Friday Roundup: A ‘Da Vinci Code’ Style Pro-Pot Protest Mural Edition

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

Last night at the 11th – ELEVENTH – GOP debate, Americans received a brief but very clear transmission directly from the bowels of hell. Do you need to scrub it from your brain so that you can sleep tonight? Here are a bunch of other things that happened this week:

Astronaut and Twitter aficionado Scott Kelly came home safely. Brazil’s former president was taken into custody. Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah’s Baldwin essay for Buzzfeed is on everybody’s weekend reading list who hasn’t already devoured it. Debris that appears to be from the same type of plane as the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was found in Mozambique. My wife Kate McKinnon had a very productive week. Also, I had a piece in the Billfold that has absolutely nothing to do with public art.

But if you do need some help processing the ceaseless garbage tornado that is the Republican presidential race, here is the best commentary I’ve seen on the subject so far:

As for the past week in public art:

Two pieces of news from the Public Art Fund: Martin Creed will install a giant, rotating, neon sign on the Brooklyn waterfront in May, and Isa Genzken’s “Two Orchids” is on view in Central Park.

Martin Creed Understanding

Check out renderings of some big new installations planned for Houston.

Iowa City’s Mayor flipped his vote on funding to support a piece of public art, squashing efforts to hire a professional fundraiser for the project.

A French city destroyed a piece of its own public art.

The Met released two songs for free streaming that are intended as a “sonic bridge” between the museum and the new Met Breuer branch.

Anish Kapoor secured the exclusive rights to use Vantablack, reportedly the darkest pigment on Earth.

Da Vinci Code style pro-pot protest mural” in Portland, intended to skewer Oregon’s smoking regulations.

Featured Image via Inverse.