Powerless Structures, Fig. 101 (Image Credit: Flickr User Magnus D)
The new commission for the Fourth Plinth, Powerless Structures, Fig. 101, by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, was unveiled recently in London’s Trafalgar Square. The child is elevated to the status of a historical hero in line with the existing iconography of the other statues in the square. Instead of acknowledging the heroism of the powerful, however, the work celebrates the heroism of growing up. The image of a young boy astride his rocking horse encourages viewers to consider the less spectacular events in their lives, which are often the most important. The sculpture invokes life’s everyday activities and questions the tradition of monuments predicated on military victory or defeat.
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Part of bustling Ballarat St in Yarraville, Australia (a suburb of Melbourne)has been transformed into a “pop‐up” park for a short term project which is introducing more open space into the Yarraville Village. The pop‐up park is one of a few installed in Australia on a public street and is inspired by similar parks installed overseas in New York, San Francisco and London.
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Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) have selected James Corner Field Operations and Rice+Lipka Architects (RLA/JCFO) to plan a building and site renovation that has been funded by a LINC/Ford Foundation Space for Change grant.
The goal of this process is to refurbish MOCAD’s facility and transform the site to activate the exterior by way of an outdoor space for Museum programming and improved visibility on the building’s Woodward frontage.
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An open call has gone out for the first edition of the Istanbul Design Biennial which will be held from 13 October to 12 December 2012 by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV).
The Istanbul Design Biennial, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts for the first time, explores a wide range of fields, from urban design (environmental, urban and regional planning) to architecture, photography, industrial, graphic, fashion, textile and interaction design, and all related creative fields.
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Call for Artists to participate in a Public Art Initiative to be implemented in Industrial Zones between 2012 and 2018. The 14 industrial zones where the public art initiatives will be undertaken are Bulebel, Kirkop, Attard, Hal Far, Kordin, Luqa, Marsa, Mosta Technopark, Mriehel, San Gwann, SAP, Ta Dbiegi, Ta Qali, and Xewkija. Site visits may also be held on demand for the purpose of ensuring that interested parties are clear on the actual location indicated.
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