Public art

Acclaimed sculptural installation, once threatened with demolition, reopens at new site

An installation in Washington, DC by Elyn Zimmerman featuring 450,000-pound boulders has been relocated, with the artist reconfiguring and retitling her work for the new site

Abu Dhabi seeks to make waves with first major art biennial

The first "direct commission" unveiled by Public Art Abu Dhabi is a multimedia crashing wave display by the Seoul-based collective d’strict

'Public sculptures are tricky to get right: would making them temporary help?'

Public art is often lauded for bringing art out of hallowed gallery spaces and inviting everyone to see and opine on it. But it’s also fiendishly difficult to do well

Stick 'em up! Ai Weiwei invites you to give the middle finger in new online art project

So far targets on the platform developed in collaboration with Avant Arte have included landmarks, political buildings and even artworks

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Builders accidentally demolish latest Banksy work—and pull the pieces from the rubble

Anonymous artist appears to have watched the new installation in the English county of Kent being destroyed before posting it Instagram

Vast light installation on San Francisco's Bay Bridge goes dark amid $11m fundraising effort to keep it on

After a decade of illuminating the Bay Area's second-most iconic span, Leo Villareal's artwork will be removed due to outages and weather damage

Lawsuit over controversial Marilyn Monroe statue reinstated by appeals court panel

The 26ft-tall statue of Marilyn Monroe has been called sexist by community members in Palm Springs, where it has been on public display since 2021

Olafur Eliasson to create major new land art project on UK coast

Artist has been commissioned to create a mirror-like steel pool in the Lake District in collaboration with the writer Robert Macfarlane

City of Santa Monica acquires Edgar Ramirez painting from Frieze Los Angeles

Collaboration enables the work from the fair’s Focus section to join the Art Bank collection of the local municipality

Manchester, Mumbai, the moon: Jitish Kallat's huge spiral installation in London connects climate change and the cosmos

Indian artist has staged his first UK public commission in Somerset House's Neo-Classical courtyard

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Banksy stands up to domestic violence with new Valentine’s Day mural in coastal Kent town

The anonymous street artist has emblazoned a wall in Margate with an image of a woman disposing of her abusive husband

More than 1,000 people help artist JR hold up giant images of refugee children for Turin performance

The vast works shown in Northern Italy were made last year at camps in locations including Greece and Rwanda

Anish Kapoor’s shiny 'bean' sculpture in New York finally completed

Commissioned nearly 15 years ago, the bulbous outdoor artwork was delayed by the 2008 financial crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic

Centrepiece of Destination Crenshaw, a sculpture-filled public space in south Los Angeles, to open in early autumn

The space, which will feature works by Maren Hassinger, Kehinde Wiley and others, also has the support of local celebrities Issa Rae and DeMar DeRozan

Historic statues of Black Brits go back on show at Brixton Station—with a familiar new friend

After 36 years, artist Kevin Atherton unveils a new work modelled on one of his original muses, local resident Joy Battick

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‘We’re looking at the past as a gateway to the future’: Hank Willis Thomas on his new Martin Luther King Jr monument

The towering work, which depicts the interlocked arms of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, was unveiled in Boston ahead of the MLK Day holiday

Mixed reviews for Hank Willis Thomas's new Boston memorial honouring Martin Luther King Jr

The public sculpture is based on a photograph of the assassinated civil rights leader hugging his wife Coretta Scott King—but some say it looks offensive from certain angles

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‘It was screaming for a female’: Shahzia Sikander on creating a statue of a woman for a Manhattan courthouse

The artist’s new commission for Madison Square Park and an adjacent court building also includes an augmented reality component

Moving the needle: San Francisco to unveil Hiroshi Sugimoto's towering sundial monument

The 70ft-high public art commission expresses "humanity's yearning for the infinite"

Art Night contemporary art festival moves out of London to the Scottish city of Dundee

The Turner Prize-winning artist Tai Shani has been confirmed for a new commission

Salamanders at Gloucester Road station and a new mural at Brixton tube—Art on the Underground 2023 programme revealed

Monster Chetwynd, Jem Perucchini and Zadie Xa will all unveil works around London’s transport hubs

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New installation in Doha pays rare tribute to workers who built World Cup

Choi Jeong Hwa sculpture aims to "spark debate" amid backlash over migrant labour conditions

After sudden dismissal of all its members, Pittsburgh mayor moves to overhaul the city's public art commission

The city's mayor, Ed Gainey, has proposed a series of sweeping changes to the way public art is funded and commissioned there

Temporary monuments to pop up on the National Mall in Washington, DC, in new initiative

Six artists have been selected to create commemorative interventions in the US capital's sprawling public space

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New sculpture unveiled outside London's King's Cross station makes 'homelessness impossible to ignore'

The work—highlighting the growing crisis of rough sleepers in the UK—will also travel to Birmingham

Monumental tree sculpture to be unveiled on New York’s High Line elevated park

High Line Art has commissioned artist Pamela Rosenkranz to make a 25ft-tall, red and pink tree in the park