Friday Roundup: The Illuminated River Edition

Friday Roundup: The Illuminated River Edition

Happy Friday, and welcome back to the public art news roundup.

Due to the scheduling of writing deadlines and long-weekend brunches beyond my control, the roundup fell by the wayside last week. That means some extra headlines for you this week and lots of coffee and catch-up reading for me.

Now to the roundup, with a little rollover:

The Louvre published and interview with JR about his work covering I. M. Pei’s pyramid, plus some photos of the piece. (And then promptly went to go safeguard its art due to a flooding Seine.)

JR Pyramide du Louvre

The Design Trust for Public Space and Staten Island Arts will award four fellowships in the fields of participatory art, urban design, policy, and graphic design for waterfront redevelopment ideas on Staten Island.


“Memorial,” David Shrigley

Court papers have been served to the owners of a restaurant in Annapolis, Maryland’s historic district over a mural that the Historic Preservation Commission believes they should have gotten approvals for.

The Public Art Fund announced that a 17-foot shopping list by David Shrigley is slated for Central Park.

The Mayor of Vancouver backed a proposed expansion to the city’s public art program.

A 100-ton sculpture commemorating anti-communist resistance was installed in Romania.

Construction is finished on the tallest sculpture in San Francisco, a silver “Venus” only slightly shorter than the Statue of Liberty.

Donations are being sought to restore this (very cool IMO) mural in Quincy, Illinois, as the allotted maintenance fund won’t quite cover it.

London announced its lineup for the sixth “Sculpture in the City” program.

And Melbourne announced the artists for its Public Art Biennial Lab.

Tension arose over two similar projects with pigeons.

The National Coalition Against Censorship unpacked the response to an Elgin, Illinois mural that depicted a lynch mob.

And an installation on Hong Kong’s tallest skyscraper, which responded to anxiety about the expiration of the territory’s agreement with China for semi-autonomy, was axed by organizers. Here’s Hyperallergic for a full read on what happened.

Love these hyper site-specific elephant murals.


Artist: Falko One

Tags covering a veteran memorial in Venice, California are too extensive to repair without damaging it, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced a plan to create a cohesive, permanent light artwork across 17 bridges over the Thames called “The Illuminated River.” The project promises to create “the world’s longest, free, permanent outdoor river gallery.”

Featured Image: Luke Hayes / Malcolm Reading Consultants