Friday Roundup: Gangnam Style Lives Edition

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

Any free brainspace I had this week was devoted to wondering why we are keeping Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill at all. The man has an (albeit contestedmonument in his own public square, a statue in D.C., and a state park named after him, which in my opinion is altogether more than he deserves. Why keep him also hanging around on the back of our money- money that he used to buy and sell other human beings- human beings like Harriet Tubman?

Obviously the answer is probably something along the lines of: god forbid we allow a black woman to occupy space that is ~supposed~ to belong to white guys. But shoutout to this interpretation:

Now to the roundup:

Two similar but apparently separate environmentalist protests: strapping masks on public art in Colombia and London.


Photo: John Cobb/Greenpeace. Source: Hyperallergic.

Muralist Kent Twitchell recreated the Freeway Lady and will reboot Ed Ruscha.

A £300,000 (about $432,440) sculpture in Inverness, Scotland was panned by the public, due almost entirely to cost, though Councilors are still looking for a way to realize the project, the Press and Journal reports. Previously from that publication: “Inverness ‘Tilting Pier’ would pay for itself.'”

The New York Times on rising commercial interest in public art. One consequence noted in the article:

As such, London is becoming a place to visit, what Mr. Davy of Futurecity calls an “urban play area,” rather than a place in which to live. And its public art reflects this.

Meanwhile, in Pittsburgh, an example of what happens when public art doesn’t actually belong to the public: George Rickey’s “Ls – One Up One Down Excentric” could leave town if the building owner decides to sell it while redeveloping.


“Ls – One Up One Down Excentric,” George Rickey. Photo: Michael Henninger. Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Welp, this is why they usually shield public votes with a nominating committee: Boaty McBoatface.

A huge, shiny, gold-colored, motion-sensing monument to Gangnam Style was unveiled in Seol.

Featured Image via the Korea Times. Credit: Yonhap.