“Monument Au Fantome”
Jean Dubuffet, 1977 – Discovery Green Park, Houston
Thankfully, installation and reverence for outdoor art has endured through the ages, resulting in many remarkable sculptures being accessible publicly. Installations of public art offers the opportunity to establish a narrative with the natural, historical and mythical worlds in an urban setting. At times acting as a poignant vehicle for political statements and social commentary. They exist as a permanent fixture that in some instances acts as a reminder of a triumph or a tragedy. It has brought sculpture to many people who might never look at or think about this art form, and it has continued to promote art as a topic for discussion.
Public art can express a multitude of insights and feelings. It can provide a valuable conduit of knowledge and emotion from a distant historical event, and exist as a defining record that encapsulates what occurred. Public art icons have been created over time that have captured the cultural milieu and stood as a monument to that era. Outdoor art at its best can enthrall, challenge, educate, illuminate and be a delight. For some it can be a revelation and awakening.
‘The Rocket Thrower’ – Corona Park, NY
The original public art was spiritually motivated and existed to promote objects of worship.This ancient instinct is still aroused and provoked through all types of public art, especially where a collective adoration develops for an art piece. The relevance of this art should never be underestimated or carelessly discarded. The disticntive elements of a culture and its cohesive forces are quite often defined through art.
Public art allows artists and their creative vision to have an influence on the civic decision making process and inspire aesthetic awareness and community identity. For example Gaudi’s architectural art in Barcelona or Picassos contribution to contemporary public art in Chicago.
Bland environments offer a perfect juxtaposition for being enlivened by a dynamic street sculpture.. The tremendous accessibility of outdoor art and diversity of locations can be utilized for vivid impact and invigoration of public spaces. Public art offers the opportunity to humanize a bleak location. The visual presence of outdoor art sustains the celebration and preservation of the human spirit, reflected through its subject matter and the inspiration and creativity of the artist.
Baltasar Lobo ‘Hommage à la femme’
Baltasar Lobo ‘Hommage à la femme’
Fernando Botero – Botero Plaza, surrounded by the Museum of Antioquia and the Rafael Uribe Uribe Palace of Culture
Living Desert – Broken Hill
Rik Poot, Belgium
‘Convergence 1’ – Peter Newsome
‘Rex’ – Bielsko Biala
City fountain–Reksio, Poland
“Gathering of the Moon”, standing 17 feet tall, installed in Olympic Park, Beijing
Bruce Beasley, USA
Boston Park duck sculpture
‘Yin Yang’ – Brian Anders Chessmar
Santa Barbara- CA
Henry Moore’s abstract sculpture, Three Way Piece No. 2 — more commonly known as The Archer.
New City Hall, Toronto – Canada
Some of the viewing public were aghast when they witnessed the unveiling of Henry Moore’s ” The Archer” in 1966 in Toronto. Local newspapers dubbed it “Henry Moore’s big bronze whatchamacallit”Appreciation levels have increased somewhat since then for the monumental work. Henry Moore liked the architectural design of the New City Hall by Viljo Revell so much that he offered the sculpture at a discount with free shipping and installation. At first, the design was not accepted; many councillors and citizens felt that the city council should concern itself with sidewalks and sewers, not abstract art. In the end the purchase eventuated but the controversy cost the Mayor, Phillip Givens, his re-election.
source – http://citiesintime.ca/toronto/
‘The Archer’ , Toronto
Abstract bronze Grand Piano Player sculpture
“Mirroring 1995” Keld Moseholm (Denmark)
‘Ethos’ – Tom Bass – 1961
Height 4 metres – Civic Square , Canberra
Eze seaside sculpture, France
“Figure” by Japanese-
San Francisco International airport
Stainless steel sculpture – ‘Mall’s Balls’ – Bert Flugelman
‘Gaia’ (1998) in Utrecht – Fons Bemelman, NL
Sculpture by Henri Matisse
Musée Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis
‘Le Tour de France dans les Pyrénées’
l’Aire des Pyrénées
18m high monument, made of alumina and steel, 1995
‘Karma- A Tower of Blinded Men Rising into the Sky’
Height 23 feet, New Orleans Museum of Art.
by Korean sculptor Do Ho Suh
Les dames vertes sculpture de Deny Lavoyer
Sculpture by de Walter de BUCK, Belgium
Les Passions de Tom
Monte Carlo – The Sculpture Path
Nymph Diana, designed by Louis Auguste Leveque
Tuileries garden, Paris
Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Uruguayan sculptor Pablo Atchugarry
36-foot-tall concrete sculpture enlargement of Pablo Picasso’s 1934 ‘Bust of Sylvette’, executed by Carl Nesjär and Sigurd Frager in 1967
Silver Towers, NYU
Wally Gobetz – flickr
Sculpture on Malecon (boardwalk) in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Porcelain bird sculpture – Ruth Duckworth
Plamen Dimitrov – ‘Sudden Meeting’
Statue of Ingolfur Arnarson the Viking
Made by Einar Jónsson in 1924 and located on Arnarhóll, Reykjavík
Sculpture by artist ?
photo Giovanni Sottile
The Bamberg Horseman is a life-size stone equestrian statue by an anonymous medieval sculptor in the cathedral of Bamberg, Germany.
Photo – Tilman2007 – Wikipedia
WB Yeats statue by Rowan Gillespie
Mark Hill Maori Chiefs sculpture – ‘Welcome O Visitors From Afar’
Queenstown airport, NZ
Wenceslas-Square garden sculpture
Prague , Czechoslovakia
Reclining figure sculpture by waterfall – Charles Umlauf
Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, Austin – Texas
‘Skittles with Scarlatti’ – Phillip Jackson
Philip Jackson’s Garden
Tuileries Garden statue, Paris
Stewart Leiwakabessy on Flickr
Roger Capron sculpture, decorated by Jacotte Capron.
Ginger Gilmour – Aeriel 2
Jacques Lipchitz, – ‘Birth of the Muses’
MIT Campus, USA
‘Calling the Powers’ – Larry Bechtel
Ann Davey Masters Memorial Sculpture Garden, Roanoke, VA
‘Abduction Of Eurpoa’ – Strasbourgh
Refers to ancient mythology and depicts one the most ancient representations of Europa.
Sculptor Theodoros Papagiannis
‘Lifeline’ – Andy Scott
Limestone mandala sculpture – Dale Enochs