Public Art

Monumental Madness - What Is It About Statues?

Justine Simons OBE | Posted 29.09.2017 | UK Politics
Justine Simons OBE

Sadiq Khan describes our city as one of the most diverse, thrilling and fascinating places in the world. It is a great creative capital, full of world-renowned artists with no shortage of inspirational people worth celebrating. So, while I am not advocating for a Victorian style commissioning fest, I do think it's time we grasped the nettle and found a way for our monuments to reflect more stories we can relate to.

Five Of The Best Art Spaces In Cuba

Flo Simpson | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Flo Simpson

The artwork you are most likely to stumble across in Cuba is the ubiquitous and eye-watering acrylic of an American car. Yet Cuba, both in and outside...

Across Borders: Gustavo Aceves Exhibits Monumental Horses

Theodora Clarke | Posted 22.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Theodora Clarke

Monumental horses have taken up residence in Berlin in front of the Brandenberg Gate. Mexican artist Gustavo Aceves continues to tour Europe with his unique travelling exhibition 'Lapidarium'. The open-air show is another successful example of public art in the open air.

Terrace Wires: Who Is Responsible for Keeping London Beautiful?

Nicola Shaw | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Nicola Shaw

David Batchelor's Chromolocomotion has been well received since it's unveiling on 7 April. The bright colours definitely stop the St Pancras International visitors in their tracks and bring smiles to the early morning commuters as they make their way through the station.

A Letter of the Spirit: Using Art to Let Love and Peace Resound

Ana Tzarev | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ana Tzarev

Since 2012, I have committed to an ambitious, challenging, and incredibly rewarding endeavor, the crux of my career as an artist: I wish to fill all corners of the world with flowers, making a beautiful bouquet to be shared by every nation.

Public Art: A Dual Medium to Express the Aspirations and Problems in Society

Lucy Orta | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Lucy Orta

Public art plays an integral role in any big city. Whether it's Paris, Berlin, Rio or in this case London - art created solely for public consumption and enjoyment should express the aspirations of that city's inhabitants, its visitors and its workers. An important injection of joy into the average person's day.

Art Everywhere

Stephen Deuchar | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Stephen Deuchar

For the next two weeks, tens of thousands of billboard and commercial poster sites across the country will feature largescale images of British works of art...They will crop up everywhere from the 12.19 m wide digital billboard at Westfield to the back of a bus in Belfast. You may drive past the dying Ophelia at Shepherd's Bush roundabout or find Lucian Freud in the station cafe at Hull.

We Don't Just Build Buildings: The Importance of Public Art in London

Nicola Shaw | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Nicola Shaw

St Pancras International is already the home a number of pieces of work but the overwhelming response we had to the Olympic Rings which hung above the Grand Terrace for about 18 months running up to the London 2012 Olympics last year made us realise the potential for that space.

Art Blooms in a Changing World

Ana Tzarev | Posted 16.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ana Tzarev

This past week, I was delighted to unveil the latest branch of my growing Love & Peace Campaign: a mobile app designed to connect people with art - and with each other - in a brand new way.

The Angel Turns 15

Posted 17.04.2013 | UK Entertainment

A special exhibition has gone on display to mark the 15th anniversary of one of the UK's most iconic pieces of public art. The Angel of the North, ...

Artists Replacing Stolen Sculpture Told: 'Use Anything But Metal'

The Huffington Post UK | Sam Parker | Posted 02.04.2013 | Home

Four artists competing to replace a Barbara Hepworth sculpture stolen from a London park last year have been given one condition to their bid - don't ...

The Global Museum: A Celebration of Public Art

Ana Tzarev | Posted 23.03.2013 | Home
Ana Tzarev

Public art, specifically, has always provided humanity with a direct line through history, allowing us to connect with spirits of past generations. From classic structures like France's Arc de Triomphe to Robert Indiana's cherished contemporary LOVE sculptures.

Who Owns Old Flo? Council Sale Takes New Twist

PA | Posted 18.02.2013 | Home

A council's plan to sell a Henry Moore sculpture has hit a snag as another local authority has said it owns it. Lutfur Rahman, mayor of Tower Hamle...

Great Art for Everyone: Is There a Point? You Bet!

Alan Davey | Posted 02.02.2013 | Home
Alan Davey

Growing up in public housing in the North East of England, it was heavily implied to me that the arts were not for me. That's why, for as long as I breathe, I'll fight for the arts to happen, and for them to be available up and down the country to as many people as possible.

Why Flo Mustn't Go

Sharon Ament | Posted 12.01.2013 | Home
Sharon Ament

What has become apparent during the past few weeks is that the cause of Old Flo is resonating with people across the spectrum. For many she is a direct part of their childhood, for others she is a legacy for future generations, for some of us she is a symbol of artistic value.

Why We Had to Sell Henry Moore's 'Old Flo'

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 09.01.2013 | Home
Lutfur Rahman

There has been huge domestic and international interest in our decision to sell a much loved Henry Moore sculpture, 'Old Flo', that our borough bought many years ago - it wasn't donated to us as press reports have erroneously claimed. We are not the first authority to explore raising much needed revenue at a time of austerity from selling works of art... If only there was as much national media interest in the fact that we are being forced to make £100million cuts by 2015, as there has been over the proposed sale of this sculpture to mitigate the effect of some of those cuts

Underwater Art Pokes Fun At Bankers

Barcroft | Posted 19.10.2012 | Home

Not many artists can pull off something beautiful, politically-charged and good for the environment in one go, but British artist Jason deCaires-Taylo...

Damien Hirst's Naked Pregnant Woman Erected In Devon

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.12.2012 | Home

Damien Hirst's controversial statue of a naked, pregnant woman wielding a sword has taken her place on a Devon seafront. The 20 metre (66ft) bronze...

Somnerset Landmark To Get A Facelift

PA | Posted 18.11.2012 | Home

A well-known landmark is to undergo a facelift. Somerset's Willow Man will benefit from a much-needed repair work to its head and arms. Standing...

Britain's Latest Public Art: A Woman With 100ft Breasts

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.10.2012 | Home

A 1,300ft-long reclining woman which is the world's largest human form sculpted into the landscape is to open to the public next month. People will...

Bigger Than The Angel: Hirst's Giant Pregnant Woman To Be Homed In Devon

PA | Posted 02.07.2012 | Home

A 66ft (20m) statue of a pregnant woman by the artist Damien Hirst could become a new landmark in a historic seaside town. A planning application p...

Wacky New Public Art Hits London

Posted 26.08.2012 | Home

Seven internationally renowned artists, including Yayoi Kusama and Dan Graham, have been commissioned to decorate an area in central London ahead of t...

Public Art: A Good Investment or a Waste of Taxpayers' Money?

Theodora Clarke | Posted 18.07.2012 | Home
Theodora Clarke

The Orbit is a case in point. Having seen it last week I can assure you it looks even worse than the photographs. It is an uninspiring piece of scaffolding which has no links to its environment and says nothing about the surrounding area or community.

Seven Year Ditch - Hated Marilyn Monroe Statue Dismantled

The Huffington Post UK | Sam Parker | Posted 09.07.2012 | Home

Few pieces of public art are met with unanimous applause, but the 40,000-pound, 26-foot Marilyn Monroe that was erected in Chicago’s Pioneer Court w...

Rock-Inspired Olympic Sculpture Tells Us To RUN

PA | Posted 27.04.2012 | Home

A shining 30ft tall sculpture of the word RUN, inspired by the music of rock stars, is now one of the largest new artworks in the Olympic Park. Mad...