampoline sidewalk, and it inspired us to search for other impressive and imaginative “sidewalk” art. See what happens when quiet footpaths, bridge walkways, city streets, and other places people tread are made over. … Read More

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Abandoned Spaces Reclaimed by Art

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of repurposed spaces around here. From bookstores, to libraries, and more, we’re fascinated and enamored with the creative and ingenious ways people have transformed abandoned buildings. We felt compelled to continue our journey through dilapidated houses and deserted structures by exploring the works of artists who have reclaimed crumbling architecture for the sake of social messages, to inspire collective wonder, and to simply give new life to the neglected, decaying spaces. These artists went big and took over entire buildings. Visit abandoned spaces reclaimed by art past the break, and feel free to share your favorites below. … Read More

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A Brief Survey of Phone Booth Art From Around the World

We’ve been seeing a lot of art in, on, or related to phone booths recently. It makes sense — with cell phones, the structures are on the fast track to being completely obsolete, and being a rather large and awkward, they might as well be used to an artistic end. With that in mind, we’ve put together a brief survey of some of our favorite works of phone booth art from around the world. Some are functional, some are purely artistic, but all of them are interesting odes to an outdated but iconic mode of public communication. Click through to check out some weird and beautiful phone booths, and let us know if we missed any cool ones in your town in the comments. … Read More

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10 Playful Public Works of Art

If you prefer to actively engage with art without a “do not touch” sign plastered on the wall next to it, interactive, public artworks can make you feel like a kid in a candyland. We spotted a playful installation on Colossal that transforms a swing set into a whimsical musical instrument when people take it for a ride. We featured it past the break, along with other playful public works of art that inspire viewers to channel the fun-filled days of their youth. Each installation requires spirited and carefree participation to bring it to life. See what we mean in our gallery of playful public artworks, below. … Read More

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25 Awesome and Unusual Bike Racks

We know it’s not officially summer quite yet, but the way we see it, we’re square in the center of prime bike riding season — it’s nice enough to bike around the city, but not so hot that the extra effort plasters all your hair to your face and soaks your t-shirt. But where to put your bike when you’ve reached your destination? If you’re lucky, you can cozy it up to one of these wild and colorful bike racks, which nearly all double as public art in their respective cities. After all, why chain your ride to a boring old metal pole when you can wrap it around the spindly legs of a giant red horse or entangle it in the tentacles of a silver squid? We don’t know either. Click through to check out some spectacular and artistic bike racks from around the country (and a few from around the world) and let us know if we’ve missed your neighborhood favorite in the comments. … Read More

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10 Clever Web-Inspired Street Art Projects

We love the virtual world as much as the next guy, but we have to admit, the sights, sounds, and feel good tactile fun of good ol’ fashioned reality often have us questioning the ungodly amount of time we spend online. Just last week the Singapore-based global conversation agency, we are social, posted a fascinating infographic reporting that collectively the world spends 35 billion minutes per month online. If that staggering statistic has you racing to book an unplugged retreat in a yurt on California’s Central Coast, then consider this us flipping the doom and gloom of an extravagant virtual existence on it’s head with a playful look at some of the best things that the online world has that the offline world doesn’t.

If you’ve ever found yourself wanting to “Like” something you saw on the street or wishing that super helpful red Google map marker would just magically pop up over the hot new back alley speakeasy that you can’t find to save your life, then consider this our gift to your overactive, virtually-obsessed imagination. From real world error boxes to an offline file sharing treasure hunt to statement stickers that let you share your opinion about stuff you see on the streets ala your favorite Facebook action, click through to check out our roundup of the street art movement’s answer to your plugged in prayers. … Read More

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An Interactive Map of Keith Haring's Work in NYC

Yesterday, the Brooklyn Museum opened its doors for the first large-scale exhibition of pop artist Keith Haring’s early work, covering 1978 through 1982. The exhibition includes “155 works on paper, numerous experimental videos, and over 150 archival objects, including rarely seen sketchbooks, journals, exhibition flyers, posters, subway drawings, and documentary photographs,” tracing Haring’s artistic development in his first years in New York City. During his time there, Haring created hundreds of pieces of public art, sometimes slapping up as many as 40 subway drawings in a single day. Unfortunately, there aren’t many left. So to complement the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibit, we’ve created an interactive map of the existing Haring murals around New York City. Happy hunting! … Read More

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