Ugo Rondinone is about to rock NYC once again! Human Nature, an installation of nine bluestone giants in Rockefeller Center, presented by Public Art Fund, opens April 23.
As you probably remember, Rondinone’s Hell, Yes! adorned the facade of New Museum from December 2007 through November 2010.
In 2006, Creative Time presented Rondinone’s white, enameled aluminum sculptures made from casts of Italian olive trees in Battery Park City for Art on the Plaza 6. The works were poetically entitledair gets into everything even nothing and get up girl a sun is running the world.
We’re going to miss Chris. Sunday is your last chance to sit inside Tatzu Nishi’s installation.
Image of Discovering Columbus submitted to PublicArtFund.org by Giordano Biondani. Remember you can submit your own image of any exhibition from our 35 year history by going to the user uploaded gallery on its project page.
-Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War by Wallace Terrace
Wallace Terrace’s 1984 book Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War transcribes the plight of the African Americans enlisted in the U.S. Military circa 1975. In 1991, artist Algernon Miller (in conjuction with Creative Time) continues this fight raising awareness about the lack of financial support provided to G.I.’s risking their lives on the front line.
The fun is just beginning, with the scaffolding rising for the piece, by the Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi, who plans to furnish the living room with couches, lamps and a coffee table for visitors, who will be able to commune face to face in homey comfort with the 13-foot tall explorer as he pokes up into the space from atop his lofty pedestal.
Mary Mattingly’s wildly popular and sustainably sound Flockhouse Project will be ending its citywide tour at Van Courtlandt Park (Bronx, NY) in the coming weeks. Flockhouse is a series of public art installations and self-sustaining ecosystems. Since its birth in Brooklyn, the project has gained the attention of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and the Bronx Museum, who Mattingly partnered with to provide solutions to the plights of urban living.
Mattingly’s impressive artistic choreography “promotes and implements a wider adaptation of green technologies like rainwater captures, inner city agriculture, solar energy technologies, and scalable, transportable living spaces.” This Friday, stop by the Bronx Museum to chat with Mattingly during their 1040 Lounge Artist Spotlight.
MARY MATTINGLY: FLOCKHOUSE PROJECT VAN COURTLANDT PARK (BRONX, NY) | 8/1 – 8/15
P.S. Artist Mary Mattingly will be a competitor in our inaugural Sandcastle Competition next Friday (8/17 at 3pm) at Rockaway Beach! For competition details visit our Facebook Event.
Creative Time Throwback: Cia Guo-Qiang, Light Cycle, (2003)
“Everybody loves fireworks,” Cai observed, “but you cannot tell one year of fireworks from the next. You watch, you have a good time, you clap and no one remembers it.” He continued, “One does not think of commissioned ceremonial works as art. I wonder why that is, and whether we could not explore that, to use it as a challenge. The cultural climate is different now. For example, here in the city an explosion takes on much different significance since 9/11. Something used for destruction and terror can also be constructive, beautiful, and healing.”
The artificial reefs pictured here may look familiar because they are repurposed concrete and steel from Creative Time’s “Exhale Pavilion” (co-created by Phu Hoang Office and Rachely Rotem Studio), a luminescent open-air sculpture that was presented at Ocean Front Nights during 2010 Creative Time Art Basel Miami Beach Oceanfront. In January 2011, with the help of a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Grant and donations from participants including Hoang and Rotem, the Miami-Dade County Artificial Reef Program has installed new reefs composed of reused and recycled materials. Since 1981 the program has worked to relieve the “stress of excessive human interaction” on the ecosystem in Miami Beach. After time settling into the ecosystem we have gotten word of the success of this phase of the artificial reefs. Bravo!
Do you want to see more photographs? We just posted a full album on Facebook
It’s easy to miss how subversive Tom Otterness’s cute bronze figures in the NYC subway really are. They’ve been crying out about wealth inequity since 2001 with direct references to 19th-century political cartoonist Thomas Nast’s imagery. This project is part of the MTA’s Arts for Transit program.
The video is made by NYC-ARTS whose most recent tumblr post is a great video of Bill Brand’s underground zoetropic masterpiece, Masstransiscope, whose installation we supported back in 1980. We posted about it here on Tumblr a few months ago.
“I loved to be able to pitch to such a hardcore New York audience down in the subway. It meant I could pull out some of my blackest humor and I’d have some takers.” - Artist Tom Otterness on ‘Life Underground’ in 14th Street/Eighth Avenue station http://youtu.be/eOJGsh76Bks
Time Out brings together two great things - bike riding and public art! Check out their public art bike route. Starts off at our Tornado in Central Park, heads uptown then makes it into Queens for more great art.