Friday Public Art News Roundup: Bureaucrazy Edition

Friday Public Art News Roundup: Bureaucrazy Edition

Happy Friday, and welcome to a new weekly tradition at Site Specific: the public art news roundup.

Here in NYC, it’s been a manic week of heat advisories, flash flood warnings, and steamy, lurching subway rides. I will be escaping my A/C-less apartment this weekend for the woods of Connecticut, where aside from reading bad novels on the grass and avoiding my hometown bar I will be checking out “Corbu Bench,” a piece by Brooklyn artist Jim Osman in the town’s long-running Sculpture Mile, which was recently rebuilt after being dismantled by a maintenance worker.

You’ll be reading about it here in the near future.

And now to the roundup. Here’s what happened in the world of public art over the past week or so:

Real estate developers are suing Oakland over its Percent for Art program. Yep. Here’s the gist at Hyperallergic, and artists’ responses at KQED.

A single violation and “bureaucrazy,” “hamfisted” oversight endangers a sculpture on private property, Diana Nelson Jones writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

An art strike to keep a free museum free, via the York Press.

CBS Sacramento asks the inspiring question, “is it a work of art, or a complete waste?” My least favorite word makes an early appearance in the report.

The New York Times steps into the Detroit public art scene.

Digustingly yours, a concerned reader.