Friday Roundup: Tell Me A Story Edition

Happy Friday, and welcome to another edition of the public art news roundup.

I work for one of the 14 percent of businesses that close for Columbus Day, which is something I wish I’d realized before noon on Monday. Perils of a home office. So I spent the rest of that day in Bryant Park researching public art for you, and pretending it’s still warm enough to work on a laptop outside until sunset. The week will end with another half day; as you’re reading this, I’ll be on my way to stand in line for three hours to watch my BFF Stephen Colbert tape his show. Not to brag.

On to the roundup.

How was I going to not click on this? Adorable public mini-libraries, via Good.

SwissInfo looks at politicized public art and the plight of the non-heroic sculpture. Depending on whom you define as a hero.

How public art funding and programming could change in Houston, via the Houston Chronicle.

Montreal has a snazzy new site cataloguing its 600+ pieces of public art.

Next City looks at “La Frontera,” a bodega that exchanges goods for personal stories, as part of Philadelphia’s Open Source public art event.

I would have plenty to say about this Buffalo News article if I weren’t currently washing down a 12-hour workday with my third glass of wine, so I’ll just leave this here for now.

Featured Image: “Corner Store (Take-Out Stories).” From, courtesy of Ernel Martinez and Keir Johnston.