Happy Friday, and welcome to another edition of the public art news roundup.
This week would have marked the 100th birthday of Jane Jacobs, “one of the world’s greatest urban visionaries,” as CityLab put it. She wrote “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” went up against Robert Moses and won, and introduced urban planning concepts that remain significant. We’re still asking her opinion to this day, a decade after her death.
Jacobs’ 100th birthday inspired a slew of articles on her career and legacy, which I spent the past week poring over. Here are some of the ways Jacobs was remembered:
City Lab went all out. Fast Company wrote about living on Jane Jacobs’ favorite block. Curbed commissioned an awesome “Illustrated Guide to Jane Jacobs.” The Guardian considered “How Jane Jacobs changed the way we look at cities.” Next City examined how Jacobs got left out of the Moses biography “The Power Broker.” Vox argued that Jacobs’ beloved Village transformed from a neighborhood into a bunch of expensive apartments in part due to her ideas, and the Boston Globe mused on “the hype of Saint Jane.”
And, of course: the Google Doodle.
Now to the regularly scheduled roundup:
I was in Next City with this piece on how we represent gender in public space. Not exactly public art-related but this is my damn blog and I’ll plug what I want.
Emily Raboteau documented “Know Your Rights” murals around New York City in the wake of police violence and the Charleston church massacre.
I was grateful for it, not only as a thing of beauty on the gallery of the street, but also as a kind of answer to the question that had been troubling us — how to inform our children about the harassment they might face. The mural struck me as an act of love for the people who would pass it by.
A Tennessee city is holding off on a $40,000 mural commission until a policy to protect publicly-funded art projects on private property is in place.
A little late to this one but a great piece. Maggie Foucault in the New Republic looks at how banning Federal funds for oil paintings of public officials means even less representation for the people of color and queer people who have shaped American government.
Turn any area into a “No Trump” Zone with printable street signs.
A long-hidden Isamu Noguchi ceiling was uncovered at a U-Haul showroom in St. Louis.
Carl Fredrik Reutersward of “Knotted Gun” fame died at 81.
Norwalk, C.T. is removing a mural that depicts slavery from its City Hall, which many felt was an inappropriate place for the painting.
A California city is struggling to find its perfect, “showcase” public art project with a $150,000 budget.
France’s rail service has pasted art prints all over train cars to turn them into mini faux Impressionist wings of the Musée d’Orsay. designboom has a ton of great pictures.