Tag Archives: Public Art

Technicolor Drip

FullSizeRender 8.jpgTechnicolor Drip // Jen Stark // 2015

The side of a parking garage in Culver City drips with paint. Well, that is not entirely true. The paint is now dry, but the lasting effect makes the paint appear wet. The piece created by Jen Stark for the Culver City Art in Public Places Program shows white and black chevron stripes alternating with neon yellow, green, blue and pink. The bold colors  add a welcome pop of color to an ordinary parking structure.

Big Bling

FullSizeRender 2Big Bling // Martin Puryear // pressure-treated laminated timbers, plywood, fiberglass, gold leaf // 40 x 10 x 38 ft  // Photograph by Erin Fong

Standing 40 feet tall in Madison Square Park is the abstract elephant sculpture Big Bling by Martin Puryear. Constructed out of pressure-treated laminated timbers, plywood and fiberglass this colossal piece was designed to look like a chain-link grid pattern. The tusks and harness of the elephant are embellished with gold leaf, which seems a sharp contrast with to the primary building materials used for the body of the elephant. The juxtaposition provides social commentary on the rich diversity of New York City and its inhabitants who visit Madison Square Park.

FullSizeRender 3Big Bling // Martin Puryear // pressure-treated laminated timbers, plywood, fiberglass, gold leaf // 40 x 10 x 38 ft  // Photograph by Erin Fong

 

Hendry’s Beach

img_7942Photographs by Alexa Corbin

When visiting the beach you don’t expect to find land art. However, if you go to Hendry’s Beach in Santa Barbara you can see a work of art in the trees. At this beach the trees grow horizontally and are used to support the cliff. An artist utilized these tree trunks as a canvas for a work of art. Blue triangles were placed adjacent to one another on the trunk to appear as butterflies resting by the sea.

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Place Vendôme

IMG_2836.JPGEvery Time the Sun Comes Up //  Ugo Rondinone // white aluminum //Photograph by Ali Preiss

White aluminum trees provide a striking contrast against the classic French architecture at the Place Vendôme in the 1st arrondissement in Paris. Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone has designed five tree sculptures, resembling olive trees, in the square titled “Every Time the Sun Comes Up.” The work was part of the FIAC (Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain).

img_2835Every Time the Sun Comes Up //  Ugo Rondinone // white aluminum //Photograph by Ali Preiss

 

Kosmic Krylon Garage

img_6782Kosmic Krylon Garage // Kenny Scharf // 2004

When trying to find parking at a museum, normally you don’t look for art in its parking garage. But at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, Kenny Scharf has created whimsical spray painted murals in its parking structure. Bright green, purple and blue futuristic looking characters sprawl across the walls encouraging you to park next to something that catches your eye.

img_6779Kosmic Krylon Garage // Kenny Scharf // 2004

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Kosmic Krylon Garage // Kenny Scharf // 2004

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Kosmic Krylon Garage // Kenny Scharf // 2004

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Kosmic Krylon Garage // Kenny Scharf // 2004