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07.03.15 Aymann Ismail

For the past few years, artists have been painting a bunch of Second Avenue Subway-related construction trailers that occupy 1st street, in an effort to make the stretch of road look less like a war zone. The Centre-Fuge rotating public art project changes up every few months and for Cycle 17, it features the work […]

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06.30.15 Bucky Turco

Todd James (aka REAS), a graffiti artist who cut his teeth smashing subway trains with spray paint in the 1980s, was commissioned to create public art — legally — for Washington Market Park. Today, the park’s Court Mural program was unveiled. The 90-foot-wall of the Chambers Street basketball court will feature a rotating roster of […]

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05.27.15 Prachi Gupta

Fanny Allié’s wooden sculpture in Queens is meant to be both a functional bench and a piece of art, aimed at raising awareness about homelessness. The public art installation, “A Bench for the Night,” resides in Long Island City as part of the Parks’ Art in the Parks program. The bench is also meant to […]

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05.19.15 Liam Mathews

Last week, the City Council passed a bill that will require a hearing before some works of public art are installed. The bill, which was drafted as a response to public outcry over The Sunbather, a sculpture created by artist Ohad Meromi that’s slated to be installed next year on a traffic median on Jackson […]

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05.13.15 Liam Mathews

Last month, artists affixed a bust of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to a war monument in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park. On May 6, the artists behind the bust released a file so anyone can make their own 3D printed version of the bust. Now, a different crew of artists sympathetic to the cause have gone […]

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05.06.15 Prachi Gupta

The Edward Snowden bust that was illegally affixed to a war monument in Fort Greene Park has been recovered from the NYPD. The statue, which sat on a column in the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument for just a few hours on April 6 before park officials took it down, had been in police custody for […]

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04.23.15 Liam Mathews

This time-lapse video documents the lifespan of a piece by the French artist JR, from placement to removal. JR creates photographic portraits and pastes them up (or down, in this case) on city streets. For this work, JR took a photo of Elmar Aliyev, a recent immigrant to Brooklyn from Azerbaijan, and then pasted the […]

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11.25.14 Bucky Turco

On Tuesday, workers removed the Astor Place cube so it could be renovated according to Bedford and Bowery. The spinnable, iconic steel sculpture with a Texas-sounding name was designed by artist Tony Rosenthal and is by no means a one-off piece of artwork. The NYC version was first installed at its East Village location in 1967 […]

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09.05.14 Marina Galperina

(UPDATED 1PM) Artist Tom Otterness, whose bulbous and unthreatening public art sculptures appear all over the 14th Street and 8th Avenue subway station and many other places in the city, has repeatedly apologized for shooting a shelter dog for an art project in 1977, when he was 25-years-old. He said that it was a “mistake” which caused him […]

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08.15.14 Marina Galperina

A severe storm descended on Wellington, New Zealand this week. With one swift strike of lightning, Phil Price’s public artwork Zephyromete (2004) was incinerated. Before the storm, the pointy steel, carbon fiber, epoxy and concrete sculpture stood 108 feet tall, going “sup bro” at the sky. Now it is all split and burnt and broken. The piece was commissioned by […]

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