1. The Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens The Unisphere was built by the United States Steel Cooperation for the World’s Fair in 1964/65. It’s “dedicated to man’s aspirations toward peace through mutual understanding and symbolizing his achievements in an expanding universe”. A smaller version of it can be found at Columbus Circle in… Read More NYC. The 15 best public art pieces in New York City.
Since September last year Midtown Manhattan has one more public art piece on view: the “Hope” sculpture by american artist Robert Indiana on the corner of 7th Avenue and 53rd Street. His iconic “LOVE red blue” sculpture is just around the corner: at 6th Avenue and 54th street.
The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles is made of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Ahmanson Theater, the Mark Taper Forum and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The “Peace on Earth” sculpture stands in themiddle of its main square, the Music Center Plaza. The sculpture by Jacques Lipchitz was dedicated in 1969 and is surrounded by 280 jets that… Read More Los Angeles. Music Center. Peace On Earth sculpture & fountain.
“The Commuters” is a sculpture -made by american artist George Segal- in the main hall of the Port Autority bus terminal in Manhattan since 1982. It shows 3 people – made of bronze and white patina- waiting for the bus, about to walk through an open door. Sculptor George Segal has high regards for commuters: “These are long-suffering… Read More NYC. Manhattan. “The Commuters” at Port Authority.
Star-architect Frank O. Gehry, who is known for buildings like the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, created this large scale sculpture for the Summer Olympics 1992 in Barcelona. Like many other Gehry buildings it is made of stainless steel and reflects the sunlight. The fish is 56… Read More Barcelona. Port Olympic. Public Art. Goldfish by Frank Gehry.
“Life Underground” is an assembly of little bronze sculptures within the 14th Street / Eight Avenue station (A,C,E,L trains) in Manhattan, created in 1998 by Tom Otterness and purchased by the MTA’s Arts for Transit program. from the MTA website: “…The scores of figures created by Tom Otterness to Life Underground invigorate and transform the transit environment into… Read More NYC. Manhattan. 14th Street / Eight Avenue station. Life Underground by Tom Otterness.
“Maman” is a 30 ft high and 33 ft wide spider sculpture standing outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. French artist Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) started to create large spider sculptures in the late 90s . I saw another of her spider sculptures at the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in New Orleans. Other public… Read More bilbao. public art around the guggenheim. maman by louise bourgoise.
What: Botero’s cat / El gato de Borteo Where: at the southern end of Rambla de Raval, Raval (Metro: Parallel, Liceu or Drassanes) About: The huge cat sculpture by Colombian artist Fernando Botero was purchased by the city of Barcelona in 1987. Since then the cat stood at various spots around the city, such as… Read More spain. barcelona. public art.
pop artist claes oldenburg and his wife coosje van bruggen are famous for their large-scale sculptures of every day items. the “mistos” sculpture was installed in 1991 in vall d’hebron in barcelona, while the city was getting ready to host the summer olympics in the following year. the matches are located a 2 minute walk… Read More spain. barcelona. public art. matches by claes oldenburg.
niki de saint phalles fountain “lifesaver” on one of duisburgs main shopping streets. unfortunately the water was turned off due to the cold weather when i visited. the lehmbruck museum – a museum for modern art and sculptures. the museum is located in the immanuel-kant-park, which is filled with over 40 sculptures by artists like… Read More germany. a day in duisburg.