Happy Saturday, and welcome to a late edition of the public art news roundup.
Any free time I had this week was spent scouring the internet for streams and videos of literally anything Simone Biles has done in Rio. I don’t know a single thing about gymnastics but I can tell a virtuoso when I see one. It is incredibly fun to watch someone do something that apparently nobody else on earth can do, with the ease and enthusiasm of a good dancer ~letting loose~ at the bar. If you want more Simone Biles moments if your life after the International Olympic Committee’s ridiculous gif crackdown, here’s a cool New York Times feature, 21 gifs from her routines pre-2016 Olympics, and a similar collection from Seventeen.
Now to the roundup:
The Portland Museum of Art will open its sculpture garden for free to the public, year-round, starting in 2017.
From my inbox: the Public Art Fund announced that artist Spencer Finch will recreate California’s Redwood forest at 1:100 scale in downtown Brooklyn. From the PAF:
Finch’s miniature forest for Downtown Brooklyn will live in the eastern triangular lawn of MetroTech Commons, with a footprint measuring 4,500 square feet, and will feature some 4,000 young Dawn Redwoods. Visitors will be able to experience the work from a viewing platform installed on one side of the work, as well as from ground level, offering different perspectives of the work.
Lots of media attention this week (deserved, IMO) for this new piece by Patrick Shearn floating over downtown L.A.’s Pershing Square.
ArtNet threw its hat into the Listicles Of Hated Public Art ring. They featured the big, pink Sunbather sculpture that sparked a new art law in NYC, which IMO should be disqualified from this list because it had barely been installed at the time of writing – work just began on its foundation last week.
“I do like the arts, but it is a very measured support that I would gladly yank.”
Yeesh, sometimes it’s better just to let a sculpture speak for itself, you know?
Hyperallergic gave medals to the artists at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
And Vogue interviewed Mariko Mori (a Hyperallergic gold) about her 10-foot, color-changing installation.
Another local Percent for Art program is in danger, with Councillors in Whitehorse, Canada, calling to review their 16-year-old policy.
Ownership of the gazebo where Tamir Rice was killed will be transferred from the city to the Tamir Rice Foundation, and then will move to Chicago to be displayed at Gates’ Stone Island Arts Bank, the Art Newspaper reported.
More cops vs. political street artists, this time in Detroit.
And partly in response to criticism of that sculpture, the Province writes that Vancouver is plagued with “obviously silly” public art regulations that are “knee-jerk solutions that have come to make Vancouver a city of blank concrete and faceless glass.”
After 10 years, $3 million and a lawsuit, a giant whale sculpture is finally arriving in Juneau, Alaska.
Love this. A town in Michigan is giving six-seater bike tours of its local public art.
Check out this giant interactive squid installation on São Miguel Island.
Featured Image: “Vernie” the squid, Moradavaga. Source: designboom.