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:
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.
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.