Last week, the New York Times published a feature on new public artworks that are popping up across New York City. Public art benefits everyone who comes into contact with it; it benefits the artists by providing an opportunity to showcase their work, it benefits the public by harboring a sense of community and place-making, and it benefits the developers who commission public art by increasing foot traffic in the surrounding area. We are personally in love with the sculpture below, which was installed at a children’s hospital in Manhattan. A giant, 24 foot tall dalmatian uses laser-like focus to balance a real, true-to-size (!!!) taxi cab on its nose. The artist has said that “besides wanting this work to be playful, he intended it “to have assets we hope to find in our doctors: focus, confidence, patience and sweetness.”
We love the nuanced approach to the commission above. Public art is incredibly powerful in that viewers often discover new elements in the artwork each time they encounter it. At first place, passerby might think the sculpture is just cute, whimsical and playful. But upon further reflection, the piece invites them to consider the focus, intention, and confidence displayed by the dog.
Below are some of Artists Circle’s current public art projects - check out the captions for the story behind each one!