A $2.4 million public art piece chosen by a city-appointed panel for the planned downtown park near Van Buren Street and Central Avenue has been rejected by the Phoenix City Manager’s Office despite $104,000 already paid to the artist.
Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission members are angry and wonder if someone in City Hall thinks the proposed piece, which resembles a floating jellyfish, is too unconventional and will reignite a controversy on what makes for proper public art.
Phoenix ditches $2.4 million public-art project for park.
Modern residential projects are offering ample green spaces and robust facilities alongside homes to satisfy customers’ cravings for urban living in an rural setting. But, despite much ballyhoo about modern garden cities, today’s developments bear only a passing resemblance to the original idea….
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The coastal areas likely to be hardest hit by climate change are the ones where people have the least choice of livelihood. Yet, the strong ties of Mediterranean society with its natural setting may yet prove valuable in combating environmental degradation.
An initiative between Malta, Greece, Cyprus and Italy has produced a book entitled Coasts and Conflicts, which aims to harmonise integration in the Mediterranean region.
A response to a call issued by the EU inter-regional funding mechanism saw the birth of ECONET-COHAST, an ecological network to bring conservation strategies in line to save coastal habitats, which are recognised as valuable on a European scale.
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Mark Borst headed for Washington, D.C., last week, hoping to boost the flow of labor back and forth across the Mexican border.
The president of Allendale-based Borst Landscape and Design Inc. was among 500 American businessmen lobbying their congressional representatives to increase the number of temporary work visas, known as H-2Bs, issued by the U.S. each year.
The visas allow businesses such as landscapers, house painters, construction companies and restaurants to legally bring foreign workers into the U.S. for nine months, after which they return home.
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Wal-Mart turned to landscape architectural and environmental consulting firm Earth Source Inc. To help Wal-Mart comply with environmental laws, Allen County-based Earth Source and related company Heartland Restoration Services Inc. designed and built a replacement wetland several times larger than the parcel affected by the store’s construction.
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What is it about public art that sparks such passionate debate?
It usually begins with a generous impulse: to honor a prominent citizen, beautify the city, show respect for the importance of art in our lives. But the process of deciding just what art to put where frequently inspires strong disagreement – contention that, on reflection, has obvious roots.
Public art is meant to provoke, to enlighten, to provide new ways of seeing the world around us. To be successful, an artist must have freedom to create.
Public art: Who decides? — baltimoresun.com.