Happy Friday, and welcome to another edition of the public art news roundup.
I started the week with a near-whim adoption of a new puppy, and it was a roller coaster from there. The highs: a fleet of self-driving Ubers is hitting Pittsburgh; Simone Biles’ gold medal collection; Frank Ocean’s surprise new music release; the puppy, obviously. The lows, in no order: Breitbart’s Steve Bannon jumping into the Trump clusterfuck; the toll of the Syrian civil war as captured in a photo of one little boy; the incredible damage of the floods in Louisiana; Gawker is shutting down. And I wasn’t sure which category to put #LochteGate in.
As for this week in public art:
Alright, let’s start with the ~tiny handed~ nude sculpture of Donald Trump that appeared in Union Square yesterday. The collective Indecline claimed authorship, and evidently others have been put up in cities across the country. New York was quick to get rid of its version, of course, because it was not Authorized Art – and this is reportedly the actual, official statement from the Parks Department on its removal:
“NYC Parks stands firmly against any unpermitted erection in city parks, no matter how small.”
Meanwhile, more Putin penis paranoia: a Russian airport has removed a mural with writing that sort of looks like a penis ahead of the president’s visit.
I wrote about a site specific music project in Indianapolis for Next City. The songs are meant to be listened to at certain places in Indy.
One public artist redid his works amid what Las Vegas Weekly called a “spree of art vandalism” in the City.
The Arizona town of Surprise brought back its percent for art program after folding it post-Recession. Surprise will put 1 1/3 percent of the budget of capital projects towards public art. The 1/3 will go specifically to administrative costs.
Bristol, England residents are upset by a lifelike statue slated for a graveyard.
Artnet visited a public installation and pop up shop that “picks through the lingering traces of [Britain’s] imperial history in the contemporary marketplace.”
The Pikachu sculpture that appeared mysteriously in New Orleans earlier this month has now disappeared, and according to an artist statement, it will be auctioned to help fund public park improvements.
An initiative in Australia is helping transform Aboriginal artists’ work into large scale public art pieces.
A public display of images by the war photographer Gerda Taro was vandalized in Leipzig, Germany.
A “massive wire-mesh sculpture of a baroque pipe organ” that was slated to be disassembled after a festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, has been donated to that community.
In Glastonbury, England, an unsanctioned mural has been saved from removal, for now, after a successful petition from locals.
The making of San Francisco’s new Tony Bennett sculpture, via the San Francisco Chronicle.
Canadian Art has a cool time lapse of Phlegm’s new mural in Toronto.
Featured Image: “The Emperor Has No Balls,” Indecline. Photo: James Bareham. Source: The Verge.