We are just polishing off a bunch of interviews (always very time intensive) but till then here are some links:
The birth of Impressionism tracked down to the minute
Hadid, Gehry, Libeskind etc. revealed in their early drawings
Public art in Sydney elicits a debate over originality
... that's a good sign for Sydney. Overall, everything seems pretty standard and of the mildly engaging type that most public art aspires to today. Everything seems designed to make everyone feel like they understand it with no twists. That's why Pardo's streetcar stop in Portland is so good
. It challenges the easier assumptions.
Olafur Elliason creates a mini watershed in a museum
. This is interesting but mostly for how weakened or like "public art" it seems. Much like the more famous Earth Room that the Dia commissioned it derives most of its charge from the cognitive dissonance of bringing the outdoors indoors and by reminding us that buildings are caves.
Why Portland is building a new bridge without cars
. As I saw early on
(one of the first when others were in love with a more anachronistic design that pandered to many Portlanders' aversion to the new and bold) this bridge design makes sense and looks like a worthy icon for the city. See, things have changed.
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