Friday Roundup: Walk This Way Edition

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

It was a week of blizzards. First there was Jonas, obviously. Then there was Kanye’s rant. Then there was ceaseless Trump-filled coverage of a Trump-less GOP debate. And as always, there’s the continuous flurry of white faces that is the Oscars.

It was also a blizzard on my desk. Here’s a good metaphor for how my week went: this truck stuck in the snow it was supposed to plow in Queens, courtesy of my employer.

So let’s just get straight to the roundup:

The next contemporary artist to exhibit at Versailles will be Olafur Eliasson, whose work in Paris I’ve covered before.

This week in stolen art, a homeowner’s sculpture of a beaver holding a hockey stick in, obviously, Canada.

In the same city (Edmonton), a $1.8 billion infrastructure project means $1 million for public art. That’s the biggest public art budget in Edmonton history, Metro reports.

A feel-good from NPR about Pittsburgh’s Art House, which provides a creative outlet/oasis for local kids.

A Bushwick, Brooklyn gallery is giving away art for free.

You can now explore the world’s largest train set using Google Street View.

A guide to Seattle’s public art, loosely defined, from the Stranger.

Hyperallergic was chock full of stories about murals endangered by development.

Some fantastic nerds in Norway have transformed a regular crosswalk sign into a silly walk sign. Per this adorable video, the artists silly walked right into some red tape with this sign, but nobody seems to care much.