Public art

Banksy mural 'gifted' to East Anglia town has been sold to private buyer after being removed by the owners

The mural was one of ten works peppered across English seaside towns and could have been street artist's way of raising the area’s profile

Support for controversial Lacma expansion and a new Dred Scott museum: first round of $24.7m US federal culture grants announced

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded 208 grants for projects in most states, Washington, DC, Guam and Canada

Confederate statue at centre of deadly Virginia rally will be melted down to make new monument

The city council in Charlottesville, Virginia, chose to give the controversial work to a local organisation over proposals to relocate it to Texas, California or other distant sites

Miami Beach residents vote to acquire Farah Al Qasimi works for public art collection

As part of its Legacy Purchase Program, the city purchased two photographs and a wallpaper from the artist’s solo booth with Helena Anrather’s at Art Basel in Miami Beach

‘Fearless Girl’ sculptor mints NFTs to cover legal fees in rights dispute

A lawsuit between Kristen Visbal and State Street Global Advisors over rights to the viral statue has dragged on for nearly three years

Miami Beach artist Charo Oquet wins Bass Museum commission for temporary monument

The commission, the second in the Bass’s ‘New Monuments’ series, will be installed in Collins Park in spring 2022

QatarNews

Mass public art programme kicks off in Doha before Fifa World Cup

Works by Tom Claassen, Bruce Nauman and Isa Genzken are among the first of the initiative’s 40 sculptures to be installed

Giant tribute to the Queen gets green light—but locals call 55m-high sculpture ‘invasive’

Artist Simon Hitchens says work planned for Northumberland moor is "inspired by the rugged and undulating landscape" but local campaign group says it is too "industrial"

LondonNews

Installations and murals by Ugo Rondinone and Pae White to be unveiled in major revamp of London's Paddington station

The regeneration scheme includes a building ­designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano that has been dubbed the “ice cube”

Jon Isherwood's marble sculptures usher feeling of community on New York's most famous street

Eight sculptures, depicting various gigantic blooming flowers, give viewers the chance to interact with public art, and with each other

What happens to art after it's destroyed?

After a sculpture in her care accidentally burnt to the ground, Jes Fernie decided to explore how the "meaning of an artwork can change" through the Archive of Destruction

MaltaNews

Cristina Iglesias creates new cave-like sculpture for Malta's first contemporary art museum

Commissioned work—currently on view in a public garden in Valetta—will move to the Malta International Contemporary Art Space sculpture garden after it opens in 2023

Vancouver Biennale seeks donor to purchase $2m headless sculptures for the city

Only five of Magdalena Abakanowicz’s Headless Walking Figures remain outside City Hall, as demand for the artist’s work has grown

City of London U-turn on historic statues means slave trader sculptures will stay in place

William Beckford and John Cass figures will be "retained and explained", as recommended by the UK government

Public artComment

Could an equivalent of wrapping the Arc de Triomphe happen in the UK? Not likely under our current leadership

Christo's posthumously realised project benefitted from France having a mature understanding of the importance of culture

Custard Apple, breadfruit and soursop sculptures honouring the Windrush generation unveiled in east London

Veronica Ryan's marble and bronze works are the first in a series of monuments dedicated to the Caribbean people who arrived in the UK between 1948 and 1971

Five-metre-tall fountain pen sculpture by Michael Craig-Martin unveiled in Oxford

Artist says the work at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government is the ‘most daring of all my sculptures’

National Gallery of Australia commissions its most expensive ever piece of art

Lindy Lee's A$14m sculpture will be one of the country's first environmentally sustainable public works

Percent for art programme to expand into Los Angeles county’s unincorporated areas

A civic ordinance in effect from October sets aside 1% of building projects for arts and culture programmes

Art on the move: Kasmin brings kinetic artist George Rickey’s monumental sculptures to Manhattan

Rickey’s moving sculptures will be on view along the Park Avenue Mall and the gallery’s rooftop garden

Destination Crenshaw commissions its first group of Black artists to create new works in Los Angeles

The $100m public art and community improvement project will launch with new sculptures by Kehinde Wiley, Melvin Edwards, Alison Saar, Brenna Youngblood and more

Vancouver public sculpture is for the birds no more

Stacked car installation that became a roost for local pigeons and starlings—and was covered by their poo—will be restored and eventually relocated

Joe Average unveils new mural honouring the fight against Aids in Vancouver

Marking the 40th anniversary of the first reported cases of the disease in the US, the Canadian artist and activist expands his One World, One Hope design to a city-sized work

Queen Victoria statue defrocked after ex-politician Nigel Farage blasts public art project addressing UK’s slavery history

Right-wing commentator says he is "tired of this endless conversation about the UK's complicity with slavery"

Fourth suicide shuts down New York’s towering Vessel yet again

Critics fault developers for not raising the barriers around the steps of the spiralling 150ft-tall structure to prevent deaths

That’s a wrap: artist Osman Yousefzada envelops Selfridges department store in a giant canvas

Art trail in Birmingham shop also explores migration and identity—but will visitors notice?

Footballer Marcus Rashford 'on verge of tears' after messages of support cover his Manchester mural vandalised by racist graffiti

Public artwork honouring the Black Manchester United forward was defaced within hours of England's Euros loss on Sunday

Sotheby's will sell Christo's preparatory works for Arc de Triomphe wrap

Proceeds from exhibition will go towards funding the monumental Paris project

Vancouver Biennale opens a bridge into the digital world

Voxel Bridge, by the Colombian artist Jessica Angel, turns a venerable piece of city infrastructure into a hybrid immersive art work

Angela Two Stars is the first Indigenous artist to install work in Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Recovering from controversy, the Walker Art Center has commissioned the Minnesota artist to create a labyrinth-like installation that celebrates the Dakota language as a way to heal the community and the land

A ghost forest and a predator: New York public art grows a conscience

New sculptures in the city by Maya Lin and Sam Durant are not just pretty

Rivers of time: conceptual artist brings a new approach to Atlanta

Jonathan Keats's municipal clock will follow the pace of the city's rivers

Despite widespread opposition, 'sexist' Marilyn Monroe statue installed in front of the Palm Springs Art Museum

A number of activist groups are still fighting to relocate the statue, considered to be exploitative and sexist, from outside the museum

To see this sculpture, text the owner of a pup named Oh Papa and schedule a viewing

Adam Milner has installed a series of uncommonly intimate public sculptures in everyday locations like a bodega or a tailor’s shop, where they act as catalysts for human connection

Vancouver residents launch petition to block Boy Holding a Shark public art ‘monstrosity’

Locals cite concerns about property values, obstructed views of nature and the ethnicity of the artist, but Vancouver Biennial organisers say the work will act as a warning beacon for ocean conservation

'Gormley would have liked it': Man who graffitied sculpture cleared in court of criminal damage

Clasp statue at Newcastle University was defaced in May 2019 and again earlier this year

'Geffrye must fall': Labour MP Diane Abbott leads protests demanding slaver statue be removed from London museum

Former UK shadow home secretary led protests at the Museum of the Home in Hoxton, which reopened to the public at the weekend

Date confirmed for Christo wrap of Arc de Triomphe in Paris

The artist's posthumous project was delayed due to Covid-19

Detroit-area municipality removes ‘offensive’ tile accompanying a controversial mural celebrating the police

The tile, whose imagery has been associated with white supremacy, was created in a workshop sponsored by the Detroit Institute of Art

Sea junk sculptures draw crowds in Canada for World Oceans Day

After popping up in Vancouver, an installation of figures made from trash travels to Toronto and Quebec City

Detroit Institute of Arts under fire for sponsoring mural depicting police officers

Critics says that the subject matter is out of touch with racial justice issues, and artist now regrets creating it

CanadaNews

Haida artist Tamara Bell installs 215 shoes on the steps of Vancouver Art Gallery as a memorial to Indigenous children who died at residential school

The work has become a community shrine and gathering space for mourners after the remains of children as young as three years old were discovered last week using ground-penetrating radar

Martin Roth’s posthumous project to turn an abandoned upstate building into a living ‘plant concert’ is nearly complete

The City Club in Newburgh could open to the public with a large-scale “magical garden” installation at the end of June

RaceNews

The Greenwood Massacre in Tulsa, America’s ‘single worst incident of racial violence’, is remembered 100 years on

The historic example of domestic terrorism, when white mobs killed hundreds of Black residents and destroyed businesses, finally gets due recognition

'The city is ours, not the Mafia’s': public art project in Palermo unites community against organised crime in Sicily

Four commissions, including a 30-m high mural of a Mafia-assassinated judge, have been unveiled in the southern Italian city

Plywood boards used to shutter New York shops are transformed into canvases for local artists

The Plywood Protection Project has given five artists material to create new public works in each borough

Campaigners fight to preserve monumental Soviet-era murals in Ukraine

Victor Arnautoff’s large-scale 1960s mosaics on public buildings in Mariupol are threatened by neglect and a “decommunisation” campaign

A year after George Floyd’s death, art memorials are at a crossroads

Efforts to preserve murals and street art are growing, as are threats to sites around the country, including the intersection where Floyd was killed

Bosco Sodi brings a hopeful, reflective public art performance to Manhattan

The work invites members of the public to bring home and plant one of 439 small clay spheres, each with seeds inside

Sarah Oppenheimer will create a monumental permanent work for the University of Texas at Austin

The commission is part of the university’s Landmarks public art programme, which includes pieces by artists like Louise Bourgeois and Mark di Suvero

Take the stage, New York: Rashid Johnson will build a platform for the public as Creative Time’s summer project

The city’s residents will be able to use the space for performances or public action, as well as take part in a programme of artist-led events

James Turrell will unveil another Skyspace this year in the Colorado mountains

The permanent work will be installed on a hillside in Green Mountain Falls later this summer

DiaryBlog

Critters to take over Cork Street for London Gallery Weekend

Swiss artist Gina Fischli is making 3m-high banners

Sanford Biggers unveils monolithic sculpture at Rockefeller Plaza

The work is part of a campus-wide exhibition exploring themes around European and African mythologies

David Hammons's monumental public sculpture Day's End is done

The steel frame structure, which recreates the outline of a former warehouse on the Hudson River, is now a permanent fixture on the shoreline