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Originally uploaded by marisa.landrigan

Location: Gateway Park, Des Moines, Iowa, USA

Sculpture by Jaume Plensa, stainless steel, 2007

Quoted from sculpture.net:
Venture capitalist and philanthropist John Pappajohn has purchased a 25-foot-tall sculpture by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa as the signature piece for the sculpture garden Pappajohn wants to create in Des Moines’ downtown Gateway Park.

The piece, titled “Nomade,” is being shipped to Iowa from Florida, where it appeared…in Art Basel Miami Beach, an international art show… The sculpture is made of randomly arranged stainless steel letters that are painted white and welded in the shape of a person sitting with knees drawn up to the chest with arms around the knees. The artist has said the shape was based on a position that his son sometimes assumes.

“It will be so interactive with people,” said City Councilwoman Chris Hensley. “You can go in and walk around inside the sculpture and sit inside it. The lighting will make it spectacular at night.”

Nomade is lighted from the ground inside the sculpture…causing the inside of the letters to reflect the white enamel paint and the outside to take on a ghostly, dark presence.

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Street Art: Christmas (Part 2)

Quoted from wikipedia:

“The motivations and objectives that drive street artists are as varied as the artists themselves. There is a strong current of activism and subversion in urban art. Street art can be a powerful platform for reaching the public, and frequent themes include adbusting, subvertising and other culture jamming, the abolition of private property and reclaiming the streets. Other street artists simply see urban space as an untapped format for personal artwork, while others may appreciate the challenges and risks that are associated with installing illicit artwork in public places. However the universal theme in most, if not all street art, is that adapting visual artwork into a format which utilizes public space, allows artists who may otherwise feel disenfranchised, to reach a much broader audience than traditional artwork and galleries normally allow.”

Graffiti Christmas tree with “toy” ornaments: taken in St. Petersburg, Russia in June, 2008 (originally uploaded by быдло-метро трэш-мажор)

Merry Fishmast:” taken in Locarno, Switzerland in 2006 (originally uploaded by angora frog)

Winter in America:” by Chris Stain, taken in Norway (?), September 2008 (Originally uploaded by Romanywg)

Darth, I am Your Father” by eye, taken in Cardiff, Wales, UK, Nov. 2008 (Originally uploaded by Thiefree)

Santa’s Ghetto: Found on the security barrier or ‘apartheid wall’ in Bethlehem, West Bank, Palestine, this graffiti art is from Italian street artist, Blu (photo taken in Dec. 2007 and originally uploaded by eddiedangerous )

Endangered Peace Dove: An original Banksy, well-renowned street artist, also found in Bethlehem, West Bank, Palestine (photo taken in May 2008 and originally uploaded by hazy jenius ); Note: for a news report on this, click here

Street Art: Christmas (Part 1)

Quoted from wikipedia:

Street art is any art developed in public spaces — that is, “in the streets” — though the term usually refers to art of an illicit nature, as opposed to government sponsored initiatives. The term can include traditional graffiti artwork, stencil graffiti, sticker art, wheatpasting and street poster art, video projection, art intervention, guerrilla art, flash mobbing and street installations. Typically, the term Street Art or the more specific Post-Graffiti is used to distinguish contemporary public-space artwork from territorial graffiti, vandalism, and corporate art.


Subway Greeting: Shot taken in London, UK (2006); Originally uploaded by daveknapik


Tough Santa: pic taken in Montreal, Canada, 2008 (originally uploaded by Christian et Cie)


Sneaking Elfvis: part of a series of graffiti art found in the streets of Auckland, New Zealand, 2007 (originally uploaded by Robyn Gallagher)

Holiday Satire: a stenciled message taken in Norwich, UK, Dec. 2007 (originally uploaded by Simon_K)


Elf by street artist Box. (taken in Jan. 2008 in Bristol, UK; originally uploaded by Box.)


Wheatpasted art by street artist Kriebel (taken in Dec. 2007 in London, UK; originally uploaded by Kriebel)


Statement on Consumerism: taken in Jan. 2008, somewhere in Canada (originally uploaded by sin against nature)

La Foule Illuminee (The Illuminated Crowd)

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Flickr pic by Lloyd Gross

originally uploaded as fotoproze

Location: Avenue McGill College, Montreal, Canada.
Sculpture by Raymond Mason, clay(?), 1985

“A crowd has gathered, facing a light, an illumination brought about by a fire, an event, an ideology – or an ideal. The strong light casts shadows, and as the light moves toward the back and diminishes, the mood degenerates; rowdiness, disorder and violence occur, showing the fragile nature of man. Illumination, hope, involvement, hilarity, irritation, fear, illness, violence, murder and death – the flow of man’s emotion through space.” – Raymond Mason, The Illuminated Crowd (sculpture and words, 1985, Montreal)

“On the surface, of course, are the immediate reactions to an immediate, transfixing event. Mason’s sculpture is all but a pre-enactment of photos like…(the 911 tragedy). But Mason had more in mind than a crowd merely gaping at a disaster; it seems to me he was also driving at the repercussions over time of the fire, event, ideology — or the fiery ideological event. As the description implies, you find expressions of despair, rage, fear, and finally acts of violence as you walk along the side of the sculpture group…” -Thomas Nephew (newsrackblog)

Sculpture view Fronting BNP Bank (pic source: newsrackblog)

Detail Shot by Chuck Welch

Reflections III

Reflection statue

Flickr Photo: Originally uploaded by lplconnects

Location: In front of La Crosse Public Library, Main and 8th, Wisconsin, USA

by Paul Granlund, 1979, bronze

Statue in fountain outside of La Crosse Public Library, Wisconsin USA.   It shows a young woman resting on top of a carved base which the sculptor says was designed as an integral part of the sculpture. The figure and the base create “complementary negative images and contradicting planes” in the words of the artist. According to this site, the title Reflections III is “intentionally ambiguous, referring to reflections of the
figure in the base, reflections in the pool of water before
it, and the intellectual process of reflecting upon an idea.”

Info/photo source: murphylibrary

Rizal Monument

Rizal Monument

Flickr photo

originally uploaded by acermate433s

Location: Rizal Park, Manila, Philippines

Sculptor: Richard Kissling, 1913, bronze and granite

This photo blog about public art, statues and monuments starts start off with a picture from our very own Rizal monument in Rizal Park. Unveiled in 1913, this bronze and granite monument of the Philippines’ national hero was designed by Swiss sculptor, Richard Kissling. It is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the Philippines.

photo sources: marcusmarcus of flickr, flyff