Happy Friday, and welcome to another edition of the public art news roundup.
And happy birthday to the National Park Service, which turned 100 yesterday. I celebrated by reading through Grist‘s series on the parks, “Human/Nature” and wishfully researching travel costs to the Everglades. President Obama celebrated by designating Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters a new national monument. Among the NPS’ own celebrations, this one in Michigan caught my eye: a public art project that brought poems by Moheb Soliman into the state’s national parks, disguised as official park signage (h/t the Detroit News). Much of the coverage of the centennial had an “enjoy them while they last” flavor, rightfully acknowledging the precarious future of these parks due to climate change. But evidently that isn’t the only battle the NPS is fighting right now; the agency is also investigating a creepy black slime that’s darkening monuments across the globe. So there’s that. Happy birthday!
As for the week in public art:
After several days of uncertainty, it looks like Banksy’s Spy Booth mural has indeed been destroyed, the BBC reported.
The renovation of a famous covered gallery in Paris is under fire after France’s former culture minister deemed it destructive and disrespectful to the original architecture. A Change.org petition to “Preserve the identity of the Galerie Vivienne” has nearly 5,000 signatures.
A mural along Harlem’s East River Esplanade has now been stolen twice.
Take a trip with Hyperallergic to Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park in Oklahoma.
A sculpture in Australia critiques the country’s reliance on coal, the Frankston Standard Leader reported.
Charges will not be pressed against two men caught vandalizing a memorial mural to the victims of the Emanuel AME Church Shooting in Charleston last year, as long as they go back and repaint the original colors.
A public art project has sparked outrage among suicide prevention activists in Coronado, California. Their Lives Before Lights campaign pushed for a net to be put under the San Diego Coronado Bridge instead of a planned LED light installation. The money and approvals for these two projects wouldn’t come from the same place, and for now only the lights are on track to move forward, the Coronado Times reported.
A public sculpture with an expiration date near Lewis Carroll’s former school.
Residents of the Tampa Bay, Florida area can learn more about local public art thanks to a new WUSF reporting series.
Herne Bay in South England is hoping a kinetic sculpture can help boost the local economy.
A new, collaborative public artwork in Boston will be built on peoples’ promises.
A muralist working in Pittsburgh said her design was damaged by the project sponsor (“art rape” is the term she reportedly used).
Refreshing to see City officials calling for more money to be allocated towards public art, instead of less.
A 10 1/2 hour, 15 musician improvisational performance at an active volcanic crater.
A little late to this but worth some attention: the man behind Detroit’s iconic Heidelberg Project – an “internationally acclaimed outdoor wonderland of wit and whimsy,” as the Detroit Free Press put it – announced that it will be dismantled and reborn as something called Heidelberg 3.0. He’s so far keeping his lips sealed on what exactly that will look like.
A colorful new mural of Neil Armstrong was dedicated in the astronaut’s former home city of Cincinatti.
A South Dakota city has adopted new rules to be more attentive to how public art is acquired and maintained – axing a well-liked sculpture in the process.
“Seagull Cinderella” – a sculpture that pissed a bunch of people off pretty much because it has breasts – has a new “friend” made out of trashcans.
Featured Image: Mike Lawrence/The Standard-Times