Monday, March 16, 2009

8 Impressive Pieces of Urban Art

8 Impressive Pieces of Urban Art

Cosmic Thing

This is Mexican artist Damien Ortega’s Cosmic Thing, VW Beattle (1983),Steel Cables, 2002.
It is an exploded version of the 1983 VW Beattle, suspended from a gallery ceiling exposing the cars components to create a very dynamic visual experience and (cosmic?) meditation on the basic assembly of day to day items.

Device to Root Out Evil

Entitled “A Device to Root Out Evil,” this piece of artwork stands as an upside-down church in Glenbrow, Canada. The church used to be displayed in Vancouver , but controversy over it blocking the ocean view of where it stood caused it to be shipped out. The design is rather controversial, yet it remains a beautiful piece of captivating public art, and complaints about it in it’s new location have remained minimum.

The Urban River

The Urban River is a one kilometer long stretch of road painted bright blue to give off the appearance of a river in the middle of a city!
The blue road was constructed using 4,000 lieters of paint, and was created in memorium of an actual river that once flowed trough it’s location. All along the road, in eight meter high letters, “Water Is Life” is written so as to be read from the sky. The sight is quite beautiful and inspiring to drive along!

Co2LED - Solar-Powered Public Art Installation

In this stunning public-art installation, five-hundred twenty-two solar-powered LEDs on rods, each topped with a reused plastic bottle, light up the Rosslyn traffic island between North Lynn Street and Ft. Myer Drive in Arlington County - looking a bit like luminescent reeds. This temporary environmental public artwork, aptly named CO2LED by artists Jack Sanders, Robert Gay and Butch Anthony, was designed with Arlington’s environmental initiative FreshAIRE (Arlington Initiative to Reduce Emissions) in mind.

Cloud Gate

Cloud Gate, referred to by locals as “The Bean”, for obvious reasons, is a public sculpture by talented British artist Anish Kapoor. Cloud Gate weighs in at over 110-tons, and is 66 feet long and 33 feet high. “The Bean” was created using a huge number of individual stainless steel plates — Cloud Gate’s seamless surface is the result of thousands of hours of polishing.
The sculpture has the appearance of a giant drop of liquid mercury, and the mirrored surface offers an amazing reflection of the city skyline, even more breathtaking on a bright, clear day. Visitors can walk underneath the Cloud Gate, which is surprisingly concave. Kids especially enjoy the fun house mirror effect that this creates.

I See What You Mean” : Big Blue Bear in Denver

This piece is called “I See What You Mean.” It’s a steel sculpture, encased in a fiberglass and cement composite, by artist Lawrence Argent.
This bear could quite possibly be one of the biggest distractions for those working on the floor he is staring into! The sculpture stands 40 feet high at the Colorado Convention Center and is quite a popular area piece.


Jeff Koons (born January 21, 1955) is an American artist whose work incorporates kitsch imagery using painting, sculpture, and other forms, often in large scale.
“Tulips” are seven stainless steel sculptures with transparent colored coatings.
He rendered a drawing similar to his famous “Tulip Balloons” for placement on the front page of the Internet search engine Google. The drawing greeted all who visited Google’s main page on April 30 2008 and May 1 2008

Jeff Koon’s “Puppy”

Jeff Koons’s Puppy was exhibited in the U.S. for the first time at New York City’s Rockefeller Center. Rising 43 feet from its paws to its ears, the sculpture was formed from a series of stainless steel armatures constructed to hold over 25 tons of soil watered by an internal irrigation system. Over 70,000 multi-hued flowering plants grew from this steel and soil structure, including Marigolds, Begonias, Impatiens, Petunias, and Lobelias
Perhaps the most intriguing part of piece is that it features an internal irrigation system to keep the beautiful flowers alive. Puppy is a truly original and breathtaking piece of public art.

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