Friday Roundup: Elf On A Shelf Edition

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

This week marks one of the few holiday seasons I’ve spent in a warm climate, which initially freaked me out. Bizarre to watch someone fiddling with a nativity scene on their green lawn in shorts. However, I’d maybe rather be in a place where it’s actually supposed to be warm than coping with the weird, infuriating, summery pre-apocalypse New York seems to be experiencing right now.

Now to the roundup:

Michael Kimmelman argued in the New York Times that the Sanitation Department’s new garage and salt shed north of TriBeCa are “two of the best examples of new public architecture in the city.”

The Billboard Creative has been Instagramming their 33 new public art billboards in L.A.

DNAInfo Chicago has been following the destruction of a historic mural, from paint-out to the sad behind-the-scenes to reverberations through the community.

The Miami Herald covered a bizarrely opaque artist selection vote at the Miami Springs City Council.

Artist Neda Taiyebi has been painting abandoned military tanks in Afghanistan, partly to gives kids more space to play.

Elf on a Shelf has come to life in St. Louis and can be found perching on public artworks.

Featured Image: Pat Waterkotte as the Creepy Elf with John Henry’s “Treemonisha.” Photo (cropped): Dawn Boly. Source: