Friday Roundup: Before Liberty Island Edition

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

Thanksgiving is the major holiday in my family and we have a lot to appreciate each year. Our health, a home, the sweetest and most adorable black labrador currently alive on planet Earth. I spent yesterday thinking about these things, eating various types of pie, and definitely not doing that whole Turkey Trot situation.

Back to the grind:

The Statue of Liberty was originally designed as a Muslim woman to stand at the Suez Canal.

In the Baltimore Sun, a former Maryland state archivist makes the case for a city agency to oversee Baltimore’s monuments and parks, plus some ideas on historicizing tributes to the Confederacy.

Time Out‘s list of the best public art to see in NYC this winter.

A group of artists in L.A. want to restore a defunct, computerized sculpture that LAist deemed “too far ahead of its time,” although to me it screams 1970s.

The New York Times looks at the “slow reawakening” of Paris’ cultural institutions after Nov. 13.

A new installation in Staten Island has people questioning whether there are bikes that can fly.