Friday Roundup: Not Fade Away Edition

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

This week I saw “Room,” so I’ll probably be fucked up for another month or so. The best movie that I’ll maybe never be able to watch a second time. But go see it. Put the obscene cost of a movie ticket toward something worthwhile, i.e. the work of Brie Larson and screenwriter Emma Donoghue (who also wrote the book, which I intend to read when I’m emotionally stable again) and director Lenny Abrahamson. If “Room” doesn’t win Best Picture, I will sigh and roll my eyes. If it loses to “The Revenant,” I am going to pack up all of my belongings and move permanently to that collided black hole that proved Einstein right.

For now, still on planet Earth, and collecting the week in public art news:

The Houston City Council is worried that a public art sculpture featuring migratory birds isn’t on brand for their city, the Houston Chronicle reports. Themes they would prefer: global trade, NASA.

The Rotterdam Museum will rent out space in its new Public Art Depot (which charges entrance) to private art collectors.

HuffPo has pictures of the largest mural in North Africa in progress and completed.

A group of artists tried out a “speculative, technological quick fix” for climate change on a Swedish mountain.

designboom has an interview with Jaume Plensa and a roundup of photos of his large scale installations.

I’m into this orthophoto-esque mural hanging not far from my old stomping grounds in Boston.

western ave mural

“Yellow Tree,” Zacharie Lanoue. photo: Dillon Buss. source:

More from Boston: the Artery takes a look at how conservators are saving a historic mural at the Boston Public Library.

St. Louis has a bunch of painted crosswalks that actually violate Federal guidelines, so the City is just going to let them fade away, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.