Tag Archive "association-for-public-art"

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Gee Wesley’s Living Library, Septa’s Popemageddon,Taller Puertorriqueno breaks ground, Candy Coated, TSA all over, Gravers Lane, Manny Avalos and MORE

[Today in the News, Roberta congratulates the Association for Public Art and Taller Puertorriqueno for excellent achievements; reminds you of Septa’s Papal Pass complications; and links to a couple cool opportunities you might like to know about. — the Artblog editors] News From the better late than never department, I just discovered the Brooklyn Street Art blog —great aggregation of street art images, interviews and news from around the world. Let this be your external companion to Conrad Benner‘s great Philadelphia Streets Department blog of street art here in our fair city. Ahhhh, SEPTA. Taking pains to help complicate our transit ... More » »

Photo by Constance Mensh

“How do you make a magic carpet a reality?” Candy Coated shows us at The Oval

[Jennifer is transported to The Oval, where a magical visual transformation shows the effect of public art on happiness. — the artblog editors] Philadelphia artist Candy Coated (formerly Candy Depew) has, for the second year in a row, transformed a site on the Parkway into an immersive art environment. Last summer, she created Candy Coated Wonderland at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. And now, through August 17, Candy Coated brings her signature imagery of diamonds, hearts, leaves, paisleys, and butterflies to the eight-acre public park known as The Oval. Summer wonderland Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Fairmount ... More » »

Caroline Furr,

News post – Doppelganger at the PMA, happy anniversary to MUSE Gallery, Furr + Rose at Young Masters, opportunities and more!

News Open Air, happily, was a resounding success. During this project’s September 20-October 14 span, brought to Philadelphia by the Association for Public Art and artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer nearly 6,000 iPhone recordings in over 20 different languages were made, and more than 17,000 visitors came to the Ben Franklin Parkway. The Open Air website is up permanently, allowing people to listen to the recordings and vote for their favorites. It’ll be tough to narrow down: aside from some heart-tugging marriage proposals, there is the 127-message “Voices of Philly” archive of famous local voices. To learn more about the project, visit The Creators Project, the press release here, and some wonderful high-res photos. ... More » »


Open Air’s Rafael Lozano-Hemmer talks about art we all can share – an artblog radio podcast

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer‘s public art piece Open Air has been making a big light-filled splash on the Ben Franklin Parkway since its launch Sept. 20. We spoke to Hemmer Aug. 23, before the 24-spotlights-triggered-by-iPhone-messages piece went live.  Among other things we learned that Hemmer is an engineer with some theater in his background.  You can participate in the project until Oct. 14, between 8pm-11pm nightly, by adding your message online or going down to the Parkway and voicing your message using the free downloadable iPhone app on your phone (download here) or on a phone loaned to you for that purpose, from a ... More » »

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer speaking Aug 23 at the press conference in Philadelphia about Open Air

Open Air on the Parkway – Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, next up on an artblog radio podcast

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer was in town in August to prepare for his mega-public art installation Open Air, which debuts 8pm Sept. 20 on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Open Air involves big spotlights that send beams of light into the night sky, triggered by people’s voices speaking into their cellphones. He tells us how that works.  We ask the Mexican-born Canadian artist about the possibility of migrating birds flying into his lights, and about how he wound up as  a public artist (his degree is in engineering). “Open Air” was commissioned by the Association for Public Art (formerly the Fairmount Park Art ... More » »

The work of Robert Glebe, Guild member.

News post – MFA shows, Possible Projects packs up, craft on the radio, horror at PhilaMOCA, and more!

News The Delaware Art Museum’s Centennial juried show is not until October, but the Museum has released the entire list of artists who have been selected, including many from Pennsylvania. Congratulations to all!  The museum used to host biennial regional exhibitions that were much admired.  We hope this juried exhibition revitalizes the regional biennial, which is missed. Juror John Ravenal says, of the selection: “The 1,300 artworks submitted online by nearly 450 applicants covered a wide range of media, styles, and abilities. There were accomplished senior artists, emerging talents, and probably some Sunday hobbyists. There was painting, sculpture, installation art, video, ... More » »