04/08/14 10:00am

This year on the Park Avenue Mall is Alice Aycock’s ‘Park Avenue Paper Chase’

There are more then daffodils popping up in our parks and public spaces.  Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite public art pieces so far this season that we think you should check out this month!

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03/03/14 2:00pm

Analogia - large scale installation by Ben Tritt at Bryant Park Analogia – large scale installation by Ben Tritt at Bryant Park

Curators and artists alike have been hard at work with their installations—some in galleries and some in our parks—all with a view toward Armory Arts Week, which will begin on March 5th and end on March 10th.

Much of Armory Arts Week is indoors, but we’ve been enjoying some of our park installations coinciding with the festivities such as last week’s Iván Navarro water tower exhibit in Madison Square Park.  This week we are watching Ben Tritt’s  installation, Analogia.  Ben is no stranger to large scale outdoor projects.  This one consists of two towers measuring fifteen by fifteen feet at the base and rising sixty feet above the park.  (more…)

02/27/14 10:00am

Outside Time-Art-JFKIA-Terminal 4-Sculpture-Untapped Cities-Dimitar Lukanov-Queens-Christopher InoaOutside Time by Dimitar Lukanov at Terminal 4. Photo by Bill Puckhaber.

A little more than 10 months after the official opening of the only non-airline, privately owned terminal at JFK International Airport, Bulgarian-American visual artist Dimitar Lukanov unveiled Outside Time. The first of three commissioned art sculptures planned for JFK’s Terminal 4, it is the latest addition to the terminal’s extensive renovation project.

The renovations began last year to accommodate the millions of passengers the terminal accommodates daily. Ed Midgley, director of concession management for JFKIA told the Daily News that the reason for the sculpture’s place in the Departures Hall of Terminal 4 is “to have something for people to look at, that would alleviates some of the stress.” As busy at JFK can be at times, it is almost impossible not to notice the giant sculpture. It is 15 feet high and 30 feet wide, built using 1,000 feet of steel and aluminum tubing, with 90% of the sculpture actually air-borne. (more…)

08/14/13 10:00am

Barry McGee Street art mural BAM Brooklyn NYC Untapped Cities

This enormous mural on the side of the Mark Morris Dance Center near the Brooklyn Academy of Music showcases Barry McGee’s eye for vibrant colors and patterns. McGee, who was commissioned to create this mural by BAM, Vanity Fair and Cadillac, often depicts the tools of the trade, like spray paint cans, tagged signs, and more. Although he has a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, he began his career as a graffiti artist in San Francisco in the late ’80s, where he focused on making politically engaged street art.  (more…)

08/13/13 12:00pm

os gemeos (the giant of boston)-street art-boston-untapped cities-phillipe chatelain 3Photo credit: Geoff Hargadon, The Huffington Post

Os Gemeos, which means “the twins” in Portuguese, is the mastermind collective behind several huge murals, including one on the side of PS 11 in New York City and a gigantic mural in Boston’s Dewey Square. Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, twins from Brasil, started their first art tour in the United States back in 2010, after erecting a rather noticeable urban art mural right in the heart of Downtown Boston, close to South Station. Along with the Institute of Contemporary Art, where they had their first solo exhibit in the United States, these artists have brought their art to the world.

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08/08/13 9:00am

New York City wouldn’t be the same without the scores of statues that decorate its many parks, plazas and other public spaces. From Christopher Columbus at Columbus Circle to Atlas supporting the world on his shoulders at Rockefeller Center, New York City sculptures range in subject, size and style, from historic stone and bronze to brightly-colored modern and even post-modern sculptures. But every now and then, a statue stops you in your tracks as you wonder, what is that doing here? We’ve rounded up the quirkiest and most surprising statues in New York City, from a former communist leader to a giant bronze rat.

1. Vladimir Lenin atop a building in the East Village

Lenin statue East Village NYC Untapped Cities

Our favorite sculpture in Manhattan has to be this bronze replica of Communist leader Vladimir Lenin atop a building in the East Village. What could it possibly be doing there? It turns out the statue was originally a Soviet-commissioned work, but when the Soviet Union collapsed, it was never unveiled. Developer Michael Rosen, a former professor of radical sociology at NYU, wanted a sculpture of Lenin for Red Square, his luxury apartment building on East Houston Street between Avenues A and B. A team of art dealers found the sculpture in a dacha in Moscow and brought it back for Rosen. (more…)