Friday Roundup: Banksy Drama Edition

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

I managed to collect tons of links for this roundup despite the fact that I’m currently drowning in deadlines and also emotionally and physically exhausted from battling a clear descendent of Aragog who set up camp in my living room last night.

So let’s just get right to it:

Park-goers in Newark, N.J. and Milwaukee, Wis. can speak to one another through public space “portals.”

A public sculpture in Melbourne, Australia is endangered by redevelopment and it looks like no one’s going to be able to step in to save it.

Meanwhile arts supporters have raised $40,000 to save a sculpture in Columbus, Ind.

The chairman of the Inverness City Arts Working Group in Scotland resigned amid public opposition to a proposed waterfront artwork.

A hotel Leicester, England gave artist Richard Wilson a room for free so he could finish a mural celebrating the Leicester City Football Club.

Photojournalist Andrew Lichtenstein has been documenting street memorials to victims of gun violence in New York City.


Marlon Shuffler, age 22. Killed in Crown Heights. March 10, 2016. Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein. Source: New Republic.

Colorado Public Radio ran down the different mechanisms through which taxpayers in the state fund public art.

An ordinance that would have created a public art funding stream from real estate development was tabled in a California city.

The little pool hidden in the desert has apparently been destroyed.

Gothamist had some nice pictures of “Big Bling,” now up in Madison Square Park.

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“Big Bling,” Martin Puryear. Photo: Scott Lynch/Gothamist.

A rotating sculpture of Franz Kafka’s head by David Černý is up in Prague.

MinnPost wrote that public art planned for the Minnesota Vikings stadium in Minneapolis “read more as advertisements than art, and might be the latest in a long line of fumbled opportunities for Minnesota’s football team.”

Hyperallergic checked out Max Neuhaus’ sound installation at Times Square, which is newly accessible after construction blockades were removed, and also “Fly By Night,” the pigeon performance at Brooklyn Navy Yard.

I wrote about the sixth LIC Arts Open and its focus on public art this year for the LIC Post.

Banksy said it’s “disgusting [that] people are allowed to go around displaying art on walls without getting permission,” regarding an unauthorized exhibition of his work. ArtNet figures he is “most like aware” of the irony.

Featured Image Photo: Banksy. Source: ArtNet.