Happy Friday, and welcome to another edition of the public art news roundup.
I’m in Illinois this week and have spent the past few days reading up on the news here, including everything from some great but harrowing reporting on the state’s hog industry to thoughts on the loss of public parkland that will result from the Obama Library. I’m currently in one of those disorienting suburbs that feel like they could be practically any place in any other state in America, and very psyched to be able to get into Chicago once this roundup is posted. So let’s get to it:
The street art headlines were dominated this week with that extremely boring and sexist mural of Hillary Clinton in a bathing suit that was then covered up with a niqab. One of those cases where speaking truth to power was confused with speaking bullshit to whoever will listen.
Also at the top of the headlines this week: a Pikachu sculpture appeared mysteriously in New Orleans.
Following up on my post from yesterday, here is some public art that will be on view during the 2016 Rio Olympics, which kick off tonight: this 32,300 square foot mural; two larger-than-life pieces by JR; and a giant ring at the peak of a waterfall by Mariko Mori.
Meanwhile, here’s how Atlanta keeps its public art from the 1996 Olympics standing.
Artist Corrie Thompson wrote in Chicagoist about the impact of the Picasso sculpture in Chicago’s Daley Plaza on public art in the city.
Auckland Council’s most valuable piece of art has been off-limits inside a construction site for seven months, the New Zealand Herald reported.
Percent for art got scapegoated again for financial woes, this time in Richmond, Virginia.
The Concord Monitor looked at not-so-publicly-accessible pieces of public art in New Hampshire, but IMO the takeaway should definitely not be that all public art needs to be in the middle of a plaza. The Monitor quoted Ginnie Lupi, director of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, who noted that even art behind a security check in a prison helps “break down barriers to access” to art for the people inside.
The Celeron, New York Lucille Ball sculpture known as “Scary Lucy,” which went viral last year, is being replaced. The new Lucille will be unveiled tomorrow, the Buffalo News reports.
In a win for tourism promoters, a 26-foot-tall statue of Marilyn Monroe will return to Palm Springs, California, where it was previously on loan.
In last week’s roundup I touched on the “Repeal the 8th” mural, which refers to Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws and was ordered removed by the Dublin City Council. Since then, tributes to and replicas of the mural have sprung up across the country.
And in Rochester, New Hampshire, an artist was arrested for her “Black Lives Matter” mural, which was painted over.
A piece of public art in an English town has come under fire for obscuring the very view it was created to celebrate, the Teesdale Mercury reported.
Hyperallergic reviewed a book casually titled “Outdoor Art” and found it instead to be “a neoconservative tome” with “numerous quotes that are so deeply backward as to be laughable if they weren’t tragic demonstrations of the book’s decidedly colonialist bent.”
Filed under For Fuck’s Sake: St. Petersburg, Russia residents will vote on how to dress a replica of Michelangelo’s “David” after someone complained that his visible penis “spoils the city’s historic appearance and warps children’s souls.”
Featured Image: Photo via @misha.ivanov/Instagram. Source: Hyperallergic.