Written by: Elysian Koglmeier on behalf of the Public Art Archive
Public art is impressive in its multifaceted nature. Imaginative artists constantly explore the interplay of art and community through diverse materials, locations, and messaging.
The Public Art Archive captures and records the wonderful eclectic variety of our public art field. And great news, new works have been added to the Public Art Archive! Here’s a look at 5 new installations.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Artist: Mary Carter Taub
Collection: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Public Art
Photo Courtesy: Town of Chapel Hill
What’s under your feet and painted all over? Mary Carter Taub’s crosswalk installation.
Taub tapped into a unique piece of North Carolina’s history – the invention of the UPC barcode. She took technology and simplified it into its basic form – painted stripes on a crosswalk. Pedestrians “scan” the UPC barcode as they walk across the work. The stripes are bright and colorful. You can’t help but smile as you scan yourself across the street.
Taub’s work is part of the Artistic Crosswalks program, which aims to enhance the walkable nature of Chapel Hill.
Meditation Wing Bench (2017)
Artist: Victoria Ross Patti
Collection: City of Lafayette Art on the Street
Photo Courtesy: Victoria Patti
This work counters the movement of Crosswalks with the invitation to sit, rest and meditate.
Artist Victoria Ross Patti creates public spaces for meditation with her steel and brass sculptural benches. Meditation Wing Bench has wings that flare from the seat. Patti intended for the wings to lift up the viewer to a place where they can meditate upon the bench’s engraved words: Purposeful, Unique, Resourceful, Productive, Determined, Strong, Savvy, Brave, Rare and YOU.
Silver Spring, Maryland
Artist: Catherine Woods
Photo Courtesy: Ken Wyner
Those that call Silver Spring home are lucky to have vibrant light shine through a corner of the neighborhood. Glass artist, Catherine Woods, crafted abstract collages with photographs of the Silver Spring area. She fired the colorful images onto 13 glass discs. The glass is masterfully crafted for a public art installation – they are as durable as car windshields.
Woods demonstrates that light and color can be transformative. Striding transforms the courtyard with pattern play; the discs are angled and extend at varying angles to catch and emit light throughout the courtyard.
Through Your Spotting Scope (2016-2017)
Denali National Park, Alaska
Artist: Jeffrey H. Dean
Collection: State of Alaska Percent for Art
Photo Courtesy: Jeffrey H. Dean
Nature offers unlimited inspiration for artwork. Hence, National Parks are an incredible location for public art.
Artist Jeffrey H. Dean took a seemingly unchanging material, steel, and manipulated it to represent the organic edges and curves of the Denali landscape and the animals that call the park home.
Like nature, art can take time to transform, evolve, and grow. Dean spent 25 years developing a technique to createmake heat tinted, engraved steel pictures. He utilized this technique in Through Your Spotting Scope and the work took 500+ hours to complete.
Through Your Spotting Scope is a work to be celebrated; it’s the first Alaska Percent for Art Program Commission for an Alaska State Park.
Waterfall of Light (2017)
Greer, South Carolina
Artist: Dimitar Lukanov
Collection: Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport
Photo Courtesy: Dimitar Lukanov & Didier Nobels
Lukanov conveys the awe-inspiring magnitude of light in his complex sculpture. The seemingly cascading light is made up of 300 light-filled, filigree steel elements and 250 feet of steel tubing.
Lukanov speaks to multiple metaphors in his work. The sun at the top of the work is a symbol of growth, renewal and continuum. The beams of light also depict the movement of people in an airport. The light, like travelers, converge into a single apex and then disperse. Lukanov shares, “Like the flow of water, Waterfall of Light is a never-ending gesture of movement and life.”
Pst – Did you know that PAA you can post videos on your Public Art Archive artwork profile page? Share the story of your work through photos, AND video, and other multimedia content.
And don’t forget to contribute your impressive work to this growing archive. Uploading is easy. Reach out to Lori Goldstein, Manager of Public Art Archive, with any questions.